Les Yeux Noirs

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Les Yeux Noirs is the name of a French band combining elements of jazz manouche and other Romani music, Yiddish and Klezmer music. The group was founded by two brothers, Eric and Olivier Slabiak, who both play violin. Other members of the band at its inception were: Franck Anastasio (double bass and electric bass), Georghe Ene (Accordion), Pascal Rondeau (guitar), and François Perchat (cello). Later, Aidje Tafial (drums) and Marian Miu (cymbalom) were added, and Georghe Ene was replaced on the accordion by Constantin Bitica.

Their music style combines traditional melodies from their many inspirations (Klezmer, Romani music, and Gypsy Jazz) as well as more modern Jazz styles. Many of their albums contain everything from a Yiddish lullaby to a rousing, dance-inspiring fusion of klezmer violin with modern sampling and Arabic drums.

Their name is taken from a 19th Century tune generally described (inaccurately) as a Russian Gypsy song, made popular by Django Reinhardt among many others.
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Albums

Les Yeux Noirs - A Band Of Gypsies album art Les Yeux Noirs A Band Of Gypsies (Album) Buda Musique Canada 1992 Sell This Version
82889-2 Les Yeux Noirs - Suites album art Les Yeux Noirs Suites(CD, Album) Buda Musique 82889-2 France 1996 Sell This Version
Les Yeux Noirs - Balamouk album art Les Yeux Noirs Balamouk (Album) EMI Music France UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Les Yeux Noirs - Live album art Les Yeux Noirs Live (Album) World Village France 2002 Sell This Version
Les Yeux Noirs - Tchorba album art Les Yeux Noirs Tchorba (Album) Recall Australia 2004 Sell This Version
ZZT 101101, none Les Yeux Noirs - Tigăneasca album art Les Yeux Noirs Tigăneasca(CD, Album) Zig Zag Territoires, Outhere ZZT 101101, none France 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7243 888881 2 7 Les Yeux Noirs - Tchaye album art Les Yeux Noirs Tchaye(CD, Single) Odeon Records (2) 7243 888881 2 7 France 2000 Sell This Version
7243 551646-2 Les Yeux Noirs - Lluba - Guene Roma album art Les Yeux Noirs Lluba - Guene Roma(CD, Single, Promo, Car) EMI Music France 7243 551646-2 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version

Compilations

ZZT090201.1, ZZT090201.2 Les Yeux Noirs - Opre Scena / Best Oyf album art Les Yeux Noirs Opre Scena / Best Oyf(CD, Album + CD, Comp) Zig Zag Territoires, Zig Zag Territoires ZZT090201.1, ZZT090201.2 France 2009 Sell This Version