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A French Concert, Oh Là Là!


Alisha Newton

This evening I had the delightful experience of attending a concert at Sarratt Cinema with my French 102 class, including my professor and son mari (her husband).

I got a signed poster :-)

The feature was Genticorum, a three-man band from Québec. The band includes Yann Falquet on the guitar and jaw harp; Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand on the wooden flute, electric bass, fiddle; and Pascal Gemme, playing the fiddle and stomping his feet. All three sing as well, which made for some beautiful a capella songs. The foot-stomping was especially exciting.

According to the band’s website, “for more than a decade [13 years], Genticorum has been a fixture on the international world, traditional, folk and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native Quebec, this dynamic trio incorporates today’s North American and European folk cultures into their music.”

The band’s folksy style is nothing like contemporary American country music, which I do not particularly enjoy.

The concert was free for Vanderbilt students! There were several other French classes present, since the concert was arranged by the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt.

This was the best moment of the night; it happened during the final song:

My friend and her boyfriend waltzing to the music!


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