Selected press

WARFHUIZEN - Every stage has its golden rules. At Roodehaan in Warfhuizen by 11 p.m. at the latest it must be quiet. With some imagination it is possible to picture how manager Teus stands in front of the band and lectures these restrictions to them strongly, because he also requires this of his camping guests. Otherwise the plug will be pulled! However, an uprising threatened to happen at 11 p.m. at the performance of Saskia Laroo's Funky 5 if an encore would not ensue
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Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd teach Vietnamese tricks of jazz

The Amsterdam trumpet player Saskia Laroo and her originally New York husband, the pianist / singer Warren Byrd get often invitations to play in the often distant foreign countries. So often that they are regularly described in the press as "leading Dutch musical export product". In America, Saskia Laroo has been called 'Lady Miles Davis of Europe' in the press for many years.

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On Friday December 22, 2017 Saskia Laroo was officially appointed as ambassador of Red Light Jazz by Festival Director and Founder Marcel Kaatee. This Festival in it's fifth year now, takes place on the first weekend of June in a big array of venues in Amsterdam's most famous area, the Red Light District. From underground bars to recognized theaters, De Wallen, as the area is named by Dutch locals, will be bustling with jazz as in olden days imagined.

Duo Laroo/Byrd 2016 Indonesian Tour Report: 27Aug16—07Sep16 
Written by Warren Byrd, October 4, 2016 

Saskia Laroo-Trumpet, Sax, Bass, Composer, Clinician of Music
Warren Byrd- Pianist, Vocalist, Composer, Clinician of Music

After a decade's plus absence from this city of sweltering heat, struggling traffic, and hulking buildings we arrived in the airport
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Some fools say jazz is also a monolith. Not as long as there are vibrant energizers like Laroo's crew playing. Her stage was small scale, but her performance was large. It was exactly the kind of thing that keeps jazz alive. 

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As a movie for the ears, you are immediately sucked into the interaction between stage and audience. Laroo plays the stars out of the heavens, while her grooving band trundles on, fiercely propulsive. It is funk, jazz-dance and hip-hop in one. Rattling rappers impart stark commentary by 'call & response' on Laroo's muted trumpet sounds reminiscent of Miles Davis and also, due to the echo effects, especially to Hugh Masekela.

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The American funk legend and trombonist Joseph ( Joe ) Bowie , known from the band Defunkt, was Wednesday, November 20 , together with the Dutch trumpeter Saskia Laroo on stage at the Horse Cafe. Warren Byrd (keyboards , USA ), Daniel Gueli (bass , Italy ) and Sin Banovic (drums , Croatia ) made the line up complete. The expectations were high, but to come straight to the point: those expectations were exceeded in crushing fashion.

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Voice of Russia Our guest today Saskia Laroo, Dutch trumpet player of world renown. With her speech, our correspondent Anna Delizijewa. Saskia Laroo talked about her search for her own musical identity, of their way to jazz and many other things.
Saskia Laroo began as a child to take music lessons. But their search for identity, after the appropriate instrument and style of interpretation has lasted quite a long time. But the result of all this was wonderful. 

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Trumpeter Saskia Laroo and pianist Warren Byrd, one of the finest trans-Atlantic jazz alliances of the 21st century, get the popular “Baby Grand Jazz Piano Series 2013” off to a high- flying start Sunday at 3 p.m. in the cozy, light-filled atrium at The Hartford Public library. Laroo, a native of Amsterdam, is so evocative of Miles Davis that she‘s been hailed as “The lady Miles of Europe.” A Hartford native and one of the city ‘s premier jazz talents, Byrd has spread his creative wings far beyond his local and New England stomping grounds on his countless collaborations with the charismatic Laroo. 

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THIS was one cracking concert from the first note. Saskia Laroo and her international band hit the stage running, offering a dizzying repertoire of jazz, rap, hip-hop, salsa, drum-and-bass and soul.

