Monsieur Periné

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Monsieur Periné
Performing in Koblenz, Germany
Performing in Koblenz, Germany
Background information
OriginBogota, Colombia
Years active2008-present
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersCatalina García
Santiago Prieto
Nicolás Junca
Adinda Meertins
Jairo Alfonso
Abstin Caviedes
Miguel Guerra
Darwin Páez
Past membersCamilo Parra
Fabián Peñaranda
Daniel Chebair
Miguel Guerra
Alejandro Giuliani
Vocalist Catalina Garcia

Monsieur Periné is a Bogotá-based musical ensemble from Colombia with an Afro-Colombian sound that mixes Latin and European flavors.[1][2] Lead singer Catalina García sings in a mixture of Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese.[1][2] Other members include Nicolás Junca on the guitar; Santiago Prieto, who plays the charango, violin, and guitar; Adinda Meertins on the double bass; Jairo Alfonso on the winds (primarily saxophone and clarinet); Abstin Caviedes on the trombone and bugle; Miguel Guerra on percussion; and Darwin Baez on the drums. Their style mixes elements of cumbia, tango, danzón, bolero and pop music, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.[3] At the Latin Grammy Awards, the ensemble was named best new artist of 2015.[4][5] Their debut album in 2012 won Colombia's national gold album award.[6] The group was formed in 2008.[6][2]



Catalina García, a native of Cali, Colombia, studied in the French international school Paul Valery (Spanish: Liceo Francés "Paul Valéry" de Cali.) She later moved with her parents to the United States for two years before returning to Colombia. At eighteen, García moved to Bogotá to study anthropology at Javeriana University.

The main members of the group played together for the first time during Holy Week in 2007, in Villa de Leyva, a small town near Bogotá. Later, García, Prieto, Junca and Camilo Parra (an early member who would later quit), began getting together frequently to play songs from various Latin American genres as well as jazz, which eventually prompted them to begin searching for their own voice.

In 2009-10, they began performing locally in Bogotá; in 2009, they performed in several local music festivals. At the end of 2010, the group began composing its own original songs, recording Ton Silence and Swing With Me.

In 2010, motivated by performing at the Ibero-American Theatre Festival, they began to include the work of designer Alejandra Rivas Ramirez. However, it wasn't until 2011, when the group received a national award- which allowed them to perform at the Estéreo Picnic Festival- that they began to develop the visual image of Monsieur Periné. This included the usage of clothing designed by Rivas, an image concept design by her, and the work of plastics artist José Arboleda.

The band released their first single, "La Muerte", recorded with Felipe Álvarez, who works with artists such as Shakira and Bomba Estéreo. The radio station Radiónica named the song "Song of the Year", which was key in the development of the band.

In 2012, the band released its first music video for their song 'Suin Romanticon'.

In 2014, Camilo Parra left the band to work on his new project, Astrolabio. In 2015, drummer Alejandro Guliani left the band, citing disagreements. The last to leave the project was Alejandra Rivas Ramirez, the designer of the band's image as well as all of its costumes between 2010 and its most recent show, "Caja de Música" (English: Music Box).

Name and Beginnings[edit]

The name of the group arose from Prieto's reading of Michel Houellebecq's "The Elementary Particles", which discusses the périnée. The word became a joke among the group, and thus the original name was simply 'Periné. García, who initially opposed the name, later added the word Monsieur, referencing the idea that everything that is French is elegant and refined.

The group began with minor performances at weddings, corporate parties, and cocktail parties. They began to gain recognition in the auditorium of the Alianza Francesa, where they performed a cover of the movie Les Triplettes de Belleville, winning a competition focused on young talent. After this, David González and Miguel Guerra joined the group as double bassist and percussionist, respectively. They began performing at more major events at this time.

