A group of young jazz enthusiasts whose mission is to infuse the spirit of gypsy jazz to Malaysia.

About

Douche Manouche serves up their jazz hot: driving rhythms, daredevil solos and soaring vocals. Founded in 2013 by guitarists Mike Skinner and Robert Strobl who met at one of KL's infamous open mic nights at the Warehouse bar, getting together to explore the music and techniques of the great gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and played every open mic going.

Only a few months after forming, the duo discovered vocalist, Mathilde Limal, again courtesy of the Warehouse. A couple of months later Jonathan came to one of our gigs at Ril’s bar, jumped on stage, plugged in his violin and started playing - it was love at the first sight. We finally found our Grappelli. By then the band was usually performing together with session bass players. In 2014 Zulhilmy joined the band on the upright bass.

Since forming, the band have been quickly flooded with offers to host open-mic evenings, play at upmarket cocktail bars and at various events. Douche Manouche was born. Their repertoire consists of popular swing tunes from the 30’s and 40’s with many of the compositions of the legendary Django Reinhardt. They perform regularly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The Band

Zulhilmy Zulkifli (Upright Bass)

Zu graduated from Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan in 2013 with a degree in music composition. During his study he has chosen gamelan as his major instrument and bass as minor. However, gamelan did not help him getting far in the industry but bass did. He is currently pursuing his post graduate study in University of Malaya.

Mathilde Limal (Vocals)

After classical studies, the French soprano Mathilde Limal participates in different projects. She is part of a Parisian operette company for two years, sings in a professionnal choir and produces as a solist different music programs (pop, jazz, bel canto, baroque). She's also a private voice teacher and sings in the cabaret Les Trois Mailletz which leads her to the international scene. Today, she travels around Asia to live another adventure and to create her own musical universe.

Jonathan Khor (Violin)

Playing the violin and piano since the tender age of 5, Jonathan Khor knew that becoming a musician was his dream. Graduating with a degree in violin performance, he has performed in various music festivals, concerts, corporate functions and weddings, as well as taking part in a few talent and band competitions. Aside from being a performing musician, he is also a violin instructor in a private school and . He plans to pursue his post-graduate studies in the near future and hopes to bring up the modern contemporary sound of the violin in the music scene in Malaysia.

Mike Skinner (Guitar)

Founding member Mike Skinner quickly discovered KL's lively music scene after moving to Malaysia to work in late 2012. He first came to Malaysia while on a round-the world- motorcycle trip in 2008 and on returning to his hometown of Edinburgh, he co-formed Viper Swing, an Edinburgh (Scotland) based gypsy jazz band in 2009 and also played with the rock band, Little Doses for three years with former Snow Patrol bassist, Mark McClelland . Mike now lives and works in KL and keeps busy performing.

Robert Strobl (Guitar)

Douche Manouche's resident nocturnal IT boffin moved to KL in 2013 and soon started attending the Warehouse open mic nights and meeting local and visiting musicians. When not plotting web-based world domination from his laptop in the middle of the night, Robert, also a keen Django Reinhardt fan loves to play guitar at every opportunity.

References

Douche Manouche are regularly booked to provide musical entertainment at stylish corporate events for internationally renowned brands including:

Douche Manouche have been entertaining the punters at KL's most notable KL drinking holes and eateries since forming in 2013 including:

Contact us

For any enquiries and bookings please send us an email or get in touch with us on your favourite social media platform.

contact@douchemanouche.com