Music is not what I do, it’s who I am
Music reaches you in a non-mind way, bringing harmony, radiating energy.
It is a gift I have always had. In high school I already performed classical flute music in public, but I felt something was missing, as my brother put it:” If your sheet music is blown away, you have nothing to play”. He was right. So, I decided to study Jazz. Here’s my version of Coltrane’s Giant steps, during my graduation-concert.
After graduation, I became more involved with Latin and Caribbean music.”My composition and our number 1 hit in Curaçao 1992 with our Orquesta Sanvada
I very early started having my own bands. Already in 1986, I toured the Ardèche in France, with my jazz quartet. The only way to make a living was having several bands and teaching a lot. I did a two years post-graduate study in cultural management, hoping to make a better living. Working as a festival-manager I met my Cuba connection, and we founded the “Claves Foundation”. I lived on and off in Havana. Doing business with Cuba proved too complicated. The band I brought to Holland and on TV from Cuba: Proyeccion Sonera
I focused on my own playing again and made a CD with the music from Curaçao that I had collected for 20 years:” CARICIA DI TOTOLIKA.” Together with leading musicians from Curaçao we recorded an all-acoustic CD, preserving a unique music style:
I longed to get back to Latin Jazz, with more improvisation. I put together the “Afro Caribbean All Stars” and took this 9-piece Latin Jazz band to South Africa. Being a female band leader is unique, with my group of Caribbean male musicians , full of machismo! The band sounded explosive, and we did valuable workshops in the townships. There are only rehearsal recordings!
From 2004 on, I have been in Suriname almost every year, performing and teaching, often in combination with a trip to Caribbean islands. In 2009 I went to Miami to play with the Magnum Band, a famous Haitian group,
and I returned to South Africa for a smaller tour. With TUCAN TUCAN in Capetown:
In the Netherlands I organized some festivals, recorded a new CD: “CERCA” and composed for theatre plays and festivals. In 2007 I became a policy-developer for popular music for Kunstfactor, a national institute. It closed in 2012.
In 2017 I moved to France, and n 2018 I was invited by the University of Arkansas, to give a concert with Latin-American protest songs and I gave a linguistic lecture on Papiamento, the creole language of Curaçao.
In the Ardèche I do very small local gigs, solo or duo, and am giving new life to my ONE WOMAN LATIN BAND
In January 2020 I initiated and opened as an artist the Domburg Jazz Festival in Suriname, and did some gigs in Curaçao.
Some more musical adventures:
duo with the late master Lazaro Issaqui:
duo with percussionist Albert van Osch:
I recently picked up lyrical singing again:
sound meditation concerts:
One Woman Latin Band: