La route d'Alba -
Journey to Alba
Turas Albanach -
A new exciting Montreal based collective, boussaroque presents urban, universal folk music. If their repertoire is mostly composed of Celtic material (Gaelic songs, Scottish melodies, Quebec tunes), their arrangements are blended with subtle world music, classical, jazz and even electro influences.
The singer and multi-instrumentalist Ingried is at the heart of this ensemble. She has spent the last four years in the mythical Isle of Barra (Scotland). Infusing this rich culture of music and legends, from Montreal Island to the Scottish Hebrides, Ingried has collated a program of Gaelic and Quebec songs that lead to the album Islands (2016) and the concert Journey to Alba. Playing the kantele (a beautiful Finnish instrument), the mandolin, a wide array of flutes and foot tapping, Ingried shares stories about the sea, travel and immigration, about the multiple links that connect Barra to her own native island, Montreal. On top of being one of the rare singers performing in Gaelic in Canada, Ingried was awarded two gold medals in Scotland in Gaelic competitions.
Mario Giroux is on the cello. This music veteran has been part of ensembles as varied as Les Tireux d’Roches, Puirt a baroque, the Quebec Youth Orchestra and many jazz collectives. He brings the lyricism of his instrument to boussaroque, along with groovy bass lines and his vast experience as arranger.
François Pelletier is the string master and second singer in the band. Guitar, banjo and buzuki will be his tools. Singer-songwriter, François also plays for Astheur and Seven Bags of Bricks, he teaches and performs as a minstrel at Montreal’s Red Dragon Inn.
Dominique Laguë is a human beatbox, though his place in boussaroque might be better qualified as vocal percussion, or vocorhythmic! He performed with experimental or electro groups such as Music for money and Les Globe-Glotters, but also collaborated with well-known artists like Yann Perreault, Ariane Moffat, Loco Locass, Luc de la Rochellière, Qw4rtz, etc.
Ingried's other projects are:
Duo'dragòre a duet with Danish hurdy-gurdy player Nicolas Koch Simms
Medieval and Folk Music
Souk d'Érable a quartet of exciting Montreal musicians, playing a blend of Christmas, gipsy, arabic,
manouche and jazz music!
With Dominique Soulard (flamenco guitar), Jean Félix Mailloux (double bass), Bertil Schulrabe (percussions)
Intimate Concert WOMEN VOICES
Ingried Boussaroque, vocals, nay, flutes, mandoline, kantele, performance art
An exploration of the feminine universe, now and before, near and far. Reaching beyond musicological research and “traditional” music, Ingried embodies women of flesh and blood, full of passion and light in timeless roles of mother, daughter, sister, friend, lover, wife….A very personal journey through emotions and thoughtfulness. Ingried brings to light striking similarities between Medieval, Sefardic, Scandinavian, Gypsy, Celtic, Quebec, Arabic musical traditions. Along with singing, she plays a variety of old and traditional instruments.
Up to 75 minutes performances.
Photo: Pierre-Emmanuel Dru
Photo: Lionel Lévêque
Photo: Rosie Schneider
Photo: André Chevrier
Workshop Series "THE JOYFUL VOICE"
(La voix heureuse)
Workshops open to all, no pre-requisite, except a certain fondness for singing.
To discover a new repertoire and sing together.
More playful, focused on the voice, the body, the awareness between the participants, relaxation, pleasure, etc.
You can find the schedule of these workshops in MY CALENDAR.
Toolkit for singers
Voice and relaxation
At the moment, all workshops are taking place at the Cultural Center Georges-Vanier (2450 Workman, Montreal)
OTHER WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
These activities can be presented in a version for the general public or for music students/fellow musicians.
They vary in length according to the attendance and the type of event.
WOMEN SONGS WORKSHOP
ODD RHYTHMS, ODD MODES - expand your musical landscapes
NORTH TO SOUTH, traditional ways of singing
How to enrich your performance with traditional techniques
At first classically trained, Ingried has discovered new sides of her voice through other singing techniques that will be presented in the workshop. Depending on the length of the workshop and the students’ musical expertise, various subjects can be explored, such as :
-different vocal techniques
The session is supported by a presentation of the appropriate repertoire and practical exercises.
Starting with a few medieval dances, Ingried takes you on a trip to the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Scandinavia, England and Brittany. A fun and lively way to discover similarities in the way people dance around the world!
MAJOR MEDIEVAL VOCAL SCORES
Among the scores to be presented :
- The Llibre Vermell of Montserrat
- The Cantigas de Santa Maria
- The Carmina Burana
- Songs of trouvères and troubadours
The historical context and the songs theme will be studied, as well as the manuscripts notation.The conference is supported by musical demonstration to which the audience is invited to join.
THE WORKS OF HILDEGARD VON BINGEN
A presentation of this visionary and mystical twelfth century woman, her writings, her life and her music, with a focus on her unique musical notation as well as the themes of her songs, transcriptions and ornamentation.