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Norwegian soprano saxophonist and composer Frøy Aagre has exhilarated audiences all over the world over with her unique sound, charismatic stage appearance and ‘special gift of blending the beautiful and haunting with the unexpected and complex." ABC Radio (AUS). Having successful appearances in USA, North America, Europa, Australia, China and India Aagre’s international reputation is rapidly growing. Aagre has released four critically acclaimed albums Katalyze (2004), countryside (2007), Cycle of Silence (2010) and her forth album Frøy Aagre Electric  was released in October 2013 kicking off the release tour in Australia.

Frøy Aagre er en saksofonist som har gjort seg gjeldende ute i den store verden. Hun skriver vakre og særegne komposisjoner som er fengende og komplekse på samme tid.  Med sitt forrige album Cycle of Silence har hun turnert og gjort konserter i hele verden. Albumet fikk strålende kritikker i norske og utenlandske medier. Bandet hennes har utviklet et unikt dynamisk samspill og leken spontanitet som forsterker Aagres materiale.

 

«Snart 10 år etter platedebuten er saksofonist og komponist Frøy Aagre ute med sitt fjerde album, "Frøy Aagre Electric", det mest ambisiøse, sjangeroverskridende og episke albumet så langt i karrieren.  Albumet markerer et tydelig stilistisk skifte hos Aagre med fengende låter som grenser til pop og elektronika. Musikken er varm, utfordrende og oppfinnsom, en mesterlig gjennomført sjangerlek fremført med musikalsk overskudd og spilleglede". 

 

Almost 10 years after her debut album Norwegian saxophonist and composer Frøy Aagre releases her fourth album, the most ambitious, epic and diverse album in her career. The album marks a distinct stylistic change in Aagre´s music with the entry of electronic sounds and influence from pop and electronica. The music is warm, challenging and inventive, it is a masterful mix of genres performed with musical energy and enthusiasm."This album is groundbreaking and a game changer for me. Entering the world of electronic sounds has broadened my musical horizon and opened doors to new genres to mix and play with as part of my musical pallet, yet not being totally devoted to any".



Having written for both her own bands and larger orchestras for almost 20 years, Frøy Aagre has a lot of experience, and on this album she fuses elements from her background in jazz, classical and world music with inspiration from popular music. This result is compositions that flow freely across musical borders, executed by Aagre´s haunting soprano saxophone tone and her unique storytelling quality. The album shows curiosity and desire to constantly break musical boundaries both as a saxophonist and as a composer.


Her fellow musicians in the band Frøy Aagre Electric (established in 2012) is keyboard player Andreas Ulvo, Aagres musical partner in the past 10 years, and the young and very talented drummer Jonas Barsten. While Ulvo contributes with his range of electronic sounds and inventive playing on the Rhodes and bass pedals, drummer Barsten adds a strong groove and rhythmic drive to the music. The band shows a wide range of musical expression, from energetic enthusiasm and vitality to contemplation and reflection in the touching and very personal duo-pieces at the end, written after the Norwegian terrorist attack of July 22nd 2011.

An exciting combination of guests contributes on the album, from guitarist Magnus Børmark and African vocalist Sheldon Blackman, to the string players Nora Taksdal, Marit Klovning and bassist Audun Ellingsen. They help lift the music further providing Aagre more opportunities as a composer, which she uses in string and vocal sections of "African Wig" and "Birds, Bees and Forest Trees". Børmarks´ imaginative guitar work gives new impulses to the genres musical expression.


The release tour kicked off in Australia in November 2013 , playing some of the country´s biggest festivals.

 

Latest news: http://www.froyaagre.com/news/

 

Frøy Aagre Electric:
Frøy Aagre - soprano saxophone
Andreas Ulvo - Rhodes, bass pedals, Cajon
Jonas Barsten - drums

 

FRØY AAGRE - ELECTRIC

The name Frøy Aagre Electric refers to the new setup with Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, effects and bass synth as opposed to the previous setup of merely acoustic instruments.  This album is divided into two parts; following is a description of part 1, the main section of the album (track 1-6). Part 2 is the three duo pieces at the end (track 7-9). Whilst the previous album, "Cycle of Silence" explored the use of silence in music, this album goes in the opposite direction, exploring energy, vitality, rhythmic drive and musical playfulness. The focus during the compositional process, the rehearsal period, recording session and the mixing process was to create musical momentum; by making the music constantly move and flow between different sections and contrasting moods, creating tension and relief by using various instrumentations, electronic sounds and dynamics. The focus during the recording session itself was to capture the electric live energy in the studio. 

