Producer/Singer/pianist Saskia ‘Wild’ Doornbos - her last name meaning ‘Thorn forest’ in Dutch - (the Pacwoman) was born in a small village in Holland in 1973. Her first musical memory was singing in church and threats of Calvinist music teachers. Later her parents bought her a piano, an instrument she still plays and adores.
She started studying history but came to the conclusion - especially after experimenting with LSD - that reality wasn’t something to be taken too seriously, and is onto this day still blessed with the ability to see the most official or mundane situation as utterly hilarious.
She toured with a puppet theatre, started singing and writing songs and poetry in bands in Amsterdam and began experimenting with computer music.
She studied music-technology, with a ‘rock ‘n roll ‘ approach (among 50 nerds), performed in experimental performances and wrote serial music for solo piano as well as ‘sound-scape’ music, like, for example, the ‘The Joy of Hate’, for voice, electronics and church bells.
In 1998 her song ‘Soulfood’, from her first acoustic mini album ‘Soundproof’ was nominated for a jazz/composition in Holland.
She recorded various demos in her home studio and recorded an acoustic studio album ‘Timbuktu’ in 2000. Her vocals have also been used for ballet and TV, in collaboration with Han Otten from Sound palette.
Since 2000 she is based in London and - besides singing jazz and originals -produced the very mellow, trip-hop inspired album ‘Cry for the Moon’ in 2002.
Her next cd, ‘Souvenirs’ 2003, with computer beats and live instruments is still influenced by hip hop, but more jazzy and features the amazing trumpet player Kevin G. Davy.
The album ‘It's you’, produced in 2004 is an up-tempo but melodic album, inspired by jazz, funk & dance, with the brilliant guitarist Chris Letcher playing on the title track.
She meanwhile studied part-time jazz/blues piano and composition and arranging at Goldsmiths College, while also writing ‘modern/classical’ orientated music. In 2005, one of her compositions for piano and soprano, ‘Liedje’ - little song - was nominated for the VSB poetry prize in Holland.
She produced the album Something Fantastic in 2006, a wonderful album with some blues and rap-inspired tracks as well as some very intimate, sound-scape songs.
She completed a degree in music at the City University in London and is - next to her other work - still especially fond of ‘How to love’, a poem of the 13th century Sufi poet J. Rumi, set to music for Baritone and piano.
Next to her music, she makes surreal collages/paintings and designs the covers of her albums, except the first one, which was designed by graphic designer Oscar Luyer.
She finished the computer-based album ‘Abracadabra’ in 2011, with has a unique and alternative dance/funk sound. The album features four re-mixes of existing tracks and seven new tracks, of which one is – proudly – listed as explicit.
A soon to be re-released album is on the way: the acoustic album ‘Acoustica’ 2008, with a few very special extra tracks added…
‘Who would ever give up the reality of dreams for relative knowledge?'