• 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

    What's on

    [FRI 16 FEB 2018] Podium Mozaiek (Amsterdam) - My Father Held A Gun
    "When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you can hear a pin drop" (**** review Theaterkrant)


    [FRI 26 JAN 2018] Koorzaal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) - StarkLinnemann

    Over the past years, StarkLinnemann worked with heart and soul on various compositions by pianist & composer Frederic Chopin. This has resulted in the double album Transcending Chopin vol.2&3.

     


    [SUN 17 DEC 2017] Gelderlandfabriek (Culemborg) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [WED 19 JUL 2017] Otis Parc Festival (Nijmegen) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [SUN 04 JUN 2017] Vuurol Festival (Lage Vuursche) - We Are The Everlasting GuestsHumans are restless creatures constantly searching for a place to stay, a helpful hand, a meaning in life. But alas, we are the Everlasting Guests.

    [FRI 26 MAY 2017] Cello Festival (Dordrecht) - StarkLinnemann

    Over the past years, StarkLinnemann worked with heart and soul on various compositions by pianist & composer Frederic Chopin. This has resulted in the double album Transcending Chopin vol.2&3.

     


    [from SAT 13 MAY 2017  to SUN 14 MAY 2017] STET The English Theatre (The Hague) - My Father Held A Gun
    "When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you can hear a pin drop" (**** review Theaterkrant)


    [from SAT 22 APR 2017  to SUN 23 APR 2017] Oostblok Theater (Amsterdam) - We Are The Everlasting GuestsHumans are restless creatures constantly searching for a place to stay, a helpful hand, a meaning in life. But alas, we are the Everlasting Guests.
    We Are The Everlasting Guests is an all encompassing experience of contemporary dance, text and composed as well as freely improvised music.

    Dance & co-creation: Hayley Adams, Camilla Bundel, Sanne Clifford
    Music & co-creation: Iman Spaargaren, Guillermo Celano, Robin van Rhijn
    Coaching: Jordi Ribot Thunnissen. Partly facilitated by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst & Studio Porcelijn

    [SAT 08 APR 2017] Het Van Cappellenhuis (Capelle aan den IJssel) - StarkLinnemann

    Over the past years, StarkLinnemann worked with heart and soul on various compositions by pianist & composer Frederic Chopin. This has resulted in the double album Transcending Chopin vol.2&3.

     


    [SUN 26 MAR 2017] 't Diekhuus (Middelharnis) - StarkLinnemann

    Over the past years, StarkLinnemann worked with heart and soul on various compositions by pianist & composer Frederic Chopin. This has resulted in the double album Transcending Chopin vol.2&3



    [from TUE 21 MAR 2017  to WED 22 MAR 2017] Mezrab (Amsterdam) - My Father Held A Gun
    "When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you can hear a pin drop" (**** review Theaterkrant)


    [from FRI 17 MAR 2017  to SUN 19 MAR 2017] Peredur Theatre (East Grinstead, UK) - My Father Held A Gun
    "When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you can hear a pin drop" (**** review Theaterkrant)


    [FRI 10 FEB 2017] De Regentenkamer (Den Haag) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [FRI 27 JAN 2017] Jazzzolder (Mechelen) - StarkLinnemann QuartetALBUM RELEASE CONCERT “TRANSCENDING CHOPIN VOL.II&III”

    [TUE 24 JAN 2017] Jazzcafe Dizzy (Rotterdam) - StarkLinnemann QuartetALBUM RELEASE CONCERT “TRANSCENDING CHOPIN VOL.II&III”

    [SAT 21 JAN 2017] 't Podium (Uithoorn) - StarkLinnemann QuartetALBUM RELEASE CONCERT “TRANSCENDING CHOPIN VOL.II&III”

    [FRI 20 JAN 2017] De Tor (Enschede) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [THU 19 JAN 2017] Leidse Jazzweek - Catootje (Leiden) - Dirk Balthaus & Iman Spaargaren

    Jazzmoods. 18:00 h. @ Catootje - Leidse Jazzweek



    [WED 18 JAN 2017] Leidse Jazzweek - Voor Af En Toe (Leiden) - TRUNK.

    Funkgrooves & jazz. 20:30 h. @ Voor Af En Toe - Leidse Jazzweek



    [SUN 08 JAN 2017] De Drom (Enkhuizen) - StarkLinnemann QuartetALBUM RELEASE CONCERT “TRANSCENDING CHOPIN VOL.II&III”

    [SAT 03 DEC 2016] Artishock (Soest) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [SAT 26 NOV 2016] Cafe Monk (Brussel) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [FRI 25 NOV 2016] Paradox (Tilburg) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [SUN 20 NOV 2016] TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht) - Voice of Monk'A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination' (Monk)

    [FRI 18 NOV 2016] 't Diekhuus (Middelharnis) - StarkLinnemann QuartetALBUM RELEASE CONCERT “TRANSCENDING CHOPIN VOL.II&III”

    [SUN 06 NOV 2016] DJS (Dordrecht) - StarkLinnemann Quintet

    [FRI 04 NOV 2016] OBA Theatre (Storytelling Festival Amsterdam) - My Father Held A Gun
    "When they start telling a story, the audience is listening so quietly that you can hear a pin drop" (**** review Theaterkrant)


    [FRI 04 NOV 2016] Storytelling Festival (Amsterdam) - My Father Held A Gun
    "What does it mean to be a man?" It's a question every boy has asked himself at different stages in life.
    Sahand Sahebdivani - Raphael Rodan - Guillermo Celano - Iman Spaargaren. Ready to shoot!

    [SUN 23 OCT 2016] Cafe van Leeuwen (Amsterdam) - Solveig Sings Trio

    Solveig Borgen Trio plays jazz & scandinavian folksongs in the intimate setting of Cafe van Leeuwen, Amsterdam.



    [SAT 22 OCT 2016] Jazzcafe Alto (Amsterdam) - Eyeman Allstars featuring Solveig Borgen

    Eyeman Allstars featuring scandinavian singer Solveig Borgen



    [SAT 22 OCT 2016] Cotton Club (Amsterdam) - TRUNK.

    Funkgrooves & jazz. 16:00 h. @ the world famous Cotton Club, Amsterdam



    [FRI 21 OCT 2016] Academische Club (Amsterdam) - Solveig Borgen Sings

    Scandinavian singer Solveig Borgen and Band: jazz & scandinavian folksongs



    [SUN 16 OCT 2016] Jazz Mission Schwabisch Gemund (Waldstetten, Germany) - Thelonious4

    Thelonious4 at Jazz Mission: merry melodies and burning adventure. 20:00 h.



    [SAT 15 OCT 2016] K9 (Konstanz, Germany) - Thelonious4

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



    [FRI 14 OCT 2016] Esse Musicbar (Winterthur, Swiss) - Thelonious4

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



    [THU 13 OCT 2016] MAMPF (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) - Thelonious4

    Monk's music in Frankfurt am Main @ MAMPF



    [WED 12 OCT 2016] Jazz-ig (Goppingen, Germany) - Thelonious4

    Brilliant Corners and Green Chimneys in Göppingen @ Jazz-ig



    [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

    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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