"Musically the duo evolves into a mixture of soft jazz/acoustic guitar and "French song", but all this is relatively accessible, sometimes a bit sharp."Jazzmania, 01-2-2022
The Cologne based Haesen & Breidenbach is a jazz / chansons françaises duo consisting of vocalist Charlotte Haesen and guitarist Philip Breidenbach. Together they effortlessly combine jazz, indie-folk and other musical influences from all over the world into their own heart felt and authentic sound. Haesen & Breidenbach continue to perfect their ability to compose mind bending music and taking their listeners on an unexplored musical journey around the world. Knowing each other for more than fifteen years, it is only in 2019 that Haesen & Breidenbach join forces and start writing music as a duo. The two composers find inspiration in the story telling aspect of music and the cultural baggage it carries. Their first EP ‘Autour du monde’ was released in May 2019 followed by a single to be released in October 2020 and an album in the autumn of 2021 on Challenge Records international.
With her crystal clear voice, Charlotte Haesen (born 1987) has already won several prizes, including the "Eu Jazz Award" or the "Concours de la Chanson" of the Alliance Française. In 2010 she completed her jazz vocal studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. The german radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk named her last CD "Du bout des yeux" one of the most interesting albums of 2018. Today the international press calls her the "(...) future glimmer of hope for jazz from this region" (- JAZZISM)
Philip Breidenbach (born 1985) starts playing the guitar at the age of eight and graduated from the Maastricht Conservatory in jazz guitar in 2009. To this day he has worked as a guitarist, composer and producer on more than 30 CD productions of various genres and travels the world as a performing musician.
Charlotte Haesen ist eine niederländisch-französisch-burundische Sängerin, begleitet wird sie von dem deutschen Gitarristen Philip Breidenbach.Die Welt von Haesen & Breidenbach kennt keine Grenzen.
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.
Musically the duo evolves into a mixture of soft jazz/acoustic guitar and "French song", but all this is relatively accessible, sometimes a bit sharp.
Atmospheric guitar playing, perfectly supporting her vocals, nice modest percussion that gives body to the pieces, it makes this a pleasant album.
Nieuwe Noten, 24-12-2021
... Another jewel for me is "Alishan" composed by Gu Jiahui and Kin Qin Lán Shi, wonderful, this Asian flair, and here Charlotte Haesen proves how much emotional expression she has in her voice. All in all a wonderfully relaxing and decelerating album on a very high level!
... create small, pretty individual sounding song pearls, in which one dives only too gladly.
nrwjazz net, 19-11-2021
... pursue their search for love in an area of tension between jazz, chanson and indie folk in four
virgin jazz face, 19-11-2021
Those who know the previous successes of the two artists, I do not need to encourage to listen to this album. Those who know them less, I recommend to make a cup of good coffee, cover yourself with a warm blanket and play this album. It's worth it, it's great!
... où est l'amour? is a little song wonder that captivates with its charm and originality.
The album starts with the cheerfully hopping “Danse avec moi”, in which it immediately becomes clear what a great guitarist Philip is. In “Qui protège les marins ?” I again notice the quicksilver vocals of Charlotte, which also sounded so pleasant to my ears with Café des chansons.