“Theirs is a music that transcends genre and that ultimately brands itself as Folias Duo music, full stop.”
–Textura on Heartdance 2023
Folias Duo is a distinguished musical ensemble, renowned for its remarkable fusion of classical and contemporary influences. Comprising flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, this married duo has cultivated a unique and enduring performer-composer collaboration spanning two decades. Their exceptional artistry breathes fresh vitality into classical music, infusing it with the rich tapestry of jazz, world music, and improvisation, crafting meticulously curated and evocative compositions.
As accomplished composers and performers, Folias Duo continually explores the technical and sonic possibilities inherent in their intimate flute and guitar combination. Their innovative approach has garnered acclaim and recognition from the industry, with Flutist Quarterly hailing them as “top talents,” a distinction that underscores their singular position within the contemporary flute and guitar ensemble landscape.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Folias Duo operates as a self-managed performing group, captivating classical music audiences across the United States, South America, and Europe. They specialize in crafting performances for discerning audiences seeking creative, artistic, and out-of-the-ordinary musical experiences. The duo has graced venues such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the National Flute Association Convention, among others, in addition to numerous intimate listening rooms, library theaters, and Guitar Society meeting spaces.
With an impressive discography encompassing eight albums, including releases on Blue Griffin Recording and their own Folias Music label, they have consistently showcased their original compositions and innovative arrangements. Their recent offerings, including “Dreaming to Live,” “Delicate Omens,” and “Heartdance,” further demonstrate their dedication to pushing the boundaries of musical expression and inspiring audiences with their visionary artistry.
Folias Duo Discography
Heartdance on Folias Music
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 Thompson 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 the same junior high school I did in Boise, Idaho.