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    Presskit Iman Spaargaren's Undercurrent



    Presskit Iman Spaargaren's Undercurrent

    EyemanMusic will attend Jazzahead 2015 on Friday April 24 & Saturday April 25

    Jazzahead 2015

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  • discography

    In The Moment - Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent

    "Spaargaren excels in strong melodies and lyricism. Playing fast doesn't win of formlessness, even fast runs reveal their melodical format. Besides that much more freedom is to be heared compared to earlier works. Spaargaren must have felt an inner urge to go that way since he wrote 11 new compositions for 'In The Moment'. One of reasons might be touring together with Cactus Truck during the Young VIP Tour 2012, or the influence of guitarist Guillermo Celano, who's been up front all the time" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo.nl, 2013)

    "Iman Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer. On his newest album all 11 compositions are his writing. The pieces have an almost natural simplicity and sound transparant and spacious due to the line up and the high quality of Spaargaren's bandmembers - guitarist Guillermo Celano, bassist Cord Heineking and drummer Jasper van Hulten. It is nice listenable modern harmonic jazz, which has solos  of great stature by the tenorsaxophonist - sometimes on bass clarinet - Spaargaren and guitarist Celano" (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren, 2013)




    In The Moment

    To buy: CDBaby, Concerto Amsterdam

    Distributed to all major record stores in Europe and Japan by: Painted Dog Records Painted Dog Records



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  • media

    Music & Video Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent

    Check out the new Electronic Press Kit from Undercurrent (filmed @ North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam) and another video 'Erasmuspark' from the concert @ North Sea Jazz Club.

    Here are some video's from the concert at Mirliton Theater, Utrecht with Iman Spaargaren's Undercurrent.

    We have some tracks on Soundcloud for you as well!



    Tracks from the new album In The Moment:

    Postmodern Paradox in g minor

    Walking to Dan's Place

    Alejandro

      

    And on Vimeo



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  • concerts

    What's on

    [SUN 04 OCT 2015] Miles (Amersfoort) - Undercurrent

    Stay in the moment and beware of the current. 16:00 h.



    [MON 20 JUL 2015] Jazz Club Woodhouses (Failsworth, UK) - European Union QuartetEuropean jazzvibes in the North-West. "Intense interplay and freedom to express individual ideas" (Jazzenzo.nl)

    [SUN 19 JUL 2015] The Railway (Stockport, UK, evening gig) - European Union QuartetEuropean jazzvibes in the North-West. "Intense interplay and freedom to express individual ideas" (Jazzenzo.nl)

    [SUN 19 JUL 2015] Bakers Vaults (Stockport, UK) - European Union QuartetEuropean jazzvibes in the North-West. "Intense interplay and freedom to express individual ideas" (Jazzenzo.nl)

    [SAT 18 JUL 2015] Zeffirellis (Ambleside, UK) - European Union Quartet
    The sound of the European Continent and the British Isles in one: the return of the Dark Peak

    [SAT 11 JUL 2015] North Sea Round Town (Rotterdam) - TRUNK.

    Funkgrooves and jazz. 12:00 h. @ Hostel Room



    [SAT 04 JUL 2015] Red Light Jazz (Amsterdam) - TRUNK.

    Funkgrooves and jazz. 21:00 h.



    [SAT 27 JUN 2015] K9 (Konstanz, Germany) - Thelonious4

    The return of 'The 4' in Konstanz: merry melodies and burning adventure. 20:30 h.



    [FRI 26 JUN 2015] Esse Musicbar (Winterthur, Swiss) - Thelonious4

    Brilliant Corners and Green Chimneys in Winterthur @ Esse Musicbar. 20:15 h. 



    [SUN 21 JUN 2015] Leidse Lente (Leiden) - Solveig Sings

    Leidse Lente presents Solveig Sings: a fresh and sparkling group from Norwegian singer Solveig Borgen. Norwegian folktunes and more.



    [FRI 19 JUN 2015] Pompstation (Amsterdam) - Captain Hook

    The master of hooks is back at Pompstation. 19:30 h.



    [SUN 14 JUN 2015] De Twee Spieghels (Leiden) - Hakketoonen

    Triojazz of Paul Dijkman, Michael Stratz and Iman Spaargaren. 16:00 h.



    [SUN 07 JUN 2015] Ruigoord (Amsterdam) - TRUNK.

    Funkgrooves and jazz. 17:00 h.



    [FRI 05 JUN 2015] Cafe Alto (Amsterdam) - Captain Hook

    The master of hooks is back at 'The Alto'. 22:00 h.



