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Marie- Paule Franke and Her Dreamband / Bio

Marie-Paule Franke comes from a musical family. Her father was a Jewish/German cellist and played freelance in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Therefore, from an early age she was immersed in classical music and learned to play the piano. As a young-adult, she began to sing and soon -in a roundabout way through pop, rock, funk and chanson- Jazz became her favorite genre. In the Eighties and Nineties she took singing lessons with David Linx at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, and took master classes with Judy Niemack. She took jazz-orchestration and -arrangement with Freddie Sunder, when jazz for vocalists first appeared on the syllabus. She sang in several bands and also appeared on a one-time recording with the BRT big band from Brussels, conducted by Freddy Sunder, just before it disbanded. She is not only a versatile vocalist but has also written her own compositions and lyrics for several years. Over the years she has developed a very personal style.
The meeting between classical music, rock, pop and influences of jazz icons, such as Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Joni Mitchell, made a great impression on her. These influences can be found in her work.
'Marie-Paule Franke and her Dreamband' was created in 2010 from the desire to develop her own music and to be accompanied by musicians who share the same inspirations. The collaboration with Erik Vermeulen and Jouni Isoherranen led to the release of the album ' Tales from a Lonely Room '(March 2014), and crowns her work and experience to date.

Erik Vermeulen
Erik Vermeulen is one of the most refined pianists in Belgium. Perhaps the antithesis of the great virtuoso pianists, his piano playing excels in both inspiration and sound. He understands the art of combining the varying styles of artists such as Thelonious Monk and Eric Satie, and has become a well-known yet distinctive member of the Belgian jazz landscape. Over the years he has played alongside a great many Belgian and international musicians such as Jacques Pelzer, Steve Houben, Phil Abraham, Richard Rousselet, Philip Catherine, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Teddy Edwards to Toots Thielemans. Vermeulen is primarily dedicated to creating his own music, and compositions by his hand are interspersed with improvisations of different allure. He also plays a selection from the standard repertoire. The trio seems to be his preferred formula: intimate enough and still with lots of possibilities. He has featured in several lineups: Hein Van de Geyn and Dré Pallemaerts, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and Félix Simtaine, Philippe Aerts and Dré Pallemaerts, Otti Van der Werf and Erik Thielemans, Sal La Rocca and Jan de Haas, Marek Patrman and Eric Surmenian or Manolo Cabras and Marek Patrman.

Jouni Isoherranen

Jouni Isoherranen is a very talented young Finnish bass guitar player and a musical Jack-of-all-trades who enjoys very different styles varying from pop, rock, world and ethnic music, to jazz and free improvisation. He has played and performed together with Gabriel Rios (Banda the Ganda, Bologna), Andy Davis trio, Luiz Marquez and currently also with the Guinean Kora player Djeli Moussa Condé. Paris is his base town from where he explores all corners of the World.
The song ' Travel got my mind ' was inspired by him.

General Info

Band Members
Marie-Paule Franke - Vocals, Erik Vermeulen - Piano, Jouni Isoherranen - Bass
Artist Name
Marie- Paule Franke and Her Dreamband
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Jazz / chanson, blues, funky, latin / cabaret

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Belgium, BE
Marie-Paule Franke

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