Joëlle Goercharn (1992) is a singer, pianist, and songwriter from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is currently working on her debut EP with Dutch producer Wiboud Burkens (a.o. Jungle by Night, Lalah Hathaway, Legends of Music).
Joëlle graduated from the Bachelor Jazz Voice Performance program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2015 with an emphasis on Jazz Piano Performance and Pop/Jazz Songwriting. She studied with vocalist 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.
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).