    [SUN 31 MAY 2015]] Jazzmatinee (Siebelingen, Germany) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 & wine tasting & Monk & Siebelingen (Germany)



    [SAT 30 MAY 2015] Jazzhaus (Heidelberg, Germany) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 plays Thelonious at Jazzhaus in Heidelberg (Germany)



    [SUN 24 MAY 2015] Festival Groene Boulevard (Amsterdam) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 in concert for a cleaner & greener environment and safer & healthier future! Don't come by car, use a Skippy! 17:00 h. 



    [SUN 24 MAY 2015] Festival Groene Boulevard (Amsterdam) - Solveig Sings

    Solveig Sings in concert! 15:00 h. 



    [SAT 23 MAY 2015] Cottonclub (Amsterdam) - New Cotton Club All Stars

    A wonderful group of drummer Dick Verbeek plays standards of all sorts. 16:30 h.



    [SUN 17 MAY 2015] De Fuut (Den Haag) - Undercurrent

    Undercurrent goes to the beach. Bring your swimming suit and flipflops. We'll check the music. 17:00 h.



    [SAT 16 MAY 2015] Cafe Alto (Amsterdam) - Captain Hook

    The master of hooks is back at 'The Alto'. 22:00 h.



    [FRI 08 MAY 2015] Noorderlicht Cafe (Amsterdam) - Captain Hook

    El Capitan goes up North. Finds the light. At Noorderlicht. For all flyboys and surfergirls. 22:00 h.



    [FRI 01 MAY 2015] Amsterdam Art Gallery Experience (Amsterdam) - Sandro Fazio Art Gallery EnsembleJazz music, Art, Italian food and wine at the heart of Amsterdam.

    [from THU 30 APR 2015  to FRI 01 MAY 2015] Cafe Alto (Amsterdam) - Thelonious4

    The Monkys back on track at Alto! 22:00 h.



    [TUE 28 APR 2015]] Zaal 100 (Amsterdam) - Balthaus, Boeren, Purves & Spaargaren

    Four guys on a mission: free music for your ears only. 21:00 h.



    [THU 09 APR 2015] Bethany's Jazzclub @ Bethanienklooster (Amsterdam) - Thelonious4

    More More More Monk! 21:00 h.



    [SAT 04 APR 2015] North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam) - TRUNK.Coherent groove oriented energy is what gives TRUNK it's bite. They succesfully played the Amsterdam clubcircuit and will present a hot album presented in fall 2015.

    [FRI 03 APR 2015] Noorddamcentrum (Amstelveen) - TRUNK.Coherent groove oriented energy is what gives TRUNK it's bite. They succesfully played the Amsterdam clubcircuit and will present a hot album presented in fall 2015.

    [SAT 28 MAR 2015] Jazztival (Alkmaar) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 plays at Jazztival'15 at TAQA Theater De Vest in Alkmaar. 22:15 h.



    [SUN 22 MAR 2015] Cafe van Leeuwen (Amsterdam) - Spaargaren meets Balthaus

    Saxophone meets piano. Melody meets harmony. Freedom and spontaneity. Sounds and rhythm, whimsical and fluent. 20:00 h.



    [SUN 15 MAR 2015] Cafe van Leeuwen (Amsterdam) - Solveig Sings

    Cafe van Leeuwen presents a fresh and sparkling jazztrio. 20:00 h.



    [SAT 14 MAR 2015] De Twee Spieghels (Leiden) - Hakketoonen

    Triojazz of Paul Dijkman, Michael Stratz and Iman Spaargaren. 16:00 h.



    [FRI 13 MAR 2015] Cafe Alto (Amsterdam) - Captain Hook

    The master of hooks is back at 'The Alto'. 22:00 h.



    [THU 12 MAR 2015] Cafe Cox (Amsterdam) - Captain Hook

    Grooves, riffs, licks, vibes, cues, blasts. 22:00 h.



    [SUN 08 MAR 2015] Jazzoet (Mol, Belgium) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 returns at Jazzoet to serve you a joyfull menu of monk-delicacies. 20:00 h.



    [WED 04 MAR 2015] Tatort Jazz @ Bahnhof-Langendreer (Bochum, D) - This is Philly-A'dam-Bochum

    This is the Philladelphia - Amsterdam - Bochum connection bringing you the finest jazz! 20:00 h.



    [SUN 01 MAR 2015] Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam) - Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli

    Meet Miceli and meet Monk. 19:00 h.



    [SUN 01 MAR 2015] Miles (Amersfoort) - Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli

    Meet Tony and meet Monk. 16:00 h.



