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Le Vent du Nord brings French Quebec musical culture to the Northwoods

Jan. 12, 2015

Nearly 5,000 K-12 students from throughout the Northwoods will experience the rich musical culture of French Quebec this week as the band Le Vent du Nord tours the region giving numerous workshops and performances.

Le Vent du Nord"It’s not often smaller communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like Le Vent du Nord—let alone for a full week," said Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall.

"The music and culture Le Vent du Nord shares will be absolutely fascinating and different from what we typically hear. We expect this residency will be a rousing musical and cultural experience for everyone."

Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has won critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and North America. The quartet has performed well over 1,000 concerts, racking up prestigious awards including two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala. This past November the band was awarded the prestigious ADISQ 2015 Album of the Year for their recently-released Tetu CD.

Le Vent du NordDuring the week the progressive French folk band will put on a dozen workshops for students from Rhinelander, Northland Pines, Lac du Flambeau, Phelps, Tomahawk, Crandon, Laona, Wabeno, and Elcho.

Le Vent du Nord is the second of four international ensembles visiting the Northwoods under Nicolet’s two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. Last fall the Mediterranean folk band Baladino kicked off the series. The line-up for 2016-17 will include Aysenur Kolivar from Turkey and Anda Union from China.

Rhinelander and surrounding communities were selected as one of only nine Midwestern locations to host the 2015-2017 Arts Midwest World Fest and is the only partner location chosen in Wisconsin.

The 2015-2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation and Anime Twin Cities. Additional support is provided by the Délégation du Québec à Chicago for Le Vent du Nord. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.