Iman Spaargaren

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Iman Spaargaren

Iman Spaargaren will release two albums in 2013. “Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli” on DotTime Records with Thelonious4 and “In The Moment” on EyemanRecords with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent. In 2012 Iman Spaargaren toured the Netherlands with the Iman Spaargaren Quartet during Young VIP Tour 2012.

Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer.

Iman has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. He likes to search for different ways of expressing himself in different kinds of music. His main musical goal is to have a great deal of freedom in melody, hamony and rhythm and presenting that in a comprehensible context for the listener....
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Press qoutes on In The Moment from Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent (2013):

“Spaargaren excels in strong melodies and lyricism. Playing fast doesn't win of formlessness, even fast runs reveal their melodical format. Besides that much more freedom is to be heared compared to earlier works. Spaargaren must have felt an inner urge to go that way since he wrote 11 new compositions for 'In The Moment'. One of reasons might be touring together with Cactus Truck during the Young VIP Tour 2012, or the influence of guitarist Guillermo Celano, who's been up front all the time” (Jan Jasper Tamboer,, 2013)

“Iman Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer. On his newest album all 11 compositions are his writing. The pieces have an almost natural simplicity and sound transparant and spacious due to the line up and the high quality of Spaargaren's bandmembers - guitarist Guillermo Celano, bassist Cord Heineking and drummer Jasper van Hulten. It is nice listenable modern harmonic jazz, which has solos of great stature by the tenorsaxophonist - sometimes on bass clarinet - Spaargaren and guitarist Celano” (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren, 2013)

“Iman Spaargaren is a saxophonist with a melodic approach. When digging deeper in his thematic material, Iman looks for a marriage between story telling and exploring” (Hessel Fluitman, Jazzflits 2013)

Press quotes on Flow from Iman Spaargaren Quartet and on Young VIP Tour 2012:

“Flow is filled with enthousiastic, hard-driven, contemporary jazz. The compositions by Iman vary from very expressive to dreamy, from light-footed to funky” (SJU Jazzpodium).

“A melodically and harmonically promising modern jazz album with originals and fine arrangements. Iman's compositions stand for very melodical, light-footed musical lines. Spaargaren solos with great skill: modest and beautifully frased; he lets his emotions run free”, “this album transcents mediocracy” (

“On his first solo album Iman Spaargaren emphasizes on contemporary adventure. Flow sounds free and restrained at the same time. Iman Spaargaren Quartet and Septet play eager and energetic, but remain within a melodical spectrum” (JB, Nederlands Dagblad).

“Iman is an important player in the Dutch jazzscene” (Jazzflits)

“Iman Spaargaren Quartet sounds engaging and plays a kinds of different compositions” (Tim Sprangers, de Volkskrant)

“Iman's quality and talent are unmistakable there; his melodic and harmonic characteristics are really strong, he is an obvious choice as a Young VIP” (Jan Jasper Tamboer,

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor


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Clinic/Workshop Information:
Jazzworkshops @ JAZZ AMSTERDAM Music teachers Andreas Metzler and Iman Spaargaren know each other for a long time since their study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2005 they co-founded the international jazzgroup THELONIOUS4. Apart from their very succesful professional musicianship, they are both excellent music teachers with years of experience in music education. Metzler is teaching as well at the music school DJAM located in Amsterdam, while Spaargaren works at the Centrum voor de Kunsten . On this site you'll find a frequently updated series of workshops. Workshops for a day, a weekend, a week or even a longer period. The workshops are open to children and adults, beginners and intermediate students, all ages. The general goal of every workshop is to encourage students to further develop technical and musical skills on their instrument and to experience an energy boost from making music together! Please check this site regularly for updates! You can subscribe to our mailing list at Workshop Agenda: 8.june: Monk Check Up part1 26.june/3.july: Forgotten?! Jazz Standards Remembered 13./14.july: Blowing the Blues away 20./21.july: Hot Fun in the Summertime!

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