Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

Born: May 13, 1973    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

Born in France, Benoit started to play music whilst in his teens with the firm ambition of becoming a rock star and a 1920's aviation pioneer in the like of Charles Lindberg, Roland Garros or St-exupéry.

He moved first to California USA in 1998, and disillusioned, quickly moved to London. In 1999 he created his label convinced that soon or later the Internet would change the music industry forever and started playing sessions and producing records. He tried most of the things he dreamt of and worked with scores of famous artists and bands, from writing film soundtracks, playing Rock& Roll in front of mountains of amplifiers, 24 piece jazz big band, touring Japan, or performing surrounded by barely dressed burlesque performers.....
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”...swinging fast … an authentic wall of sound … romantic and distinctly Parisian angle …quite striking and perfect, it all felt rather filmic ...Latin/swing dexterity ...the rhythms were tight and hot. Benoit Viellefon and His Orchestra definitely reside within the cabaret end of jazz but their combined individual skill almost makes them a crossover ensemble.”
- Jeanie Barton - London Jazz

“...Benoit Viellefon, a 36-year-old musician who regularly attracts more than 250 dapper vintage enthusiasts to his midweek swing nights.”
- Jane Mulkerrins. - The Times

“...Something very beautiful: Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra combine French chanson, musette with swing. A very addictive mixture. “
- Nathan Nörgel - Wasser-Prada (Germany)

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1960 Hofner President
1960 Hofner Senator
1973 Maya J-200 electroacoustic
1976 Gibson ES175
1978 Ibanez Les paul Custom (two Seymour Duncan)
1980 Saga Maccaferri "petite bouche"
1984 Tokai Goldstar (Stratocaster '62)
1988 Fender Telecaster (two splitable Seymour Duncan)
2007 Takamine TC132SC (electro-classical)

1978 Fender Precision Fretless (original fretless)
2005 Lakland 55-02 Skyline deluxe model 5 strings

Fender Deville 60watts valves amp with 2x12" speakers
AER Compact Mobile 60watts battery powered with 1x8" speaker

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