Whereas previous albums have been acoustic, melodic jazz with occasional hints of classical and world music, my change of musical preferences and the entry of electronic sounds have added influence from pop and electronica to the music. This album is groundbreaking and a game changer for me. Entering the world of electronic sounds has broadened my musical horizon and opened doors to new genres to mix and play with as part of my musical pallet, yet not being totally devoted to any.

I strive to maintain a balance between spontaneity and structure, bridging the gap between the composed and the improvised by making it part of the same overall form. As always I care a lot about the melodies, but this time in combination with a stronger focus on rhythmic drive. Choosing the right musicians for your music is important to make your music blossom and Andreas and Jonas have contributed tremendously to the musical expression of this album. I would also like to mention the wonderful guests who has lifted the music further and broadened the range of sounds. The album itself is a journey, like snapshots of my life; "Berlin", composed in this thrilling city, one of my favourites in Europe and "City Lights" inspired by the urban pulse and uplifting energy of big capital cities. “Castle in the Air”, is written to Andreas Ulvo, my musical soul mate over the last 10 years, and was a tune that created spontaneous energetic moments in the recording studio. “Birds, Bees and Forest Trees” is inspired by a particularly beautiful walk in the woods,  "Entanglement" is about the close relationships in life and the playful "African Wig", with African music influences recalls moments from my African tour.


The album ends in quiet contemplation with three duo pieces, of which Youth and Loss 77 is heavily influenced in the aftermath of the national tragedy of July 22nd 2011. This is the inspiration behind the compositions, but I hope you make the music your own and connect it to your life and experiences. Frøy Aagre

 

FRØY AAGRE - CYCLE OF SILENCE



Greatness often lies in compactness.  If you search for the important impulses in European jazz you won’t necessarily find them in the cities and densely populated urban centres of our world; instead we should look to the corners and countrysides, and a land of fewer than 5 million inhabitants - Norway.  No other country in the world has produced more prolific jazz musicians, at least when compared with the number of its inhabitants.  Jan Garbarek, Nils Petter Molvear, Silje Nergaard and Bugge Wesseltoft are only the well established stars.  In addition to these, new and highly promising musicians are also regularly stepping into the limelight.  32-year-old saxophonist Frøy Aagre from Tønsberg is one of these rising stars from the land of the Northern Lights, and Cycle Of Silence is her ACT debut.

Frøy Aagre’s own sound runs through all twelve tracks of Cycle of Silence.  The album is a tale of experiences: Long Distance deals with the subject of far-off conversations, as well as Aagre’s love of hikes in nature. She noted her first thoughts on her mini suite Siberia on a flight over the Russian landscape.  “There were no clouds in the sky for the entire flight and you could see the Siberian landscape transform from rugged mountains into gentle hills and empty tundra.  I had never seen anything like it.”  With Steam Train, at the beginning of the album, Frøy tells of her favourite railway journey from Oslo to Bergen, while she says farewell to listeners with the prospect of a Neverending Journey.  A journey that should be enjoyed – provided you have Frøy Aagre’s music with you!


    ….det hele er melodiøst og tidvis stemningsfarget  av en lengtende melankoli i Aagres "fortellerstemme...."  Terje Mosnes, Terningkast 5 i DAGBLADET


 -reisende i melodiøs harmoni…Frøy Aagre..får sin musikk til å både klinge vakkert og virke spennende. Terningkast 5 AFTENPOSTEN

This is the ACT label's debut for Norwegian saxophonist Frøy Aagre, an Oslo-based artist who studied classical, jazz and gamelan music in Birmingham, tango in Buenos Aires, and saxophone with Dave Liebman in New York. She plays pensive soprano sax throughout on this album of her own pieces, with a piano trio and occasional help from french horn, trombone, and cello. Delicately floating dances over soft, two-note repeats swell into mournful brass-cushioned songs; distant brass chords underpin Jan Garbarek-like wisps and curls of soprano melody; and Aagre's purity of tone and sensuous elisions make her most cryptic figures persuasive. She writes hauntingly harmonised ensemble passages for bassist Audun Ellingsen and pianist Andreas Ulvo, and though much of the music is reflective, there are shyly frivolous themes as well, giving way to looping piano and bass patterns for the soprano to drift over. It's meticulously crafted, in some ways typically Nordic chamber-jazz with a liberal dose of classical music's precision of phrasing, but for all its apparent frailty, Aagre's composing leaves an impression that ripples on long after the disc has stopped spinning.

