The integrity of sound. That is where music starts. Saxophonist Kika Sprangers (Nijmegen, 28-09-1994) moves her audience with her lyrical, melodic way of playing and characteristic sound. Through her colourful and fascinating compositions she finds her voice to express herself and tells a powerful story to her listeners. Her authentic music has undertones of serenity and melancholy, enriched by royal harmonies that are complemented by solid grooves.
Sprangers is drawn to working in a variety of musical settings. She is currently a member of the Utrecht Jazz Archipel (the Jazz Orchestra of Utrecht), performs in the theatre show New York Round Midnight and plays in a trio alongside cellist Jörg Brinkmann and pianist Martin Fondse. Sprangers' main focus is her quintet and Large Ensemble (an extension of her quintet including three singers, bass clarinet, french horn, trompet and flute). Prominent performances of her ensemble took place at inJazz festival Rotterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg Cloud Nine Utrecht and the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. In February 2017 she released her first EP Leaves of Lily with her own compositions. This EP was given a four out of five star review in Het Parool (a major national newspaper) where Sprangers was described as a personality with a mature sound, flair and dedication.
This year Kika Sprangers has been elected as Young Vip 2018 (best new jazz artist) by well regarded Dutch jazz bookers and musicians