Stanislas Germain makes music since as far back as he can remember. He was always accompanied by music, starting with the lullabies his mother sang to him and later with Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Leonard Cohen and many other artists who have nurtured and inspired him.
Growing up, he discovered music and musicians from past centuries. Something in the Middle Ages and Renaissance had a special appeal for him. He studied at the Montreal Conservatory, then at McGill and at Université de Montréal where he completed a Masters. He plays the lute, theorbo, Renaissance and baroque guitar, vihuela and archlute.
His path then leads him to Barcelona where he perfected his art with several masters at Escola superior de música de Catalunya. Among them were Xavier Diaz Latorre, Pedro Esteban and Monica Pustilnik. He also explored songs and developed his voice with Francesc Garrigosa and Arianna Savall. He sings and accompanies himself on the lute, inspired by contemporary folk singers, but also by trouveres, troubadours, vihuelists and lutists of the Renaissance.
He spends seven years in Barcelona where he undertakes his career as a trouvere of the modern times. He founded an ensemble, Les Mariniers de Présent, and toured with them the cultural centers of the city of Barcelona. He also performed solo in Europe from the Azores to Brittany, with a detour through Colombia.
Back in America, under the auspices of the Batuta Foundation, he directs a workshop dedicated to ancient music from Spain and the New World for children who were victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. He also introduces in concert his first solo album, The dark side of the lute.
Stanislas also explores the sounds of wood to fabricate his own instruments. He also developed the craft of string- making with sheep guts, following the sparse testimonies by craftsmen of the Renaissance.
Stan has always created with music and words, everything he experiences is sooner or later transformed into a song. He explores the ancestor’s music which is an inspiration to bring to life his own creations. He carries on along a trail opened by trouveres and troubadours more than a thousand years ago.