LABEL: Zennez, Netherlands
Format: LP w/deluxe gatefold + booklet ／ ZR1909010
ARTIST: Kika Sprangers
TITLE: Human Traits
Kika Sprangers – Saxophone + compositions
Koen Schalkwijk – Piano/Wurlitzer
Allesandro Fongaro – Double bass
Willem Romers – Drums
Anna Seriese, Marit van der Lei and Sanne Rambags – vocals
Koen Smits – Trumpet
Remi J. Edson – Flute
Romain Bly – French horn,
Emilio Tritto – Bass clarinet
Composer/saxophonist Kika Sprangers for sure is a rising star in contemporary jazz in The Netherlands. At the age of nearly 25, Kika already performed at North Sea Jazz, was selected for the prestigious Young VIP 2018 tour (best new jazz artist) and received compositions assignments for i.e. Grachtenfestival Amsterdam.
Kika was awarded distinction (9 with honors) for her final exam concert at the Utrecht Conservatory, when she also presented her EP ‘Leaves For Lily’ (2017).
Now, she releases her first full album Human Traits, “my official debut” she smiles.
At the age of 23, Kika Sprangers quickly makes a name for herself in the landscape of Dutch jazz, both as a saxophonist and composer. She was asked to compose a suite for the reknown Amsterdam Grachtenfestival 2017 and won a B-Jazz Award for best arrangement during the International B-Jazz competition 2018. She was leader of the saxophone section of the Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra and graduated from the Utrecht Conservatory with a ‘9 plus’ (2017). Kika was also named ‘Young Vip 2018’ with a tour of many jazzclubs and festivals in the Netherlands. She will perform at the North Sea Jazz festival 2018.