2002 ARIA Award winner for World Music, this acclaimed 6-piece combo fuses the wild gypsy rhythms of Eastern Europe with hot-club swing and jazz.
Mixing Hungarian, Russian and Romanian gypsy styles with tango,
swing, klezmer and French Musette, Sydney-based band
Monsieur Camembert’s shows have become synonymous with an atmosphere of celebration and spontaneity. This is gutsy, emotive and irresistibly danceable music, played with originality and virtuosity.
Monsieur Camembert is:
Yaron Hallis – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Edouard Bronson – Tenor/Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Vocals
Svetlana Bunic – Accordion, Vocals
Yuri Terletski – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Mark Szeto – Double Bass, Vocals
Melissa Kenny – Trombone, Vocals
Phillipe Wittwer – Accordion, Vocals
Julian Curwin – Guitar, Banjo
Michael Lira – Piano, Double Bass
Vladimir Khusid – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Vocals
Shenzo Gregorio – X-treme Violin
ABC RadioNational’s Live On Stage - Dec. 2000
SBS documentary Fusions: Monsieur Camembert - Dec. 2000
Centenary Celebration - Ohel Leah Synagogue – Hong Kong – July 2002
Some festival appearances:
1999 – Woodford Folk Festival & Hobart Fringe Festival
2000 – Woodford Folk Festival & Adelaide Fringe Festival
2002 - Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Maldon Festival, Vic
2002 - Bellingen Global Carnival, NSW; Perth Fringe Festival, WA
2003 – St. Kilda Festival, Victoria: World Beat Festival, Brisbane, Qld
Some media quotes:
“…..somehow two parts push-you-back-in-your-chair passion to one part tongue-in-cheek excitement. Don’t make my mistake and get so carried away by this music that you hurl your empty shot-glass into the fireplace – only to realise you don’t have a fireplace.” Sydney Morning Herald, Dec. 2001
"...the excellence of the musicians is never in doubt as they quote a kaleidoscope of genres not only with flair and humour, but also with telling feeling. If I had to summarise the immense appeal of this group, it is their subtle quirkiness and sense of surprise they engender. Their interplay, arrangement nouse and sureness of rhythm are such that you could groove to them all night without realising that they don't have a drummer...Genuinely soulful." (Diaspora Magazine, Spring, 2002)
“……a gloriously good humoured and eclectic collection of genres all colliding together into a surprisingly coherent whole. It’s all carnival sounds and folk parody but played with undeniable ebullient gusto and enthusiasm. The tongues might be firmly in cheek, but the minds and fingers are firmly in control of their instruments, and that’s where the passions really fly.”
Drum Media Magazine, Dec. 2001
“With irresistible bounce and stylistic verve, their sound is a true melting pot, transcending musical boundaries galore…and you'll find some of Sydney's most free thinking musicians in the line-up”. CitySearch, Dec. 2001
"…frenetic energy and unstoppable groove…and its impossible not to dance to. You could be forgiven for thinking that this 6-piece band spend their every waking moment studying complex arrangements and magical rhythms…but while many traditional style acts play their music with mournful respect, it’s the irreverence with which Camembert approach their music that gives it its vibrancy and energy. …Drag yourself out to see Monsieur Camembert!" (Revolver Magazine, Sept. 2001)
"...darting through clever arrangements that mix elements of East European folk and gypsy tunes, klezmer, tango and swing, [they] worked their way from a slow, foot stomp, to furiously strummed guitars, accordion swirls and an insistent heady 'hey hey hey', temporarily turning the concrete outdoor amphitheatre into a rowdy vodka bar in Vladivostok..."
(The Age, Melbourne, Feb 03)
"not many bands can claim to have played at the lord mayor's New Year's Eve party at the Opea House, Sydney Global Festival, and at the wedding of acrtress Toni Collette all in the same week...rock n' roll Gypsy outfit Monsieur Camembert is one such band!"
(Beat Mag, Melbourne, Feb 03)
"Fancy a multicultural musical treat? Think along the lines of Sally Bowles Cabaret meeting up with Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band...irresisteably danceable music, played with originality and virtuosity..."
(Geelong Advertiser, Feb 03)
"From an uncondtional passion for Gypsy, swing, manouche or tzigane music, Monsieur Camembert seems to constantly open its horizons, standing among the most progressive contemporary bands. Their music touches many generations of audience, whether you want to have fun, dance, travel, discover, or treat your friends, this band will leave it's mark in your memory..."
(Maïté Barbe, 2RRR 88.5 FM, Sydney Jan 03)
These guys really know how to swing...[its] the perfect party music - there is something very irresistable and fun and sexy about it. In their own right, they're pretty incredible musically...These guys are wonderful and sorely needed in this pre-packaged age."
(Cleo Glyde, Basement-online, Sydney Jan. 03)