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Creating the Film: Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd

December 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Wesleyan student,  Serena Aimen, Myles Johnson and Catherine Cheng under the guidance of professor Sadia Shepard, sought out referrals from The Buttonwood Tree for musicians who are CT residents and immigrated here from other cultures. Serena, Myles and Catherine will be filming this impromptu concert with Warren and Saskia for her upcoming documentary.

Trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist/composer Saskia Laroo from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and pianist/composer/vocalist Warren Byrd from Hartford, CT will merge acoustic and electric explorations in their original and improvised works in concert, specially arranged in cooperation with The Buttonwood Tree and film students from Wesleyan University.
Join them this special night in the resplendent dance of 100 years of music where Jazz will party in many shades, many styles.

BIOGRAPHY 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. They have released an album “Two of A Kind”, a Tribute to Miles (Davis) and (Thelonious) Monk in 2011. They continue to expand their horizons, composing new songs, exploring new sounds. Join them for this special concert where acoustic meets electric in the dance of 100 years of music; where Jazz will party in all styles.


Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Warren Byrd is a pianist/vocalist with a long list of international credits, tours, and celebrated work. From first croonings in the gospel choir at age four to high school’s end he’d performed extensively as an amateur actor, singer, and pianist. Though earning a full scholarship for a voice major at Hartt College of music, he’d choose to focus on jazz piano and composition emerging primarily self-taught. His deeds are a testament to his gifts: freelancing with such notables as Archie Shepp and Eddie Henderson to leading Gospel choirs to composing for theatre and dance. He finished in the top twenty-five in the 1999 Monk International Competition for Piano and soon released his CD “Truth Raised Twice”. He is co-founder/leader of Duo Laroo/Byrd and the Afro-Semitic Experience, performs as a freelancer, with Saskia’s other groups, as a solo pianist and with his own Byrdspeak Ensemble.


Native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Saskia Laroo is a premiere figure in music and one of the finest female trumpet players in the world. Began age eight playing trumpet and as a teen picked-up cello and guitar. Though first enrolling as Mathematics major in college, she switched to music, eventually graduating from the Muziek academie of Hilversum. Versatility has propelled her illustrious career, from barnstorming with latin, jazz and pop bands, to collaborations with legends such as Hans Dulfer and Teddy Edwards. She released her first CD, “It’s Like Jazz” in 1994 under her own label Laroo Records. Since, she has produced seven CD’s and a DVD varying from classic jazz to Club-influenced acid jazz fusion. She has performed worldwide in hundreds of venues with her own groups in more than twenty countries throughout six continents.


Donations for The Buttonwood Tree is gratefully accepted.


December 2, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST