By Jennifer Jacovitch (email@example.com)
“A French, American Songbook” is the theme of singer Paulien’s latest initiative; it consists of a series of French tunes that have become classics on both sides of the ocean, either original or in translation. Songs like ‘La Vie en Rose’, ‘Les Feuilles Mortes’ (Autumn Leaves), ‘La Mer’ (Beyond the Sea) and ‘Que Reste t-il de nos Amours’ (I Wish You Love) are among the familiar tunes that are on the list. Songs that let the audience dream away a little and experience the music they know and love in a wonderfully new and different way. Paulien doesn’t just simply sing these songs, she feels them deeply, for she picks the ones that have a history and all together tell a story.
Backed by bandleader and pianist Tony Nalker and the East Coast’s finest jazz musicians, Paulien has tried out her new repertoire on an audience in the DC area, receiving calls for encores at Washington’s famous Blues Alley and other venues. The project brings Paulien back to her first love in music, la chanson française, or the very first effort she made, when at the age of twelve she won a local competition with a French song in her home town in The Netherlands and the French embassy at the time awarded her with a recording deal.
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