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The Cat Empire is an Australian latin/jazz/ska/funk/indie band formed in 1999. It began as a trio, composed of Ollie McGill, Felix Riebl and Ryan Monro, spawned from the nine-piece group Jazz Cat. After gigging around the Melbourne jazz scene, the band grew in 2001, with the other present day members joining.

Known for their energetic live shows, the band has achieved critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad.


  • Felix Riebl: vocals and percussionist. Plays keys and sings with the band Felix Riebl and the Crashing Waters.
  • Harry James Angus: vocals and trumpet player. Also part of Melbourne hip-hop group Jackson Jackson.
  • Ollie Mc Gill: keys, melodica and backing vocals.
  • Ryan Monro: bass and backing vocals
  • Will Hull-Brown: drums. Together with Monro and Mc Gill makes up the eclectic electronic jazz trio The Genie.
  • DJ Jamshid "Jumps" Khadiwhala: decks and percussion.

The Empire Horns, a brass duo who accompany the band, consist of;

  • Ross Irwin: trumpet
  • Kieran Conrau: trombone


  • The Cat Empire (2003)
  • Two Shoes (2005)
  • Cities: The Cat Empire Project (2006)
  • So Many Nights (2007)
  • Live on Earth (2009, live album)
  • Cinema (2010)

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