Founded by percussionist Alan MacDonald, the band began as a Gypsy Kings style acoustic jazz band that later switched to Manouche style (French Gypsy Jazz) closely resembling the energetic and stylish style of Django Reinhardt (jazz guitar) and Stephan Grapelli (jazz violin). Currently, they blend the two, utilizing Django’s Latin inspired repertoire.
Manouche is currently undergoing a worldwide revival, as evidence in the sound track to just about any TV programme on lifestyle, property or food.
The fusion of America Swing with French Gypsy trad music made famous by Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the world’s first jazz violinistStephan Grapelli in from the 20’s to 40’s. This sound more than any other, evokes the Parisian jazz and arts scene even till this day. Currently, Manouche is undergoing a massive world-wide revival among young jazz musicians; it features in the background track to almost all food, wine, lifestyle, property TV programmes. It’s matching dance style Balboa is being taught around the world and in Auckland by Dance Out Central, whose students attend our public performances. Included in the Manouche category is the world famous Gypsy Kings (also French Gypsies) 80’s 90’s sound.
We also perform classic Latin pieces from the equivalent time periods originating in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico etc., as performed by Buena Vista Social Club, Carlos Jobim, Carlos Santana and as well as sources lost in time.
“Alan and his band contributed enormously to our recent Night in Paris evening. So much so that we have decided to make it a monthly event. By the end of the evening everyone was up dancing to the Gypsy Swing music, some saying they hadn't danced in years! These are very accomplished musicians who have an equally professional manner in their business dealing. We cannot recommend them highly enough.” Emerald, Host, Bistro Manager, La Cigale French Restaurant
Hi Alan, The Rotary Club of Newmarket engaged Voxnova to entertain us on three occasions. Rotarians like to talk – especially at social gatherings. They also like to experience music which provides enjoyment without intruding in their conversations. When we asked our members after the event how they enjoyed the function their reply was “great”. When we asked them how they enjoyed the music they said “fantastic." Iain MacKenzie, President, The Rotary Club of Newmarket
“We were delighted having you play at Mairangi Arts Centre. What a fabulous sound for our space, the crowd loved it and everyone asked for more. Can’t wait till the next concert!” Lena Kovac, General Manager, Mairangi Arts Centre, Mairangi Bay Arts Centre
“Hey guys. What an absolute treat it was to watch and listen to your performance on Sunday at Mairangi Bay! Your skills right across the band was magical and the balance was perfect. I would have sat there all night long if your arms could have held out that long .....lol, Thank you so much.” Ian Snell
“Alan presented for us one of the most entertaining bands I've had the pleasure to book. Not only was there a variety of jazz, Latin, and folk music the band communicated with the audience wonderfully. I have no problems in recommending this fine band to most clients looking for an entertaining band.” Mike Walker President , Auckland Jazz and Blues Club.
“We like this band so much, we had them feature twice. Listening to them live is a s good as a studio recording.” Peter Urlich, Event manager MC , Taste of Auckland Festival
“We received lots of favourable comments from people at the party. You guys made a brilliant performance which showed in your enthusiasm and reciprocal enjoyment. Thank you for a great night, without hesitation I would recommend you and your group. “Terry Randall ,Design Architectural Limited
“Thanks for a lovely night, your band is absolutely superb! We have been spreading the word already and will continue to do so.” Rachael Steel