The uniquely talented, Berlin-based vocalist/emcee/pianist, Sean Haefeli, represents a new breed, schooled in jazz, soul and hip-hop, able to execute with an emcee’s sense of flow, a singer’s melodic sensibilities, and a jazz pianist’s soaring improvisations.
Since his first album debuted in ’02, Sean has gained a reputation as an adept lyricist, highly skilled pianist, and versatile vocalist, able to use his sonorous and warm vocals to integrate sounds ranging from Andy Bey to Gil Scott-Heron to Myka 9. As the writer, Kalamu ya Salaam has written, “Sometimes it swings, sometimes it grooves, but there is always something emotionally moving going on.”
Sean’s new album, Just Beneath a Dream, features rich lyricism, unfolding against a contemplative, yet groove-heavy exploration of jazz, hip-hop, soul and further musical directions. As he bridges the gap between classic and cutting-edge, his distinctive skill set and compositional flare enable him to inhabit a space all his own.