Songwriter, lyricist and vocalist Ondine Darcyl was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a French and Romanian family. Her artistic sensibility was influenced as a child by visits to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where her parents, television pioneers, traveled frequently on business.
“In keeping with the bossa nova tradition, reminiscent of an early Astrud Gilberto, Ondine’s CD opens with the music of the great Tom Jobim... Ondine has a special quality that allows her to revisit Brazilian, Latin, French and American standards and make them her own... “ writes critic Judith King. “When Ondine sings, her phrasing reminds me of Joao Gilberto...” says mentor and jazz great Sheila Jordan.
“Since moving to the United States at age 18, the singer and award-winning visual artist has also completed an unusual trifecta by becoming an attorney. Ondine Darcyl (Darcyl Records) is her debut CD (released in Japan by Polystar/Jazzbank and titled Flor Nova), a series of duets with guitarist/keyboardist Hernan Romero (known for his work with guitarist Al Di Meola). Featuring standards from bossa nova (Antonio Carlos Jobim's ‘Wave’) to George & Ira Gershwin's ‘Summertime’ and Johnny Mercer's ‘Autumn Leaves’ (sung by Darcyl in French), the disc also showcases a compelling rendition of the Edith Piaf hit ‘La Vie En Rose’" says Jazziz Magazine.
Best-selling novelist Eric Jerome Dickey wrote about Ondine Darcyl at length in his novel Between Lovers: “ ...we ordered room service, lit candles, put my Ondine Darcyl CD in the player, listened to her soothing rendition of Autumn Leaves, La Vie en Rose....all jazzy and beautiful. Savored those sounds as we...” also, “...love her voice. That music takes me back to Paris....” Leslie Gourse, the noted jazz writer, mentioned Ondine in her book Louis’ Children, American Jazz Singers.
Ondine Darcyl performs all over the world, from The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland to the Spanish Jazz festivals of Boadilla del Monte and Fuenlabrada as a featured guest of jazz vocalist Miles Griffith best known for recording with Wynton Marsalis.) to Le Divan du Monde in Paris with Kristo Numpuby (songwriter from Cameroon living in Paris). Ondine played at the legendary Bimhuis in Amsterdam, at numerous clubs in New York such as Sweet Rhythm and Makor, at Le Club in Moscow, Notorious in Buenos Aires and at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Ondine Darcyl works with world class musicians:
percussionists Cafe, Valtinho and Mauro Refosco; guitarists Ron Affif, John Hart and Freddie Bryant; bassist Sergio Brandao and multi- instrumentalist Hernan Romero, to name a few.
The singer/songwriter is about to release her second album entitled Happy Birthday, a collection of traditional and original children songs in Spanish, French and English. The recording took place in New York with, Gregoire Maret, Hernan Romero, David Pleasant and Miles Griffith. Darcyl is now writing songs for a future release which will also include “Oblivion”, a tango by Astor Piazzolla.