 

FRØY AAGRE  OFFBEAT  - COUNTRYSIDE

Featuring finely crafted compositions and precise, yet stirring performances, Countryside is an ambitious and lovely followup to Frøy Aagre Offbeat's debut album, 2004's Katalyze. The album sports varying moods, veering from stately elegance to moments of more delicate humor and whimsy. Composed and arranged by the saxophonist/leader, each track has obviously been worked over with care. While the longest song clocks in at just five minutes, each work features a palpable sense of movement and development. Featuring groaning cello playing by Kari Ravnan (who adds richness to three of the nine tracks) and sparkling piano work by Andreas Ulvo, "Sold Gold spins and builds from languid solos into a grand restatement of the main theme in an admirably compact arrangement. Likewise, "Last Waltz progresses from a quirky, high-spirited trot to a suitably grand Old World waltz in a little under four and a half minutes. The title track (with fond clarinet interjections) is simply a perfectly peaceful reverie.

Countryside is dense but far from inaccessible, due to the sheer tunefulness of the writing and the pithy inventiveness of the playing. No instrumental star shines brighter than the others on the album. This unit truly functions as a band, each member playing off one other and, above all, serving the songs.

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"Frøy Aagre and Offbeat´s new album Countryside makes me feel like a better human being...Beatiful images come to me when I listen to Countryside as well as the nice feeling you get when you hear music that grabs you because it has something to tell". Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen

 

FRØY AAGRE  OFFBEAT - KATALYZE

  

Norway, the land of fjords, reindeer, and Vikings has presented us with an album of cerebral grace. Frøy Aagre Offbeat's debut album Katalyze is a beautifully recorded and musically diverse offering. Consisting of Aagre on saxophone, Andreas Ulvo Langnes on piano, Roger Williamsen on double bass, and Freddy Augdal on drums, the band plays with an expansive sweep, simulating the sound of a larger ensemble.Aagre, who composed Katalyze 's eight tracks, often recalls Wayne Shorter, particularly on soprano, where each note seems to strain for some elusive light of epiphany. The pithiness of Shorter can be detected too in her airy statements on the engaging "Norwegian Mountain" while Williamsen and Augdal shamble along with charm and Langnes drops atmospheric piano clanks.

Elsewhere, "Beatitude" arrives like some dimly remembered melody of rueful wit and tender melancholy. Aagre arranges the song with a deep and rich cello accompaniment by guest Tove Margrethe Erikstad. The track envelops the listener in such a reverie that it is a surprise when it ends right before the four-minute mark. Further compositions and performances in this style would be most welcome. Above all, Katalyze is a thoughtfully constructed album. The track sequencing artfully shifts moods and tones while complimenting the performances that precede and follow the current song. This care is very evident as well in the way the arrangements serve the compositions. Solos are played so that they may illuminate the song—not out of some robotic sense of necessity. This is an impressive album featuring great discipline, thought, and grace.

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Debutplaten til bandet inkluderer Frøy Aagres multimedieprosjekt "Katalyze", som er et interaktivt musikkprogram hvor brukeren kan lage egne versjoner av Aagres musikk. Prosjektet gikk helt til topps i Emma Foundation - en av verdens mest prestisjefulle multimediekonkurranser, med deltakere fra over 40 land. "Katalyze" fikk også sølv i den norske multimediekonkurransen Visuelt. Musikken spenner fra lyriske ballader til energiske, kollektive improvisasjoner. Norsk Jazzforim har omtalt Frøy Aagre som "en flott instrumentalist, komponist og arrangør, mens Dagsavisen har kalt musikken hennes "vakker, illustrerende og fargerik.