The first years of Monsieur Periné's existence served as an experimental period, during which the group sought to find their own style. They became more well-known among the public following wins in two competitions, that of the Urock de Universia and El Ensayadero de Red Bull, where they performed Be Pop. With this triumph they received a place the Estereo Picnic Festival, after which Daniel Chebeir joined the band; however, he left two years later, citing personal issues. This left a vacancy in the drummer role, which would be filled by Argentinian Alejandro Giuliani, who accompanied the group on their European tour.[7]

Hecho a Mano[edit]

In 2012, the band released its first album, entitled 'Hecho a Mano' (English: Handmade). 'Hecho a Mano' was certified gold and was nominated for a number of categories in the Shock Awards (Spanish: Premios Shock), the largest music awards ceremony in Colombia, receiving two awards.[8]

The album was released independently in Colombia. It was subsequently released in Mexico, Germany, and Japan.


"Huracán" was the name of the band's first European tour, which took place in 2013.

Caja de Música[edit]

In 2015, the band released its second album, entitled 'Caja de Música' (English: Music Box). It led to the group winning Best New Artist at the 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, as well as being nominated for Best Album.[9] It was released by Sony.

Encanto Tropical[edit]

In 2018, the band released its third album, entitled 'Encanto Tropical' (English: Tropical Charm.) Like Caja de Música, it was released by Sony and produced by Eduardo Cabra.[10]


Hecho a Mano[edit]

Hecho a Mano, released in 2012, was the band's debut album and the first to be certified gold.

Hecho a Mano
1."Tienda de Sombreros"Camilo Parra2:46
2."La Ciudad"Santiago Prieto3:08
3."Suin Romanticón"Catalina García, Santiago Prieto3:10
4."Sabor a Mí"Alvaro Carrillo3:17
5."Cou Cou" 3:24
6."Huracán" 2:32
7."La Playa" 3:49
8."Ton Silence" 4:57
9."Be Pop" 2:49
10."Nada Puro Hay" 3:50
11."La Muerte" 4:17
12."Swing With Me" 3:44

Caja de Música[edit]

In April 2015, the group released "Nuestra Canción", the first single of its second album Caja de Música. The entire album was released in June 2015.

Caja de Música
1."Nuestra Canción" (Feat. Vicente García)4:20
2."No Hace Falta"3:41
3."Tu M'as Promis"5:28
4."Interludio: Carillons Á Musique"0:50
5."Turquesa Menina"2:59
6."Déjame Vivir"3:54
7."Año Bisiesto"3:34
8."Interludio: Paseo"0:28
9."Cempasuchil" (Feat. Rubén Albarrán)4:40
10."Viejos Amores"2:50
12."Marinero Wawani"4:10
14."Mi Libertad"5:36
15."Outro: Caja de Música"1:45

Encanto Tropical[edit]

On May 18th, 2018 the band released Encanto Tropical, with single "Bailar Contigo" being released the 20th of April.

Encanto Tropical
1."Encanto Tropical"4:46
3."Bailar Contigo"3:39
5."La Sombra" (Feat. Leonel Garcia)3:40
7."Guayabas y Flores"3:37
8."La Tregua" (Feat. Vicentico)3:48
9."La Hora Sublime del Bolero (Interludio)"0:28
10."Me Vas a Hacer Falta"4:01

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Caja de Música Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Nominated
2019 Encanto Tropical Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Monsieur Periné Best New Artist Won
Caja de Música Album of the Year Nominated
2018 Encanto Tropical Nominated
Bailar Contigo Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b Rolland, David (February 14, 2017). "Nu Deco Ensemble Wants to Up the Classical Music Game". Miami New Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Cota, Eddie (May 2, 2016). "Monsieur Perine's Sound Is So Unique, People Don't Realize They're Colombian". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Varga, George (May 3, 2016). "Monsieur Periné set for San Diego debut". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Contreras, Felix (March 4, 2016). "Monsieur Periné". NPR. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Flores, Griselda (August 25, 2016). "Latin Connection Podcast: Monsieur Perine on Life After Winning Best New Artist at Latin Grammys, Plus Reik's Climb Up the Charts". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Newbery, Emma (February 27, 2017). "A theatrical anniversary with Monsieur Periné". The Bogota Post. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Lapislázuli, Fundación Artística y Cultural. "Entrevista Monsieur Perine - Lapislázuli Periódico". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  8. ^ "Monsieur Periné nominado a los Premios Shock 2012". Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  9. ^ "Latin Grammys 2015: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  10. ^ "Monsieur Periné's New Album Keeps It Tropical". PopMatters. 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2019-11-10.

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