“Absolutely irresistible”! This is what Folker Magazine writes about the music of MARION & SOBO BAND. The French-Polish-German quintet from Bonn creates its own modern style of vocal gypsy jazz and combines it with global music and chanson. The Franco-American singer Marion Lenfant-Preus, the Polish guitarist “Sobo” (Alexander Sobocinski) and their band make music beyond drawers. They explore sounds of Western and Eastern Europe with their new album “Esprit Manouche” (Acoustic Music Records), and use their international roots, their travels and their contact to different cultures as a source of inspiration for their songs.
MARION & SOBO BAND show their individuality through their timeless and contemporary sound, through their arrangements and their own compositions, and also through the varied voice of front woman Marion Lenfant-Preus. The charismatic singer presents her songs in up to eight different languages and knows how to inspire the audience with improvised scat singing. The band’s masterful instrumentalists on guitars, violin and double bass also provide a special sound. They create an energetic and rhythmic sound without drums or percussion, which is rare nowadays in vocal gypsy jazz. The percussion is mainly taken over by the so-called Gypsy guitars, built like the Selmer Macaferi from the 1930s. With improvisation passages, the musicians’ musical expression is constantly extended: the two guitarists “raise Django Reinhardt to life (…), the violin sounds as if it had been stolen in Bucharest, and the bass thunders far more powerfully than one would normally allow an accompanying instrument to do” (Folker Magazine).
For the Bonner Band the interaction with the other musicians on stage and also with the audience is very important. Her playfulness and spontaneity are contagious. The expressive and lyrical melodies constantly unfold their attraction for a cross-cultural and cross-generational audience. MARION & SOBO BAND unfolds on stage every time again and no concert is like the other!
Aachener Kurier – The spectator is invited “to an exquisite musical cocktail that could just as easily be served on the Copa Cabana, in a café on the hill of Montmartre, over a campfire in the forests of Transylvania, on the streets of New Orleans or in a Budapest pub on the chain bridge.
Folker Magazine – “Guitarist Sobo resurrects Django Reinhardt; singer Marion makes the guests of every cocktail bar blush in [more than] four languages; the violin sounds as if it had been stolen in Bucharest, and the bass thunders far more powerfully than you would normally allow an accompanying instrument to do.”