Sanne Rambags’ video diary

During the residency week in Tallinn, vocalist Sanne Rambags (NL) kept a video diary, which offers a unique peek into a unique project like the Criss Cross Europe Band. Here it is:

Halfway there and it’s been a blast already!

As you may have seen on our Facebook-page, the Criss Cross Europe musicians have been quite busy. They all gathered for a residency in Tallinn (Estonia), where they met their coach (Jim Black) and each other, and started working on a program that involved compositions by all members that steered them in many directions. The première and following concerts were a big success (they even made it to television in Luxemburg – see the broadcast and skip to 19:50 here), and it’s indredible that the first lap of the tour is already over.

Here are some live photos!

TALLINN ( see full set here)

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LUXEMBURG
A big thank you to all the venues and partners involved, and to the audiences for being there and showing their enthusiasm!

Here’s the complete Criss Cross Europe Band!

HERE THEY ARE! All our musicians have safely arrived in Tallinn and started working together. On Friday, they will share the results during the première at Kumu in Tallinn.

The Criss Cross Europe Band for 2021, from L to R: Michel Meis (d), Aleksander Paal (sax), Nabou Claerhout (tb), Chris Guilfoyle (g), David Bowden (b), Jim Black (coach, d) & Sanne Rambags (v)!

First series of concerts:

* 15.10 Kumu – Tallinn (EST)
* 20.10 Opderschmelz – Dudelange (LUX)
* 21.10 TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht (NL)
* 22.10 Lantarenvenster – Rotterdam (NL)
* 23.10 Paradox – Tilburg (NL)

Photo: Rene Jakobson

And finally, on trombone: Nabou Claerhout

Nabou Claerhout (°1993, Antwerp)  is one of the most promising and innovative jazz trombonists of the Benelux. From an early age onwards, Nabou got the chance to play together with internationally renowned artists like Bert Joris, John Ruocco, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas. Her quartet N∆BOU and the band’s debut ep ‘Hubert’ (2019) made her one of the pillars of the new jazz generation in Belgium, both as a soloist, bandleader and composer. 2021 seems to become an exceptional year: she was picked as one of the ‘Twintigers’ (musicians below 30 to watch) by Klara (national radio). Besides that, she was also engaged to compose for a LOD (music theatre) production, became a member of MetX production : Les Sheikhs Shikhats & B’net Chaabi, was awarded the ‘Young Jazz Talent Award’ at the Ghent Jazz Festival (for a trombone ensemble to be presented in 2022) and will become an artist in residence at Antwerp venue Rataplan, where she can curate five nights.
Read her full profile here

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