• news

    Article of Voice of Monk in Gooi- en Eemlander 2016

    Article of Voice of Monk in Gooi- en Eemlander 2016 "To horse around with Thelonious"

    "Iman Spaargaren continues to go further ahead with Voice of Monk than ever before" (Klaas Koopman, Gooi- & Eemlander, 2016)

    Voice of Monk in Gooi- en Eemlander 2016

    Voice of Monk in Gooi- en Eemlander 2016

    Read more about it here

  • 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



    Read more about it here

  • concerts

    Past Gigs

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



    Salisbury Jazz, Manchester (UK)
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (UK)
    Jazzfestival Hilligersberg, Rotterdam
    Nardis, Istanbul (TUR)
    Jazz in Duketown, Den Bosch
    De Machinist, Rotterdam
    Leidse Jazzweek, Leiden
    UITMarkt, Amsterdam
    Jazz Club Woodhouses, Failsworth (UK)
    The Railway, Stockport (UK)
    North Sea Round Town, Rotterdam
    Red Light Jazzfestival, Amsterdam
    K9, Konstanz (D)
    Esse Musicbar, Winterthur (CH)
    Erasmuspark, Amsterdam
    Ruigoord, Amsterdam
    Cottonclub, Amsterdam
    Jazzhaus, Heidelberg (D)
    De Fuut, Den Haag
    Zaal 100, Amsterdam
    Jazztival, Alkmaar
    Jazzzoet, Mol (B)
    Tatort Jazz, Bodum (D)
    Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
    TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
    Bethany's Jazzclub, Amsterdam
    STUK, Leuven
    L'Archiduc, Bruxelles
    DJS, Dordrecht
    BIMhuis, Amsterdam
    Twin's Jazzclub, Washington DC, USA
    Musikschule Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Jazzoet, Mol, Belgium
    North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam
    Esse Musicbar, Winthertur
    North Sea Around Town, Rotterdam
    Jazz by Duurstede, Wijk bij Duurstede
    Manchester Jazzfestival, Manchester, UK
    Porgy & Bess, Terneuzen
    Hillegersberg Jazzfestival, Rotterdam
    Jazzvesteval, Groenlo
    Parr Street Jazz Club, Liverpool, UK
    Otis Park, Nijmegen
    Indigo Club, Manchester, UK
    Dizzy, Rotterdam
    Sugarfactory, Amsterdam
    Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam
    DWDD – NPO2
    Muziekbibliotheek – Utrecht
    Mahogany Hall – Edam
    Casablanca - Amsterdam
    Melkweg - Amsterdam
    Lowlands Festival
    Oerol
    013 - Tilburg
    Manifesto - Hoorn
    Doelencafe Rotterdam, Erasmus Jazzprijs
    Meerjazzfestival - Hoofddorp
    Festival a/d Werf – Utrecht
    Café Toomler – Amsterdam
    Te Gast in Garnwerd – Garnwerd
    Festival Citadelarte – Nijmegen
    Concert op de Dam / Amsterdamse Stadsspelen – Amsterdam
    North Sea Round Town Festival – Rotterdam
    Uitmarkt – Amsterdam
    Festival Cultuurpark De Hout – Alkmaar
    SJU Jazzpodium – Utrecht
    De Tor – Enschede
    TROS Muziekcafé
    The Cinnamon Club, Altrincham, UK
    The Sparrowhawk, Burnley, UK
    The Hillary Step, Whalley Range, UK
    Mat and Phred’s Jazz Club, Manchester, UK
    The Rhythm Station, Rawtenstall, UK
    The North Wales Jazz Society, St. Aseph, UK
    Santiago, Leeds, UK

