Singer-composer | Performance coach Advisor in nature conservation

Heleen van den Hombergh has received many great reviews as a singer and composer. Her professional singing career began when piano miracle Bert van den Brink heard Heleen’s voice in 2000 and spoke of “love on first hearing” . With him, bass player Tony Overwater and percussionist Joshua Samson she recorded 2 Cds and a DVD and performed at the North Sea Jazz festival,  Concertgebouw, BIMhuis, and many other fine stages in the Netherlands and abroad.

 

Her first album Heard in the Scene mainly consisted of jazz & soul repertoire. For her second album and theatre tour with the same band, under the title “ Rush in the Woods! “ her long-standing passion for tropical forests inspired the lyrics and compositions, all originals.  It has taken a while and many ups and downs before recording a 3rd album in 2010.  With a new team, consisting of Jeroen Vierdag (bass), Erik Rutjes (guitar), Karel Boehlee (piano) and Bart Fermie (percussion). The title “ Way Back Home” reveals her search that has led to this musical tribute to life, despite all loss and longing.  Her fourth  solo album is actually in the making under the title Blue Lifeblood; the tenderness and power of the water world.

 

Beside being a singer and songwriter Heleen coaches other singers in interpretation, performing, recording and songwriting. And all along, she has been active as an advisor in nature conservation world wide. Her enduring combined passion led to her creating Green Beat Performers, an initiative to promote nature inspired music and musicians and their cooperation with social change makers. With IUCN NL and partners, she has developed nature inspired music projects in Indonesia, Brazil/Paraguay  and  Ghana.

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“Intimate and tender, but also convincing and powerful”

(Frans van Leeuwen NRC Handelsblad, NL)

 

“Van den Hombergh sounds deeper, richer and riper , in the high and low registers”. (Amanda Kuyper, NRC Handelsblad, NL)

 

“Authentic passion and artistry, a true story to tell and the talent to make it beautiful” (Judith Schlesinger All  Music Guide, Jazz Institute Chicago, USA)

 

“Stylish and unusual (…) her soulful lyrics and silken tones speak for themselves. (Jack Massarik Evening Standard, UK)

 

A very beautiful mixture of jazz, pop and soul”  (Wolfgang Platzeck WAZ Newspaper, Germany)

 

“Van den Hombergh and her united band members take each other to higher levels of performance…Van den Hombergh has an expressive voice (…) her singing is always emotional and the lyrics are universal. (Ruud Heiijer Heaven Pop Magazine, NL)

 

“Here sings a personality you can’t deny” …. “Good van den Hombergh is back” (Maartje den Breejen Parool, NL)

 

“A very beautiful voice, a convincing performance, authentic inspiration” (Hans Invernezzi Gelderlander/Stentor, NL)

 

Songs for a rainy day PUBLISHED

 

before recording and launching Blue lifeblood this year, quite unexpectedly  actually....we published this album with 10 takes of my favorite jazz standards.

The songs were recorded between 2015-2017 during rehearsals on some rainy Friday mornings in Amsterdam, with on piano Steffen 't Hart.

The album was released in New York during Judith Schlesinger's radio show "Dr J's Jazz Emporium" February 14th, featuring 8 songs and an extensive interview.

Check out the LISTEN page and download or order your copies there.

Blue lifeblood PUBLISHED! 

At the end of 2018 we published Blue Lifeblood, my new album and launched the live show.  Blue lifeblood is inspired by the beautiful and impressive waterfalls, lakes or rivers I have come across on my travels.... Mingled with a bit of the blues that run through my veins and for which the water world offers such beautiful reflections and metaphors.

I recorded with Bert van den Brink (piano), Theo de Jong (bass) and Sjahin During (percussion).

Under Listen to CDs, Blue lifeblood can be ordered as CD.

Under the tag Blue lifeblood stage programmers and fans can find samples of the musical results  and a list of gigs. Blue Lifeblood is (to be) booked as duo, or quartet concert.

Check it out. 

Links:

Heleen’s Cds on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/heleen-van-den-hombergh
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Some videos of Heleen’s songs  and performances:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHyst4fo49YfvSRM

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Heleen’s Green Beat Performers active in the Brazilian-Paraguayan Pantanal area:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHyst4fo49YeaXmk

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Green Beat Performers news and info:

http://greenbeatperformers.nl/

Blue lifeblood

it runs through my veins

ever since I was born

I know

she was blue too

she was blue too

blue lifeblood

it runs through my veins

ever since I was born

I know

I took so many roads, traveled all across the globe 

but I come across it, wherever I go

blue lifeblood

blue lifeblood

it runs through our veins

ever since we were born

well I guess I know

first we lived in the sea

then became apes in a tree

but now we're stranded

man belongs to the land

 

but we'll crawl and crave for we'll always always

long for where we come from

long for where we come from, we long

and then we dive and dive and find ourselves with

blue lifeblood

it runs through our veins

wherever we were born

that's what I've seen

traveled so many times

saw such precious places

the tender power of the water world

blue lifeblood

Heleen van den Hombergh

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