“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 Pronunciations and Meaning
Flutist Carmen Maret (pronounced mah-RAY) and guitarist Andrew Bergeron (pronounced BUR-jur-on) joined forces in 2003 to establish the Folias (pronounced FOAL-ee-us) Duo. The name "Folias" is an homage to "La Folia," a timeless European melody that has served as a wellspring of inspiration for composers over centuries. With each culture adding its unique interpretation and nuance to this enduring melody, "Folias" encapsulates the Duo's diverse musical influences and creative spirit.
“Theirs is a music that transcends genre and that ultimately brands itself as Folias Duo music, full stop.”
–Textura 2023 // Read More
“Five stars: A life-enhancing experience that stays with the listener long after the final note has sounded.”
–Fanfare Magazine 2023 // Read More
“Heartdance represents a culmination of their creative synergy so far. The compositions, performances and recordings are excellent.”
–The Flutist Quarterly 2023 // Read More
Heartdance, “It’s a beautiful blend of intellect, cultural and sonic exploration, a deep love and commitment to one another through life and song, and a shared joy in exploring and to the repertoire of music for classical guitar and flute.”
–Local Spins 2023 // Read More
This was a memorable conversation we had with Bonnie Bierma on Blue Lake Public Radio about the new album Heartdance. The interview was recorded live in the studio at WBLU in Twin Lake, MI. We explored so many soulful topics about the creative process, collaboration, and the quest for inspiration. Check out the full episode on bluelake.org/ondemand.