from a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, to a grand showpiece
-"Each player shines on his or her own while simultaneously inspiring one another and accentuating one another's strengths. As part of the buoyant mood, they accentuate the positive but never have to eliminate the negative because there isn't any".
-"You just get accustomed to Lady Miles musing on trumpet, and the next thing you know the Flying Dutchwoman is soaring on booming standup bass. And it's not just an acoustic shtick, but the real deal".
By Owen mcNally for the Hartford Advocate, Nov 7, 2011.
2 (+ guests)
-Saskia Laroo - trumpet, vocals [ and alto sax / upright / electric bass ]
-Warren Byrd - piano and/or keyboard, vocals [ and bongos ]
Duo Laroo/Byrd performs mainly original material and a few special selected songs by other composers, coming from their album "Two of a Kind", as well as new unrecorded music.
Native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Saskia Laroo is a premiere figure in music and one of the finest female trumpet players in the world. Began age eight playing trumpet and as a teen picked-up cello and guitar. Though first enrolling as Mathematics major in college, she switched to music, eventually graduating from the Muziekacademie of Hilversum. Versatility has propelled her illustrious career, from barnstorming with latin, jazz and pop bands, to collaborations with legends such as Hans Dulfer and Teddy Edwards. She released her first CD, “It’s Like Jazz” in 1994 under her own label Laroo Records. Since, she has produced seven CD’s and a DVD varying from classic jazz to Club-influenced acid jazz fusion. She has performed worldwide in hundreds of venues with her own groups in more than twenty countries throughout six continents.
Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Warren Byrd is a pianist/vocalist with a long list of international credits, tours, and celebrated work. From first croonings in the gospel choir at age four to high school’s end he’d performed extensively as an amateur actor, singer, and pianist. Though earning a full scholarship for a voice major at Hartt College of music he’d choose to focus on jazz piano and composition emerging primarily self-taught. His deeds are a testament to his gifts: freelancing with such notables as Archie Shepp and Eddie Henderson to leading Gospel choirs to composing for theatre and dance. He finished in the top twenty-five in the 1999 Monk International Competition for Piano and soon released his CD “Truth Raised Twice”. He is co-founder/leader of Duo Laroo/Byrd and the Afro-Semitic Experience, performs as a freelancer, with Saskia's other groups, as a solo pianist and with his own Byrdspeak Ensemble.
tours & performances
2015: Bangla Desh, India, the Netherlands, Russia (Viva Bossa Nova Festival w Moscow Symphony Orchestra), USA
2014: the Netherlands (Amersfoort JF), USA (Baby Grand Jazz Series, Hartford, CT ft vibraphonist Jay Hoggard)
2013: the Netherlands (Amersfoort JF), Latvia, USA (Baby Grand Jazz Series, Hartford, CT).
2012: Malta, the Netherlands, Russia, USA
2009: Hong Kong
Byrd and Laroo first collaborated in the USA in 2001 after which she enlisted him as her keyboardist of choice for her many tours. As a duo they’ve toured to Chicago, Los Angeles, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, India, Hong Kong, Russia and the Netherlands and many other places. With the full band they‘ve also toured to many places such as China, Chile, Senegal, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and of course the USA, just to name a few.
Duo invites world class vibraphonist Jay Hoggart for colorful explorations of each others originals
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