Genticorum is one of the most sought after proponents of Québécois music, having performed and toured in over 20 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Firmly rooted in the soil of La Belle Province, this energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures. “Generous in spirit, meticulous in detail and flawless in execution” (HOUR), the musicians create a jubilant musical feast out of their precise and intricate fiddle & flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and top-notch guitar and bass accompaniment. The result is “a sonic marvel of synergistic chemistry, which defers to song rather than to self”.
Genticorum formed in 2000 after the members met each other at various music festivals and other gatherings in the Montreal area. Bandmates Pascal Gemme (fiddle, feet & vocals), Yann Falquet (guitar, jaw harp & vocals) and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand (wooden flute, electric bass & vocals) come to Québécois music via jazz, classical and other varied musical experiences. While all three have backgrounds in song and tune arrangement, Pascal Gemme does most of the arranging on the band's CDs. Pascal is an avid collector and, consequently, he is the one who digs up much of the group's repertoire from books or learnt from elders.
Genticorum has released five critically acclaimed albums. Its 2011 recording, Nagez Rameurs (roughly translated as “Row, brothers, row”), was promptly hailed as “one of the year’s most unusual and beautiful collections of folk music” (New York Post). Graced by a particularly compelling collection of traditional and original songs pieces, and guest appearances by such celebrated musicians as Grey Larsen and Olivier Demers (Le Vent du Nord), the recording won Genticorum its second “Ensemble of the Year” prize at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The trio’s latest release, Enregistré Live (2013), was a musical homecoming recorded in Pascal’s hometown of Farnham, Quebec. Delivering both raw energy and incredible finesse, the work was nominated for “Album of the Year - Traditionnal” at the 2013 ADISQ GALA.