The Curaçao-born pianist Randal Corsen can be regarded as an ambassador for Antillean music. He is able, like no other, to weave the typical rhythms of his island and those of the rest of the Antilles into his jazz. Corsen studied music at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg. He has composed and arranged music for the likes of singers for example Izaline Calister and Tania Kross, the Latin jazz quintet Bye-ya! and percussionists Gerardo Rosales and Martin Verdonk. In 2004 Corsen won the Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy) for his own CD Evolushon. At the North Sea Jazz Festival, Corsen will be performing a stunning version of his CD Armonia which he recorded in New York with trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Scott Colley and percussionist Pernell Saturnino. Drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernández will join the band for this set, a combination of modern jazz and Caribbean music.