Folk Bands and Artists
Manière des Bohémiens
Manière des Bohémiens play improvised Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli influenced Gypsy Jazz and Eastern European swing. They are the most debauched, ecstatic and downright amazing live band you will have seen for a long while.
Gypsy jazz played with the jaunty abandon of a misspent youth, an abusive PE teacher and a broken heart and arranged for 5 young virtuoso musicians who travel around playing the violin, guitar, clarinet and double bass whilst dipping in and out of Parisian alleyways and absorbing pieces of the colourful lives they meet along the way. They have been entertaining the folks of Nottingham and beyond for 3 years with their infectious blend of improvised, manouche jazz and rough-edged, virtuosic eastern-european gypsy-folk music.
Formed through a mutual love of gathering round warm bonfires and improvising, Maniére des Bohémiens spent many hours working together on the distinctive swing sound and many more on learning the melodies and developing them through improvisation.
Manière des Bohémiens´ current line-up of Rob Rosa - Violin, Roger Rosa & Nicolas Perez - Guitars, Abel Chaudé - Clarinet and Mark Houlgate/Mark Lewandowski - Bass have now collectively played over 200 shows which has created a tight, energetic sound which has made people get up on their feet up and down the land. The Launch of the their new album ´Mélodies Manouche´ at their residency at Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday July 7th 2012 marked the start of a busy season which saw them return to Nottinghamshire Pride Festival and Port Eliot Festival, take on the Wilderness Festival and Moira Furnace Folk Festival and embark on a European tour in August. They’ve also appeared at Summer Sundae, Limetree, Headstock and the Southwell Folk Festival to name a few. They are regularly the headline act at their hometown Nottingham gigs and are often seen at Nottingham Contemporary, the Bodega, the Rescue Rooms, the Malt Cross and the Hand & Heart. They´ve also had support slots for Polar Bear and Quantic.
They´ve been played on 6 music several times and have been included on Tom Robinson´s ´best of Introducing´ podcast. They have also played the BBC introducing stage at the 2010 Hockley Hustle and at last year’s Headstock.
The word of mouth galvanising this band has been phenomenal and since their first big gig in October 2009 their following has grown resulting in packed out gigs left right and centre. They get people on their feet and have been attracting many ‘Lindy Hop´ dancers who turn up, do their thing and get the dance floor moving!
Manière des Bohémiens continue to play regularly, gaining new followers as they go and introducing improvised gypsy-jazz to a new, younger generation. Manière des Bohémiens are available to do gigs at pubs, bars, cafes, festivals, busking spots, executions, bris milahs, etc...