Stick&Bow, “The trailblazing Montreal duo that plays everything from Bach to Radiohead” (CBC Music), unites Canadian marimba player Krystina Marcoux and Argentinian cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado. Classically trained musicians, they present a wide spectrum of musical styles, ranging from rock to Gypsy-jazz and Baroque to tango. Their eclectic repertoire features original arrangements of some of the most celebrated works in history, high- lighting the potential of their instruments combined. The creative process of Stick&Bow is a blend of musical narration, humour, and storytelling in which the powerful combination of cello and marimba transforms the experience of familiar works in refreshing and unexpected ways. Stick&Bow is also strongly committed to the music of our time, commissioning works that are daring yet accessible from composers such as Luis Naon, Camille Pépin, Luna Pearl Woolf, Jason Noble, Marcelo Nisinman, and Jean-Pierre Drouet.
Stick&Bow’s critically acclaimed debut album Resonance was praised by Toronto’s The WholeNote as “just brilliant” and “totally delightful” and by La Scena Musicale as full of “pleasant surprises.” Krystina and Juan performed their innovative program, featuring music from Bach to Radiohead, on multiple stages throughout Québec and New Brunswick as “Emerging Artists” with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada in 2019.
Featured in CBC Music’s The Intro as “boldly going where no cello and marimba have gone before,” the members of Stick&Bow have been busy giving digit- al performances during the COVID-19 pandemic. They were one of the few classical crossover groups to be selected by the National Arts Centre for the #CanadaPerforms live concerts; they arranged and recorded the song “Pour déjouer l’ennui” with singer Pierre Lapointe; they arranged and recorded a new Latin American program commissioned by Baruch College in New York City; they recorded five new music videos with LEAF music; they recorded a new show called All the Madmen, featuring music from Beethoven to Bowie, commissioned by Festival Classica to be premiered on Concert Bleu; they wrote a new theatrical show, Bavela et ses 7 vies d’aventure, commissioned by Arte Musica and Salle Bourgie; and they performed alongside harpsichord specialist Luc Beauséjour at the Festival Bach on November 22. This recording of J.S. Bach with Beauséjour is their second album.
First-prize winner at the Latin-American Cello Competition, Juan Sebastian holds a doctoral degree in cello performance from McGill University. Krystina, first-prize winner at the OSM Competition, holds a PhD from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et danse de Lyon.