With a contemporary edge, double ARIA Award winning group Monsieur Camembert fuses the wild rhythms of Eastern Europe with with tango and latin music, swing, jazz, klezmer, tarantella and French Musette. 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, virtuosity, sensuality and flair.

 

The band:

Yaron Hallis - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

Edouard Bronson - Saxes, Clarinet, Flute, Bayan 

Marcello Maio - Accordion                              

Mark Harris - Double Bass                             

Santiago - Lead Guitar                                     

Shenzo Gregorio - Violin                                         

The guests:

 

Svetlana Bunic - Accordion

Daniel Weltlinger – Violin

Vladimir Khusid – trumpet

Anatoli Torjinski – Cello

Michael Lira – piano, bass

Julian Curwin – guitar, banjo

 

The highlights:

 

Jul 03 – Feb 05  Absynthe on Aust Jazz Chart for record-breaking 80 Weeks!!

July 2004            2 performances at The Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland

June, July 2004  Absynthe back at #1 on Australian Jazz Charts.

Aug - Dec 2003  Absynthe @ #1 spot on Australian Jazz Chart for 5 months.

Oct 2003             Absynthe CD wins ARIA AWARD for World Music

Jul - Sep 2003    Absynthe in Aust Top 20 Independent Chart – 14 weeks

Jan 2003:            Actor Toni Collette’s Wedding Reception

2002/03:              Lord Mayor’s NYE Party, Sydney Opera House

Oct 2002:            Live on Stage CD wins ARIA Award for World Music

July 2002:           Centenary Celebration: Ohel Leah (Hong Kong)

2001:                   SBS documentary “Fusions: Monsieur Camembert” 

Dec 2000:           ABC Radio National: “Live On Stage  broadcast

Oct 2000             Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Performance

Sept 2000:          Sydney Official Olympic Sites (3 shows)

 

The CD releases:

 

2005:                   Monsieur Camembert (2cd Set – advance copies out now!)

2003:                   Absynthe (winner 2003 ARIA Award – World Music)

2001:                   Live on Stage (Winner 2002 ARIA - World Music)

2000:                   Live at the Basement

 

Some festivals:

 

2005:                   Mosaic Festival - Singapore, Cygnet Festival - Tasmania

2004:                   Montreux International Jazz Festival 2004

2004:                   WOMADelaide - SA, Woodford - Qld

2003:                   St. Kilda Festival – Vic, World Beat & Woodford Festivals

2002:                   Bellingen Global Carnival – NSW, Perth Fringe Festival - WA

2002:                   Port Fairy Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Maldon Festival - Vic

2000:                   Woodford Festival & Adelaide Fringe Festival

1999:                   Woodford Festival & Hobart Fringe Festival

 

Some quotes:

 

..."Gypsy melodies unexpectedly fling themselves into full-tilt sambas, and traditional tangos are interrupted with flashes of pop songs & disco rhythms...a brazen and intoxicating blend of jazz, gypsy swing, Latin & East European influences...!" (The Age, 2005)

 

“…a gloriously good humoured & eclectic collection of genres 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. [Musically] as diverse as the ethnic mix in the line-up itself, and delivered with all the virtuosity, bravado and wit you’d expect from this superbly cerebral yet viscerally driven ensemble. Gloriously melodramatic, extraordinary musical prowess [and] breathless panache…ensemble playing at it’s finest.”  (Drum Media Magazine)

 

"...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...you could groove to them all night." (Diaspora)

 

"Rippling guitars, accordion swirls and ridiculously fast rhythms lend themselves beautifully to the gypsy-flavoured tunes…which can veer suddenly from a brisk, hot, club-style swing into a sultry tango or a strangely appropriate country and western twang. But there are also moments of tenderness and absolute sincerity and instrumental solos that dance with genuine virtuosity…so bring your Cossack boots and prepare to dance." (The Age, 2004)

 

“…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)