Folias Duo has been praised as “facile players who draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes, at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity” (Fanfare Magazine) and “daring in self-written music” (American Record Guide).
Flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron of the Folias Duo are a married couple whose unique interpersonal performer-composer collaboration of seventeen years breathes new life into classical music. Folias Duo melds characteristics of European classical music with jazz, world music and the art of improvisation. The rhythms, contours, and textures of their meticulously crafted and scenic music continue to test the technical and sonic limitations of the intimate flute and guitar combination.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Folias Duo’s performing career has taken them to stages throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Folias Duo’s self-booked 2019 summer tour included twenty concert performances throughout the western United States, while recent Michigan performance highlights include the Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series, where they presented their first flute and guitar concerto, the Scarab Club Chamber Music Series in Detroit, where they performed their own arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Angel Suite for flute, guitar and string quartet and performances on the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Classical Series.
Folias Duo has produced and released seven albums of original compositions and arrangements, including five albums on the Blue Griffin Recording label in 2004-2014. More recently they released Dreaming to Live (2017) and Delicate Omens (2019) on their own Folias Music label.
National parks and forests throughout the United State have played an integral role in Folias Duo’s creative impetus. They were chosen Artists-in-Residence for Isle Royale National Park in 2007, have given concerts in the North Cascades National Park (2012, 2015), and composed music about Big Bend National Park for their 2005 Marufo Vega album release. In the last four years, they started a yearly DIY music composing residency, composing music in rustic national forest cabins in Colorado, Iowa, Ontario and Oregon. Folias Duo’s compositions and live shows come with a greater call to action behind the music, asking listeners to ponder environmental responsibility and how listening to music can build a more contemplative state of being.
Maret and Bergeron earned Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Grand Valley State University. Now, with over twenty-five years combined experience as educators and entrepreneurs, Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron continue to nurture the growth of countless young musicians through their active teaching careers. They teach private lessons in flute, guitar, and composition and classes in music theory, music history, and music business at three West Michigan colleges along with developing their own Folias Music school.
Folias Duo Discography
Delicate Omens on Folias Music
Dreaming to Live on Folias Music
Viewpoints on Blue Griffin
Tango and Snow on Blue Griffin
Waterway on Blue Griffin
Marufo Vega on Blue Griffin
Tangos Metamorphoses on Blue Griffin
Want to know more about us?
Hometown: Holland, MI
Passion for: Homemade pizza.
What you would do for a living if not playing and composing music: Drive and listen to music.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why: Serra de Montsant National Park in Catalonia, Spain to backpack and drink Priorat wine!
Something you are proud of: I make white wine from grapes that we grow in our backyard.
Tea or coffee: Yes
Favorite time to practice: 9 to noon
When did you start playing music: When I was 4 years old on the Hammond organ.
Hometown (and other places lived): Lincoln, NE; Boise, ID; Kansas City, MO
Favorite Quote: “Close both eyes to see with the other” -Rumi
Passion for: Patterns on the modes of melodic minor.
What you would do if you won the lottery: I would curate a permanent local chamber music series and promote other groups to record on our label.
Who fixes up things around the house? You or Andrew: Me, of course.
What is your pre-practice routine: Vacuum the house.
Tea or coffee: Tea
No one would guess: David Lynch went to same junior high school I did in Boise, Idaho.