Saskia Laroo

 

 SASKIA LAROO was born July 31,1959   in a famous neighbourhood  in the centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe, named: DE JORDAAN (the garden). She grew up partly in the city and partly in a little village named: Den Ilp, close to and north of Amsterdam. She went to highschool in Zaandam, another nearby city.   At the age of  18 she went permanently back to Amsterdam to live and study Mathematics at Amsterdam University. She discovered music night life, went to concerts, jam sessions, work shops, tried to learn many songs&musical styles as well as stage presence , got herself her first paid gigs and decided to become a professional musician.  At the age of 19 she changed her mathematics studies towards music school from which she graduated at the age of 25. She  continued to expand her musical career which she on doing by introducing herself to new audiences as a follow up of the interest that she creates.

During her childhood Saskia attended musical lessons on instruments such as: At age 7 till age 11: Recorder (alto&soprano) From age 8 on: trumpet (first piston/cornet, then flugelhorn for 1 week then back to cornet and eventually swith to trumpet), from age 12 to 14, 3 years of cello,  at age 15, 1 year of classical guitar & pop vocal accompainment, mostly selfteaching. Besides that she picked up some piano and electronic organ skills. She started to work as a professional trumpet player at age nineteen. Saskia  s second musical instrument is  bass. Because of Saskia s experiences with cello and guitar she could make an easy swithc to the acoustic and electric bass. She wanted to experience what it is like to cooperate in a rhtyhm section accompaining a soloist. From age 19 on she started to play the upright bass and have classical music lessons as well as  performing professionally as an acoustic jazz bassplayer. Later on she started to perform with electric bass as well. At the age of 27 Saskia decided to study vocals  & alto saxophone and perform&record occasionally with the instruments. Recently Saskia started to add more of her vocals in her performances: MC (Master of Ceremony) Vocal entertainment:  speeching, rapping, singing; mostly improvised   and applying to the way Saskia wants to create her show.

Saskia Laroo is working as a professional performing and recording musician for over 20 years. At age 18 she started to  do musical performances, first  promotional appearances but within two years as freelance musician, bandleader and guestsoloist in bands with various musical styles:

3-1 JAZZ

Cooljazz, dixieland, bebop, freejazz, bigband, fusion, avant garde

3-2 POP

blues, rock, alternative, hiphop, soul, seventiesR&B, new R&B, funk, heavy metal

3-3 DANCE

Drumn Bass,  techno, electro, lounge, downtempo, house, garage, two step, trance, progressive

3-4 WORLD

salsa, reggae, dancehall, african, carribbean, calypso, soca, merengue, mexican, latin, cumbia, kaseko

 

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