by Kelly Wetherille
Relatively unknown throughout most of the world, Clementine is arguably the most popular French musician in Japan, and was honored for her role in furthering Japan/France relations by former French president Jacques Chirac. She has recorded nearly two dozen albums and sold over 1.5 million records in total. A somewhat regular guest at Aoyama’s Blue Note (where she has performed several times over the years), her mellow and sweet sound lends itself perfectly to a romantic dinner show or a sophisticated alternative to evening cocktails.
Clementine began her career in the late 1980s, recording under Sony France. Her music can be described as a soft, soulful mix of jazz, pop, bossa nova, and her own versions of French classics, such as Ma Chérie Amour, made famous by Stevie Wonder. To commemorate her 20 years as a recording artist, Clementine has released a series of three anniversary mini-albums in the past year: Chocolats et Sweets, Sweet Rendez-vous, and Sweet Illumination, all available from Amazon Japan.
Clementine’s Tokyo stop on her tour will again take her to the Blue Note, where she will play a total of eight shows. She will also make stops in Yokohama and Yokosuka.
For tickets visit www.bluenote.co.jp.
Photos courtesy of Possion Heads.