Singer, guitarist and songwriter Eliane Amherd is a true cosmopolitan artist: Born in Switzerland, she lives in New York, and it is that city’s savvy multicultural energy that most influences the unique sound of her original compositions: jazzy, groovy and rooted in African, Brazilian and Latin music. Inventive, enchanted yet earthy.
A graduate from The New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she performs as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs like SOB's, Subrosa, Blue Note, Nublu, BAM, Brooklyn Bowl, BBKing etc. She also tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she appeared in international Festivals in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal and Mongolia - like the International Festival in Hong Kong, the Beijing Nine Gate Jazz Festival, the Shenzhen OCT Loft Festival, the Beishan International Festival in Zhuhai, the Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu, the Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia, the Yangon World Music Festival in Myanmar, the Unplugged Festival in Zermatt and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland etc.
Her albums “Now and from Now on” and "Skylines" which are broadcast internationally, continue to receive great press reviews and have topped the play list of several US Radio Stations. Eliane also arranged and produced the Swiss Miss Sampler “heimweh”, featuring famous Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Corin Curschellas, Mia Aegerter etc. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, several interviews on Swiss national radio stations and an appearance on the popular Swiss talk show "Aeschbacher". In 2013 she was a candidate of the first edition of "the Voice of Switzerland" on Swiss National TV and in 2017 she was the runner up for "best Singer Songwriter in Switzerland" at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She plays guitar in different NYC bands like "As Lolas", "DawnDrake&Zapote" and "the Foxy 5". She is the musical director of the "frauenstimmen Festival" in her home town Brig, Switzerland and in 2015 she was the musical director of the "OrchExtra Gottardo" at the Expo Milano, Italy.
Eliane plays at Embassy's around the globe and entertained companies like Bvlgari, Time Warner Cable, C.F. Bucherer, Myswitzerland Tourism and major events like the World Expo 2015 in Milan, the Soiree Suisse at the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC, the reopening of the Silverstein Building at the World Trade Center (alongside Lou Reed, Susan Vega, and the Brazilian Girls), the opening of the Swiss Business Hub in Hong Kong etc.
She has worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Bill Ware, Hagar Ben Ari and performs with the best musicians NYC has to offer. She played guitar in the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go“ on MTV, her original soundtrack is featured in the award winning web series "Constance Cooks". Her song “As If” can be heard in the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers and her voice is featured on Jeremy Mage's song "Slippery Light" which aired on the NBC hit TV series "Lipstick Jungle" and she appears on many CD’s of fellow musicians and DJ’s as a featured singer or guitarist. In 2010 she was the first recipient of the MUSIK PRO award from the Kulturrat Kanton Wallis.
"Their stage entrance was met with a great cheer that acknowledged their spectacular performance"
- Zhuhai Beishan Festival
"Eliane Amherd was the “highlight” of the event. Obviously this band stood out on different level."
- Yangon Calling, Worldmusic Festival Yangon, Myanmar
"Eliane Amherd stunned the audience with her showmanship at the Surya Nepal Jazzmandu Festival 2013"
- Himalayan Times
"La Amherd è una preziosa presenza nel mondo della pop music con un suono originale ed ispirato."
- Music Zoom
"Eliane Amherd simply has it all. Watch her rise as one of the brightest new talents on the scene"
- Grady Harp, Amazon
"Skyline, ihr neues Album, kombiniert Afro-, Latino- und Brasil-Rhythmen in einem Funky-Pop-Groove, der ihre jazzy Stimme gut zum Tragen bringt und uns genussvoll in ihr Universum entführt."
- Beauté Magazin
"Dieses Album enthält wunderbare Musik wo alle etwas finden was ihnen gefällt, auch wenn sie nicht so auf jazziges stehen."
"Skylines schlägt eine weltmusikalische Brücke zwischen New Yorker Skyline und Matterhorn. Schön."
- Schweizer Familie
"It’s upbeat, refreshing, and authentic. There’s a pleasant, unhurried element to each track."
"Eliane’s attractive performance on stage has continuously captured the audience with her own Brazil and Latin style of music."
