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Elisabeth Geel is a singer-songwriter with a distinctive guitar style and warm, powerful mezzo soprano vocals. Her music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies, and her cerebral, sometimes ironic, but straight-from-the-heart lyrics touch upon a variety of themes.
Her genre defies easy categorization, but she credits Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro as major influences. Throughout her life she has been inspired by artists from a wide range of genres, i.e. Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Steely Dan, Sarah Vaughan, Kate Bush, etc., and she evolved by distilling these influences into her own unique writing style.
Elisabeth was born in the Netherlands. A 17-month stay in the US (1975-1976) had a major impact on her songwriting and some her finest songs were inspired by this magical period. She traveled to Alaska, California, and Arizona, performed at music clubs and developed her skills as a visual artist and illustrator studying with local artists. In the early nineties she continued her career in Italy, and ever since she has performed at an infinite number of venues, from luxury resorts to jazz clubs, theaters, and music festivals throughout Europe, Asia, the US, and the Middle East. She has exhibited her vocal skills as a duet partner and backup singer on various albums and has written music and lyrics for other artists. She has participated in festivals such as Veneto Jazz, Vicenza Jazz, UBI Jazz, Marca Jazz, Terramossa, Friuli Venezia Giulia Jazz, Marostica in Jazz, Dutch Jazz Competition, and Valdobbiadene Jazz..
Elisabeth Geel is also an illustrator/visual artist and educator.