PERNILLE, THE DANISH SIREN VOICE: A STAR IS BORN
By Henry Durand
She could have participated in the Eurovision Grand Prix since she is familiar with Central Europe as the charming Danish songbird who was born in Aarhus to an artistic background.
Her mother was employed at the Theatre, and her father a music teacher and cellist. Pernille starts singing lessons at an early age. At the age of 19, she is a student of music and immediately she makes her first record with the group UPS, where the music was composed by her own brother. Apart from being an arranger and composer, he is full time employed as a journalist at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
The following year brings her to Paris where she sings in cabarets, such as Le Bateau Ivre in Rue Mouffetard. In Paris, Henri Guedon becomes aware of her already budding talent and he engages her as a chorus girl with several contracts at wellknown concert halls and TV. Our "Treasure" performs at the festival Printemps de Bourges and the world-famous New Morning, and she continues her music studies at the American School of Music and IACP. Her repertoire is eclectic. She covers every style in order to satisfy a large public.
In order to define this "Star is Born", (a song from her repertory) one might say that she is a mixture of the American Liza Minella, the German Ute Lemper, and the Russian Suletana. The Frenchmen only deplore that she often goes back to Denmark where she takes classical vocal training with professors from Danish conservatories, In order to define this "Star is Born", (a song from her repertory) one might say that she is a mixture of the American Liza Minella, the German Ute Lemper, and the Russian Suletana. The Frenchmen only deplore that she often goes back to Denmark where she takes classical vocal training with professors from Danish conservatories, among others the opera singer Lars Waage.
Pernille works in several languages, of course Danish, but also in English, German, and to our satisfaction, in our own language, French. In 1990, her travelling abroad takes her to the French Cote d'Azur, more explicitly to Cannes. Apart from her singing, she falls in love twice, - with the scenery - and especially with a jazz pianist, Cyril Caroubi, who becomes her Pygmalion. From now on, they share both their personal and professional life by performing widely over the south of France. Today, they reside in Le Cannet and have a house in the country where they practice.
Pernille's repertoire covers both her own compositions and songs, as well as standards all the way from Ella Fitzgerald to Chick Corea. Especially thrilling is her version of "Autumn Leaves" or "500 Miles High", not to mention her notorious interpretations of "My Way" or all the other great French success-songs.
In spite of her many travels, our songbird has grown into an Azur southener, with her exceptional voice, with eyes so bright, and a face so beautiful. She continues to make singing lessons at Florence Vento, Nice, in order to maintain her skills. She often gives herself in One Man Shows along the Cote d'Azur, or she gives concerts with her husband's jazz band orchestra. Recently she has made contract with Golden Jazz Band, a bigband based in Monaco. During many years she has also travelled all over France with the large big band Exclusif from Nice.
If you notice a poster with Pernille's name, then this is a chance that you should not miss. An evening with her is equivalent to exhilarating experience that you will never regret. You will leave the concert elevated.