Montréal, Quebec, CAN

The Great Wild North: Sagapool Brings Tales of Raucous Romps and Wintry Meditations to Life on New Album and on North American Tour, March-April 2012. This mix of good-natured shenanigans and Northern thoughtfulness won Sagapool a Felix 2012 (adisq) and a Canadian Folk Music Award.


As the accordionist, the violinist and clarinetist jammed together to The Godfather theme in the halls of the conservatory, they knew exactly what they had to do: Start a klezmer band.

But what happened was a completely different story. Joined by a whole family of other instruments, Sagapool went from Balkan and Gypsy-inflected impromptu shows on the summer streets of Old Montreal to crafting acoustic original instrumentals as a six-piece band—one so in synch that it’s no surprise when the guitarist jumps up to join the bassist for a thumping four-handed riff. It’s a gang of good friends and relatives sharing long, winding stories (the sagas in Sagapool)—but with stunning chops.

Now the inventive ensemble turns inward, adding a Northern note to their wild and swirling romps on Sagapool (Canada release: March 6, 2012; U.S. release: March 20, 2012), a gentle reflection on everything from Quebec’s remote and windswept reaches to quiet winter mornings. Nonetheless, Sagapool can’t help but add an ample dose of the group’s characteristic, sustaining quirky humor, chronicling bittersweet grooves for synth-addicted cousins and last-minute leaps on stage.

“Early on, we were bringing heat to the cold winter, but now we’re assuming our northerness,” exclaims clarinetist and co-founder Guillaume Bourque. “I think the result is really well balanced. We’re known for our energetic pieces, when people switch instruments—we all can play all the instruments involved. And we keep that energy, even if our music feels more introspective.”

This mix of good-natured shenanigans, striking musical skill, and Northern thoughtfulness has won Sagapool a Canadian Folk Music Award (Best Instrumental Album, 2008) and gained them showcases at major music events like WOMEX (2010). Their dynamic, freewheeling show will reach the U.S. and Canada, as the group tours in March and April 2012. The band’s journey will take them from North Carolina to Northern New England, with a stop in New York (Living Room, March 29), and to the Maritimes.


NEW ALBUM SAGAPOOL: Winner of Felix awards: Best instrument album- Adisq 2012

Available on iTunes, eMusic and most music portals :
Sagapool- Sagapool march 2012 Canada/CFMMusik-select distribution USA/Redeye
Sagapool - Épidode Trois 2008 / Disques Anubis (Outside Music)
GAMIQ and Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee for best World Album and best instrumental group.

Under Manouche's name:
St-Urbain Café - 2005 - ADISQ Nominated (Best Album - Instrumental) / Independant (LOCAL)
Apprenti Moustachu - 2002 / Independant (LOCAL)

Set List

up to 3 X 45 minutes