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20180522 back from vietnam en

Dear Music Friends,

Summer seems to be here already! Already two weeks ago we did a very nice summery two-week tour in Vietnam with Duo Laroo-Byrd. See here the story with pictures, videos, but also links to our contacts from the music scene.

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20180424 west to east en

Dear Music Friends,
Spring was really cold in Hartford, Ct - US and lots of snow. Fortunately we were given wonderful opportunities to give concerts with our music. Now for the remainders of Spring plus Summer there are again beautiful concerts scheduled. Here a short summary: With Duo Laroo/Byrd we are slated to a two-week Vietnam tour
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20180408 poster library sq

Dear Music Friends,

We are very excited to announce that:
You can see the concert with JAZZKIA  by live stream Tomorrow.
What? JAZZKIA is Saskia Laroo's Jazz Quartet ft Warren Byrd
Where? On the Hartford Public Library 's Facebook page Search for @HartfordPublicLibrary

 

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20181206 cold winter en

Dear Music Friends, 

Hopefully everybody is doing well in the new year, I am doing great for sure!  I am proud to announce that I am an appointed Ambassador of the Red Light Jazzfestival 2018 in Amsterdam at the beginning of June where as well I will also perform with Jazzkia. 
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20171206 december en

Dear Music Friends,

Hope you are having a Good December so far. I am looking forward to a few more performances this week in the US.

Next week we're flying back to my other cherished haunt: Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

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20171122 hartford

Dear Music Lovers,

We are very happy to announce a special concert with Duo Laroo/Byrd's Funky4 coming Saturday November 25th 7-10p in "The Flying Monkey" in Hartford, CT. We've performed several times in this wonderful restaurant but this will be the first time under our own name and with our own funky, latin and jazzy repertoire selection, including original songs!

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20171024 us almost back

Yes Dear Music Friends,

We are almost back in the Netherlands, after a rousing period in the USA and surely, an all-too-brief  South Korean JAZZ meets HipHop tour with my amazing JAZZKIA+ formation

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20170901 tour autumn

Dear Music Friends,
This coming weekend, our project "Jazz meets Hip-Hop" tours South Korea to perform at: 

Friday, September 22 @ 7:00 PM Saskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+ Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ Boogie Woogie Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Saturday, September 23 @ 2:00 PM Saskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+ Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ Jeonju University, Jeonju, South Korea
Sunday, September 24 @ 7:30 PM Saskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+ Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ KF Cheonggyecheon Music Festival , Seoul, South Korea
 

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20170901 usa s korea

Dear Music Friends,

Thank you all for such warm cheers to our marriage. We made our Honeymoon weekend merry with the Amersfoort Jazz Fest in the Netherlands and our special stay at the Jazzy Bridal Room of Hotel Lange Jan. Back in Hartford, at our new dwelling and headquarters, I finished construction my own recording booth !!!

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20170607 married

It's surely true,

my dear music friends, 

this recent May in Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT by our favorite raspberry patch 

we officially [tied the knot]

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20170425 kingsday
Dear Music Friends,

am currently busy with refurbishing and decorating
our new jazz-digs in Hartford, CT - USA--
it is going well.
Such timely performances as

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20170308 spring in nl
Dear Music Friends,

After Spring's 1st weekend American excursion for a last-minute performance @ Miami Sunny Isle Beach, I am back for a Dutch Spring and steppin' out tonight 8.30pm as Duo Saskia Laroo & Warren Byrd ft Pieter de Bruijn kops @  "Einde Van De Wereld" (World's End)  It just so happens to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8th

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20170112 super 2017 en
Dear Music Friends

Cheers to a super and music-filled 2017,
the 1st week already flung
into the “Flow” of the APAP Conference in New York City
(time for new homemade bizz-cards again):

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20161222 happy holidays en
Dear Music Friends,

First of all really jazzy happy holidays and A beautiful years' ending and super 2017For me and my musicians it was a momentous year with the little issue logged that our jazz-arium in Warren[Byrd]’s hometown Hartford, CT, USA  has gone combust and thus we’re still hankering our Winter down there in the Super-8 Motel… On “Plus” however were more than enough positive experiences
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20161122 winter in the us en
Dear Music Friends,

I have just one more week in the Netherlands and then I wing over great pond for a two-month USA stay for performances (see agenda), to produce new material and continue the search for a new home. 
Recently, The Saskia Laroo Band completed our October whirl-tour in India, with project Jazz Meets Hip Hop --10 shows in nine days!

