- April 26, 2013
- 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123
"The coolest sounds on either side of the Atlantic." - Billboard
Media Sponsor: Amoeba Music
Four albums and a decade spent touring the globe playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco and Berlin to Beirut have enabled Paris Combo to create its own unique world, establishing itself as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the mischievous vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo has struck a positive chord with critics and audiences for their fun-loving mix of jazz, French pop, cabaret, gypsy, Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms.
In the early '90s, du Berry, Potzi and François Jeannin first performed together as members of the offbeat retro revue Champêtres de Joie, playing acoustically in the historic Berry Zèbre cinema in Paris' Belleville district. Together they collaborated with French choreographer Philippe Decouflé at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Albertville. Du Berry met Australian musician David Lewis in 1994 when both were performers at the inaugural Cabaret Sauvage revue (now a popular venue in Paris) and it was not long before he joined the trio. They were then joined by bassist Mano Razanajato, forming what was to become Paris Combo.
From 1995-97, the group honed their unique style playing in cafés and on barges moored along the Seine. Du Berry, whose musical roots go back to post-punk bands, often cites influences such as Arletty, the French singer-actress of the '30s, but also the Surrealists and a panoply of more recent artists including the B-52's. Potzi's Django-influenced guitar often mixes with François' ska or Latin grooves to create a fascinating blend. Lewis, who had previously played with a wide variety of French bands including Manu Dibango and Arthur H, attributes the group's approach to Paris' cosmopolitan atmosphere.