ABOUT

 

 

Known to be active in various musical genres, the singer Charlotte Haesen reaches her listeners with her authentic performance and storytelling, her unmistakable timbre and her incredible musicality. She has won the EuJazz Award, the public price at the 28th Concours de la Chanson Alliance Francaise and received several rewards for her videoclips. Being a uniquely versatile artist, Haesen has performed with different formations at festivals and stages in over 15 countries worldwide.

 

Born in Amsterdam, she has origins from France, The Netherlands and Burundi. She grows up at the border between French speaking Belgium and The Nederlands. She studies jazz singing at the Maastricht Conservatory and the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

 

Charlotte currently focusses on two main projects: Café des Chansons and her duo with guitar player Philip Breidenbach.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon Charlotte sang French chansons at Amsterdam’s Noordermarkt, where she was discovered by viola player Odile Torenbeek. The next step was the founding of the highly acclaimed ensemble 'Café des Chansons':

 

Leading Dutch arrangers such as Wijnand van Klaveren, Paul Prenen, Oene van Geel and Mascha van Nieuwkerk arranged some of the most beautiful French chansons around Charlotte’s own particular sound, anchoring it in a string quartet ensemble from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

Odile and Charlotte release their first album 'Café des Chansons' in 2017 and their second album 'Du bout des yeux' in 2018 on the label Challenge Classics. Both have been very well received in the press.

 

Today Café des Chansons feat. Charlotte Haesen are about to release their 3rd Album' in October 2019.

  

 

PRESS

HET PAROOL ‘Absolutely stunning.’ ★★★★★ 

 

DE VOLKSKRANT - 'A passionate romance between strings and a voice.' 

 

SENA PERFORMERS MAGAZINE ‘A fascinating voice.’ 

 

DE LIMBURGER - 'The perfect mix of heavy and lightness, of melancholy and humor.'

 

ZING MAGAZINE - 'Du bout des yeux is a very intimate album that will touch you.' ★★★★★ 

 

UITZINNIG.NL ‘Charlotte Haesen enchants with her voice, timing and her wonderful performance. (...) she provides for goosebumps and unexpected tears. After the performance on Podium Witteman with Café des Chansons it is clear from the enthusiastic reviews that she can’t stay a public secret any longer.’   

CHARLOTTE HAESEN & PHILIP BREIDENBACH
Program 'Autour du Monde'
The acoustic duo of singer Charlotte Haesen and guitarist Philip Breidenbach met on the jazz conservatory of Maastricht during their music studies in 2006. 

Since then they developed a gigantic repertoire where the lines of genres have blurred and their interaction has become sublime. 

The storytelling stays a central point of the program while Charlotte sings in 4 different languages. 

 

Live they are sometimes joined by guest musicians. 

 

They released their first EP on BUZZ RECORDS in Mei 2019.

Since then they have been invited on Dutch radios and Tv (Vrije Geluiden Sept. 2019) and travel the world to share their music.

An album is coming in 2020.

PRESS

DRAAI OM JE OREN - 'Surprisingly versatile!'

 

NRC - ‘Charlotte sings in a beautifully authentic and intimate fashion.’  

 

LIVE XS ‘The subtle priceless worldly shades give the soulful songs a colourful complexion. Haesen's voice is crystalline & powerful’

 

DE PAROOL -  ‘The songs of Haesen are original, compact, exciting and melodious.'

 

JAZZISM ‘And what about the singer Charlotte Haesen? She grew up in the Euregion – A future ray of hope for the Jazz from that region.’


Charlotte Haesen Quintet - SALOMé - 2011

Charlotte - DAYLIGHT - 2013  

Charlotte - INNER GHOSTS - 2015

Lucy Echo - FEED THE BIRDS - 2015

Lucy Echo - THE WAY - 2016

Charlotte Haesen Quintet - HIBERNATION - 2017

Charlotte Haesen & Tobalita String Quartet - CAFé DES CHANSONS - 2017

Café des Chansons feat. Charlotte Haesen - Du Bout des Yeux - 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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