She comes from New York, he lives in Paris - her name is Nicolle Rochelle, his name is Antoine Chatenet, and fighting against all the odds of their geographic destiny, they found each other.
After four years of touring Europe with the director Jerome Savary, that Nicolle stumbled upon Antoine’s productions on Internet. Instantly upon hearing his songs, she recognized herself within the sound and fell in love with his musical style. That very same evening they met by pure chance in a Parisian jazz club, and GINKGOA was born.
From Pop Music, to the Swing of old New York with a mix of Electro French touch beats, they only have one thing in mind: to make generations of people dance, sway, and sing along to melodies that stay in your head long after GINKGOA has left the building and for as long as the Ginkgo, their tree totem, continues to survive.
Officially discovered in the well-known French festival "Les Francofolies" where they won the prize for «Favorite Group», GINKGOA has most recently appeared in the USA at the famous «Global Fest» in New York City, and is actively building an impressive international career with a tour of over 300 dates* around the US, Canada, China, France, Eastern Europe, UK, Italy, picking up numerous awards along the way.
Their single "From NY to Paris" became the anthem of the perfume Rochas for their European campaign. GINKGOA is now preparing a new EP with a release planned for February 2018.
Frequently described as a modern version of the electro-swing heavyweights 'Caravan palace' & 'Parov Stelar' due to their energetic live shows and ability to make any audience dance; critics and audiences everywhere agree that GINKGOA has rightfully earned their own place at the top of this list.
Elegant Primates was founded in 2006 when they released their 26-song CD "Swimming Since Birth." Since their live debut at the legendary Cake Shop in Greenwich Village, they have played festivals, clubs, colleges and libraries in Connecticut and New York. In 2016, they shared the stage for one night with Talking Heads percussionist Steve Scales, who brought his trademark energy and funk to their original music. The band has grown to its current 7-member incarnation while refining their unique sound which has been compared to Vampire Weekend, Talking Heads and English Beat. Elegant Primates combine stellar songwriting with lush four-part harmonies and kinetic grooves that make you think while you dance.