Maja & David are known for their phenomenal contact on stage, and they possess the ability to create an intense atmosphere to surround their music. Since the beginning of the duo’s existence the activities have progressed quickly; over 60 concerts in Europe, USA and Canada, and showcasing at several conferences has given the duo a firm grip on the international folk music. They now travel more and more to please audiences in many countries.
They will be offering fiddle and dance workshops in fiddle repertoire and style from Denmark (Maja) and fiddle and foot percussion from Québec (David). This is an opportunity to study with some of the most innovating and exciting folk musicians touring anywhere in the world! We are so lucky to have them joining us at The Front Porch. And after their workshops, don’t miss their concert later that evening, hosted by the Prism Coffeehouse. Details and tickets to the evening concert may be found here.
Maja is a fiddler, a singer, a researcher and a teacher, as well as a composer, arranger and a dancer. Especially the old music and singing traditions of Central Jutland (Denmark), where she grew up, is what gives her energy, and soon she will be a published author of a book about the Central Jutland music.
She also plays the Norwegian instrument, the Hardanger Fiddle, which she took up while living in Norway in 2009, and her Scandinavian roots take physical form when she performs with her fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak, where the two other members are fellow folk musicians from Norway and Sweden.
When singing, Maja brings back some of the power and spark that the older generations carried on in the small communities of Denmark for decades and centuries. She has searched for and nourished the old ways of singing, and one of her missions is to sing the songs in the old dialects in which they were originally sung. Other than Maja very few people master this form of traditional song in Denmark.
David Boulanger is an exceptional Quebecois player as well as a respected jazz violin player, composer and arranger in Montreal. He has gained widespread acclaim for his joyful and superb fiddling; a man of great talent, enthusiasm and humour.
David is perhaps best known as a member of the legendary Québécois folk big band “La Bottine Souriante”, which has been touring the world for almost 40 years now.
He is a highly respected fiddler, foot-tapper, singer, composer and arranger from Montréal. He was born in 1983 in Saint-Hubert on the south shore of Montréal, where he started to play the fiddle at 8. At 16 he started his first trad music band where he played the guitar, and in CEGEP (pre-university) and university he studied jazz composition, arrangement and violin.