Manouchka orkestär is a mixed band from the south of France with melodies coming from Romanian gypsy music, gypsy jazz and music from the Balkans. Their music consist of many musical styles, from Ska-Reggae to Samba or Jazz and many others. However, an influence from Eastern European countries is never really far and always shows in their compositions.
In 2004, Sebastien Truchi (violinist) and Nicolas Saibene (guitarist) formed a band called “Manouchka” with whom they did many concerts in the South-East of France, sharing the stage with artists such as Boban Markovic Orkestar, Rageous Gratoons, Poum Tchack, Rona Harner, la Fanfare du Belgistan, Mango Gadzi, etc.
Then, in April 2008, the band’ composition changed, grew larger and better to become “Manouchka Orkestär”, with guitar, accordion, double bass and drums mingling with violin, clarinet and flute producing extraordinary gipsy sound! All is there for a stunning mix! Тhree months after they started playing in a new composition, “Manouchka Orkestär”, they were invited to perform at the Nice Jazz Festival in 2008 along with J.L Ponty, Nigel Kennedy, Lenny White, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke and Oregon.
A year later, they performed at Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra’s concert, the first in a row, at the “Theatre de Verdure” (an open air theatre) before more than 2000 people.