Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene. Between the three of them they have been on the roster of virtually every ground-breaking band over the past 30 years. Fiddler Lisa and guitarist/singer André first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, Quebec’s longest-running powerhouse super group. Button-accordionist/singer Normand Miron and André are currently bandmates in Les Charbonniers de l’enfer (The Coalmen from Hell), an award-winning a-capella singing ensemble. Lisa, André and Normand have been playing as a trio since the 1990s, delighting audiences with their fiery dance music and finely-wrought vocals.
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Normand Legault is a dancer, jigger and musician from the vibrant, dance culture in Quebec. He studied art and folk traditions at Université Laval. He has also studied the cello and the classical guitar. He is a noted dancer and instructor, specifically highlighting the traditional aspects of the dance culture in Quebec, and how it interrelates and responds to the music. Normand has also been a member of À pied levé, a group which won the bronze medal in the cultural program of the Jeux de la Francophonie in Madagascar in 1997.
Born in Montreal, Pierre Chartrand is a dance historian-ethnologist, a choregrapher, a master step dancer and an artfull dance caller. Dancing for more than 35 years, he teaches and performs regularly in Quebec, Canada, United States, and Europe. After his Dance Master in La Sorbonne (Paris – France, 1991), he founded the Centre Mnémo, an archive center on traditional french-canadian dance and music. He published folk music and dance books for Mnémo, and wrote many articles for magazines, and frequently speaks at folk music programs and for conferences. He has also won various awards such as the international dance medal in Madagascar, August 1997, and Price of the best choreography by the Independent Reviewers of New England, 2005. He teaches at the dance program of the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the folk music program of Joliette College. In 2000, he started his company Dance Cadence and produced shows such as Rapetipetam, Chasse-Galerie, Le Bal des Ménestriers, etc.
Raz de marée (Tidal Wave) is a unique traditional music ensemble on the Quebecois folk music scene. Composed of accomplished musicians, the ensemble has evolved since 2004 primarily as a dance band, infusing them with the original essence of traditional instrumental music: to make people dance. Raz de Marée—whose members come from Quebec (Sabin Jacques on accordion and violin Eric Favreau), Acadie (Rachel Aucoin on piano and vocals) and New England (Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo)—invites cultures to meet and share a passion for traditional music and dance. Raz de Marée reveals a deeply rooted music, authentic and heartfelt. Relying primarily on a traditional repertoire, their music is contagiously energetic and sensitive.