Eliane is one of the hottest forces of the New York City Jazz, Brazilian and Latin scene. The Swiss-born singer, guitarist and songwriter graduated from New York’s New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then her original music and lyrics, a groovy mix of all her influences, has been creating quite a buzz.
Besides her performances as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs, like the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Standard, Cornelia’s Street Cafe, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and major events like the Swiss Peak Festival, the reopening of the Silverstein Building at the World Trade Center (alongside Lou Reed, Susan Vega, and the Brazilian Girls), she also tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she performed at the Beijing Jazz Festival in China and the Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia.
Eliane has worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Marc Ribot, Michael Carvin, Bill Ware, Jovino Santos Neto etc. She plays guitar in the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go“ on MTV, 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" appearing on the NBC hit TV series "Lipstick Jungle".
Eliane also arranged and produced the Swiss Miss Sampler “heimweh”, featuring famous Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, 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".
Her own band consists of the best musicians the city has to offer, like the two female bass players Jennifer Vincent and Hagar Ben Ari, bass player Gustavo Amarante and the drummers Willard Dyson and Abou Diarrassouba. Other accomplished musicians you can catch on stage with Eliane are: drummers or percussionists Ze Mauricio, Genji Siriasi, Sylvia Cuenca, bass players Ray Parker, Yoshi Waki, Itaiguara, pianists Rachel Z, Helen Sung, Chris Wiesendanger and many others.
what joy of singing and playing, what musicality, what stage presence! The spark jumped right after the first few measures from the stage down to the sold out concert hall. An indulgence for eye and ear. jazz club thalwil 2010
...with lots of temperament, a beautiful voice and a ton of charisma, Eliane delighted the audience with her unconventional and fun interpretations. Walliser Bote, 2010
...her performance, together with her charisma, fills up any ambient. Thank you, eliane for being 49% Brazilian at heart, and 100% when you sing in Portuguese. casa do brasil 2009
...eliane could very well be the most exciting and skilled female jazz performer ever to perform in mongolia. ub post, mongolia 2009
... eliane amherd has a tone with a complex palette, and establishes mood easily and confidently. she has a vibrant presence. I cannot even guess what else she has up her sleeve in the way of voicing, touch and use of space, but that it is enchanting is assured. tirthankar mukherjee, mongolia 2009
TITONI celebrated its 90th anniversary at the Famous commune by the Great Wall of china in Beijing. The graceful performance of a young Swiss Jazz musician, Eliane Amherd, and her band, especially flown in from New York as well as a lucky draw entertained the guests and contributed to a most joyful and memorable event. Europa Star Magazine 2009
...eliane strums acoustic guitar, her voice wafting over latin percussion with the knowing silky precision of a bossanova princess. Onome Ekeh for Helvetica Bold 2007
...after the opening act the singer, guitar player eliane lightened up the concert space with her enchanted flame. with a cat like elegance she evoked brazil and its timeless bossa nova but in her very own way, coloured with jazz and blues elements. she directs her voice with masterful presicion anywhere she wants. warm timbre and technique without failure: eliane has everything of a star. l'impartial 2006