Formed in the Spring of 2012, the core of Sietske's Band is a musical collaboration between vocalist Sietske Roscam Abbing and pianist Dirk Balthaus. Their style of music is Contemporary Vocal Jazz and could also be described as “Cinematic Folk-Jazz” because of it’s picturesque and dreamlike lyrical character.
SIETSKE ROSCAM ABBING brought out her first album in 2010 with the band Follow Alice, a soul-jazz oriented project, a collaboration with guitar-player Martijn Michel. While continuing her studies in Vocal Jazz Performance at the Conservatory of Amsterdam she was offered the opportunity to study in Philadelphia with some of the top musicians in the US jazz scene. This experience and time period defined her vision of the type of music she wanted to make next. After graduating for her Masters degree in 2012 she was ready to take the next step. She had already met and hand picked the players with whom she went on to form this defining project, simply called Sietske.
DIRK BALTHAUS studied jazz piano at the Conservatory of Hilversum. As a member of Joan Reinder's Millennium Jazz Orchestra he played with many jazz-legends, like Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, The New York Voices and Ack van Rooyen. Dirk is an intuitive and very sensitive player who is truly specialized in the art of supporting the music, but is also always open for adventurous and progressive playing when a piece of music or situation allows. As the band's primary musical composer, Dirk follows his instinct, experience and formal training to help solidify and further develop its musical character.