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20161010 slb goes india en
Dear Music Friends,

First of all, Warren and I want to thank everybody for the greathearted support we received due to the fire in our apartment in Hartford, CT - USA: THANKS! Despite such a setback we are now we having a good time playing again and have done beautiful gigs in the Netherlands, and Indonesia --organized by the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta (read here tales of the journey by Warren)--
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20160823 avator en more nice giggin

Dear Music Friends,

First and Foremost, Hearty Thanks! 
Warren & I are overwhelmed by how you all have responded to the fire in and burglary/theft of our apartment in Hartford, CT, USA and with all the gifts in money and support,


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20160727 avator en summer update
Dear Music Friends, 

I'm soon off to Croatia for a reunion-esque run of  my old Saskia Laroo Band with ao. 'Jex' Zoran Jager  on guitar

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20160701 avator en summer update
Dear Music Friends,

We have good and bad news:
First of all, our South of France shows were Really Super!
Unfortunately, on our way back through the Pre-Alps the car broke down;

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20160622 avator en almost summer
Dear Music Friends, 

what a fine spring it's been! Enjoyed playing with my Saskia Laroo Band doing Jazz Meets HipHop in China,
 
also gigs in the Netherlands, and, amongst others, in Friesland at Noardewyn Live on June 17, of which, see highlights here:  ‪#‎omropfryslan‬ http://youtu.be/1TIauEiwwXA?t=35m12s


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20160525 avator en back in nl

Dear Music Friends,

We are back in the Netherlands!
But we've had a great time with the Saskia Laroo Band's
fine appearances in CHINA,
see here a selection of telling shots from my fb page

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20160503 avator en china us nl france

Dear Music Friends,

We have Super Hot news !
Saskia Laroo Band treks with her project
爵士會見嘻哈 “Jazz meets HipHop”
for 4+gigs to China

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20160322 short tour in holland

Dear Music Friends,

Here in the US, woke up this Monday with snow

Today it's cold too but this afternoon we will fly to the Netherlands and play coming weekend and the weekend after with


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20160224 av en spring in the usa

Dear Music Friends,

3 weeks have flown by in the Netherlands with days of fine weather, fun performances, a reunion with ol' school friends, and Warren Byrd's successful hand surgery... see also my instagram.com/saskialaroo

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20160203 newsletter avator

Dear Music Friends,

it was a heavy and beautiful action-packed First month of the year in the US, where we rang out the Old and the New Year giggin', followed by more delightful appearances with wonderful musicians and Warren Byrd by my side

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20160112 newsletter avator

Dear Music Friends

A Wonderful and very Happy New Year!
I am now and for a few upcoming weeks more in the US where I have
rang out the Old and New Year with two delightful guest appearances.


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20151217 newsletter avator
Dear Music Friends

Well, that was that for 2015 ...almost: yet another flying-by year ...and High-Flying it was with Superb highlights, not only our Dutch-grounded ones but also tours afar in such zones as India, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Russia and the US...  

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6 10 autumn winter avator

Dear Music Friends, 

A Mid-Autumn super-small newsletter from the US:  After a short vacation at the lakewe are fully refreshed, making recordings and ready for new gigs: In the U.S. thru this weekend and back in the Netherlands from late November to a post-Christmas December!


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6 8 autumn avator

Dear Jazzy-Friends,
 
These recent weeks we have performed in some posh places: from the Blue Note Club in Milan, Italy to the Leusden Jazz Fest, Netherlands and from the 12on14 Jazz Club in Warsaw, Poland to the Viva Bossa Nova Fest in Moscow, Russia.

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6 6 really jazzy news avator

Dear Music Friends, 

The R is back in the month (let that stand for “Really Jazzy”) and in less than a week I am back in Europe  
to play in a great club of Blue Note Milano, Italy then quikly over to my native Netherlands for more plush performances such as Duo Laroo/Byrd plus poet Pieter de Bruijn Kops

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6 4 summertime 2 0 avator

My Dear Music Friends, 

I am by now nearly two weeks in the USA and have played a nice amount of gigs, such as those with the Afro-Semitic Experience and Warren Byrd’s Byrdspeak Ensemble; after two more performances on my agenda, I will fly end of this week from New York to Germany for a special Konkani concert on Saturday night in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin.

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6 2 summertime avator

Jazzy Music Friends 
  
The first half of the year 2015 was fantabulous! We were blessed to play a plenty in The "bright-sized" Netherlands, fascinating gigs in the USA,  a special Kings Day tour with Warren Byrd in India and Bangladesh, and a spectacular festival performance with the Saskia Laroo Band XL in Lithuania.

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5 10 live avator

Dear Music Friends, 

Went back to the Netherlands for a Superb Hans Dulfer Birthday Jam in the Melkweg and 
the cozy Jazz In the Woods Fest on a brisk Friday night (B-rrr) in the town of Apeldoorn. Then  
on to the XXI Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival in Lithuania and what a joy we had! 

