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Robin Grenon – Gisèle Guibord

Celtic and Paraguayan harp duo

Since 1996, the  duo has delighted listeners with their versatility. They developed, by exploring the world of the harp, a passion for the music of several folk traditions.

Both musicians began their career in classical music, but gradually turned toward other styles and instruments. Both studied at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, Gisèle as classical organist with Bernard Lagacé and Robin as classical guitarist with Stephen Fentok. Fascinated by Latin music, Robin fell under the spell of the Paraguayan harp, which he studied with Paraguayan Eralio Gill and Cuban Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. Gisèle, an active concert and church organist, turned to the harp in 1993, when Robin became her teacher. They soon found in each other a kindred spirit in music and in life!

Through their compositions and arrangements, they have created a unique and innovative sound all their own where the misty Celtic and sunny Paraguayan harps blend in harmony. Robin and Gisèle performed and tought  at the following events : the International Folk Harp Conference in Seattle (1996), Toronto HarpFest (2000), the Canadian Music Showcase in Ottawa (2009), the Cammac Lake MacDonald Music Centre (2011); and in September 2011, the Northern Lights Festival in Ottawa.

They have seven recordings: Djiguedon 2001: Celtic and Paraguayan repertoire; Trace d'Ange 2004: Celtic Christmas; Suite Mariale / Marian Suite 2006: compositions in honour of the Virgin Mary; Harpe du Paraguay (following their trip to Paraguay in 2007), Close to You 2008 : a selection of American songs from the 60’s and 70’s for Folk Harps; and in 2010: Beatles Melodies with the Robin Grenon trio: harp, pipe organ and percussion, and finally Harpes d’Irlande, a suite of soft Irish ballads for two harps.

In 1996, they co-founded Harpissimo Quebec (the Quebec Chapter of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen) and continue to promote the Folk Harp in Québec.