Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra

Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra
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Benoit Viellefon, French singer and guitarist, fronts two of the leading vintage dance music ensembles at work in Europe today, hand-picked from among the finest musical entertainers in Europe.   Monsieur Viellefon’s Orchestra and Hot Club are the hottest live outfits for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, performing a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's and originals in the same classic style.

The Orchestra are firm favourites for Gatsby parties, vintage tea dances, WW2 Blitz parties, gorgeous weddings and beautiful events looking for a band that are as far from “function” as it gets.

The Orchestra is in huge demand for major cultural events and concert hall performances, including headline slots at Glastonbury’s Jazz Stage, the Rhythm Riot Festival, regular appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, William & Kate’s Royal Wedding and a host of European tours.

Benoit Viellefon is one of the outstanding band leaders at work in Europe today, backed by an all star cast of the UK's finest swing musicians.

Whether it be as a lifelong student of the glorious gypsy guitar musings of Django Reinhardt or as a crew member and specialist mechanic on 1930s De Havilland Tiger Moth airplanes, Benoit has always had a penchant for the nostalgic things in life. Like the man himself, Benoit's music is characterized by its distinctive elegance and boundless energy.

Benoit is also proud to present his all-acoustic Hot Club, an intimate alternative to the Orchestra for smaller venues and private parties. The Hot Club  performs the best of gypsy jazz, French musettes, and timeless melodies from the pens of the master songwriters of the 1920's and 1930's.

Having toured the world as lead guitarist with groups such as ska legends The Trojans, Gaz Mayall, Prince Buster, Rico Rodiguez, Vin Gordon (Studio1 & Bob Marley), Louis Alphonso (Bad manners), Nick Welsh (the Selecter), Rhoda Dakar (Special AKA), and Eddie Tantan Thornton (Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Boney M, Aswad), Benoit decided it was time to step firmly into the limelight as band leader.

Benoit formed his orchestra in 2009 and it was immediately a hit on London's cabaret and vintage speakeasy scene. Since then Benoit and his Orchestra have played all over the UK and Europe to critical acclaim, fulfilling Benoit's vision of a contemporary orchestra who command the dance floor like the master entertainers of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's.

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The Orchestra are firm favourites for Gatsby parties, vintage tea dances, WW2 Blitz parties, gorgeous weddings and beautiful events looking for a band that are as far from “function” as it gets.

The Orchestra has performed headline slots at Glastonbury’s Jazz Stage, William and Kate’s Royal Wedding, regular appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Rhythm Riot Festival, and a host of European tours.

They are the house band for a run of Future & Secret Cinema’s sellout events, including Bugsy Malone and Casablanca, where they play with a fantastic swing dance group.

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Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra are the leading vintage dance ensemble to have emerged from the UK in recent years, taking the British scene by storm. Among the finest entertainers of his generation, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity.

Benoit and the orchestra are consistently the first choice for all the most fashionable vintage festivals and events across Europe and are the UK's finest exponents of vintage dance music. Benoit's authentic vocal renditions of French chanson, swing, jive, Russian folk, charleston, Latin American and Cuban dance music have captivated festival audiences across the UK and all over Europe, America and the Far East. Benoit's successful tours in Italy, France, Belgium, Croatia, Russia and Japan are testament to the orchestra's dazzling mix of high-energy multi-instrumental virtuosity and effortless melody, guaranteed to have audiences on their feet and in each others' arms. 

The Orchestra are the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style. The wailing clarinet and scorching trumpet of Benoit's brass section create that gloriously authentic style, together with one of Europe's finest accordion players, a thumping double bass, Harlem-style stride piano, an old-school drum set, a host of gypsy jazz guitars and sometime special guest the famous dancers & flapper girls.

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CELEBRITIES: British Prime Minister, David Beckham, James Corden, Lord Beaverbrook, Mark Ronson, 
Prince Harry, Ron Dennis, MacLaren Formula 1 Rowan Atkinson, Mr Bean, Russian President, Skunk Anansie, Stone Roses, Tony & guy heiress

MAJOR 5 STAR HOTELS Astoria Hotel (St-Petersburg Russia) Corinthia Hotel London (Massimo's) Four Seasons Hotel London Park Lane Grange Hotel (St Paul London) Intercontinental Hotel (Bucharest Romania) Intercontinental Hotel (Park Lane London) Hlton Hotel Park Lane London Park Plazza River Bank London Park Plazza Westminster Bridge London Porchester Hall London Langham Hotel Le Meridien Hotel (Lav Croatia) Lenzerheide Kurhaus Hotel (Switzerland) Sheraton Hotel Park Lane The Ritz Hotel (Paris France) Westin Resort Costa Navarino (Greece)

