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Biography Rolinha Kross

Rolinha Kross has a Jewish / Czech mother and a Surinamese father. From an early age she was fascinated by Eastern European music and the Yiddish 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 DaniËl Smid, Mathilde Santing en Denise Jannah.
Subsequently, Rolinha worked together with the klezmer group Mazzeltov 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:

Besides performing with Mazzeltov, Rolinha will be seen with her new solo program Tararam! at festivals and on stages at home and abroad. In addition, she brings with guitarist Harold Berghuis a program of Yiddish poetry (translated by Willy Brill) that they themselves have put to music. She will also tour regularly with the Balqana ensemble and perform with Vasile Nedea and friends with a Balkan repertoire and will be seen with jazz standards in the Frank in Person show. Besides these formations, she often performs at special events and private parties with a program that responds to the theme of the event.

Rolinha Kross hosts singing workshops. Her voice can be heard in commercials and commentary on documentaries.