“I love the adrenaline, the here and now, the surprise and the power which the stage grants me.” –
Vocalist and composer Céline Rudolph glides between Berlin, São Paulo, Paris and New York, between tongues and genres, always landing in the very heart of music. Céline is beyond happy to return to New York and play two concerts with different inspiring line-ups: one night with her quartet feat. longtime piano partner Helio Alves and a second night with Brazilian jazz guitarist Vinícius Gomes and Massimo Biolacati on bass.
"One of the jazz vocals records of the year without a shadow of a doubt and the main reason for this beyond her fine voice is the quality of the compositional arc and great sweep of style at play throughout.“
Stephen Graham, marlbank.net (UK) 2019
CÉLINE RUDOLPH Quartet feat. HELIO ALVES
March 5th 2020 Sets 8 & 10pm, KITANO JAZZCLUB NYC
Céline Rudolph voc/git ・ Helio Alves piano ・ Edu Belo bass
・ Mauricio Zottarelli drums
Reservations: (212) 885 7119 email@example.com
CÉLINE RUDOLPH voice・ guitar・perc VINÍCIUS GOMES guitar
・ MASSIMO BIOLCATI bass・
March 6th 2020 Sets 8 & 9:30pm, Neighborhood Church Greenwich Village
First Fridays’ Jazz Series, 269 Bleecker Street, free admition
Céline Rudolph particularly enjoys the line-up with these incredibly inspiring musicians because she feels that it truly allows her to connect the ease and natural flow of Brazilian rhythm with the great jazz tradition, and her own songs and compositions recently released on her album PEARLS (2019). Above all, these bands pulsate with the rather effortless vocal and improvisational artistry of Céline Rudolph, which includes exciting rhythmic inspirations, highly sophisticated melodic improvisations and fascinating sound poetry.
„Music is like breathing, it was there ever since I could remember“ Céline Rudolph says and recollects how her father always played a break when jamming on the guitar, so that there was a space for his children to create improvised lines or percussive fills. Born in Berlin and raised with her parents’ rich record collection, the daughter of a Frenchwoman from Bordeaux and a cosmopolitan musical enthusiast from Berlin, picked up the piano and started composing as an autodidact, then started writing French songs on the guitar, which became her main tool of expression. Later, she studied vocal jazz and composition at Hochschule der Künste Berlin with mentors David Friedman, Jerry Granelli, Kirk Nurock, Jay Clayton and Catherine Gayer. Soon, she plunged into African music and studied with the percussionist Famoudou Konaté in West Africa. Her love of Brazilian music led her to São Paulo where she met Rodolfo Stroeter who produced three of her albums and four tours across Europe and Brazil so far: The albums are BRAZAVENTURE, METAMORFLORES (enja records) and SALVADOR (Verve, Universal) which features New York based Brazilian pianist Helio Alves (2011).
Since 2015 she is collaborating with New York based Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, having recorded the duo album OBSESSION and then playing together at 12th Jarasum Int. Jazz Festival in South Korea. “This is a very unique project because there are no boundaries. I knew from the start that we are kind of from the same tribe,” says Lionel Loueke. Since then, the duo toured Europe, Asia and Africa. The album OBSESSION reached the annual list of the German Critics Award „Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“, and won Céline Rudolph the prestigious German Jazz Award ECHO JAZZ 2018 for best jazz vocalist.
Now, praised as “a jewel of European jazz vocals” by the French radio station, TSF, having recorded numerous albums with many wonderful musicians including Gary Peacock, Bob Moses, Naná Vasconcelos, Diego Figueiredo and Marcos Suzano, and esteemed by colleagues like Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz or Jay Clayton, the adventurous pearl fisher sailed from Berlin to Brooklyn for her new album PEARLS (released 2019) including Jamire Williams (dr), Leo Genovese (p), Burniss Travis (b) and Céline’s soulmate Lionel Loueke (git).