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Alexis Gardette-Chartrand

photo_AlexisGardette-ChartrandAlexis Chartrand is a young fiddler from Montréal. He began studying classical violin at the age of seven with Diane Plouffe-Plante (Ensemble Claude-Gervaise), all the while learning traditional Québécois music on its own, inspired by his very musical family (his father is stepdancer-caller Pierre Chartrand, his mother dancer Anne-Marie Gardette). While attending the classical music program at Joseph-François-Perrault high school, he performed in several cultural events with his parents, performing traditional Québécois and baroque music in Canada, the U.S. and France. Alexis is a seasoned dance fiddler and has grown up playing music for traditional called dances. Since 2010, he has performed as a duo with Colin Savoie-Levac (Les Poules à Colin, Dentdelion). They have performed twice at Mémoire et Racines festival in Joliette (QC) as well as the festival Virée à Carleton in Carleton (QC), as well as several performances in Montréal, including performing before 25,000 people at Québec’s national holiday as guest artists with the Yves Lambert Trio. Alexis currently studies music at the Cégep St-Laurent in Montréal and recently began playing on a regular basis with Montréal trad-jazz group Maz. He also performs with Les Trois Ours (The Three Bears) alongside TradNation artists Nicolas Babineau, Béatrix Méthé and Colin Savoie-Levac.