Jazz Around the World 2 – 26 April – Curaçao

джаз филармония холл - © Stan Thomas/Kanale Creations


Welcome to the island of Curaçao. The island may be small, but the amount of music created and hosted here is anything but. Three performers are on our itinerary today. All three have played and recorded together. If we are lucky, they may all perform together tonight.


Leading off our concert is bassist, arranger, composer, and educator, Eric Calmes. Unfortunately, there is not much information available about Mr. Calmes, so we will let him introduce himself through his music.


Please welcome, Eric Calmes:




With the Chôro Combinado – Live at Sala Cecilia Mereilles – “O Vôo Da Mosca”





With Grupo Zamanakitoki – Live at the Bimhuis – “Kaya Grande”





With the Chôro Combinado – Live at Sala Cecilia Mereilles – “Papeando”





With Grupo Zamanakitoki – Live at the Bimhuis – “The King is Happy”





Up next is pianist/composer Randal Corsen. Corsen studied piano at the Brabant Conservatory in the Netherlands where he graduated cum laude. He can be heard performing Jazz and classical music with equal ease. His first album, Evolushon, won an Edison Music Award. On his Jazz recordings, you’ll hear classical, Latin, Caribbean, and Antillean elements. Corsen has written an opera and currently teaches in Amsterdam.


Coming to the stage now, Randal Corsen:




The Randal Corsen Trio – “M’a Yega Lat”





Mi Djégédjégé





No Bai





Randal Corsen Group featuring Roy Hargrove – Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival – (No title provided)






With Symbiosis – “Prove It!”





Randall Corsen Orchestra – “Henter Aña Den Paranda”




Closing out our concert tonight is singer/songwriter/composer/lyricist Izaline Calister . Like most people from Curaçao, Calister attended college in The Netherlands. She continues to make her home there, returning often to her homeland to perform, record, and visit. Calister’s music fuses Afro-Caribbean, Latin, and Calypso influences, combined with Jazz, while incorporating instruments and dances of Curaçao. What makes her unique is that she sings in her native language of Papiamentu, a language only about 330,000 people speak. Izaline has made it her mission to be an ambassador of the language of Papiamentu.


Calister was surprised last year when she was knighted by the mayor of Groningen, Netherlands, receiving the title of “Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau”. The honor was bestowed upon her, according the notes on her website, “because of her achievements as a singer, composer, and lyricist; being an ambassador for the language of Papiamentu and the Antillean culture; crossing the borders between and bridging the peoples of the different countries of the kingdom of The Netherlands, and for her charity activities.”


On a personal note, it was the result of hearing Calister’s music that I decided to learn the language of Papiamentu.


It is an honor to introduce to you, Ms Izaline Calister:




Soño Di Tur Muhé





Ora Friu Kuminsa





Live at T Paard, The Hague –  “Gracias a La Vida”












Live from Lloyd – “La La La”





With the Randel Corsen Big Band – Live at 100th Anniversary of MCB – Oswin ‘Chin’ Behilia Medley (Sunu, No Bai, Chuchubi, Plegaria)





CuracaoThank you for joining us here in Curaçao. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Port of the Internet for our Caribbean cruise. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Trinidad.


April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.

One Response to “Jazz Around the World 2 – 26 April – Curaçao”

  1. Stan I’m really enjoying the tour. Also thank you for exposing me to all the different Jazz artist.

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