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As a youngster, Yves Sergerie spent many hours listening to the Big Band sounds his aunts and uncles played at various bars and clubs. When he actually began to play, it was behind a drum kit where he learned to play the core upon which all music rests, rhythm. With time, he found he needed a voice, a melodic presence to express the depths of his soul. The harmonica became his musical companion and the Blues became his language.
He began with rural blues sounds, but the Chicago Blues sounds attracted him most. In 1988 he co-founded the band Taxi Blues which ran for eight years with stops at various Jazz festivals in Chicoutimi and Rimouski, at the summer festival in Québec and also at the Song Festival in Tadoussac. Many road trips to various bars and clubs across Québec were included.
Yves’s experience and immense talent gained recognition. He participated for 4 years in show productions with the Bourbon Gautier country band. They produced countless shows across Canada, and opened for such well-known artists as Richard Desjardins at the Spectrum in Montreal, Kenny Rodgers at the Capitole in Québec and Billy Ray Cyrus at the Forum in Montreal. Two discs were produced with Bourbon Gautier and several television appearances followed. In 1994, Yves Sergerie created his own Yves Slim Blues Band which ran for four years.
When Yves Sergerie met Charlotte Hébert, it was a musical joining of souls. Thanks to Charlotte’s music, Yves can now develop the haunting sounds of the chromatic harmonica as well as becoming more active in the creation of original compositions for piano and harmonica. A first album « temps de nuit » came out in 2002 and was produced in several shows across Canada, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Charlotte's second album strange beauty was launched at the NAC Fourth Stage on October 7th, 2005 and in Winnipeg on November 19th, 2005 at the Antoine Gaborieau hall at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain.
After having played the club circuit for the last 5 years, being the other half of Rick & Slim, Yves has decided to go it alone by putting together an instrumental show titled email@example.com, which has been played several times all around the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area. He is accompanied on stage by a double bass player and a drummer. He recently joined forces again with virtuoso guitar player Martin Larose, his former partner in crime from the Slim Blues Band. The two are presently rehearsing a brand new show.