Saxophonist, composer, arranger
NEW ALBUM COMING SOON! Support the crowdfunding campaign!
Finally, there is new music coming out. I am currently working on my debut album. I have high ambitions for this large project and my multifaceted approach resulted in a hefty budget. This is why I am starting this crowdfunding to finance the project. In March, I recorded new work for this album with my Large Ensemble and audio engineer Chris Weeda, titled “Human Traits”. In cooperation with photographer Karen van Gilst, graphic designer Auke Triesschijn and ZenneZ Records I want to continue to develop this project further. With your support, I will be able to release this album on CD and vinyl and tour from September onwards throughout the Netherlands.
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“The integrity of sound. That is where music starts.”
Saxophonist Kika Sprangers (Nijmegen, 28-09-1994) moves her audience with her lyrical, melodic style and characteristic sound. Through her colourful and fascinating compositions she finds her voice and tells a powerful story to her listeners. Her authentic music has undertones of serenity and melancholy, enriched by royal harmonies that are complemented by solid grooves. In the Netherlands, she is recognized as one of the finest young talents in contemporary jazz.
Sprangers completed her bachelor studies in 2016 under the tutelage of Toon Roos and Marc Scholten (lead alto of the Metropole Orchestra) at the Utrecht Conservatory. She passed her final exam concert in TivoliVredenburg with distinction (9 with honours).
During her musical studies she caught the eye of Martin Fondse (Buma Boy Edgar Award 2017), who selected her to lead the saxophone section in the Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO), which toured several countries and played in several leading jazz festivals and performance venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Bimhuis and King’s Place (London). They also worked frequently with the Metropole Orchestra. The album A Rosa was released in 2016 in collaboration with the classical Dutch Youth Orchestra under the musical direction of Steffen Schorn and Martin Fondse. During the Young Metropole project, the NJJO worked alongside renowned conductor, composer and arranger Jules Buckley (Metropole Orchestra).
Buckley commented on Sprangers:
“Good solos and an excellent and concentrated performance spirit. Great leadership of her section. Very open and relaxed to constructive comments in regards to ensemble playing, blend and balance. Showed an eagerness to learn and spread good vibes amongst the whole team and all in all was a joy to work with. I can see her certainly doing very well in future.”
Sprangers is drawn to working in a variety of musical settings. She is currently a member of the Utrecht Jazz Archipel (the Jazz Orchestra of Utrecht), she performs in the theatre show New York Round Midnight and she plays in a trio alongside cellist Jörg Brinkmann and pianist Martin Fondse. Sprangers’ main focus is her quintet and Large Ensemble (an extension of her quintet including three singers, bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet and flute). There were highlight performances of her ensemble at the inJazz festival Rotterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg, Cloud Nine Utrecht, the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival and the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. She released her first EP “Leaves of Lily” with her own compositions in February 2017. It received a four-star review in Het Parool (a major national newspaper), which described Sprangers “a personality with a mature sound, flair and dedication”.
Kika Sprangers was selected as the Young Vip 2018 (best new jazz artist) by well-regarded Dutch jazz bookers and musicians, resulting in a major tour throughout the Netherlands with her ensemble. She performed with her quintet at the North Sea Jazz Festival in July. She will release her debut album with her Large Ensemble in autumn of next year.
Photo: Karen van Gilst
22 november | Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble HUMAN TRAITS | Tivoli Vredenburg | Utrecht
24 november | Duo met Wolfert Brederode | 15:30u | Cereolfabriek, Utrecht
27 november | Tijn Wybenga’s AM.OK Live TV opnames | 20:00u | Bimhuis, Amsterdam
30 november | Marit van der Lei Nextet | 20:00u | Herman van Veen Arts Centre, Soest
8 december | Kika Sprangers Quintet | Grand Cafe Metropool, Arnhem
12 december | Fenix | Amsterdam
15 december | Utrecht Jazz Archipel | 15:30u | Cereolfabriek, Utrecht
29 december | Kika Sprangers Quintet HUMAN TRAITS | Brokken Festival | Bimhuis, Amsterdam
31 december | Tijn Wybenga’s AM.OK | Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam
Grachtenfestival Compositie-opdracht met Pynarello, Wolfert Brederode, Thomas Pol en Jasper van Hulten
9 aug. 2019, 21:00 uur, Opening Grachtenfestival, Amsterdam
11 aug. 2019, 21:00 uur, De Duif, Amsterdam
22 augustus met Robert Koemans, William Barrett, Willem Romers, Amsterdam
25 augustus met Robert Koemans, William Barrett, Willem Romers, Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam
30 augustus Kika Sprangers Quintet, Jazz in de Gracht, Den Haag
31 augustus De 24 uur van Nijmegen in duo met Michiel Braam, De Schouwburg Nijmegen
Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble: Human Traits
20 september | Bimhuis | Amsterdam
21 september | Generations Festival | Apeldoorn
26 september | LUX | Nijmegen (Double Bill met Lionel Louke & Kevin Hays)
27 september | De Doelen | Rotterdam
28 september | In het Koorenhuis | Den Haag
5 oktober | Parkstad Limburg Theaters | Heerlen
11 oktober | Willem Twee | Den Bosch
1 november | Paradox | Tilburg
16 november | Artishock | Soest (Kwintet)a