Carly E (Carlijn van Wijk, 1989) played cello and sang from the time she was 5 years old. Between the ages of 12 and 18, she toured Europe and China with the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands. In 2012, she moved to London before moving again a year and a half later to Argentina, where she stayed until 2016. Far away from home she discovered her own music. She became a singer-songwriter and solo artist, accompanying herself on a cello, also with loop pedal. In 2016 she released her first EP “Blue Funny You”, recorded in Buenos Aires. Back in the Netherlands, she attracted attention during TEDx. Carly E founded her band in 2017 with guitarist Richie Rich, drummer Efraim Schulz- Wackerbarth and double bass player Annick Odom.
She started off the year 2019 with playing her solo performance in major venues like the ‘DeLaMar Theater’, the ‘Amstelkerk’, ‘Werkspoorkathedraal’, she plays in other well-known venues in Amsterdam like De Roode Bioscoop, CC Amstel Theater and on various international festivals like the Red Light Jazz festival (closing act) and Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Carly E’s cello idol is Yo-Yo Ma, and she loves the old jazz and soul ladies like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Her big example is Andrew Bird. This combination makes her music a mix of jazz and pop with an intuitive poetic groove.
– Carly E.