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Paris Combo have quite a following in Australia, driven by the popularity of their second album Living room and the sizeable crowd on a wet Monday night in QPAC's concert hall illustrated this. This tight quartet took to the stage for a 100 minute romp through their sophisticated catalogue of dance inducing hits. Front woman extraordinaire Belle du Berry engaged the audience with anecdotes of her past and was assisted in translations from Australian born pianist and trumpeter David Lewis. The depth and richness of sound created by the foursome is extraordinary, assisted by Lewis' skills in playing the concert grand and trumpet simultaneously. After a move from Australia to France in his early 20s to study at Paris Conservatoire he made a name for himself in the indie music scene.

Fans weren't disappointed with Paris Combo delivering on the best of their extensive back catalogue whilst also introducing some brilliant new pieces from their recently released album, Tako Tsubo.  Lewis' extensive collection and expert use of trumpet mutes, Potzi's effortless caress of the guitar strings and  François-François' high energy drumming and quintessential jazz vocals came together in a sophisticated, tempestuous mash up, channeling Edith Piaf, rumba and underground Latin music clubs.