- Myanmar Online, Worldmusic Festival Yangon, Myanmar
"the Swiss jazz-musician starts singing Deusi Bhailo. The crowd goes wild, and Amherd can’t stop smiling."
- Samuel Schumacher, Kathmandu Post
"It is world class. I liked the perfect show of Amherd."
- Dzuris at Jazzmandu Festival 2013
"Was für eine Stimme, was für eine Musikalität und Bühnenpräsenz. Eliane Amherd hat uns buchstäblich verzaubert. Ein Erlebnis.“
- Bobby Keller, Jazz Club Thalwil
"Her vocal range is astounding but she makes it look and sound beautiful and effortless."
- Amanda Stevenson
"She is a rare find: a very talented singer, beautiful, mesmerizing, warm, charming but unaffected, a hard working guitarist, and amazingly versatile."
- Amanda Stevenson
"Amherd's voice has a nice sexy, lilting quality to it that occasionally recalls, like Rickie Lee Jones. She also plays solid rhythm guitar that mixes nicely with Bill Ware's chiming vibes."
- Jerome Wilson - Cadence Magazine
"Es scheint nichts zu geben, was Eliane Amherd nicht kann."
- Dwo - Landbote
"une chanteuse dont on n’a certainement pas fini d’entendre parler."
- Eric Steiner - la Liberte
"Eliane's "Temptation": you’ll put it on repeat at least a few hundred times"
- Rotcod Zzaj
"Ihre klare Stimme geht unter die Haut und die Vielseitigkeit macht genau die Musik von Amherd aus. Ein Muss für alle Musikliebhaber."
"das von der Künstlerin selbst produzierte und mit versierten Musikern eingespielte Werk überzeugt auf der ganzen Linie."
- Heinz Storrer - Schweizer Familie
"son jeu de guitare accrocheur retient l’attention de bout en bout."
- Eric Steiner - la Liberte
"Her CD is tremendous."
- Albert Pride, WBLZ Blazeradio
- Darrin Scott Kibbey WVCR-FM 88.3
"Eliane Amherd's new CD is one of those most pleasing finds."
- George Graham, Radio WVIA FM
"Now and from Now on - a truly remarkable album with a great sense of humor and stylistic variety."
- DJ Linus breakthruradio
"She can sing, write songs, produce, arrange and play the guitar and solo as well!"
- the Cuban Bridge, Toni Basanta
"Now And From Now On: A highly recommended album, from a highly recommended artist"
- All About Jazz, Bruce Lindsay
"the performances of Now and From Now are small gems"
- Ron Weinstein, InaBlueMood
"Grande, semplicemente grande."
- Music Zoom, Vittorio Lo Conte
"Eliane Amherd sounds like a Sheryl Crow with a jazz and world-music sensibility."
"An utterly powerful debut, fully developed in its sound and conception in a way that few maiden voyages have ever arrived on the New York music scene before"
- Russ Musto
"In addition to watches and chocolate one must acknowledge the peculiar musical artistry of Eliane Amherd to the contributions made by Switzerland"
- Luis Tamargo, Latin Beat Magazine
"Wild stuff for a new day from a sure handed pro you'll be hearing more about"
- Midwest Record
"Thank you, Eliane for being 49% Brazilian at heart, and 100% when you sing in Portuguese"
- Benito Romero
"her performance, together with her charisma, fills up any ambient"
- Casa do Brasil, NYC
"Eliane is a real find, what talent!"
- Richard Boukas
"it is incredible because she sings, directs and plays guitar simultaneously at such a high musical level that nothing is compromised"
- Jennifer Vincent
"one of the most all around talented artists I have ever written with"
- Eric Sanicola
"One of the very best singers in New York"
- Randy Brecker
"The discovery of the season"
- AMR club geneva
"warm timbre and technique without failure: eliane has everything of a star
"what joy of playing, what musicality and stage presence - a pleasure for ear and eye and for the heart"
- Jazz Club Thalwil
"her voice wafting over latin percussion with the knowing silky precision of a bossanova princes"
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"I cannot even guess what else she has up her sleeve in the way of voicing, touch and use of space"
- UB Post, tirthankar mukherjee
"A musical force."
- Ray Parker
"A terrific guitarist. eliane rocks!"
- Marc Ribot