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Iman Spaargaren Iman Spaargaren

Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer. He has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. Over the past years Iman has been busy with a wide variety of music groups such as Undercurrent Trio, StarkLinnemann Quartet, Voice of Monk, Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet, Captain Hook, European Union Quartet and Thelonious4. He is actively involved in the theatre piece My Father Held A Gun and the dance & music performance We Are The Everlasting Guests.

In 2019 Iman will release High Tide Low Tide on Flea Boy Records with Undercurrent Trio featuring Guillermo Celano and Marcos Baggiani. In 2018 Iman released the album Pictures at an Exhibition with StarkLinnemann Quartet as well as a double album in 2016: Transcending Chopin II & III. Two other albums were released in 2013: In The Moment with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent on EyemanRecords and Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli on DotTime Records.

In 2012 Iman and his Iman Spaargaren Quartet did the prestigious Young VIPs Tour 2012. He released the third album with Thelonious4 featuring Tony Miceli. A series of concerts followed with Thelonious4 in the US and with European Union Quartet in Holland, Belgium and the UK. October 2011 brought the release of the second album of the European Union Quartet called 'The Dark Peak'. It's on the O.A.P. label and contains a lot of originals of Iman's. Just before that he released the burning live cd 'Live at the Hot House' with Thelonious4

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”Iman Spaargaren sorgt mit seiner Bassklarinette für fantastisch-groteske Sounds und mit seinem Tenor für heisse Exkursionen” (Hans-Jürgen Schaal, High Fidelity)

“Iman Spaargaren spielt sein Tenor Saxofon – nach einer herrlich-entspannten Piano- /Holzblasinstrument-Phase – in der freien Improvisation des Free Jazz. Hochklassig!” (Joachim 'Joe' Brookes, Rocktimes)

“Na de pauze was het kwartet compleet, verrijkt met het uiterst fantasierijke spel van saxofonist Iman Spaargaren” (Koen Edeling,

“Iman Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer” (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren)

“Spaargaren excels in strong melodies and lyricism” (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo)

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

“Iman Spaargaren is a saxophonist with a melodic approach

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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

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saxophone, tenor



Album High Tide Low Tide by Iman Spaargaren

High Tide Low Tide

Flea Boy Records

Album Flow by Iman Spaargaren


Self Produced



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