    [FRI 27 FEB 2015] TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht) - Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli

    Meet Miceli and meet Monk. 20:30 h.



    [THU 26 FEB 2015] Bethany's Jazzclub @ Bethanienklooster (Amsterdam) - Undercurrent

    New and newer compositions from Baggiani, Celano and Spaargaren. 21:00



    [SUN 22 FEB 2015] STUK (Leuven) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious Monk's music will be celebrated by 4 true aficionados. 21:00 h.



    [SUN 22 FEB 2015] L'Archiduc (Brussels) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 in Brussels: playing Monk's music in the heart of Europe. 17:00 h.



    [SAT 07 FEB 2015] VLLA (Amsterdam) - Mezze & Jazz met Hakketoonen

    Zes-gangen diner met heerlijke jazzmuziek. 19:00 h.



    [SUN 01 FEB 2015] DJS (Dordrecht) - Undercurrent

    Undercurrent's first concert of 2015! 15:00 h.



    [SUN 25 JAN 2015] Grandcafe Koekenbier (Alkmaar) - TRUNK.

    Funkgrooves and jazz. 16:00 h.



    [MON 02 FEB 2015]] Past Gigs

    Many of my gigs in the recent past! All of them so wonderful! And more to come...



  • biography

    Biography of Iman Spaargaren

    CD In The Moment (Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent):

    "Iman Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer. On his newest album all 11 compositions are his writing. The pieces have an almost natural simplicity and sound transparant and spacious due to the line up and the high quality of Spaargaren's bandmembers - guitarist Guillermo Celano, bassist Cord Heineking and drummer Jasper van Hulten. It is nice listenable modern harmonic jazz, which has solos of great stature by the tenorsaxophonist - sometimes on bass clarinet - Spaargaren and guitarist Celano" (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren, 2013).

    "Spaargaren excels in strong melodies and lyricism. Playing fast doesn't win of formlessness, even fast runs reveal their melodical format. Besides that much more freedom is to be heared compared to earlier works. Spaargaren must have felt an inner urge to go that way since he wrote 11 new compositions for 'In The Moment'. One of reasons might be touring together with Cactus Truck during the Young VIP Tour 2012, or the influence of guitarist Guillermo Celano, who's been up front all the time" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo, 2013).

    CD Flow (Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet):
    "Promising modern jazz album. Spaargaren solos with great skill, he lets his emotions run free" (draaiomjeoren.nl).
    "Contemporary adventure", "eager and energetic" (Johan Bakker, Nederlands Dagblad).

    "Iman is an important player in the Dutch jazzscene" (Jazzflits)


    The creation of 'Flow'

    "Iman Spaargaren is a saxophonist with a melodic approach. When digging deeper in his thematic material, Iman looks for a marriage between story telling and exploring" (Hessel Fluitman, Jazzflits 2013).

    "Flow is filled with enthousiastic, hard-driven, contemporary jazz. The compositions by Iman vary from very expressive to dreamy, from light-footed to funky" (SJU Jazzpodium).

    "A melodically and harmonically promising modern jazz album with originals and fine arrangements. Iman's compositions stand for very melodical, light-footed musical lines. Spaargaren solos with great skill: modest and beautifully frased; he lets his emotions run free", "this album transcents mediocracy" (draaiomjeoren.nl).

    "On his first solo album Iman Spaargaren emphasizes on contemporary adventure. Flow sounds free and restrained at the same time. Iman Spaargaren Quartet and Septet play eager and energetic, but remain within a melodical spectrum" (Johan Bakker, Nederlands Dagblad).

    "Iman is an important player in the Dutch jazzscene" (Jazzflits)

    "Iman Spaargaren Quartet sounds engaging and plays a kinds of different compositions" (Tim Sprangers, de Volkskrant)

    "Iman's quality and talent are unmistakable there; his melodic and harmonic characteristics are really strong, he is an obvious choice as a Young VIP" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo.nl)


    Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer.

    Iman has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. He likes to search for different ways of expressing himself in different kinds of music. His main musical goal is to have a great deal of freedom in melody, hamony and rhythm and presenting that in a comprehensible context for the listener.

    During the past few years Iman has been busy with a wide variety of music groups such as Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent, Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet, Captain Hook, European Union Quartet, Thelonious4 and New Generation Bigband.

    In 2013 Iman released two albums: In The Moment with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent on EyemanRecords and Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli on DotTime Records

    In 2012 Iman and his Iman Spaargaren Quartet do the prestigious Young VIPs Tour 2012. He will release a new album with Thelonious4 featuring Tony Miceli and will do a series of concerts with European Union Quartet in Holland, Belgium and the UK.

