Joëlle Goercharn (1992) is a singer, pianist and songwriter from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is currently working on her debut EP (scheduled for release autumn 2017) with Dutch producer Wiboud Burkens (a.o. Jungle by Night, Lalah Hathaway).

Joëlle graduated from the Bachelor Jazz Voice Performance program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2015, minoring in Jazz Piano Performance and Pop/Jazz Songwriting. She studied with La Tanya Hall at the internationally renowned New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City in 2016. The New School as well as Frost School of Music, Miami, had invited her to study.

Sound Inspiration

The path Joëlle has chosen to walk in 2017 leans on the Afro-American traditions, but is also strongly influenced by American roots music (from Delta blues to country), mostly interpreted by guitars and polyphonic vocals. However, she tries to combine this mix of styles with unconventional instruments (harp, Brian Eno-influenced soundscapes, Indian flute, world percussion) and arrangements (harmonic, European influences – not always conventionally approached from a harmonic tonic, but horizontally moving sound fields as well, unconventional form – circle form or symphonic form). What Joëlle has in mind is a blend of sources of inspiration: Daniel Lanois’ deeply developed sound and the contemporary sound of Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright’s interesting soul-jazz and the form and harmonic approach of Arvo Pärt, mixed with classical Indian music from her Hindu roots (please refer to the hyperlinks for musical examples).