Project Description

Randal Corsen – piano
Tania Kross – vocals
Dibo D – vocals
Eric Calmes – bass
Pernell Saturnino – percussion
Marlon Conradus – drums
Nicola Roger Grigoriu – violin 1
Omar Kock – violin 2
Hester Matthijsse – Viola
Manuela Rios – Cello

Randal Corsen

Pianist/composer/arranger Randal Corsen (1972) is a highly regarded musician from Curaçao, with achievements in jazz as well as in classical and popular music. For many years he lived and worked in the Netherlands, where he became the first Antillean musician to win the prestigious Edison Jazz Award, (Dutch equivalent to the Grammys.) Randal performed on many important venues and festivals in the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, London, Colombia, Belgium, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba amongst others. In May 2018 he received the Cola Debrot Award, the most prestigious award for people who made an exceptional contribution to the culture of Curaçao.

Exclusively for the Casibari Jazz Festival, Randal put together a special line-up featuring some of Curaçao’s best musicians joined by an Aruban string quartet and featuring two of Randal’s most important vocal collaborators. The first one is the well-known and internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Tania Kross, with whom Randal collaborated in many different classical cross-over projects and concerts, and for whom Randal composed the first opera completely sung in Papiamentu titled ‘Katibu di Shon (2013). The second one is the talented and very popular young vocalist from Curaçao Dibo D, who started working with Randal in 2016. They didmany different projects together performing in Curaçao, the Netherlands, Colombia, and they produced several hits for the local charts in Curaçao.

Though they have different musical backgrounds, Randal, Tania and Dibo share a passion for crossing musical boundaries.Together with music friends from both Curaçao and Aruba, they will present a blend of Antillean folklore with pop, classical and jazz music.

(During the Casibari Jazz Festival, Tania and Dibo will be performing together for the first time.)

Tania Kross

Mezzo-soprano Tania Kross was born on Curaçao. She made her debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and was named newcomer of the 2004/05 season, when she gave recitals in Amsterdam, Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Athens, Birmingham, Cologne and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Tania Kross has performed in productions at Hannover State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Stuttgart State Theatre, the National Touring Opera, the Dutch National Opera amongst others. In 2005 she won an Edison Classical Music award for her first CD Corazón, on which she collaborated with pianist/composer/arranger Randal Corsen amongst others. Tania has received the Radio 4 prize, The Boeli van Leeuwen Prize and the NPS Cultuurprijs. Tania is also passionate about music education and has been an ambassador for “Stichting Leerorkest” for 7 years. This wonderful organisation provides musical instruments and music lessons to schoolchildren in The Netherlands, Curaçao and soon also on Aruba!

Dibo D

Born and raised on the island of Curaçao, Dibo D (1989) is considered one of the most popular vocalists of Antillean and Urban music in the Dutch Caribbean. Despite his young age, he already contributed to several recordings as a singer, composer, arranger and producer, scoring multiple number one hits on the local charts. He has won several awards, including Singer of the Year, Song of the year and Bestselling album of the year. He performed on several occasions on big stages in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Saint Martin and Surinam. During the Carnival season in Curaçao, Dibo has been one of the most successful singers in the last 10 years. After finishing in the top 5 for 9 consecutive years, Dibo recently won the 49thedition of the Tumba Festival with his composition “Korsou ta den su gloria”. The musical arrangement for his winning tumba was made by Randal Corsen, who was also Dibo’s musical director on this occasion.

Randal Corsen

Randal Corsen & Dibo D