“In these intimate dialogues, in which as much is said as is omitted, one feels like five weeks in a balloon.”

“Man fühlt sich in diesen intimen Dialogen, in denen ebenso viel gesagt wie weggelassen wird, wie fünf Wochen im Ballon.”

JAZZthing, November 2017


“Un duo très réussi”

Alex Dutilh Open Jazz, France Musique


“Élégant, complexe et subtil … Fortement conseillé ***/***”



“Un duo musical hors du commun”

José Marinho, RFI


“The mix is virtuoso… Loueke’s mostly subdued, accentuated rhythmic playing on acoustic guitars and Rudolph’s vocals, sometimes drifting into a girlish, then into an ethnic phrasing, bluesy, percussive sort of singing, result combined in a fascinatingly personal and gripping song mix.”

“Die Mischung ist virtuos… Louekes zumeist gedämpftes, akzentuiert rhythmisches Spiel an akustischen Gitarren und Rudolphs mal ins Mädchenhafte, mal ins klangethnisch Phrasierende, Bluesige, Perkussive mündender Gesang ergeben in der Verknüpfung eine faszinierend persönliche, packende Song-Mixtur.”

Bayerischer Rundfunk, 19 October 2017


“One of the most beautiful European jazz voices … A guitarist valued by Herbie Hancock and other giants … Together, (they) are a musical dream couple, as shown on Obsession.”

“Eine der schönsten europäischen Jazzstimmen … Ein von Herbie Hancock und anderen Giganten geschätzter Gitarrist … Zusammen sind (sie) ein musikalisches Traumpaar, wie sich auf Obsession zeigt.”

Badische Zeitung, 8 November 2017


“music ***** (5/5) sound ***** (5/5)”

Fono Forum, November 2017

The daughter of a Frenchwoman from Bordeaux and a cosmopolitan musical enthusiast from Berlin started singing along with the Brazilian classic “Rosa Morena” to an LP at the age of five. Her mother was singing French chansons to her at home, while Céline learned to play Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” on her recorder. She picked up the piano and started composing as an autodidact, then started writing French songs on the guitar at the age of twelve.


Later, Céline studied philosophy, then jazz vocals and composition at Hochschule der Künste Berlin, plunged into African music and studied with the percussionist Famoudou Konaté in West Africa. Céline Rudolph was lucky to share her passion for improvisation early in her career through vocal encounters with Lauren Newton, Bobby McFerrin and Jay Clayton. Her compositions were performed at the Köln Triennale, and she has served as professor and head of the Jazz Vocals Department at Dresden Hochschule für Musik since 2003.


Now, praised as a “voice to kneel down before” by the press and esteemed by colleagues like Bobby McFerrin, Lionel Loueke, or Jamire Williams, the worlds of Jazz, Chanson, and Bossa Nova more than ever make up her familiar musical world.

The love of Brazilian music led the singer and songwriter Céline Rudolph to São Paulo where she met producer Rodolfo Stroeter who produced three of her albums and four tours across Europe and Brazil so far.


Having performed and recorded numerous albums with many wonderful musicians including Gary Peacock, Lee Konitz, David Liebman, Leo Genovese, Burniss Travis, Wolfgang Haffner and Till Brönner, her album “Metamorflores”, in which she joined forces with Naná Vasconcelos, Toninho Ferragutti and Diego Figueiredo, won her the prestigious German Echo Jazz Award in 2010 (“Best vocal artist”). All around and in between, from “Brazaventure” and “Metamorflores” (both enja records) to “Salvador” (Verve, Universal), you may find the rather effortless musical floating and drifting of Céline Rudolph’s vocal artistry above a mellow mixture of rhythmic inspirations, all in all deceivingly relaxed but nonetheless highly sophisticated.


Since 2015 she collaborates with New York based Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, having played together at 12th Jarasum Int. Jazz Festival in South Korea, and having recorded the duo album “Obsession” in Berlin and New York. In 2018 they toured seven West African countries and Europe.

Lionel explains the cooperation: “This is a very unique project because there were no boundaries. The magic really happened because we think outside of the conventional approach. I knew from the start that we are kind of from the same tribe.” They follow their own creative waves using their personal onomatopoetic tongue inspired by percussive sounds. Céline and Lionel connected on the spot, when they first met: “When I hear you sing it reminds me of all the world I had experienced all my life”, says Céline.


Besides performing with Lionel Loueke and with her quartet, Céline Rudolph started a solo programme combining loops, effects, percussion and guitar.


Her new Single PEARLS which she produced with Jamire Williams in New York will be released in spring 2019.

27 April | Bremen, Jazzahead Clubnight, Kito (D) Céline Rudolph & Tomek Soltys – PEARLS [Tickets]


23 November 2018 | 20:00 | Dresden, Jazztage Dresden, Terminal (D) Céline Rudolph – PEARLS [Tickets]


11 November 2018 | 19:00 | Bochum, Pink November (D) Céline Rudolph & Marc Muellbauer [Tickets]


27 September 2018 | Berlin, GQ Bar im Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel (D)


8 September 2018 | Dresden, Weinbergkirche (D) Céline Rudolph PRESENTS



WEST AFRICA TOUR on behalf of Goethe-Institut:


31 July 2018 | Cotonou (Benin) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


28 July 2018 | Accra (Ghana) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


26 July 2018 | Lagos (Nigeria) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


24 July 2018 | Lomé (Togo) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


21 July 2018 | Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


20 July 2018 | Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


18 July 2018 | Dakar (Senegal) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke



1 Juni 2018 | 20:00 | Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie – Elbjazz (D) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


24 May 2018 | 19:30 | Paris Boulogne-Billancourt, Nubia (F) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke [Tickets]


24 May 2018 | 22:30 | Paris Boulogne-Billancourt, Nubia (F) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke [Tickets]


14 April 2018 | 11:45 | Berlin, ESMT (D) Lecture Contemporary Vocal Jazz Prof. Céline Rudolph


15 March 2018 | 20:00 | Palermo, Teatro Jolly (I) Céline Rudolph Quartet


14 March 2018 | 21:00 | Catania, MA (I) Céline Rudolph Quartet [Tickets]


13 March 2018 | 21:00 | Catania, MA (I) Céline Rudolph Quartet [Tickets]


3 March 2018 | 20:00 | Berlin, Apostel-Paulus-Kirche (D) Edson Cordeiro & special guest Céline Rudolph


2 March 2018 | 12:00 | Paris, Live at TSF JAZZ Deli Express (F) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke – Release in France [Listen LIVE]


19 January 2018 | Stuttgart, Bix (D) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


18 January 2018 | Hallein, Stadttheater (A) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


17 January 2018 | Innsbruck, Treibhaus (A) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


16 January 2018 | Berlin, A-Trane (D) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke


14 January 2018 | Hamburg, Stageclub (D) Céline Rudolph & Lionel Loueke



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Cover Salvador

Salvador | Version with German lyrics (2011)

Amazon | iTunes

Cover Salvador France

Salvador | Version with French lyrics (2011)

Amazon France

Cover Metarmorflores

Metamorflores (2009)

Amazon | iTunes | JPC

Cover Brazaventure

Brazaventure (2007)

Amazon | iTunes

The duo album is the beginning of further “obsessions” on Céline’s newly founded label with the same name. “Obsession” means: being deeply bound to music, with love, with abandon, says Céline. Plunging into it all, with all the risks, in music and in life. The here and now, the wild moment, the adrenaline. The name “obsession” includes the word “session”, which emphasizes the improvisational aspect.

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