Madrigaïa was born in Manitoba, in the heart of Winnipeg's French community, in the spring of 1999. The women of Madrigaïa, all musicians, dancers and actresses among the most respected in their musical community, took their love of singing and improvising together onto the stage. Combining breathtaking harmony with pulsing vocal and instrumental percussion, Madrigaïa sweeps audiences into a storm of music from around the globe.
Madrigaïa has created a highly original and entertaining show which unerringly enchants and captivates its fast-growing audiences. Drama, movement and pulsing, percussive elements are combined as they perform songs from over a dozen different countries, such as Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, India, Poland, Israel and of course from their French-Canadian roots. Madrigaïa has had the honour of performing before personages of note and royalty, and has received recognition and accolades from its peers and professionals of the musical industry, such as producers Sergio Natureza (Brazil), Norman Dugas and Don Benedictson, composer Stephen Hatfield, performers Jane Siberry, Kiran Ahluwalia and The Toronto Tabla Ensemble and artistic director Louis Saint-André.
Over several years, Madrigaïa has toured across Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and performed in the U.S.A., France, Switzerland, and South America. In May 2006, Madrigaïa had the honour of travelling to Haiti for the inauguration of Haitian President Mr. René Préval. Madrigaïa performed before Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and for a festive, cheering crowd of nearly one hundred thousand Haitian people. Their debut album, Viva Voce (2002) won a Canadian Independent Music Award (2003), in the Best World Music Album category. Madrigaïa’s second album, Pléiades , has received critical acclaim since its release on September 1st, 2005, and has won the award for Best World-Fusion Album at the International Independent Music Awards (2006).