Mélisande [électrotrad]

Mélisande [électrotrad] continues its creative journey between tradition and modernity with its third album Les myriades (Borealis Records, 2019). The songs proposed were discovered through a field recording project with elders led by Mélisande and Alexandre “Moulin” Grosbois-Garand in 2018 along the banks of the Richelieu River.

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, this great adventure allowed the artists to take their ethnological efforts even further and to discover sympathetic people from their region. For the musical part, Mélisande (lead vocals, jew’s harp) and “Moulin” (flute, vocals, arrangements, programming) called on Gabriel Ethier (producing, arrangements, programming) and David Boulanger (violin, banjo, vocals) to give their traditional songs a sonic signature more modern than ever.

Having an extravagant look allows artists to reconnect with the eccentricity of their respective career debut in the 90’s. With its first two albums (Les métamorphoses, 2014, Les millésimes, 2017), Mélisande [électrotrad] has earned an enviable place on the music scene, winning two Independent Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, several nominations and critical acclaim, in addition to presenting 150 shows in Canada, the United States, France and Australia.



Without a doubt, Mélisande électrotradstole the show at the 23rd New World
Festival last fall. Finding that perfectly balanced blend of tradition Quebecois music and contemporary electronica like they do is quite an accomplishment.
Melisande’s powerful voice and engaging stage presence captivated our
Main Stage audience and filled our dance floor. “Please have them back!” was the refrain I heard again and again as exhausted and smiling dancers went back to their seats. I will.

Kevin Dunwoody, Musical Director, New World Festival, VT

Mélisande électrotrad blends a deep understanding of traditional song with
fascinating electronic sounds and beats and superb musicianship. Their performance was infectious, irresistible and completely won over the audience at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala show.

Grit Laskin, President, Canadian Folk Music Awards

I have seen Mélisande now at several showcases and consistently she has impressed me with the strength and professionalism of her performance. She approaches traditional song in a unique and fun way, with a powerful voice and a confidence in her interpretations. She is an engaging performer who knows how to hold an audience’s attention, expressing the meaning of the songs not only though her words but also through her movement and facial expressions. Finally, her band is top – notch and share with her a very professional standard and creative approach to trad music.

Andy Hillhouse, Executive & Artistic Director, Harrison Festival Society, BC

Mélisande électrotrad has taken two very different genres, electronic and traditional, and melded them into a unique form of music, electrotrad. Borrowing from the past and definitely aiming for the future they have a sound and stage presence that will make you want to get up and dance! They are not to be missed!

Steve Johnson, Event Producer, NC, USA

With a faithful connection to the Quebecois music tradition, Melisande brings a
softness and delicacy to her songs and can create a foot – stomping experience with her wonderful band. Audiences at the Illawarra Folk Festival loved it!

David De Santi, Artistic Director, Illawarra Folk Festival, Australia