Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mauvais Sort from Québec to perform "folk 'n' roll" TONIGHT, Mar. 31, at NMU

MARQUETTE -- The last show of the 2010-2011 Northern Michigan University (NMU) International Performing Arts Series will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, with a performance by the French-Canadian "folk 'n' roll" group, Mauvais Sort. The concert will be held in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Prices are $6 for any student, $15 for NMU Staff/Faculty/Seniors 60+, and $20 for the general public.

"They’ve just concluded three days of workshops with over 2,000 students in the area. The response from students and teachers has been phenomenal," said Dan Truckey, curator of the Beaumier Heritage Center at NMU.

Mauvais Sort, whose name translates from French to mean "to put a spell on someone," has a musical style which is extremely hard to define, yet unique and true to its traditional roots. By combining traditional lyrics with contemporary musical compositions or by mixing their own original stories with old, folk rhythms, the group will turn your perception of Québec traditional music upside-down.

The band creates a new musical style: Folk 'n' roll. "Folk" for the inspiration, the foot stomping, the accordion, the fiddle, and the guitar; and "roll" for the arrangements, the bass, the drum, the percussion, and the energy. The young band members bring together their exceptional musical talents to delight audiences with a high-quality, high-energy show, infused with a passion for reinventing tradition. The band has performed over 600 concerts in 8 countries (Canada, Belgium, France, Switzerland, England, Scotland, New-Zealand and USA), was nominated at ADISQ for Traditional Album of the Year in 2003 with Jettatura and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Group of the Year with the album Koru in 2006, and has just released a new album that will win the hearts of fans all around the world!

Truckey noted tonight’s show will be filmed for broadcast on WNMU-TV. In fact, most of the group’s visit has been filmed for an hour-long documentary.

"We want a large and enthusiastic audience for not only the band but the cameras as well," Truckey said. "We want to thank Dwight Brady in Communications, his students, and the staff at TV13 for making this possible."

Mauvais Sort is the final Arts Midwest World Fest ensemble to visit Marquette. Arts Midwest World Fest presents international music ensembles in week-long residencies in small and mid-size Midwestern communities. Its purpose is to foster global understanding and appreciation through cultural experiences. The other ensembles which are part of the 2009-11 Program cycle include Agatsuma from Japan, Beauty and Melody from Sichuan Province in China, and The Israeli Ethnic Ensemble.

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