Froy Aagre

Froy Aagre

 Oslo, Oslo County, NOR
BandJazz

NEW CD _CYCLE OF SILENCE - OUT ON GERMAN LABEL ACT JANUARY 2010 Critically acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist Froy Aagre, touted as the next big thing, is known for her powerful compositions and her individual style of characteristically lyrical Nordic jazz.

Biography

Norwegian Saxophonist Froy Aagre is an emerging star on the European scene. With sold-out performances at the London Jazz Festival, collaborations with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and tours around Scandinavia, USA, Canada, Japan and the UK, Aagre’s international reputation is rapidly growing.

Aagre, touted as the next big thing, is known for her powerful compositions and her individual style of characteristically lyrical Nordic jazz. Her distinctive quality lies in blurring the boundaries between the written and the improvised. Aagres themes and phrases are often invocative of Bach in their enticing lyricism, while their execution and delivery echoes Wayne Shorter at his most playful. (Jazzwise, UK)

Frøy Aagre has released two acclaimed albums; Katalyze (2004) and Countryside (2007). The last was named one of the top ten jazz albums in 2007 by the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen.

Her group consist of some of the most talented musicians on the Norwegian Jazz scene today; Andreas Ulvo on piano, Audun Ellingsen on bass, Freddy Wike on drums. They have developed a extraordinary musical interaction and “truly functions as a band, each member playing off one other and, above all, serving the songs."(AllAboutJazz, US).

Frøy Aagre and her band was one of six jazz artists worldwide to be selected to play a showcase at the prestigious international music fair MIDEM in Cannes January 09. In October 08 Frøy was fronted as one of the main artists at the jazz festival Earshot Jazz (Seattle, USA), besides Cecil Taylor and Carla Bley.

She has performed for Excellencies like Governor General of Canada, Queen Sonja of Norway and all the Priministers of the Nordic Countries. She was the first saxophonist ever to perform at Stortingssalen, (The Norwegian Parliament building) in Oslo in October 06.

Aagre studied saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Middlesex University and National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and saxophone with David Liebman.

Discography

Katalyze - 2004
Countryside - 2007
New album Cycle of Silence to be released in 2009.
Recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo by the legendary sound engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug.

Set List

1 - 2 hours of Froy Aagre´s original compositions.