Festival creation: Alto for Two

‘Alto for Two’ is an international joint venture of some of the most notable young saxophonists from The Netherlands and Spain: Kika Sprangers (sax) and Irene Reig (sax). Kika studio in Utrecht and tours with her own groups as well as with Dutch jazz masters and orchestras. Irene is from Barcelona, where she already studied piano, before studying saxophone in Amsterdam. In quintet format, the two artists come together to create a repertoire of 100% original music, which arises from the jazz tradition, and creates a particularly distinct and current sound. What’s more, the group want to shine a spotlight on the role of female instrumentalists in jazz and modern music, something which is crucial for the education of future generations. As well as their musical activity, the quintet offers various educational activities like workshops and open rehearsals.

The Alto for Two quintet is completed with the gifted rhythm section Xavi Torres (piano), Thomas Pol (bass) and Sun-Mi Hong (drums). The latter, originally from South Korea but living in Amsterdam, is National Artist in Residence during Amersfoort Jazz 2020. Alto for Two is the festival opener concert on Thursday, May 14, at theatre De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort. The project is a collaboration between Amersfoort Jazz and its Spanish partners, Institut Ramon Llull, Jazz I Am Barcelona and Festival Jazz Terrassa.

The debut concert of Alto for Two is on March 26, at Jazz Terassa, Barcelona.