Sylvester Manor will close out its Second Sunday Summer Strings concerts this Sunday, September 13 with the Québécois duo, Genticorum, at 5 p.m. on the creekside stage.
Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet will perform a repertoire of French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk songs, featuring Yann’s vocals and guitar playing, accompanied by Pascal’s fiddling and raucous foot percussion. Québécois music, influenced by French and Celtic traditions, almost always includes a fiddle, guitar and various percussive instruments, including bones, spoons and feet.
Pascal and Yann started their musical journey about 15 years ago, playing traditional Québécois tunes in downtown Montreal. Not too long after that, they formed the band Genticorum, along with multi-instrumentalist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, with whom they toured music festivals around the world.
Rich from their experience with the trio, Yann and Pascal have returned to the duo format to explore a more intimate approach to their music, focusing on Pascal’s large fiddle repertoire and Yann’s folk song collection.
Yann’s formal training is in jazz but a longtime love of French Canadian, British, Irish and Scandinavian music results in a playing style unique to Canadian traditional music. Pascal learned his craft from the old Québécois fiddlers and plays innovative twists on the music passed down to him. A fixture on the international, folk and Celtic music circuits, they have performed more than 800 concerts in 15 countries.
Bring chairs or blankets. You don’t have to bring a picnic; the Vine Street Café’s food truck will be there. No reservations are necessary; tickets will be available at the door.
Tickets cost $15, $10 for students, kids under 10 are free. Call 749-0626 or visit eventbrite.com.