oboe, English horn, Bb, Eb and bass clarinets, soprano and tenor saxophones; sound ingenieur, composition, film music
Emmanuelle Somer is born January 5, 1972 in Brussels, with French and Dutch citizenships.
She graduated from the European School, speaking French, English, Dutch and German fluently.
As a teenager, she played piano, recorder, oboe, saxophone and drums.
She studied with Paul Dombrecht at Brussels Koninklijk Conservatorium, where she got degrees in oboe, English horn, solfege and chamber music. She also studied free improvisation with Fabrizio Cassol (Aka Moon), Michel Massot (Tous Dehors) and Garret List. She later toured and played in Europe with Michel Massot, Stephane Galland, Kris Defoort, Pierre van Dormael, Claudio Puntin...
Emmanuelle decided to cross the Atlantic ocean for discovering jazz in its craddle. She received a full scholarship that enabled her to enroll at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in both composition and improvisation, and learned film scoring techniques. She enriched her musical experiences there by 300 concerts and 600 studio hours in all styles, and founded the Helios Quartet in 1995, which regularly tours Europe since its creation.
In 1997, Emmanuelle moved to New York, where she performed with Dave Douglas, Dave Gilmore, Chris Potter, Jim Black, Peter Epstein, Tom Varner, Lindsey Horner among many others, regularly booked at the Knitting Factory and other local clubs. She also got into clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone playing, singing and modern dancing, and continued composing and preparing new tours. She recorded the CD The Apple Tree (LY98016-C) at New York's Knitting Factory with the Helios Quartet and the Tone Poets, signing all compositions.