Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017 Nominee – Traditional Singer of the Year & Pushing the Boundaries
Independent Music Awards 2016 Vox Pop Winner – World Beat album of the Year
Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014 Winner – Traditional Singer of the Year

ADISQ 2015 Nominee – Album of the year – Traditional

NEW MILLENIUM QUEBEC TRAD

Here is the recipe for Mélisande [électrotrad]’s award-winning cocktail : pour equal parts of centuries-old traditional Québécois songs, state of the art electronic instruments and relentless drums, add an once of fiery fiddle, peaty flute and hypnotic jaw harp, a dash of tangy banjo and a hint of full-bodied bass. Shake vigorously, garnish with a sparkling singer and serve on stage!

Led by Mélisande and her accomplice Alexandre ‘Moulin’ de Grosbois-Garand (former member of Genticorum), the band offers daring and unique artistic performances to the folk-world music scene since its debut in 2014. The success of the first two albums, hailed by critics from home and abroad, allowed the group to present over 150 shows in Canada, Australia, France and the United States. The sophomore album Les millésimes (Borealis Records, Feb 2017) features a collection of traditional francophone songs carefully selected during researches in various archive centres in Quebec and the United States. With its infectious energy and engaging stage presence, the band gets the crowd stomping, dancing and singing wherever it goes!

“A creative fusion of tradition and innovation that honors the past while re-interpreting it for the present. If this is the future of folk, we’re in good hands.”- POP MATTERS

MÉLISANDE : lead vocal, jaw harp
ALEXANDRE ‘MOULIN’ DE GROSBOIS-GARAND : flute, bass, keyboards, programming, vocal

GUEST MUSICIANS
Robin Boulianne | David Boulanger : violin, banjo, foot percussions, vocal
Alexis Martin | Lionel Kizaba : drums, programming, vocal

GUEST DANCERS
Yaëlle Azoulay : urban step-dancing
Greg ‘Krypto’ Selinger : folk breakdance

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PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

« Wow that was just incredibly impressive » ABC Canberra Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs

« Other big success was Quebec electro-trad group Melisande. » CityNews.com.au

« […] a creative, inspiring and delightful milestone in Francophone – and global – folk music. […] If this is the future of folk, we’re in good hands. » POP MATTERS

« An unusually well-balanced blend. […] definitely achieved some hard-edged traditude! » HUFFINGTON POST US

« Awesome vocals, & tasteful electronic embellishments. A fresh take on a fine genre & a real treat! » WRUV

« It’s fun. It’s really well done. […] This is a lovely record. » PENGUIN EGGS

« This albums marks a new chapter in Québécois trad music. […] A true success ! » LE DEVOIR

« This album greatly deserves a BRAVO !!! » TRAD MAGAZINE (FRANCE)

« Here is a nice way to get introduced to Québécois folk music » L’ÉVEIL

MÉLISANDE

Lead vocal, jaw harp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALEXANDRE 'MOULIN' DE GROSBOIS-GARAND

Bass, wooden flute, keyboards, programming, vocal