„Frederike’s songs combine the personal and the universal, asking for reflection and appreciation.“
– Ben van Gelder
FRÉ is the Dutch/German jazz/artpop band, headed by singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Frederike Berendsen. The band creates an uplifting, social musical experience, moving and connecting with its audience through demanding stories of self-reflection and an astonishing awareness for the world around us.
Drawing upon influences from genre-bending artists like Esperanza Spalding, Joni Mitchell and Björk, FRÉ strives to take a similar route in their music, be open and ready to find inspiration in unexpected places. Their ever-growing curiosity, drive and appreciation for the arts and each other serves as a basis for their fresh, warm, infectious sound which deeply draws you into the music and their world of thought.
Since the beginning in late 2016, the four friends found the band to be not merely a musical project, but a caring community built of strong, thoughtful individuals. In the months and years after, FRÉ developed and grew together, especially through the release of their debut album „Nature’s Songs“ (Fattoria Musica Records, 2017), with acclaimed guest soloists Florian Weber on Fender Rhodes and alto-saxophonist Ben van Gelder.
FRÉ brought their original music to clubs, theaters and festivals in the Netherlands, Northern-Ireland, Italy and Germany (including a concert at Moers Festival 2018), shared the stage with the bands personal heroine Becca Stevens and performed live on BBC Radio.