|Origin||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Genres||Gypsy jazz, World|
Monsieur Camembert is a five-piece Gypsy fusion band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1997. They have won three ARIA Music Awards for Best World Music Album in 2002 for Live on Stage (released in 2001), in 2003 for Absynthe and in 2005 for Monsieur Camembert. The linguistic repertoire of Monsieur Camembert's music includes English, Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish.
Monsieur Camembert formed as a five-piece Gypsy fusion band in Sydney, Australia in 1997. Their first album, was the live release The Gypsy Hot Club Presents Monsieur Camembert, which featured Svetlana Bunic on accordion, Julian Curwin on lead guitar, Yaron Hallis on vocals and rhythm guitar, Michael Lira on double bass and Daniel Weltlinger on violin and was recorded at The Gypsy Hot Club. Released in 1999, it is also titled, Live @ The Basement and demonstrated their styles including Gypsy swing, Greek, Hungarian-Russian gypsy, klezmer, tango and original songs.
Their second album was also a live performance, Live on Stage which was released on 11 September 2001. Performing on the album were Mark Atkins on didgeridoo, Eddie Bronson on percussion, Bunic, Curwin, Shenton Gregory on violin, Hallis and Mark Szeto on bass.
As of 2009:
- Yaron Hallis (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
- Matt Ottignon/Edouard Bronson (Saxes/Clarinet/Flute)
- Marcello Maio (Accordion/Piano)
- Julian Curwin (Lead Guitar)
- Mark Harris (Double Bass/Vocals)
Guest artists including:
- Shenzo Gregorio (Violin)
- Vladimir Khusid (Trumpet/Flugelhorn)
- Anatoli Torjinski (5 String Cello/Balalaika)
- Daniel Weltlinger (Violin)
- Svetlana Bunic (Accordion)
- Jim Pennell (Lead Guitar)
- Stuart Vandegraaf (Saxes/Clarinet/Flute)
- Live @ The Basement (1999)
- Live on Stage (11 September 2001) - Winner of 2002 ARIA Award for Best World Music Album
- Absynthe (2003) - Winner of 2003 ARIA Award for Best World Music Album
- Monsieur Camembert (March 2005) - Winner of 2005 ARIA Award for Best World Music Album
- Famous Blue Cheese - the Leonard Cohen Show (20 June 2007) - 2-CD set
- "ARIA Awards 2009 : History: Winners by Artist: Monsieur Camembert". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2 December 2009.
- "The Gypsy Hot Club presents Monsieur Camembert". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
- Spencer, Chris; Paul McHenry; Zbig Nowara (2007) . "Monsieur Camembert". The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Moonlight Publishing. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. Retrieved 26 November 2009. Note: [on-line] version was expanded from the 2002 edition.