Eliane Amherd explores her roots in a song cycle based on the wines of Switzerland

Article Contributed by Two for the Sh… | Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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. Amherd is an equally talented composer/lyricist whose words and music are as refreshing as the air of the Swiss Alps where she was raised.

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 premiere clubs like SOB's, Blue Note, Nublu, BAM, BBKing etc. and 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, the Mondo.NYC Festival with Swiss Live Talents 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 reknown Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Corin Curschellas, Mia Aegerter etc. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, 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” ( Brazilian psychedelic 70ties Rock ) and “Dawn Drake & Zapote” ( Global Funk ). From 2010 to 2020 she was 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, the Swiss candidacy for the United Nation Security Council in NYC etc.

She has worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Bashiri Johnson, 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". She appears on the Swiss National TV SRF production “A Night at the Apollo” and her song “As If” can be heard in the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers. 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 albums 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.