Welcome to Folias Music, the home of flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron who perform around the world as the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo. As Folias Music, we focus on composing, performing, publishing sheet music and releasing CDs of original music. While the majority of our music is concert chamber music we also integrate world, jazz, and tango dance band music into our compositions. On this site you will also read about our connection to nature and our love of cooking and food.
This nomadic duo has played on stages around the globe including in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Guinee, West Africa. Carmen and Andrew have self-booked and promoted tours extensively throughout North America, including festivals in Alaska and Canada and milongas in over 25 tango communities throughout the United States.
American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.” Having worked together for over ten years, this Grand Rapids, MI based husband and wife duo of flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron continue to break new ground as performers and composers with a list of over 40 self-published compositions on the Folias Music site. Folias’ five critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Griffin Recording label show their versatility as musicians. They have a strong connection to South American folk, Argentine tango and to the music of Astor Piazzolla.
Andrew Bergeron is instructor of guitar, ear training, and music theory at Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. Andrew is a founding performer and composer with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet which feature his new works and arrangements. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Philosophy from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI with a focus on guitar performance, music composition and Chinese philosophy. He received his Master of Music in composition at Michigan State University School of Music where he was recipient of the “Paul Harder Composition Scholarship.” Andrew Bergeron’s main guitar teacher was Brian Morris at Grand Valley State University. He also studied with Nicholas Goluses and Scott Tennant while at the Eastman Guitar Festival. Andrew’s main composition teachers were Charles Ruggiero and Bob Schechtman and he studied theory with Sherman Van Solkema.
Carmen Maret is an endorsed Pearl Flute artist and instructor of flute at Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College. Carmen received her Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music in flute performance from Michigan State University School of Music. She also received a second Master of Music degree in ethnomusicology at Michigan State University with a focus on Argentine tango music and dance. Carmen Maret is the founder of the Grand Rapids Tango Community. Carmen Maret’s primary teachers were Mary Posses and Richard Sherman. She attended the Eastern Music Festival in 1999 and also studied with Peter Lloyd at his summer flute seminar in St. Andrew’s, Scotland in 2000. Carmen has performed in masterclasses with William Bennett and Julia Bogorad and attended masterclasses with Carol Wincenc, James Galway, and Emmanuel Pahud. Carmen’s jazz teachers include Bobby Watson and Ron Blake. She also studied tango music with bassist Pablo Aslan.