Paris Chansons is Los Angeles’s premier French performing group. Recently featured on the CBS/KCAL news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, and Montand, all the way to contemporary artists such as Zaz. Their exhilarating performances are punctuated by traditional jazz standards in addition to classics in Russian, Italian, and other languages.
Three multilingual singers bring an unparalleled diversity to their shows. Julia Kantor, originally from Ukraine, lived and studied in France where she discovered in French music a soul connection that still imbues every performance. From the stage, she captivates the audience with her sultry voice and dynamic presence. Together with her husband, Jacob, a Russian-born singer-songwriter, they launched Paris Chansons. Max Cohen grew up in Morocco, where he was steeped in French music, particularly the songs of Enrico Macias. Max Cohen’s rich, velvety tone delivers beautifully nuanced renditions of his favorites, complete with a signature North African lilt.
Superb musicianship anchors the ensemble, effortlessly moving from jazzy improvisation to slow-burning balladry, to blistering gypsy fervor. All seasoned pros, the musicians are Endre Balogh on violin, Adam Cohen on upright bass, Jacob Kantor on guitar, Jeff Lams on piano, and Sinclair Lott on drums. Paris Chansons takes you on a journey without having to leave your seat (except, of course, to dance!). They always deliver a spectacular celebration of French and international music that brings the world that much closer.
Almost every one of the 21 songs performed was upbeat and seemed to be an audience favorite as many sang along.