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Press Quotes

Some fools say jazz is also a monolith. Not as long as there are vibrant energizers like Laroo's crew playing. Her stage was small scale, but her performance was large. It was exactly the kind of thing that keeps jazz alive. Philip Woolever for AllAboutJazz, Nov 18, 2014

Laroo plays the stars out of the heavens, while her grooving band trundles on, fiercely propulsive. It is funk, jazz-dance and hip-hop in one. Stan Rijven for Dutch national newspaper Trouw Oct 17, 2014

Recent Press

Nov 18, 2014 review concert for "allaboutjazz.com ": Saskia Laroo Band - Cotton Club, Amsterdam
Nov 2014      article in Music Maker Magazine, the Netherlands: "Musician in the news".
Nov 2014      interview in online music magazine"The next Gig"
Oct 17, 2014 review CD in Dutch national newspaper "Trouw": "Live in Zimbabwe" 
Victor Radzievskiy Moskou
29.09.15
Radio 1jazz.ru presents an interview with the famous "Lady Miles of Europe",
one of the brightest performers on the trumpet in Modern Holland jazz scene
Saskia Laroo (Netherlands),
as well as pianist which play with Saskia
Warren Byrd (USA). September 28 Saskia and her band played in
the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, where they performed a program of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz.
The interlocutors talk about the synthesis of jazz and contemporary music (hip-hop, dubstep, etc..), role of Miles Davis
in these processes, about relationships between art and commerce, as well as relationships between audience and musicians.
During the interview, Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd
sharing the unique experience and their own views on music, life and show business.
Interview by Victor Radzievskiy.

Raw Funk, Jazz and Hip Hop

CD review: Saskia Laroo Band - Live in Zimbabwe by Stan Rijven for Dutch national newspaper: "Trouw", published October 17, 2014.
 

POP
Saskia Laroo
Live in Zimbabwe
4 Stars out of Five ****

(translated from Dutch)
Once upon a time live albums held an equally strong status as studio records. It's not without reason that 'Live at the Apollo' (James Brown, '63), 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out "(Rolling Stones, '70) and" Bob Marley "('75) belong to the canon. They combined musical essence with immediate sensation, immortalized in a snapshot, but who nowadays releases a spontaneous live-album in an era of digital meticulousness? The Dutch trumpeter Saskia Laroo dared to do so. 'Live in Zimbabwe' is the raw, imperfect account of her performance last year in Harare. As a movie for the ears, you are immediately sucked into the interaction between stage and audience. Laroo plays the stars out of the heavens, while her grooving band trundles on, fiercely propulsive. It is funk, jazz-dance and hip-hop in one. Rattling rappers impart stark commentary by 'call & response' on Laroo's muted trumpet sounds reminiscent of Miles Davis and also, due to the echo effects, especially to Hugh Masekela. Sometimes the band goes totally off track, but what urgency and energy. 'Africa dancing', the absolute prize song, has gotten an extra mix of itself as a radio-edit-- especially digitally produced for the Amsterdam Dance Event., for which Laroo was granted to open Wednesday at the Paradiso.

Stan Rijven

Translated by Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo

(in Dutch)
Ooit bezaten live-albums een even sterke status als studio-platen. Niet voor niets behoren ‘live at the Apollo’ (James Brown, ’63), ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s out’ (Rolling Stones,’70) en ‘Bob Marley live’ (’75) tot de canon. Ze koppelden muzikale essentie aan instant-sensatie, vereeuwigd in een momentopname. Maar wie brengt er vandaag nog een spontaan live- album uit in een digitaal perfect tijdperk? De Nederlandse trompettiste Saskia Laroo durfde het aan. 'Live in Zimbabwe’ is het rauwe, imperfecte verslag van haar optreden vorig jaar in Harare. Als een film voor het oor word je direct meegezogen in de wisselwerking tussen podium en publiek. Laroo speelt de sterren van de hemel, terwijl haar groovende band strak stuwend voortrolt. Het is funk, jazzdance en hiphop ineen. Ratelende rappers geven met ‘call & response’ straf commentaar op Laroo’s gestopte trompetspel dat herinnert aan Miles Davis en, wegens de echo-effecten, vooral ook aan Hugh Masekela. Soms vliegt de band totaal uit de bocht, maar wat een urgentie en energie. ‘Africa dancing’, het absolute prijsnummer, kreeg nog een extra radio-edit mee. Speciaal digitaal geproduceerd voor het Amsterdam Dance Eve
nt., dat Laroo woensdag in Paradiso mocht openen.

