The Saskia Laroo Band

"a combination of jazz, dance, pop and world music" 
"groove beats with jazzy improvised solos and freestyle raps"

The Saskia Laroo band features a multi-national cast of musicians, playing original compositions from her albums.  Their music is a combination of jazz, pop, world and dance music, consisting of stylesdriving rhythms, powerful rap, and intense solos;  an improvised mix of today ‘s electric and acoustic groove music with respect to tradition. 

Repertoire

The Saskia Laroo Band performs mainly original material from Saskia 's albums, new unrecorded work, and some special selected compositions by others.

Line Up

5-8 musicians (+ guests)

Press quotes

"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." read more By Stan Rijven for Dutch national newspaper Trouw Oct 17, 2014

“This was one cracking concert from the first note, Saskia Laroo and her band hit the stage runnin, offering a dizzying repertoire of jazz, rap, hip-hop, salsa, drumn ‘bass and soul.” read more
By Audrey Perera, The Straits Times, Singapore March 11, 2008.

"Saskia mixes styles of music and culture as if they had always meant to be together
By J. Lyon Layden, in Creative Loafing, GA, USA February 2001.

"Her harmon mute playing on Blackbird managed to suggest [Miles] Davis without attempting to imitate him."
By Don Heckman, in LA Times, USA. December, 2000.

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biography

In 1994, borne of Saskia's multi-cultural musical experience, her penchant for experimentation, and her hopes to encourage human diversity, the Saskia Laroo Band would be the vehicle for the works of her first CD ever, It's Like Jazz and her exploration of the musical concepts of Miles Davis from his album Doo- Bop. Continuing to expand her artistic vision, this project now features a multi-national personnel and a contemporary mix of propulsive music; the soul of the ages meets catharsis through driving rhythms, powerful rap, and poignant solos.

tours & performances

-2016: China tour, Croatia tour, India tour, the Netherlands.
-2015: Blue Note Club, Milan, Italy; Klaipeda Jazz Festival, Lithuenia; the Netherlands. 
-2014: Germany; the Netherlands; Poland; the USA.
-2013: DR Congo - JazzkiF 7th edition; the Netherlands - MJazz, Maastricht; the USA; Zimbabwe - Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) & Dutch Crowningsday.
-2012: Mexico & Guatemala - Eurojazz; Panama; Oman - Sohar Music Festival; USA - Distinctively Dutch Tour at MCG; Netherlands - Festivals Breda, Leeuwarden, Oisterwijk 
-2011: Belgium: Gouvy Jazz; Brazil: Rio as Ostras Jazz e Blues; Canada: Sunfest; Finland: Imatra Big Band Festival; Croatia tour; Poland: Memorial to Miles Davis, Kielce; the Netherlands: Amersfoort Jazzfestival 
-2010: Chile: Puerto Montt Freee Jazz Festival & Chile tour; Germany : Women in Jazz, Halle; India: Jazz Yatra; Bulgaria: Balcik; Serbia: Nisville Jazz Festival; 
-before 2010: Brazil: Sampa Jazz Festival 2008; Singapore: Mosaic Jazz Festival 2008; China tour 2007; South Africa: Capetown Jazz Festival 2007; Switzerland: Montreux Jazz Festival 2007; Thailand: Bangkok Jazz Festival 2007; Nicaragua: Festival para el Tolerance 2005; Surinam: Paramaribo Jazz Festival 2005; China tour 2004; India: Jazz Yatra 2004; Bulgaria: Sofia Jazz Festival 1999;  the Netherlands: Northsea Jazz Festival 1998 & 1995 and more.

CD / DVD

2014 Live in Zimbabwe (CD & DVD);  single + videoclip

Other CD albums (incl Singles / Video Clips)

2008 Really Jazzy | 1998 Bodymusic  | 1994 It's Like Jazz 

special guest

American trombonist / vocalist Joseph Bowie plays his original  Defunkt  repertoire with the Saskia Laroo Band.  
Line up: minimal 5 (plus guests)

more info 
factsheet | tech rider  
concert review English | Dutch

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