November 1 becomes a big party for Amsterdam trumpet player Saskia Laroo in Het Concertgebouw. Not only does she present her new album "Trumpets Around The World" with her band, she also celebrates three anniversaries. Laroo turns 40 “stage years”-old, has run Laroo Records for 25 years and the Saskia Laroo Band has existed for 25 years.
The "Lady Miles Davis of Europe" – dubbed so by the press and public in America --is one of the few women on trumpet in the international stage four decades at top level and leader of her own band for so long. She is known for her improvisational purity, music to which she's given her own twist, flavored with influences from all over the world. It is music with the mystical elusiveness of jazz improvisation, packed in modern grooves, beats, vocals and rap. Seats will be set aside on November 1st, because interaction with the audience is an important element of Laroo’s energetic live performances.
The "Dutch Lady of Jazz" plays with her bands all over the world on large and small festivals, in concert halls, clubs and more; this year so far in Thailand, Burundi and the United States. Her music, in kind, sounds like a musical journey with not just pure jazz, but also influences from hip-hop, dance and world music - as if those styles have always belonged together. Two rappers from Burundi can be heard on her new album. Laroo played with jazz greats such as Rosa King, Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Roy Hargrove, Teddy Edwards, Maceo Parker and Marcus Miller. She has also shared the stage with the South African Hugh Masekela, the group Sierra Maestra of Cuba and the Dutch-Surinamese band Fra Fra Sound. She's done dance cross-overs with 100% Isis, Ken Ishi and Ronald Molendijk. Laroo has released seven CDs and DVDs on her own label and has won several prizes, including the Indian peace prize "Karmaveer Puraskaar" in 2010.
Saskia Laroo on the celebration of her milestones: “I always prefer to look back on my last concert; performing is always a whole new experience. But if I have to mention a few highlights, then I think of the concert during the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in the Miles Davis Hall in 2007, the incredible energy of the audience of 25,000 Brazilians during the Rio Das Ostras festival in 2012, or the concert on a stage in the water on the Thai coast for five thousand people earlier this year. Or the 2013 Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in Zimbabwe, for which we have especially composed the song "Africa Dancin"; and of which we released a live DVD. Although the rhythm of that one song was not recognized by the Zimbabwean audience, it eventually became a special dance party. It was also very special to play in South Korea in 2017 at the KFCheonggyecheon Music Festival in Seoul with a cultural performance from every country--an honor to be asked as a Dutch representative. "
Saskia Laroo Band
Friday, November 1st - The Concertgebouw, Koorzaal - Amsterdam, NL
Admission: € 20
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