    Zeffirellis, Ambleside, UK
    IJazzfestival, Amsterdam
    De Balie, Amsterdam
    Jazzfestival Haarlem
    De Badcuyp, Amsterdam
    Rapenburg Concert, Leiden
    Artishock, Soest
    Beauforthuis, Austerlitz
    Vrije Geluiden VPRO, NL1
    Hopper Jazz Club, Antwerpen, Belgie
    East of Eastern, Nijmegen
    Hot Club de Gand, Gent, Belgie
    Jazz Affairs, Hoorn
    Muze Jazz Club, Antwerpen, Belgie
    De Fuut, Den Haag
    The Puzzle, Sowerby Bridge, UK
    The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, UK
    The Cinnanmon Club, Bowden, UK
    The Hi-Fi Club, Leeds, UK
    Woodhouses, Oldham, UK
    Burgundy's, Kendal, UK
    Lloyd's, Manchester, UK
    The Sand Bar, UK
    The Lescar, Sheffield, UK
    The Grove Inn Jazz Club, Leeds, UK
    De Parade, Utrecht
    Limerick Jazzclub, Limerick, Ireland
    Le Basement Jazzclub, Dublin, Ireland
    Kendal Jazzclub, UK
    Solomon Grundies, Manchester, UK
    Jazz Maastricht
    DJS, Dordrecht
    Joensuu, Finland
    Juttutupa, Helsinki, Finland
    Poppari, Jyvaskyla, Finland
    Cafe Alto, Amsterdam
    JIN, Nijmegen?Miles, Amersfoort
    Sounds Jazzclub, Brussels
    IGNIS Kulturzentrum, Koln
    Jazz in Duketown, 's-Hertogenbosch
    International Jazz Festival Enschede
    B-Flat, Berlijn, Germany
    Big Rivers Festival, Dordrecht
    7 Arts Centre, Leeds, UK
    Hot Club de Gand, Gent, Belgium
    Jazzzolder, Mechelen, Belgium
    Jazzahead, Germany
    Chris' Jazzcafe, Philadelphia, USA
    Kunstpodium Maas & Waal, Druten
    Davenham Players Theatre, Manchester, UK
    Something Jazzclub, New York, USA
    Silvana Jazzclub, New York, USA
    The Lescar, Sheffield, UK
    Cabaret @ Germano's, Baltimore, USA
    Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA
    Jazzy Tiel
    Jazz in Zevenbergen
    Stichting Jazz Veghel, Veghel
    Jazz in the Morning (Radio6)
    Regentenkamer (The Hague)
    Huse Jazzt Festival (Hausach/Schwarzwald/Germany)
    Jazzclub K9 (Konstanz/Germany)
    Jazzfestival Delft
    Uitmarkt Amsterdam
    Jazz & Pop (Andijk)
    Popronde
    Artishock, Soest

  • 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

    StarkLinnemann Quartet

    StarkLinnemann’s approach of transforming classical masterpieces by Liszt and Chopin into long and complex but coherent and moving modern jazz compositions is exceptional in jazz-history.

    StarkLinnemann Quartet  

    Vasilis Stefanopoulos - double bass / Paul Stark - piano / Jonas Linnemann - drums & percussion / Iman Spaargaren - tenor saxophone



    Transcending Chopin II & III is now available on Spotify and iTunes.
    Here 's the electronic press kit of StarkLinnemann Quartet.

    Transcending Chopin II & III

    Read more about it here

  • press

    CD Review Jazzism 2013 In The Moment

    Review In The Moment @ Jazzism

    "Tight, light-footed playing is a garantee, but it's mainly the compositions that give the album a special quality. Spaargaren experiments with the sound of his compositions and hence suggests multiple emotional layers for solo's. The choice of Celano is obvious, because this guitar player has a extremely big vocabulary of sounds.
    Despite the variation in moods, the band sounds tight and flexible at the same time. On top of it, the gentlemen prove to be able to swing a great deal. Spaargaren develops himself into an interesting composer." (Ken Vos, Jazzism, 2013)


    Iman Spaargaren
    Undercurrent
    In The Moment
    EyemanRecords
    JAZZ
    ****

    Undercurrent is a new band of saxophonist Iman Spaargaren for which he wrote compositions while being on tour with his Quartet during last year's Young VIPs-tour. Undercurrent is also a quartet, half of the personnel being the same as his other Quartet. Here's the dryly intoning double bassplayer Cord Heineking, while Guillermo Celano is the new guitar player. The drummer is Jasper van Hulten.
    Tight, light-footed playing is a garantee, but it's mainly the compositions that give the album a special quality. Spaargaren experiments with the sound of his compositions and hence suggests multiple emotional layers for solo's. The choice of Celano is obvious, because this guitar player has a extremely big vocabulary of sounds.
    Despite the variation in moods, the band sounds tight and flexible at the same time. On top of it, the gentlemen prove to be able to swing a great deal.
    Spaargaren develops himself into an interesting composer.

    Read more about it here

  • 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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