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2010-04-17

Frøy Aagre Biography

Beautiful melodies accompanied by adventurous arrangements “so easy to listen to, so
engaging (…) like a soundtrack to a great movie”. (jazzreview.com)

Critically acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist Frøy Aagre 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 finest young musicians on the Norwegian Jazz Scene (Andreas
Ulvo: piano, Audun Ellingsen: bass, Freddy Wike: drums) and they “truly functions as a band,
each member playing off one other and, above all, serving the songs." (AllAboutJazz, US).

Her international reputation is growing. Aagre and her band was one of six jazz acts worldwide
to be selected to play a showcase at the prestigious arrangement ”MIDEM Talent Jazz” at the
international music fair MIDEM in Cannes January 09. In November 08, Aagre did a successful
UK tour that included sold-out performances at London Jazz Festival with trumpet legend Kenny
Wheeler. 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.

Frøy Aagre 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 Conservatory, Middlesex University, composition at
the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and saxophone with Dave Liebman.

She recently has signed a record deal with the acknowleded German record label ACT Music +
Vision.

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