Rolinha Kross Resume

      Rolinha Kross has a Jewish / Czech mother and a Surinamese father. From an early age she was fascinated by Eastern European music and the Yiddisch language. She performed with various groups, a.o. with her mother, Ilona Cechova, under the name "Sense".
Moreover, Rolinha followed the vocalprogram in jazz and light music at the Conservatory in Hilversum (now in Amsterdam).

Immediately after the academy she went on tour with the musical "You're The Top", with Willem Nijholt in the lead.
Meanwhile she worked with Klezmokum, Solomon Klezmorim and various jazz ensembles.
The Rolinha Kross Trio, together with Bokkie Vink and Theo van Tol, recorded an album "Tsigayner Klezmer". Many performances followed at home and abroad, among them Canada and Curacao.

A tour with Ramses Shaffy along theaters in the Netherlands and Belgium proceeded together with a production of Ira Gershwin with Ernst Dani√čl Smid, Mathilde Santing en Denise Jannah.
Subsequently, Rolinha worked together with the klezmer groupMazzeltov with whom she performed often at home and abroad, and recorded four albums.
With Mazzeltov Rolinha performed three times at the Concerthall in Amsterdam.

Current activities:

Rolinha plays in the musical performance "Iberia" which she and Perry Dosset developed.
With guitarist Harold Berghuis she delivers a program of Yiddish poetry (translated by Willy Brill) that they have put to music.
She often performs as a guest in the show of "Frank in Person" with jazz standards.
With the Balqana Ensemble, Rolinha brings a more Balkan-oriented program and they will soon go to Israel and Switzerland.
On top of that, the newly created Rolinha Kross Quartet brings Dutch lyrics to gypsy jazz. They are currently working on an album.

Updated:  October 22, 2010

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