Natascha Rogers
The Netherlands, France
Of an Amercian and Dutch family, Natascha Rogers was raised in Holland until the age of 12, before moving to France in 1996. A self-trained musician, she played the piano for a long time until her dicovery of Mandé and Afro-Cuban percussions at the age of 16 through her diligent practice of African dance.

In 2004, she joins the CIAM in Bordeaux for a 2 year training, then the conservatory. It's at that time that she gets close to her masters in Afro-Cuban percussions : Jean-Marc Pierna who, through private lessons introduces her to rumba (and who remains today one of her main references), and Olivier Congar, who directed the first training course that she attended in Cuba in 2005.

She discovers the caribean island's musical traditions (salsa and cuban folk music) through a solitary trip where she studies alongside Maximino Duquesne, Ernesto Gatel « El Gato », Alberto Villareal, soon adopting this culture as her own. She regularly returns to Cuba where she appreciates the people's simpicity and determination that help her find the affirmation of her own personality .

In 2005 she starts composing the lyrics and melodies that will shape the tunes of her future record. She performs live with a brasilian Batucada and a feminine percussion band (afro-latin music). A a self trained vocalist, her voice gains confidence as she performs and collaborates with many artists, such as Galanga Quintet (jam world jazz) and Mayna, as a duo on a latin music vocal repertoire (opening for David Sicard and recording of a CD).

She holds two simultaneous roles: percussionist and vocalist (lead or background), which defines her as a unique artist.

She moves to Paris in 2010, where she meets many new musicians and starts collaborating with new bands. She starts rehearsing with musicians of her on band and also joins Zap Mama, with whom she will perform in an international tour in 2011 (Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia and over 30 concerts across Europe). She collaborates for 2 years with the singer BEN1(samba-funk) in a trio formation for 10 concerts in France. She is also the feminine performer of the band Bailongo (cuban and puerto-rican salsa fusion, Cd producing in progress), who has performed in over 30 concerts in France and in the Constantine Jazz Festival (Algeria).

Since 2011 : she collaborates with the Raphaëlle Atlan Quintet (CD in progress) The following year she meets and collaborates with Gerald Toto (pop world) and Tom Frager (reggae-pop, CD in progress).

In 2013 she performs alongside Siân Pottok in a trio formation (folk music, signed by Universal Records) and is now part of the Drum de DAMES Collective (feminine percussion ensemble).

In late 2010, as she grew from all these experiences, Natascha Rogers launched her own project revolving around compositions matured over the last five years and rooted in afro-american, afro-cuban and Mandé musical traditions mixed with jazz and pop, creating a music in perfect osmosis with her time and reflecting her wish to express herself through a music that is both authentic and effective.

In 2012, she delivers a great performance at the Casablanca Jazz Festival (Morocco) and at the Festival des Musiques Du Monde (France). Surrounded by 5 experienced musicians and many guests she releases her first record « Rise Your Soul » on November 27th with a concert on the famous New Morning stage in Paris, accompanied by a sextet. She will soon begin a tour of China and Mexico and is preparing her new album scheduled for late 2014.
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