Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Mélisande [électrotrad] (Canada)
In a fantastical feat of time travel, popular Québécois chanteuse Mélisande brings together a feminist perspective, electronic beats, and the cutting edge music influences of modern Montréal to re-interpret some of the oldest songs from Québec’s musical history.
Mélisande [électrotrad] examines the plight of women in traditional Québécois music with passion and creativity. The multiple award-winning group presents a high-energy performance with strong vocals, acoustic and electric instruments, drums and programming. Its new album Les millésimes (Borealis Records 2017) is already garnering attention from around the globe.
Mélisande’s songs talk of how the women of the past struggled under the heel traditional culture, finding clever ways to assert their own identity. Some songs also refers to wine making or wine drinking, just like fine wines good songs age well.
You’ll hear all the key elements of traditional Québécois music: la turlutte (lilting mouth music), les chansons à répondre (call-and-response songs), and the beautiful melodies from old world France; but you’ll also hear elements of alternative rock and pop, even rock. As Mélisande and her accomplice Alexandre ‘Moulin’ de Grosbois-Garand, dig deep into the traditional music of their heritage, they prove that the past isn’t cast in stone, and that our musical identity is our own to create – and proceed to do just that.