Known to be active in various musical genres, Charlotte reaches the listener 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 arrangers such as Paul Prenen and Wijnand van Klaveren 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 in 2017. It ends up nr. 5 in the Concerto Plato World Top 10 & in the Mania Magazine.
WATCH HERE -> MEDIA
Today Café des Chansons feat. Charlotte Haesen is getting ready to release their 2nd Album 'Du bout des yeux' on September 27th
on the label Challenge Classics and is thrilled to be part of the prestigious Aangenaam Klassiek Netherlands campaign.
DE PAROOL - ‘Absolutely stunning.’ ★★★★★
SENA PERFORMERS MAGAZINE - ‘A fascinating voice.’
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.’
The acoustic duo Haesen and Breidenbach met in Maastricht during their music studies in 2006. Their interaction has become sublime and reaches the listeners without detours. The duo presents arrangements of own material but also from songs of Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker, Barbara and many more. The storytelling stays a central point of the program while Charlotte sings in 4 different languages.
They are sometimes joined by double bass player Fil Caporali (Brazil) and percussion player Vernon Chatlein (Curaçao).
DRAAI OM JE OREN - “Verrassend Veelzijdig!”
NRC - ‘Charlotte sings in a beautifully authentic and intimate fashion.’
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.’
LIVE XS - ‘The subtle worldly shades are priceless and give the soulful songs a colourful complexion. Haesen's voice is crystalline and powerful’
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
LISTEN HERE -> MUSIC