Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are performers, composers, educators and entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Michigan known for their work as the Folias Duo.
Folias Duo’s seventeen year flute and guitar collaboration has taken this nomadic husband and wife duo to stages throughout the United States, Europe and South America. They appear annually on concert tours that showcase their fearless approach to performing new co-written compositions for flute and guitar. Their 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 new flute and guitar concerto, the Scarab Club Chamber Music Series in Detroit, where they performed their own arrangement of Piazzolla’s Angel Suite for flute, guitar and string quartet and performances on the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Classical Series.
In addition to their ambitious adventurous touring schedule, Folias Duo has established a reputation as one of the premier flute and guitar performer-composer duos in the recording studio. With seven albums, including their most recent, Delicate Omens (2019) on their own Folias Music label, the duo creates uniquely original classical music which incorporates their love of Argentine tango, South American folk, jazz and world music. In reviews of their recordings, 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 are “daring in self-written music” (American Record Guide).
As both tango dancers and tango musicians, Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron of the Folias Duo have performed at milongas and taught musicality classes featuring their own “Golden Era” tango arrangements since 2003. They have played their original arrangements for social dancing in over forty tango communities in Chile, Argentina and throughout the United States, including the Burning Tango Festival (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), the A-B-QTango Festival (2018), the Albuquerque Tango Society, the Madison Tango Society, Esquina Tango Austin, Quantum Tango, Decir Tango, Wasatch Tango Club, and Tango Berretín. They have also performed tango at festivals such as the Fairbanks (AK) Summer Arts Festival, and the Atlin Music Festival in British Columbia.
With over twenty-five years combined teaching experience, Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron continue to nurture the growth of countless young musicians through their active teaching careers as private instructors of flute and guitar, and classroom teachers of music theory, composition, music history, popular music, and music business at three west Michigan colleges: Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, and Grand Rapids Community College.
Folias Duo manage Folias Music, their own record label and publishing company. Through Folias Music they release their own original compositions and arrangements as both audio recordings and sheet music, featuring commissioned works of original cover artwork. On their website, Folias Duo host a podcast called Folias Music Live that explores the process of performing and composing, and they curate a blog that documents their relentless exploration of food and nature throughout the world. www.foliasmusic.com
Hometown: Holland, Michigan.
Passion for: Homemade pizza.
What you would do for a living if not playing and composing music: Drive.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why: Serra de Montsant National Park in Catalonia, Spain.
Something you are proud of: I make white wine from grapes that we grow in our backyard.
Hometown (and other places lived): Lincoln, NE; Boise, ID; Kansas City, Missouri.
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.
No one would guess: I’ve never smoked pot. Too protective of my lungs.