Singer & songwriter
Fender Rhodes & doublebass player
solo & with band concerts (both private & public)
live & studiowork singing lead
arranging & singing choirs of all kinds
playing bass & Fender Rhodes live
Iris Romen is a singer, singing teacher, instrumentalist and composer,
born and raised in Maastricht (the Netherlands), living in Berlin since 2004.
As a child, she has always been convinced of her existence making sense as a singer and songwriter.
At 18, she started singing with a little orchestra called The Spats Company, by cello player Gabor Bartos. Music from the roaring twenties !
Singing with The Spats Company at 18
While listening to grunge, Iris started studying Jazz Singing at the Maastricht Conservatorium,
where she got her diploma cum laude in 2001.. while listening to rock and cuban music.
In 2004, after having lived in and toured through several places in Europe and beyond,
she moves to Berlin where she enjoys the wide scale of music styles and opportunities
to make music in various settings.
Live with Ray Collins Hot-Club,
Festsaal Kreuzberg, 2013
With Andrej Hermlin and his Band,
recording the Billie Holiday tribute album,
„I Hear Music“
Performing Brecht at Clärchens Ballhaus
with Wolfgang Zechlin and Thomas Büchel
Be it rocking her contrabass and singing with her all-girl countrypunk band The Runaway Brides,
singing as the bandleader to the weekly Schwoof at Clärchens Ballhaus, or with Andrej Hermlin’s 1930’s bigband, at Adlon or at the Philharmony.
Solo in Eberswalde
CD release concert at Heimathafen, Berlin, 2013
With actor and singer Ben Becker
live at St. Pauli Theater
With Astrid North at Bar Jeder Vernunft, 2016
With her own band, or as a guest with Astrid North, Ben Becker, Tele, Robbie AG Moore, members of The BossHoss, Johnny Trouble, Lüül, Mark Scheibe, Joy Denalany, Señor Torpedo or Ray Collins,
at ATrane, Bar Jeder Vernunft, White Trash, on radio or tv or in any smaller or bigger venue
across Germany and Europe.
Along the way, she learned to play the contrabass, her Fender Rhodes and Framus guitar, that are today
part of her solo set-up.
In 2008, she and Marc Schmolling win the Berlin Jazz Prize
In 2013, she releases her first album of originals „Vintage Gal Hour“ with Michael Rank’s Chet Records (department of Kosmo Music) label,
supported by the federal sponsorship of Initiative Musik and a publishing deal with Universal Publishing.
Finally, the first originals are seeing the light !
Since 2014, Iris is a singing teacher two days a week in her special sounding room in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
Since April 2016, every Sunday, Iris sings at her her steady solo gig at Muse Berlin (café & restaurant) during Sunday brunch (Prenzlauer Berg).
A new album of originals is in the making and is planned to be released in 2017.
CURRENTLY WORKING WITH
IRIS ROMEN & Vintage Hotel
Alexander Dommisch (guitar) / Alexey Wagner (guitar)
Micha Fromme (drums)
Michael Waterstradt (contrabass) / Felix-Otto Jacobi (contrabass)
Robot (with Robbie AJ Moore, Knox Chandler, Micha Fromme, Taylor Savvy)
Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra
The Runaway Brides (all-girl country band)
Above: With Malcolm and Ansgar of The BossHoss and
Ray Collins’ Hot Club
..FOR ONE DAY
2013 // Iris Romen – Vintage Gal Hour
2009// Señor We Wanna Be From Sweden
2007 // Andrej Hermlin And His Swing Dance Orchestra – I Hear Music (Billie Holiday tribute)
2003 // Señor Torpedo – Through Night Scenes
2003 // Down South – One On One
2015 // Tabou
2014 // Born To Be Wild
2013 // Dance With Me
2008 // You Go To My Head – Andrej Hermlin & His Swing Dance Orchestra
2008 // Marc Schmolling & Iris Romen / Jazz Preis Berlin 2008 „Ella“