Carly E. (Carlijn van Wijk, 1989) has played the cello from a young age. 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 and various festival performances. Carly E. founded her band in 2017 with guitarist Richie Richman, drummer Efraim Schulz- Wackerbarth and double bass player Annick Odom.
Their analog recorded debut album “Timeless Thoughts” was released on a 12 inch vinyl on June 15th, 2018 in the sold out venue ‘Cinetol’. She started off the year 2019 with playing her solo performance in major venues like the ‘DeLaMar Theater’ and the ‘Amstelkerk’, she plays in other well-known venues in Amsterdam like De Roode Bioscoop and she will play on various festivals like the Red Light Jazz festival (closing act), Rollende Keukens 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.
Check Carly E.’s live shows
Next to her solo or band performances she is regularly performing in theaters with her own show. She started off with the show ‘From classical cellist to artist with cello’ in the Cultuurkoepel of Heiloo and she was invited to the Garage concert in Amsterdam (2018). After that she performed her show ‘No Cello Clásico’ in the Tapas Theater in Amsterdam and Oostblok Theater (2019). Also she was invited to play during a special night in the famous DeLaMar Theater (2019). During her full length evening show she tells funny anecdotes about the stories behind her songs. She will be on stage during Fringe festival 2019 in Edinburgh with her third show ‘It’s that simple’ that she will premier in Amsterdam at the Tapas Theater.