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Kasper Rietkerk

Award-winning saxophonist Kasper Rietkerk, renowned for his collaborations with esteemed artists such as Eddie Chacon, John Caroll Kirby and Jean Toussaint, has also been a member of the Emma Rawicz Jazz Orchestra. His diverse career includes appearances on various TV and radio programs, as well as contributing to the music composition for VPRO’s television series ‘Naar Bed’. In 2023, Kasper and his London-based sextet, KRSIX, recorded a full-length album set to be released on Zennez Records and launched at Pizza Express Soho on June 24, 2024. This album features original compositions by Kasper, arranged for his sextet along with a string quartet, and includes guest appearances by Emma Rawicz, Anatole Muster, and Immy Churchill.

Kasper began playing saxophone at a young age and was inspired by the sounds of saxophonists like Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Garrett, and Paul Desmond. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Kasper moved to London and graduated from his master’s at the Royal Academy of Music in 2023, where he received an award for his final exam performance.

With his Dutch group Das Sound Kollektiv, Kasper released two albums and an EP, most notably gaining success with their ‘+1’ release, which featured collaborations with various singers and rappers, including Ntjam Rosie, Ruben Hein, Rico, and Tennishu (Butcher Brown). Kasper is currently working on the release and tour of his debut album as a bandleader, having previously released his home-recorded and self-produced EP ‘alt.esc’ in February 2022

He is involved in other projects such as the Medan Trio, where he writes and performs improvised music accompanied by visual art. From 2019 till 2021, he played lead alto in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra from the Netherlands, which was led by Ruben Hein.


Craig Ball Award (woodwind) - Royal Academy Of Music


Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar Pedals


‘Great alto sound that carried strongly over the band’ Jason Yarde

‘Fantastic saxophonist’ Jean Toussaint

‘Played with great projection and fluency of ideas’ Michael Mondesir

Walter Smith III
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
Paul Desmond
saxophone, alto
Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Stan Getz
saxophone, tenor
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Island

ZenneZ Records


Roll it in Glitter ft. Anatole Muster

From: The Island
By Kasper Rietkerk


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