    October 2011 brought the release of the second album of the European Union Quartet called 'The Dark Peak'. It's on the O.A.P. label and contains a lot of originals of Iman's. Just before that he released the burning live cd 'Live at the Hot House' with Thelonious4. July saw the birth of 'Plunge!', Captain Hook's third cd. And to give the year 2011 a head start Iman put out his first cd with the Iman Spaargaren Quartet called 'Flow'. With Captain Hook he played at the Melkweg and the BIMhuis in Amsterdam and did two radio shows for 'Mijke's Middag' and VPRO's 'JaBoGumbo Show'.

    In 2010 Iman worked together with some of the finest musicians in the Netherlands to record his own music on his first cd with his own group; flute player Mark Lotz, trumpet player Gerard Kleijn, guitarist Marzio Scholten and saxophonist Marike van Dijk joined in to play beautiful arrangements made by Iman.

    In 2008, 2009 and 2010 he has been on tour with the European Union Quartet to Belgium, Holland, UK and Ireland. He had radio and television appearances with the New Generation Big Band, such as a live-tv show 'Een van de Acht' on NL 2 hosted by Hennie Huisman. With Muistot Orchestra he toured in Finland in 2009, one of the concerts was at Juttutupa, Helsinki. In 2009 Iman worked with Captain Hook in 'Vrije Geluiden', VPRO Television and at the BIMhuis. The group had a showcase on the Day of Dutch Jazz (Dag van de Nederlandse Jazz). The track 'Bonus' has been released on the compilation-cd of the winter-edition (2009 - 2010) of the magazine 'Jazzism'. In 2008 Iman produced the first album of Thelonious4 and the debut album of the European Union Quartet which has 4 of Iman's compositions on it. In 2007 Captain Hook released the second album f.ex and played a series of concerts with the modern classical saxophone quartet Esquire. Three arrangements by Iman were played. 2007 gave Iman also the opportunity to play at the Erasmus Jazzprijs competition. With the New Generation Bigband he played live in 'De Wereld Draait Door'. In 2006 Iman performed with Captain Hook at the prestigious Dutch Jazzcompetition.

    Iman studied with Benjamin Herman, Simon Rigter and Ben van den Dungen at the Rotterdam Conservatoir (Codarts) for his Masters degree. He studied for his bachelors at the Conservatoir of Amsterdam with Ferdinand Povel and Dick Oatts.

  • bands and projects

    Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent

    The exciting international jazzgroup Undercurrent plays thrilling, free and intense music. Saxophonist and Young VIP 2012 Iman Spaargaren (NL), guitarist and North Sea Jazz Composition Prize winner Guillermo Celano (ARG), double bass player Cord Heineking (D) and drummer Marcos Baggiani (ARG) joined their forces. In 2013 their debut-CD 'In The Moment' has been released on EyemanRecords.
     
    "Melody and lyricism are strong features of saxophonist and composer Iman Spaargaren. With clear expositions he wanders on paths leading to adventure" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, het Parool, 2013).
     
    "Iman Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer" (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren, 2013).
     
    "Iman looks for a marriage between story telling and exploring" (Hessel Fluitman, Jazzflits 2013).


    Line up Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent:

    Iman Spaargaren - saxophones, bass clarinet

    Guillermo Celano - guitar, effects

    Cord Heineking - double bass

    Marcos Baggiani - drums

    special guests on CD 'In The Moment': Jasper van Hulten - drums / Franz von Chossy - keyboard / Dirk Beets - trumpet

  • press

    Concert Review Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli @ TivoliVredenburg (NL)

    'Collective improvisation is a strong feature of Thelonious4. In those moments energy, playfulness and creativity are so much visible. (...) When musical structures fade, the band makes a very strong impression. (…) Apart from strong individual contributions to the music, Thelonious4 always put collective sound in the first place' (Armand van Wijck, Jazzenzo.nl)



    Read the full review - in Dutch - on Thelonious4.com



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  • teaching

    SpaargarenMuziekFabriek

    For all information about Iman Spaargaren's saxophone & clarinet teaching, workshops, improvisation courses, arrangement and composing classes and special projects on music, theatre and literature, visit: SpaargarenMuziekFabriek.

    Why don't you have a look at: SpaargarenMuziekFabriek?
  • about me

    About Iman Spaargaren

    Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer.
    Iman has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. He likes to search for different ways of expressing himself in different kinds of music. His main musical goal is to have a great deal of freedom in melody, hamony and rhythm and presenting that in a comprehensible context for the listener.
    During the past few years Iman has been busy with a wide variety of music groups such as Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent, Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet, Captain Hook, European Union Quartet, Thelonious4, TRUNK. and New Generation Bigband.

