Raphaelle Brochet’s never ending journey into the world of global performing arts and music has led to her becoming a truly powerful and inspiring performer.
Jazz was truly her native language. Raphaëlle started her career at the age of 17 by recording an album with Floris Nico-Bunink (Mingus, Billy Holliday) under the label Daybreak. She graduated from the Nantes Conservatory and deepened her knowledge of jazz in Canada, where she received a scholarship from the University of Montreal. She then spent a year in New York City to write music for her project KrsTal, blending jazz and Indian music traditions.
In parallel to her jazz studies, Raphaëlle went to South India for more than 17 years to study Carnatic singing with Sarada Thota and konnakol with Ghatam Govindarajan. Then she received a full scholarship from the Wesleyan University, USA, to study with B.Balasubrahmaniyan and D.Nelson, and then got a Masters of Ethnomusicology from one of the highest ranked universities of the world.
Her main collaborations include Nguyên Lê, Prabhu Edouard, Philippe Aerts, Ivan Paduart, Philip Catherine, Sophie Alour, Fred Nardin, Mieko Miyazaki, Ziya Tabassian, Steve Houben and Zap Mamma, among others.
She is very involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations, like theater (the Jena Theaterhaus; Théâtre de Satrouville; Bruital Compagnie), dance (Kadek Puspasari; Stephanie Roussel, Compagnie Kalavati) and collaborated on a documentary with film director Amin Moghadam: Le Souffle d’Allégresse (Iran).
Raphaëlle is of course very active as an educator, and has been teaching around the globe for many years: the Brussels Royal Conservatory, the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (India), OneWorld College of Music (India), ICOM Berklee (Malaysia), Wesleyan University (USA), Shanghai World Music Festival, Gent and Maastricht Conservatories, Denver University, Urban School of San Francisco, Mandapa Center in Paris, etc.
Raphaëlle tours around the globe with different projects, including a duo with Philippe Aerts her new solo project: S.O.L.O, the Sacred Oath of the Lucky Owl.