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KEXP 90.3FM and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcome the multi-genre Colombian act Monsieur Periné for two performances. Band members are Catalina García (vocals), Santiago Sarabia (strings), Nicolás Junca (guitar), Adinda Meertins (contrabass), Darwin Paéz (drums), Miguel Guerra (percussion), Jairo Alfonso (sax, clarinet), Bstin Caviedes (trombone, bugle). Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Monsieur Perine surprised us this year, flipping the script with music inspired by French jazz, swing, and Colombian folk.” - LA Weekly
Formed in 2008 in Colombia, the eclectic ensemble Monsieur Periné has taken a quick rise to stardom over the past five years. Based in the nation’s capitol of Bogotá, the band spent their formative years in the all-too-familiar struggle of an indie band against the dominant pop-music radio. They soon developed a significant local following for their eclectic blend of French-style gypsy jazz with dance, folk, pop, and beyond.
It was their 2012 debut, Hecho a Mano, which brought the band to the attention of the international community. With videos of that album’s singles in the millions, the group quickly caught the attention of rampantly successful Calle 13 musician/composer Eduardo Cabra. As their debut was certified gold, the band began a resounding tour with Calle 13 and Cabra signed on to produce the followup album. It was this album, 2016’s Caja De Música, that garnered the group the Latin Grammy for “Best New Artist”.
Described as a “Colombian Postmodern Jukebox,” the band strives for eclectic sounds that groove. French jazz, swing, and Django Reinhart were all early inspirations to the band, but the group stresses that there’s much more to the group than just gypsy-jazz. “We always wanted to experiment with styles of music that didn’t appear to be so close to each other,” says lead singer Catalina García. Musical and cultural experimentation is integral to the band, and touring for them is as much about finding new collaborative partners as it is about expressing their music.
Swing remains a mainstay of the band’s repertoire, but salsa, cumbia, danzón, tango, bolero, and especially pop music all work their way in to the band’s sound. The resulting music is as infectious as it is hard to pin down. “We love Latin American music,” García says to the audience of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. She mentions that the band is part of “a new Latin American movement,” a movement that LA Weekly describes as being “all about breaking down barriers.”
Their newfound success has brought the band to places before unreachable, and their music has progressed along with them. “We're trying to be more experimental,” García says about the new tour and upcoming album, “That’s why we have to travel to places like Miami or Mexico… It's been very interesting and we're looking forward to hear what the fusion of sounds and songs will be like.”