|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Years active||since 1999|
|Past members||Liu Kong Ha
The six band members are:
- Luzio Altobelli (accordion, drum, double bass)
- Guillaume Bourque (clarinet, bass clarinet)
- Alexis Dumais (piano, rhodes, double bass)
- Zoé Dumais (violin, glockenspiel)
- Dany Nicolas (guitar, banjo, double bass)
- Marton Maderspach (drum, double bass)
Sagapool was created in 1999 at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. The band plays often in the province of Quebec: it has played many times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and at the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, at the Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac, and in many different places across Quebec. The band also played Ontario, in France and in the U.S.A, for the Blissfest in Michigan.
The musical influences of the band go from klezmer, gypsy and manouche to ska, folk, latin and jazz. Although inspired by some traditional songs, the band’s music is all original material and leaves a lot of room for improvisation.
The band recorded 4 albums:
- Apprenti Moustachu (2002)
- St-Urbain Cafe (2005)
- Episode Trois (2008)
- Sagapool (2012)
Nominations and awards
- The album Episode Trois was named "Instrumental album of the year" at the Canadian Folk Music Award in November 2008.
- The band was given the "Rising Star Award" for its performance at the ROSEQ in 2008.
- The album Episode Trois was elected album of the week by the Montreal weekly newspaper Ici in May 2008.
- The album Episode Trois was nominated at the GAMIQ for best world music album of the year in 2008.
- The album St-Urbain Cafe was nominated at the ADISQ for best instrumental album of the year in 2006.
- The band also received the ROSEQ-RADARTS discovery award, in 2006.
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