Kiki Manders - Gesang


With her expressive, enchanting and warm voice, Kiki Manders sings her music like a painter uses his palette to paint. Creating different colours and sounds with her voice, from fragile and tender to dark and powerful, Manders creates a musical world of her own, striving to be as open and pure as possible. Along with her quartet, this Dutch, Berlin-based vocalist and composer takes us on an adventurous musical journey into the depths of her soul, through jazz, storytelling in both English and Dutch dialect, and intimate ballads. Manders grew up in Venlo, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. She graduated from the jazz singing program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she earned a Bachelor and Masters of Music Degree under the tutelage of Sylvi Lane, Lydia van Dam and Annett Andriessen. After graduation, Manders moved to New York City to study Poetry and Singing and studied with Jen Shyu and Theo Bleckmann. While living in New York City, Manders started writing songs in the dialect from her hometown Venlo and she recently selected two to be recorded on her Debut Album, to be released in 2015.

A semi-finalist in the Brussels Young Jazz Singers Vocal Competition, And a finalist in the Voicingers International Vocal Competition, Manders’ “irrepressible style” makes her an “in demand musician both as a bandleader and as a sideman.” She lent her voice to Amsterdam-based saxophonist Maarten Ornsteins’ DASH!, which featured artists such as Oene van Geel and Morris Kliphuis. She performed with DASH! throughout Europe, in the Music Theatre production “Spica”, multidisciplinary theatre performance “Brilliant Limbs" and toured China with the band.

Manders performed and/or collaborated with The Metropole Orchestra, Maarten Ornstein, Oene van Geel, Morris Kliphuis, Grammy nominee Vince Mendosa, Erik Hoeke, Joshua Samson, Alexander Maksymiw, Yuriy Yaremchuk, Jeffrey Bruinsma, Oene van Geel, Alex Oele, Wim Kegel, Daniel Schroeteler. She performed at world known venues and festivals such as The Bimhuis, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Paradiso, North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Concert Hall Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the Unterfahrt in Germany, the Sziget Festival in Hungary, the Brussels Jazz Club in Belgium, Jazzclub Jazz Dock in the Czech Republik, Jazz Club Dzyga in Ukraine, the Jazz Gallerie in Canada and at the Nanjijng Jazz Festival and the Chengdou Jazz Festival in China.