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5 8 festivals avator

Dear Music Friends, 
  
Fresh, back from 3 Super weeks in India and Bangladesh rife with fine performances, for the Dutch Embassies and more; delightful encounters with old and also, in particular, many new friends. In addition, we took part in a grassroots water conservation initiative in Goa

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5 6 way out avator

Dear Music Friends, 

Currently Warren Byrd and I are touring India and Bangladesh for our upcoming performances; our lead-off show, the Oranjebal, was a hit!  Today, the King's Day reception for the Dutch Embassy—Hoera!

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5 4 media avator

Best Jazz Friends, 

This week is dedicated to the Dutch National Soul & Jazz-week on Radio 6! The Saskia Laroo Band was featured this past Monday on the Radio 6’s “Eerst Jaap!” with 3 songs and a short interview of which the video can be seen here:

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4 10 back avator

Dear Music Friends,  

We've had a blast these past 6 winter weeks barnstorming in the Netherlands, such as our performances at the 10th-annual Women in Paradise at Paradiso and at the World Blend Cafe in the Bimhuis, I was also featured on "The Jazz Profile" Rolf Polak's RickFM radio program "All That's Jazz" on March 8, 2015,

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4 8 spring avator

Dear Music Friends, 

it promises to be a beautiful spring start, TRENDING TOPIC: THE SCENES IN THE SPOTLIGHT  Under the radar in recent years a new trend has developed: A performance circuit of homes, churches and pubs, museums and music stores.

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4 6 new york avator

New York, thank you

for a super stay the previous weekend, everything in walking distance!  Overnights in Charly's stellar airbnb room near Times Square; and in the daytime the APAP music conference in the great, hospitable @NYHiltonMidtown where I saw many special showcases 

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4 4 2015 apap avator

Happy Newyear
 
Hope that everybody had happy holidays, I am happy and busy with shaping the new year for my music projects. This year I will be again at the APAP music conference in New York from Jan 7-11 to promote my own bands:

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4 2 happy holidays avator

Dear All, 

We are very grateful for the wonderful performances and music projects we did this year. 
And the year isn't over yet, see below the agenda including some upcoming concerts and activities in the new year.

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3 9 thanksgiving avator

Hi everyone! 

Happy Thanksgiving (it's snowing now in Hartford, CT)! Thanks to everyone who came out to the Amistad Black Tie Gala and Fund Raising Event Nov 15th at the Wadsworth. It was great witnessing the Hartford jazz Society being honored. But my biggest joy always is to perform, 

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3 8 autumn avator

Dear Music Friends, 

I am for the whole month of November in Hartford, Ct. USA and appearing live this weekend: Also check out the new bookings website for all my available bands and booking information: laroobookings.com

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3 6 cd live avator

Dear Music-Friends, 

Upon releasing the Saskia Laroo Limited Live CD 'Live in Zimbabwe' @ Paradiso last week, we have our first fine review in Dutch Daily Newspaper, Trouw: Here's an English translation for you by Mr. Warren 'ByrdSpeak' Byrd and Saskia Laroo: 

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3 4 cd avator

Hello Music Friends, 

The  Limited Edition  'Live In Zimbabwe' cd's are in and ready for release this wednesday @ the opening night of the Amsterdam Dance Event a unique collaboration in Paradiso of funk legend Joseph Bowie with The Saskia Laroo Band. 

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3 2 new cd avator

Hello Music Friends,  

After the sweet spring release of the first  Saskia Laroo Band DVD 'Live in Zimbabwe', now this autumn by popular demand is a Limited Edition release of the 'Live In Zimbabwe' CD! The CD archives the energetic concert of Saskia Laroo and her eight-piece funk unit on May 3, 2013 in Zimbabwe

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2 7 autumn avator

Dear MusicFriends, 

After a quiet summer, autumn promises many beautiful performances in the Netherlands, USA and Poland this week with two performances at the Noorderzon festival in the city of Groningen with the Saskia Laroo Band with Warren Byrd and Senegalese percussionist Pape Seck free admission!

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2 9 jazzanddance avator

press release 
  
Joseph Bowie meets the Saskia Laroo Band on Opening Night Amsterdam Dance Event  Paradiso Wed October 15: 21.30. The 'Opening Night' of the internationally renowned Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) on October 15 features a unique conjoined act in Paradiso of funk legend Joseph Bowie with The Saskia Laroo Band.

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1 5 today avator

Today, 

April 30 is International Jazz Day and  Today, a year ago, the Saskia Laroo Band was playing in Zimbabwe and the awesome result is my new DVD: Today is a good day to enjoy a tremendous jazz classic from my own archives Today in Hartford, USA, 

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1 3 us nl avator

Just 2weeks ago

with the Saskia Laroo Band for the "Live in Zimbabwe' DVD release in a SuperGroovy Paradiso, Look for beautiful photos and youtube of this gig on www.cultmix.org This weekend in America playing with  
the Afro-Semitic Experience and on May 7 back in the Netherlands 

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