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Living Room Radio w/ Duo Laroo/Byrd

An intimate music series — live from your living room. Artists from around town, and/or plucked from our stage play a set live on Facebook Live. Like you would with a podcast, turn on Living Room Radio while you live your life.

10 songs in 45 mins. Kick back and enjoy.

When: Wednesdays @ 7:30pm
Where: Facebook Live (no log-in required)

The Living Room Radio (7.1):
Duo Laroo/Byrd

World-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and international pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd from Hartford, CT form Duo Laroo/Byrd.

With this formation Laroo and Byrd create a smorgasbord of music with heir own catchy, poignant originals and some special selected standards. They have travelled the world performing passionately whether at major jazz festivals, tiny cafes, or humble homes in countries as diverse as Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam. Belgium, besides the various cities in the US. They have released an album “Two of A Kind”, at Tribute to Miles (Davis) and (Thelonious) Monk in 2011. They continue to expand their horizons, composing new songs, exploring new sounds as well as rendering 100-plus years of faves; They revel where Jazz will party in many shades, many styles.

Warren Byrd of Hartford, CT. is a pianist/vocalist/composer, whose early years performing throughout Southern New England and New York have grown international. Renown for his Monk-influenced piano style, he’s also celebrated for his compositional uniqueness. From

Afro-American roots, he engages universal ideals connecting us all, seeking unity through music. He has recorded his original works with his own formations—Warren Byrd Group, Byrdspeak Ensemble—and with other ensembles, amassing sterling credits spanning three

decades. He recently collaborated with Laroo Records on the grand release of his 2000 album “Truth Raised Twice”, an album which sprang from his top 25th placement in the 1999 Monk Competition.

He was born in 1965, youngest of sixteen, a clan cherishing a diverse spectrum of music. Performing began at age 4 singing with siblings in the church choir and formal studies in piano began at age 10. Extensive performing as pianist, vocalist, and actor in his hometown

exposed him to troves of music. He aborted a full scholarship for Voice, choosing intensive self study of all kinds of music in formulating his approach to improvisation and composition.

Two celebrated alliances color much of his career: 1. with Saskia Laroo from 2001 to present yielding to five CDs and numerous worldwide tours to renown festivals such as Harare International Festival of the Arts (2014) and Montreux Jazz (2007) 2. with David Chevan, he co-founded the Afro-Semitic Experience in 1998 producing 9 CDs many tours, and much acclaim.

Tenures with Espada, The Explorers Quintet, and Mixashawn Quartet, as well as Alvin Carter Jr., Nita Zarif, and Paul Brown are formative credits to a career which include work with jazz greats like Jay Hoggard, Joseph Bowie, Salim Washington, Frank Lacy, Archie Shepp, and Eddie Henderson.

Dutch multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser Saskia Laroo–dubbed “Lady Miles Davis of Europe” by the press – is a singular example of a female trumpet player, recording artist and band leader active on the international stage. For over four decades, she has shared her passion for creating cross-genre all over the world through performing and community-based teaching. Reflective of her experience, Laroo’s music is a rich musical tapestry with threads gathered from around the world and woven into a vibrant, layered fabric. Her natural penchant for combining influences – ranging from world music to jazz, hip-hop to reggae – truly make her an ambassador.

Laroo founded her own record label – Laroo records – in 1994. To date, she has released eight albums and a DVD, most recently released, ‘Trumpets Around The World’ (2019). She leads five ensembles of varying sizes, presenting her original music and touring the world to countries such as China, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Chile; and performing on major festivals such as Montreux Jazz and Capetown Jazz.

Laroo has played with jazz greats like Hans Dulfer, Rosa King, Teddy Edwards; with the South African Hugh Masekela, Sierra Maestra of Cuba and done dance cross-overs with dj’s like Ken Ishi and Ronald Molendijk. She has won several prizes, including the Indian peace prize ‘Karmaveer Puraskaar’ in 2010, the Montreux Jazz Price in 2006 and was finalist in the International Song Competition (ISC) in 2005.

They have been true die-hards in this pandemic having presented their live-streamed Friday concerts for 15 weeks straight. Shall this special presentation by Theatreworks be an expansion of their evident passion? Join us and see.

“They glide from piece to piece finding the un-found, guided by telepathic interplay–an intrepid improvisational chamber jazz unfettered by boundaries whether they’re honoring Miles, Bird, Diz, Monk, or trekking free jazz.”–Owen McNally.

Archive of past performances (click any to watch):
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The Dwayne Keith Project LIVE
David Lutken LIVE
Rebecca Hart LIVE
Todd Alsup LIVE

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