Greenfield Harmony Special French Canadian Spring Concert
Each spring, the choir invites special guest musicians from a unique music tradition to do a residency with the choir and then lead and accompany the singers in their spring concert. This spring’s concert will feature two well-known musicians from the Canadian band Genticorum; Pascal Gemme, fiddle and Nicholas Williams, accordion, piano, flute.
Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, Genticorum incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and energetic foot percussion into a jubilant musical feast.
Fiddler Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene who has been immersed in the playing, collecting and recording of his country’s music for over 20 years. Nicholas Williams, has developed a reputation as a versatile, dynamic musican in Quebec and New England. He is sought after as an instrumentalist and song leader. Nicholas arranged and taught the choir the set of Quebecois songs that will headline this concert.
Greenfield Harmony is known for presenting a wide variety of trad music in many languages. In addition to the French Canadian music they will present a cornucopia of hauntingly beautiful music from South Africa, Lithuania, Bulgaria, as well as social justice and New England shape note songs.
Every Greenfield Harmony concert is a benefit for a global or local peace building organization. Each spring their concerts raise scholarship money for the CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) Program at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. Peace builders from around the world gather there each summer for this intensive, life changing three-week program.