Stan Rijven 

Gepubliceerd in Dagblad Trouw op vrijdag 17 october 2014


Musician in the news

article in music magazine "Music Maker, the Netherlands, November 2014. .In Dutch, translated into English by Warren Byrd

(translated from Dutch) Saskia Laroo Band - DVD recordings on a special location

Since the Ebola outbreak Africa is mainly for painful reasons in the news. But recently there was again positive news from the continent. Trumpeter Saskia Laroo recorded a DVD in Zimbabwe. "Our goal with the release of the DVD and CD was to show the world how it is to, deep down in Africa, make music in one of the poorest countries in the world. For us it was an extremely inspiring period and those images and memories we want to share. "
How did the Saskia Laroo Band ended up in Africa? "In Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, is the annual Harare International Festival Of The Arts. Many embassies showcase there an important cultural exponent of their country. The Saskia Laroo Band was the Dutch asset. The country of President Mugabe is very poor and has a high unemployment rate of 95 percent. Around the festival finally something is happening which gives many residents the opportunity to have something to do for a short while. We have hired local technicians to make the footage, we've assembled them later in the USA."
What were the conditions and facilities in Zimbabwe? "The technical facilities at the festival were pretty good. They were handled by a French company. But the toilets and other facilities were harsh. We play all over the world, and similar conditions are also found in India and the Ukraine. If you want to travel a lot to make imusic nternationally you have to be flexible and not whine about those things. "
What is most memorable to you? 'We have as a band not limited ourselves to only playing at the Harare International Festival. Besides the two appearances there, we went to the streets to meet people and to speak together the unversal musical language. I took my trumpet along and that way we have build in the streets and in surrounding villages, small music parties. Those experiences are the ones that did touch me the most. "
The CD and the DVD Live in Zimbabwe can be ordered through the website of the Saskia Laroo Band. www.saskialaroo.com 


(in Dutch) Saskia Laroo Band - Dvd opnames op een bijzondere locatie
Artikel in "Music maker", November 2014: Muzikant in het nieuws. 

Sinds de ebola-uitbraak staat Afrika vooral om pijnlijke redenen in het nieuws. Maar onlangs kwam er weer eens positief nieuws uit het continent. Trompettiste Saskia laroo nam een dvd op in Zimbabwe. 'Met het uitbrengen van de dvd en de cd wilden we de wereld laten zien hoe het is om diep in Afrika, in een van de armste landen van de wereld, muziek te maken. Voor ons was het een buitengewoon inspirerende periode en die beelden en herinneringen willen we graag delen.'
Hoe kwam de Saskia Laroo Band in Afrika terecht? 'In Harare, de hoofdstad van Zimbabwe, is het jaarlijkse Harare international Festival Of The arts Veel ambassades vaardigen daar een belangrijke culturele exponent van hun land af. De Saskia Laroo Band was de nederlandse troef. Het land van president Mugabe is erg arm en heeft een werkeloosheidscijfer van maar liefst 95 procent. Rondom het festival gebeurt er eindelijk weer iets waardoor veel inwoners even iets om handen hebben. We hebben lokale technici ingehuurd om de filmbeelden te maken, die we later in Amerika hebben gemonteerd.'
Hoe waren de omstandigheden en de faciliteiten in Zimbabwe? 'De technische faciliteiten op het festival waren vrij goed. Ze waren in handen van een Frans bedrijf. Maar de toiletten en andere voorzieningen waren erbarmelijk. We spelen over de hele wereld en vergelijkbare omstandigheden vind je ook in India en Oekraine. Als je veel wilt reizen om internationaal muziek te kunnen maken moet je flexibel zijn en daar niet over zeuren.'
Wat is jullie het meest bijgebleven? 'We hebben ons als band niet beperkt tot uitsluitend spelen op het Harare International Festival. We zijn buiten de twee optredens aldaar de straat op gegaan om mensen te ontmoeten en samen de unversele muzikale taal te spreken. Ik nam mijn trompet mee en zo hebben we in de straten en in omliggende dorpjes kleine muziekfeestjes gebouwd. Dat heeft me toch wel het meest geraakt.'
De cd en de dvd Live in Zimbabwe kunnen besteld worden via de site van de Saskia Laroo Band. www.saskialaroo.com 

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