Zeneli Codel

As far as music goes, she primarily learned classical violin and further continued her musical training in jazz at Cegep St-Laurent, Montreal. Her thirst for adventure led her to be a part of the independent and socially engaged Cyclown Circus collective, which she joined for a bicycle tour, from France to China (2004-2007), as a musician and circus performer. In 2011, she produced her first original album: “L’Appât du crin”, with the group Anarchette. She currently plays with the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (nominated at the Canadian Juno awards for best world music album of 2015), Les Mains Tendres and Nigredo. In the framework of multidisciplinary projects such as Mange Racine, Puzzle Theatre and Princess Agnus Dei she developed new sound materials with the use of effects pedals, soundtracks, in situ installations and continued her research as a performer, including contemporary dance and physical theater. The teaching of music is also at the heart of her professional practice since 2002. She currently leads workshops for Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

Laurence Sabourin-Laflamme

Accordionist and pianist, Laurence Sabourin- Laflamme studied classical piano at Conservatoire de l’Ouatouais. She started accordion in 2008 and studied with well known accordionists, such as Sergiu Popa and Merima Kljuko.

She played in many bands including Ichka, Kleztory, Fanfare Carmagnole and started the duo Les Mains Tendres in 2014 with Zeneli Codel. This new project has already done many concerts for festivals and events in Montréal, Québec, Labrador and is touring in France for the summer 2016. She plays also in multidisciplinary projects, including music, dance and theater, such as Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (nominated at the Canadian Juno awards for best world music album of 2015 and nominated for ADISQ 2016), Mandoline Hybride, Mange Racine and Les Chasseurs de rêves. These projects made her travel trough the world, in South America, Europe, Eastern Europe and Canada.