Jaffa

Jaffa

BandEDMJazz

Jaffa is the name of the exciting collaboration between vocalist/composer Christel Meijer and DJ/producer/percussionist Phil Martin (Jazzinvaders, Laura Vane & The Vipertones). The two have created a remarkably fresh sound, flirting with jazz and electronic music, and is characterized by the rich sound of Christel's sublime voice. During shows the duo works with live sampling of vocals and percussion, presenting dreamy songs that merge into danceable grooves. Jaffa impresses with their jazzy syn

Biography

Jaffa is born out of the long existing desire of Dutch singer Christel Meijer to create music with electronic flair. Being introduced to producer Phil Martin (The Jazzinvaders/Laura Vane and the Vipertones) from record label Social Beats opened up the door for this vision to be realized. The first musical encounter happened to be very successful and resulted into the laid back groovy jazz beat sound of An Echo Remains. This song appeared on Socialized Jazz Beats 2 (Social Beats) in January 2009, which was also released in Japan. The song was received remarkably well, appearing on different play lists around the world. Anticipation for a full length album from Jaffa started growing steadily.

Jaffa started writing with an electro acoustic approach. Vocalist Christel would start out providing a jazzy harmonic structure, with crisp melody lines and dreamy lyrics, while Phil Martin would work on the right groove and sound. They immediately created a remarkable sound, using samples of Christel’s vocal improvisations to build an underlying melodic groove. They further used acoustic percussion instruments as well as synthesizers and effects.
All of this resulted in a mix of a rich variety of styles, creating jazzy synth pop with an edge, catchy melody lines, intriguing lyrics and deep vocals.

The album entitled ‘Echoes’, tells the story of someone dealing with ghosts from the past. Running away in search of freedom this person finds himself in a surreal environment, running into concrete walls wherever he goes. He fights until he drops. Right at that moment, he realizes he’s not alone, and finds strength in the knowledge that there are other travelers on this road like him, with whom he can hold on firmly to the hope of finding this life of freedom.

Besides referring to echoes from the past, the album title also speaks about the echoing of the future, which sparks off glimpses into the present of a more fulfilling life lying ahead.

Jaffa will start touring in October 2010, presenting their debut album ‘Echoes’.

Discography

An Echo Remains, Socialized Jazz Beats 2, (Social Beats 2009)
Echoes (Social Beats/Unique march 2011)