the Saskia Laroo Band
"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.
-"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.” 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.
tours & Performances
-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