Who we Are
Stick&Bow, “The trailblazing Montreal duo that plays everything from Bach to Radiohead” (CBC Music’ The Intro), unites Canadian marimba player Krystina Marcoux and Argentinian cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado. Classically trained musicians, they strive to present a wide spectrum of musical styles, ranging from rock to gypsy-jazz, baroque or tango. Their eclectic repertoire features original arrangements of some of the most celebrated works in history, showing the potential of their instruments combined. In their creative process, they combine musical narration with humor and story-telling in which the powerful combination of cello&marimba transforms the listening 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 Luis Naon, Camille Pépin, Luna Pearl Woolf, Jason Noble, Marcelo Nisinman, Jean-Pierre Drouet and more.
Stick & Bow’s critically-acclaimed debut album Resonance is praised by Toronto’s The WholeNote as “just brilliant” & “totally delightful” and by La Scena Musicale as full of “pleasant surprises.” Marimba player Krystina Marcoux and cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado have brought their innovative new program – featuring music from Bach to Radiohead – around Quebec and New Brunswick as “Emerging Artists” of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada in 2019, along with recent stops in Paris’ Belleviloise for a full house and in New York City’s APAP showcase in January 2020.
Featured in CBC Music’s The Intro as “boldly going where no cello and marimba have gone before”, they have been very active during the crisis of Covid-19. They were one of the few classical crossover groups to be selected by the National Arts Center for the #Canadaperforms live concerts; they arranged the song Pour déjouer l’ennui and released a video together with star singer Pierre Lapointe which was watched over 100K in less than 24 hours; they recorded their second album with harpsichord and baroque expert Luc Beauséjour; they arranged, recorded and performed a new full Latin American program commissioned by Baruch College in New York; and they recorded professionally with the label Leaf Music 5 new music videos to be released in the fall 2020.
Some of their upcoming projects in 2020 will bring alive : All the Madman featuring music from Beethoven to Bowie, commissioned by Festival Classica to be premiered on December 13th on the platform Concert Bleu ; a new theatrical show, “Bavela et ses 7 vies d’aventure” around El dia de la muerte commissioned by Arte Musica et Salle Bourgie; Johann Sebastian Bach’s six trio sonatas along with renowned harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour at the Festival Bach, on November 22nd. They have also been chosen by the prestigious organization Jeunesses Musicales France for a 6-week tour in 2022.
First-prize winner at the Latin-American Cello Competition (2008), Juan Sebastian holds a Doctoral degree in cello performance from McGill University and Krystina, first-prize winner of the OSM Competition (2012), holds a PhD from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et danse de Lyon. Their music has brought them to share magical moments with audiences from Banff to Colombia, passing by Armenia, Italy, the USA, Ecuador, France, as well as two panCanadian tours in 2019 and 2020 as “Emerging Artists” with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.