CINEMA, FILM AND TELEVISON: Premiere of "The Artist", 2011 London Acting in "Hugo", 2011 by Martin Scorcese House band in "Bugsy Malone", 1976 (Troxy / Future Cinema 39 shows) 2012 House band in "A brief encounter", 1945 (Troxy / Future Cinema 5 shows) 2012 House band in "Casablanca", 1942 (Troxy / Future Cinema 20 shows) 2013 House band in "Who framed Roger Rabbit", 1988 (Troxy / Future Cinema 11 shows) 2014 Resident at Secret Cinema (Future Cinema / Furure Shorts) 2012 - 2013 - 2014 House band in "A day at the race",1937 (Marx Brothers, Zurich) 2013

FESTIVALS AS HEADLINER: Bourbon Street Jazz'n'Blues - 2011 Blysh Festival 2012-2013 Camp Bestival 2013 Cardiff Bay Festival - 2011-2012-2013 City of London festival 2013 Ealing Global festival - 2010 Glastonbury festival 2009-2010-2011 Harrogate International Festival - 2011-2012-2013 London International Burlesque Festival 2009 London Jazz Festival - 2011 NNF11 - Norfolk-Norwich Festival - 2011 Rhythm Riot Festival - 2011 Rome International Burlesque festival 2011 Royal Horticultural Society - 2011 Standon Calling Festival - 2010 Vintage Festival UK - 2012 Turino Swing Festival 2013 (Italy) Wilderness Festival 2012 Zurich EWZ StadtKino Film Festival 2013 55th BFI London Film Festival - 2011

MAJOR PUBLIC VENUES: BFI (Bristish Film Institute) Boisdale Brickhouse
Camden Hall (Camden Centre) Charlotte Street Blues Cardiff National Opera House (Wales) Cork National Opera House (Ireland) Floridita London (The Marquee) Earls Court Exhibition Hall Ghetto Club (Split Croatia) Glorious Goodwood (Racetrack) Gordon Ramsay Bread St Kitchen Hammersmith Town Hall Hootananny Brixton
Islington Metal Work Last Days of Decadence Les trois garcons & Lounge Lover Massimo's London Mayfair Arts Club Micca Club (Rome Italy) Moods (Zurich Switzerland) National Theatre (London) New Empowering Church O2 London Old Duke Bristol Old Finsbury Town Hall (The Urdang London) Open (Norwich) Oxford Lindy Exchange) Paradise (By way of Kensal Green) Parc de la Vilette (Paris France) Pigalle Club London Proud Cabaret Quaglino's Mayfair
Quattro Club (Nagoya Japan) Quattro Club (Osaka Japan) Quecumbar
Raymond Revue Bar Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall - Café Consort Royal Albert Hall - Elgar Room Ritz Hotel (Paris France)
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Shinkiba Studio Coast (Tokyo Japan) Shoreditch Studios Shunt Spiegeltents Splendid (Lille France) Stadtkino (Zurich Switzerland) Troxy (London) Upstairs at the Ritzy Village Underground Volupté Lounge 93 Feet East 100 Club (Oxford St)

Monsieur Viellefon’s musicians are arguably Europe’s finest vintage swing group, as their stunning CV and testimonials prove:

Benoit plays often for A-list celebrities, Major Corporations, and Royalties, from The Royal Family, the British Prime minister to The SPice Girls, David Beckham, Ron Wood...

"Thank you so much for playing at my recent birthday party. Your Style of music suited the occasion and the beautiful setting perfectly." Ron Dennis CBE (Owner McLaren Formula 1).

Benoit was absolutely fantastic and the atmosphere / vibe was spot on." Rowan Atkinson (Mr bean / Black Adder).

"You and your orchestra were absolutely magnificent! You were staggering and everybody was raving about you." Mark Snowboy Cotgrove, The Vintage Festival curator

 

 

“Benoit and His Orchestra are our go to band for any event with a vintage theme. Time over they have always impressed guests during drinks receptions and dinners. Not only do they sound the part, they look the part.” - The Troxy (troxy.co.uk)

“These internationally acclaimed musicians are among the finest entertainers of their generation” French London Radio

“Your style is just perfect”  Rowan Atkinson

“We’d all be much happier if Benoit’s music was the soundtrack to our lives” EDP24 Magazine

 

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