May 27 to June 03 2017


Friday 26 May 2017
8:00 pm

​Lecture et musique (collaboration)

Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

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Lecture et musique
En partenariat avec le Festival des Guitares du monde, le Salon du livre vous propose une soirée alliant musique et littérature. Le quatuor Kawandak accompagnera les lectrices Dominique Demers et Stéphanie Boulay, dans un mélange de musique traditionnelle autochtone d'Amérique du Nord et de musique occidentale.


Blending strong traditions and powerful musics!!The Kawandak (“white spruce” in Algonquian language) quartet put together in 2008 by jazz bassist Normand Guilbeault, is designed as meeting ground for traditional Native American music (Quebec, Canada,United States), and occidental musical forms, integrating it, according to

the inspiration, to diverse elements such as jazz, blues, rock and folk, without forgetting a review of some of the great classics of the contemporary aboriginal songbook.

Driven by a singular and original approach, Kawandak distances himself from traditional clichés and opts for a new approach of the traditional aboriginal songs. An authentic "Power Quartet", the group distinguishes itself in a unique way, in the Quebec-Canada musical universe, by proposing to the listeners a diversified, rich and authentically «crossbreed» music. Everything in this music calls to us: poetry, songs of love and hope, political and social themes … An ode to nature and the sacred!

2015 and 2016 will bring, by the addition of two new collaborators, a second wind to the group. Therefore, the wonderful storyteller, singersongwriter Robert Seven-Crows, Mi’kMaq/metis will join the band and will enrich the aboriginal universe of Kawandak with his songs ("Swamp Folk", as he likes describing them) as well as several tales and legends of his nation.

On the other hand, the excellent singer Annie Poulain, will contribute in a singular way to the revival of the Kawandak "sound" glorifying by her vocal interpretations as much as musical (with the addition of piano and keyboards) the works of the musical repertoire.

These new members will solidly be supported by the original musicians of the group : Claude Lavergne on drums, Sylvain Provost on guitars and

Normand Guilbeault, on doublebass, voice, arranger and musical director.

You can expect that the next coming months and years will be more than promising for Kawandak!!!

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