A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Norway’s Kristen Sevaldsen. In response to that post, a few days ago I received an email from someone letting me know about another female sax player from Norway, who was more jazz-oriented in her style.
Frøy Aagre is a soprano & tenor saxophonist and composer, who is based out of Oslo, Norway. She fronts a jazz quartet that consists of piano, bass, and drums, in addition to the sax.
Aagre studied saxophone performance in a variety of places, and under a variety of instructors, including in New York with Dave Liebman. She has her Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Birmingham Conservatoire. She also studied Twentieth-Century Composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
If you check out Frøy Aagre’s MySpace page, you’ll find the following description of her music…
Frøy Aagre is a critically acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist known for her remarkable compositions. Her music can be described as Nordic, lyrical jazz with “highly syncopated songs “(O’s Place Jazz, US). As well jazz influences Frøy Aagre’s music is influenced by classical music and one of her aims is that the improvisation and composition go together as a whole by improvising within the “language” of the tunes. In other words, she likes to blur the distinction between the written and the improvised. Aagre’s influences range from Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler to Bach, Messian and Astor Piazzolla.
I’m thankful to the person who sent me the email letting me know about yet another sax player from Norway.
Frøy Aagre quite simply is a straight-ahead jazz player, who does a great job writing music in a way that will make the listener notice what is going on. If you’re not sure what I mean, watch/listen to Factory, which was recorded at the Canal Street Jazz Festival in Norway, on Jul 27th 2008.
While this is not representative of all of her work, for some reason I found this piece rather alluring.