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A familiar voice, if not name

Not many Koreans know her name and not many have bought her albums. But a lot more are likely to recognize the voice of Clementine when they hear her songs, for instance, “Les Champs-Elysees.”
Clementine, a French singer with about a 20-year career, will perform in Korea today for the first time. She visited Seoul in 2004 to publicize the release of her album “Soleil,” but did not have a concert at that time.
A number of songs that feature her sweet voice and cheerful melodies have been used in TV advertisements here. To name just a few: “Season in the Sun” for an online shopping mall, “L’Amour Est Bleu” for an air conditioner company and “Chuck E’s In Love” for a cosmetic company.
Paris-born Clementine’s career choice was greatly influenced by her father who was a jazz record collector. But her music is not limited to jazz, as she freely crosses over to genres such as bossa nova, chanson and pop.
Today’s concert was also designed to promote her most recent album “Lumiere,” which was released in Korea earlier this month. The new album consists of theme songs from films, including “Kokomo” from “Cocktail,” “Moon River” from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” and “The Two Of Us” from “I Am Sam.” Bossa nova masters, including Carlos Lyra, Celso Fonseca, Roberto Menscal and Durval Ferreira, helped produce the album.
Clementine plans to sing at least 15 songs including “Couleur Cafe,” “L’ete,” “Laura,” and “Time after Time” during the concert.
Woongsan, a Korean jazz singer, will also appear on stage as a special guest to sing three songs: “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home,” “Love For Sale” and “Honeysuckle Rose.”

by Park Sung-ha

Clementine’s “Summer Jazz Concert” will be held in the Theater Yong at the National Museum of Korea today at 8 p.m. Tickets cost 44,000 won ($46) and 55,000 won.
For more information, call (02) 546-5118, or visit www.metiscom.co.kr. For ticket information, visit www.ticketlink.co.kr or www.interpark.com.
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