“daring in self written music”
Todd Gorman, American Record Guide
Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are performers, composers, educators and entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Michigan known as the Folias Duo.
The Folias Duo’s fifteen year performer/composer collaboration has taken this nomadic husband and wife duo to stages throughout the United States and around the globe including Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile. They have a fearless approach to developing new original compositions for flute and guitar, an expertise for arrangements of Argentine tango, and a passion for South American folk. About Folias’s performing and composing, Robert Schulslaper of Fanfare Magazine writes: “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are facile players… They draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity… mysterious… charming… evocative,” while Todd Gorman of American Record Guide calls Folias “daring in self-written music” and “a nice touch of originality.”
Folias Duo’s concert touring showcases their versatility as composers, arrangers, and performers as well as their prowess for self management. Some recent highlights include the Detroit Scarab Club Chamber Music Series’ presentation of the duo’s arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Angel Suite for flute, guitar and string quartet and the Grand Rapids Art Museum Classical Series’ presentation of all original music and arrangements from the duo’s 2017 Dreaming to Live Release. Folias Duo’s 2017 summer tour includes over twenty performances throughout the west United States and features a debut performance at the Ventura Classical Guitar Series and a return performance at the Burning Tango Festival. Lee Passarella wrote in Audiophile Audition Review: “There’s really a lot to like here for enthusiasts of tango, blues, and jazz. Performances are suave and full of energy, the sound recording especially fine.”
The Folias Duo has performed live music for milongas (social tango dances) in over forty cities throughout the world. They continue to build camaraderie and communication between dancers and musicians through their musicality workshops which have been featured by the Albuquerque Tango Society, the Madison Tango Society and festivals such as the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Atlin Music Festival in northern British Columbia.
Since 2005, Bergeron and Maret have operated their label and publishing company Folias Music where they also host a podcast called Folias Music Live and maintain a blog that documents their relentless exploration of food and nature throughout the world.
As educators, Bergeron and Maret have been feature performers, guest lecturers and music business presenters at Wayne State University, Cornerstone University, Central Michigan University, and Michigan State University.