This unique two can manifest as a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, or a grand showpiece.
World-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo and international pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd together create a smorgasbord of music for a wide palette of occasions from the grand gala-fest to the intimate hang. Whether performing dance classics, the American songbook, hot afro-Latin grooves, or their own catchy, poignant originals this unique two can manifest as a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, or a grand showpiece. Laroo and Byrd can unleash their potent charm anywhere anytime. At an opportune request, Saskia and Warren can transmute from state of the art duo into full band.
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.
2 (+ guests)
-Saskia Laroo - trumpet, vocals [ and alto sax / upright / electric bass ]
-Warren Byrd - piano and/or keyboard, vocals [ and bongos ]
-"Because they so obviously love the duo format and thrive on collaborating with each other, they generate an upbeat feeling with their playing that flows, never flags".
-"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.