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FRØY AAGRE BIO:

Saksofonist og komponist Frøy Aagre har begeistret publikum i alle verdenshjørner med sin umiskjennelige tone og sin unike evne til å kombinere det vakre og umiddelbare med det overaskende og komplekse. 
 Etter å ha gjort stor suksess med sin akustiske kvartett har Aagre nå tatt steget ut i den elektriske verden! Hun har startet et nytt prosjekt, Frøy Aagre Electric, med trommis Jonas Barsten Johnsen og Andreas Ulvo, en av Norges mest ettertraktede tangentmenn. Etter 10 års i akustisk kvartett videreutvikler Aagre og Ulvo sitt unike tette samspill med et nytt spekter av lyder og inspirasjon fra artister i helt andre sjangere.

Albumet "Frøy Aagre Electric" slippes oktober 2013 og er hennes mest ambisiøse, sjangeroverskridende og episke albumet så langt i karrieren. Albumet markerer et tydelig stilistisk skifte hos Aagre med fengende låter som grenser til pop og elektronika. Musikken er varm, utfordrende og oppfinnsom, en mesterlig gjennomført sjangerlek fremført med musikalsk overskudd og spilleglede. En spennende kombinasjon av gjester bidrar på albumet, fra Gåte-gitarist Magnus Børmark og den afrikanske vokalisten Sheldon Blackman, til KORK strykerne Nora Taksdal, Marit Klovning og bassist Audun Ellingsen.

Frøy Aagres tredje album “Cycle of Silence” (2010) ble en internasjonal kritikerhit og den britiske avisen The Guardian skriver: "Aagre's composing leaves an impression that ripples on long after the disc has stopped spinning". Med utsolgte forestillinger på London Jazz Festival og den legendariske jazzklubben Ronnie Scotts, samarbeid med trompeteren Kenny Wheeler samt konserter rundt i Skandinavia, India, Kina, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia og Storbritannia, er Aagres internasjonale rykte raskt voksende. 

 

Norwegian soprano saxophonist and composer Frøy Aagre has exhilarated audiences all over the world over with her unique sound, charismatic stage appearance and ‘special gift of blending the beautiful and haunting with the unexpected and complex." ABC Radio (AUS). Having successful appearances in USA, North America, Europa, Australia, China and India Aagre’s international reputation is rapidly growing. Aagre has released four critically acclaimed albums Katalyze (2004), countryside (2007), Cycle of Silence (2010) and her forth album Frøy Aagre Electric (2013) is released in October kicking off the release tour in Australia.Aagre studied saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Middlesex University, composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and saxophone with Dave Liebman.

With her new album Frøy Aagre Electric, she has entered the world of electronics and has expanded and developed her sound taking in a wide range of influences from other genres. The result is an energetic performance of powerful compositions with strong melodies accompanied by rhythmic drive and adventurous arrangements.

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Past bookings

Mar
29
2012

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Konserthus

Jun
28
2011

Tønsberg, Norge

Foynhagen

Oct
12
2010

Vadsø, Norge

Ett kult sted

Sep
2
2010

Kristiansand, Norge

Punkt Festival

Mar
20
2010

St Ingbert, Germany

St Inbgerts International Jazzfestival

Mar
18
2010

Bielefeld, Germany

Bunker Ulmenwall

Mar
17
2010

München, Germany

Unterfahrt

Mar
16
2010

Berlin, Germany

A-Trane

Mar
8
2010

London, England

Ronnie Scotts Club

Feb
26
2010

Oslo, Norge

Victoria/Nasjonal Jazzscene

Feb
7
2010

Kristiansand, Norge

Kristiandsand Jazzklubb

Feb
5
2010

Mandal, Norge

Venterommet

Feb
4
2010

Risør, Norge

Promenaden

Feb
3
2010

Arendal, Norge

Arendal Kulturhus

Jan
31
2010

Flekkefjord, Norway

Den Flyvende Hollender

Jan
30
2010

Grenland, Norway

Grenland Jazzklubb

Jan
29
2010

Kragerø, Norway

Stopp en halv

Jan
28
2010

Bø, Norway

Grillen

Jan
26
2010

Cannes, France

Carlton Jazz Club

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