Jet Black Pearl

Jetty Swart, a native of the Netherlands, is a one-woman dynamo, traveling around the world, singing and accompanying herself on the accordion, playing the flute, human beatbox, music box, toy piano and loop-station.  

Packing her bags, she traveled to the south of France, where, seduced by the weather, the nature, the lovely villages and a charming town called Montpellier, she decided to stay for a couple of months, singing and playing the accordion in the streets. Months turned into years, the street gave way for real stages where she met other like-minded musicians, and in 2000 she started her band, Yeti. First covering old French songs and then creating her own, she has sung with her band at hundreds of festivals, theaters and clubs all over Europe, recording 2 CDs. Yeti's music-style has been described as a cabaret gypsy party where Nina Hagen and Edith Piaf meet Lauri Anderson and Bjørk. 

Now, in 2012, she presents her new trilingual (Dutch/French/English) solo show accompanying herself on the accordion, flute, kalimba and toy-piano. With her loop-station she records brief loops, which she layers with her unrecorded voice, turning herself and her minimal equipment into a cabaret orchestra. 

Home Base: San Francisco