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 fifteen 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 2018 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 who presented the duo’s new flute and guitar concerto, the Scarab Club Chamber Music Series in Detroit who presented the duo’s arrangement of Piazzolla’s Angel Suite for flute, guitar and string quartet and the Grand Rapids Art Museum Classical Series who presented a program of Bergeron and Maret’s original music and arrangements.
In addition to their adventurous touring schedule, Folias Duo has established a reputation as one of the premier flute and guitar performer-composer duos in the studio. With six albums, including their most recent Dreaming to Live (2017) on their own Folias Music label, the duo champions original classical music with a flare for Argentine tango and South American folk mixed with jazz and world music. In recordings, Folias Duo has been praised as, “facile players; they draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity” (American Record Guide) and “daring in self-written music” (Fanfare Magazine).
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 throughout the United States, Chile and Argentina, including the Burning Tango Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), the A-B-QTango Festival (2018), the Albuquerque Tango Society, the Madison Tango Society, Esquina Tango Austin, Quantum Tango, Decir Tango, Wasatch Tango Club, Tango Berretín and at festivals such as the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Atlin Music Festival.
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, 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 manages Folias Music, their own record label and publishing company specializing in print on demand sheet music. On their website, Folias Duo hosts a podcast called Folias Music Live that explores the process of performing and composing and they write for a blog that documents their relentless exploration of food and nature throughout the world.
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.