Phoenix – Jul 08 2017

Paris Chansons at the MIM in Phoenix!

Discover the timeless songs of artists from the 1940s to today, ranging from Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Joe Dassin, and Enrico Macias to contemporary artists such as Zaz! Learn about these singers through renditions by Los Angeles–based band Paris Chansons as they take you on a journey through France without ever leaving your seat (except, of course, to dance!).



You’re invited on a journey through French music as you’ve never heard it before. From the sounds of a quaint Parisian café to the Moroccan souk, along countless hearts and radio dials across Eastern Europe and beyond. This music has captivated the world.

Paris Chansons is Los Angeles’s premier French performing group. 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 the Ukraine, lived and studied in France where she discovered in French music a soul connection that still imbues her every performance. She entrances from the stage with a 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. 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 include 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 musical journey without having to leave your seat. They always deliver a spectacular celebration of French and international music.