    In 2013 Iman released two albums: In The Moment with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent on EyemanRecords and Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli on Dot Time Records.

    "Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer. On his newest album all 11 compositions are his writing. The pieces have an almost natural simplicity and sound transparant and spacious" (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren, 2013 about CD In The Moment).

    "Spaargaren excels in strong melodies and lyricism. Playing fast doesn't win of formlessness, even fast runs reveal their melodical format. Besides that much more freedom is to be heared compared to earlier works. Spaargaren must have felt an inner urge to go that way since he wrote 11 new compositions for 'In The Moment'. One of reasons might be touring together with Cactus Truck during the Young VIP Tour 2012, or the influence of guitarist Guillermo Celano, who's been up front all the time" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo, 2013 about CD In The Moment).

    "Iman Spaargaren looks for a marriage between story telling and exploring" (Hessel Fluitman, Jazzflits 2013).

    "Contemporary adventure", "eager and energetic" (Johan Bakker, Nederlands Dagblad).

    "Iman is an important player in the Dutch jazzscene" (Jazzflits)

    "Iman's quality and talent are unmistakable there; his melodic and harmonic characteristics are really strong, he is an obvious choice as a Young VIP" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo.nl)

    Iman Spaargaren released two albums in 2013. "Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli" on DotTime Records with Thelonious4 and "In The Moment" on EyemanRecords with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent.

    In 2012 Iman Spaargaren toured the Netherlands with the Iman Spaargaren Quartet during Young VIP Tour 2012.

    In 2012 Iman and his Iman Spaargaren Quartet do the prestigious Young VIPs Tour 2012. He will release a new album with Thelonious4 featuring Tony Miceli and will do a series of concerts with European Union Quartet in Holland, Belgium and the UK.

    October 2011 brought the release of the second album of the European Union Quartet called 'The Dark Peak'. It's on the O.A.P. label and contains a lot of originals of Iman's. Just before that he released the burning live cd 'Live at the Hot House' with Thelonious4. July saw the birth of 'Plunge!', Captain Hook's third cd. And to give the year 2011 a head start Iman put out his first cd with the Iman Spaargaren Quartet called 'Flow'.

    With Captain Hook he played at the Melkweg and the BIMhuis in Amsterdam and did two radio shows for 'Mijke's Middag' and VPRO's 'JaBoGumbo Show'.

    In 2010 Iman worked together with some of the finest musicians in the Netherlands to record his own music on his first cd with his own group; flute player Mark Lotz, trumpet player Gerard Kleijn, guitarist Marzio Scholten and saxophonist Marike van Dijk joined in to play beautiful arrangements made by Iman.

    In 2008, 2009 and 2010 he has been on tour with the European Union Quartet to Belgium, Holland, UK and Ireland. He had radio and television appearances with the New Generation Big Band, such as a live-tv show 'Een van de Acht' on NL 2 hosted by Hennie Huisman.

    With Muistot Orchestra he toured in Finland in 2009, one of the concerts was at Juttutupa, Helsinki.

    In 2009 Iman worked with Captain Hook in 'Vrije Geluiden', VPRO Television and at the BIMhuis. The group had a showcase on the Day of Dutch Jazz (Dag van de Nederlandse Jazz), played at De Parade and did a radio show for NPS Radio6 'Weekend Winfried'. The track 'Bonus' has been released on the compilation-cd of the winter-edition (2009 - 2010) of the magazine 'Jazzism'.

    In 2008 Iman produced the first album of Thelonious4 and the debut album of the European Union Quartet which has 4 of Iman's compositions on it.

    In 2007 Captain Hook released the second album f.ex and played a series of concerts with the modern classical saxophone quartet Esquire.Three arrangements by Iman were played. Captain Hook performed live in TROS Muziekcafe on Radio 2 and NPS Output (www.npsoutput.nl).

    2007 gave Iman also the opportunity to play at the Erasmus Jazzprijs competition. With the New Generation Bigband he played live in 'De Wereld Draait Door'.

    In 2006 Iman performed with Captain Hook at the prestigious Dutch Jazzcompetition.

    Iman studied with Benjamin Herman, Simon Rigter and Ben van den Dungen at the Rotterdam Conservatoir (Codarts) for his Masters degree. He studied for his bachelors at the Conservatoir of Amsterdam with Ferdinand Povel and Dick Oatts. 

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