Monsieur Periné is one of the leading bands in Colombia’s thriving new music scene. The group won a Latin GRAMMY award for “Best New Artist” in 2015.
Their latest album Caja de Musica was produced by Eduardo Cabra, aka Visitante from the groundbreaking Puerto Rican group Calle 13. The album also features vocal guests like Ruben Albarran from Mexican rock legends Cafe Tacuba and Dominican star Vicente Garcia.
Rooted in gypsy jazz music and celebrating Django Reinhardt, Monsieur Periné’s fresh style adds a variety of Latin elements to the mix. While incorporating genres like cumbia, son, bolero,
tango and samba, the band performs traditional South American instruments like the charango, bandoneon and Latin percussion.
Monsieur Periné’s airy yet virtuosic instrumental foundation connects 1930s Paris with the youthful spirit of modern Bogota. It is the perfect backdrop to showcase Catalina Garcia’s sugarsweet,
sunshiny vocals at the very center of their signature “swing a la Colombiana” style. With the help of the illustrator Jose Arboleda and their own fashion designer, the band has created a world of their own, that comes to life in their music, their artwork and of course their performances.
“What’s amazing is that Monsieur Perine isn’t just some obscure jazz-school nerdery. They’ve made big strides, earning radio play and marquee billing at major music festivals. In part, that’s
because they balance their high-concept musical fusions with a spot-on pop sensibility.” -MTV
“Monsieur Perine surprised us this year, flipping the script with music inspired by French jazz, swing, and Colombian folk.” -LA Weekly
“The sextet’s bouncy and joyous brand of Colombian swing captivated the crowd… It was easy to see why Monsieur Perine is such a smash in South America.” –Creative Loafing (North Carolina)
Elsa y Elmar
Colombian singer-songwriter Elsa Carvajal , who is from the Bucaramanga, a mountainside city in Colombia, began studying jazz as a teenager. She is a recent graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where she began recording as Elsa y Elmar.
The singer-songwriter refers to her sound as “spiritual pop.”