815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 6:00 PM
Caravan Palace will release, their third studio album, on October 30th, 2015. Created in their Parisian studios, where the electro-pioneers fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect, evokes the spirit of a modernistic Quintette du Hot Club de France.
The musical sound bed for the vocally explosive, burlesque- blazoning Zoe Colotis is created by the band’s three founder members Hughes Paven (violin), Charles Delaporte (upright bass) and Arnaud Vial (guitar), plus Camille Chapelière (clarinet) & Antoine Toustou (trombone and electronics) over the beats provided by Paul-Marie Barbier (vibraphone, washboard, piano). The result is a decadent, potent cocktail of jazz manouche, hip-hop, jive, house and beats that defies simple categorization.
The band’s appeal has grown off-radar, appreciated for both their musical virtuosity and their sheer ability to deliver a ballistic good time.
Having originally formed in 2005 the band’s eponymous debut album in 2008 set the tone – a rip-roaring party, bursting with fun and good humor. This album went on to define a new sound called Electro Swing, while charting in their native France where it quickly attained a platinum sales award.
The second album, 2012’s ‘Panic’, featuring the massive tunes ‘Clash’ and ‘Rock It For Me’ remains a treat to listen to, whether in a burlesque bar or at home. Since its release the band’s live profile has risen unrelentingly, their concert tickets flying out with minimum promotion and zero-hype across the USA, a true word-of-mouth sensation that earned them a spot at Coachella last year.
Since making her club debut at the Buzz event at Nation in 2001, Christine Moritz has been intriguing clubgoers in Washington, D.C. and beyond with her sound, which ranges from haunting, cinematic downtempo to upbeat, funk-influenced tunes.
Her November 2002 warm-up set for Thievery Corporation at the 9:30 Club caught the ear of Thievery's Eric Hilton, leading to a highly coveted residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge. In January 2009 she reprised this role, doing DJ sets before all five of Thievery Corporation's sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club.
In addition to DJing regularly at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Christine DJs frequently at the 9:30 Club, D.C.'s preeminent venue for live bands, where she has played both in the DJ booth and on the stage.
Christine has played with such artists as RJD2, Amon Tobin, Zero 7, Massive Attack, UNKLE, Koop, Little Dragon, Jazzanova, Rainer Trüby, Kraak & Smaak, Daz-I-Kue, Underworld, the Orb, Gotan Project, Groove Armada, Four Tet, Bajofondo (formerly Bajofondo Tango Club), Belleruche, and King Britt. In August 2006, she performed at the UK's highly regarded Big Chill Festival, a three-day outdoor event with 30,000 attendees. In March 2007, she DJ'd in Bristol, England at the invitation of Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja. Christine has also graced the decks in London, Edinburgh, Prague, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baltimore as well as at numerous D.C.-area venues.
A seasoned radio DJ, Christine is the host of the acclaimed show "Variety Is the Spice of Life." Airing weekly from 1998 to 2006 on the University of Maryland's WMUC (88.1 FM and online), its strong, diverse selection and informed commentary drew a devoted base of listeners and made it the station's most-downloaded program. Starting in January 2006, the show moved to the varietyisthespice.com website and was also mirrored on the noted downtempo site Properly Chilled. From mid-2007 to mid-2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" aired on the UK-based Purple Radio online station. In February 2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" returned to WMUC.
photo by Matt Farrow
Christine has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper, and was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association Award) in the Electronica DJ category in 2003 and 2005.
Also a talented music journalist, Christine has written for the downtempo magazine RE:UP, the Ubiquity Records website, and the now-defunct D.C.-based dance music magazine Innerloop.