Just like having a time machine between the 1930's and today. Over the past 12 years the Balluche de la Saugrenue has developped a unique style between singing, swing music, Musette* and contemporary styles. Behind the Balluche de la Saugrenue are five musicians with diverse musical backgrounds who have made it their mission to dust off music from Paris' cosmopolitan 1930s and to inject it with a generous dose of the present! They travel around festivals and towns aboard their caravan-production or on stage and roll out their show of songs to iconoclastic rhythms: reggae-waltz, paso-punk and swing-dancefloor, to create a dynamic and poetic musical show in the form of a ‘whimsical ball’ where emotion is combined with an irresistible desire to dance. 2016 was a turning point, with a new team, a new show, the use of more modern instruments, and more ample space given to the lyrics and the staging/ theatrics of the songs. Today, the group performs two distinct concerts: Balluche Soundsystem, a performance combining cotemporary acoustics and the 1930s styles, and Le P'tit Bal Perdu (Little Lost Ball), a full-fledged cabaret ball served the old-fashioned way. Internationally recognised and identified as world-music artists, the Balluche has performed in France and other parts of Europe (Germany, Italy) as well as Japan and Laos. They have just released (2019) their 5th album, ‘Tone of Musette’.
* Musette is a typical style of french music and dance which first became popular in the 1880's. The accordion is the emblematic instrument of it, but after the swing years of the 1930's-40's, the gypsy-jazz stye guitar is closely linked to its history.
Daughter of a Polish admiral and a Parisian street singer, Sacha was forged by the drinking dens of ‘la Butte’ and the high-end neighbourhoods of the Eastern Quarter. She raises her voice right across Europe and socialises just as much with the upper-crust as with the rogues and thugs. The kid fits in anywhere - rumour has it that she is a secret agent...
Son of a ball drummer, he roamed the Musette balls soon as he could walk. Three-time finalist in the Accordion World Championships, he can play over three hundred notes a minute. The guy has a secret: it's the caffeine that flows abundantly in his veins.
Prince of fisticuffs, king of the rumble, expert with a dagger, he holds the sinister title of thirty victories by sudden death. Forget lullabies, it's another kind of tune that this guy is dancing to.
An imposter from the aristocracy, he’s been a professional conman ever since he was old enough to count. He would deftly manipulate his grandmother as skilfully as he shuffles a pack of cards. People even say that he diddled the moneylender, if you catch my drift.
Born in the boxing ring, Jean-Jean was introduced to the brawl from a tender young age. Selftaught in the art of robbery, he rattles the ruling class of Paris. This money detector will pilfer your last penny.