Norwegian Saxophonist and Composer Frøy Aagre has studied music in Oslo, Birmingham, London, New York and Buenos Aires. In New York she studied with the world famous saxophonist David Liebman. Frøy Aagre has toured Norway, England, Africa and New York with different bands. At the age of 22 she played at the famous jazz club 'Ronnie Scott's. The same year she won the prestigious jazz prize from The Norwegian Association of Jazz musicians and Scandinavian Airlines. Frøy Aagre is one of very few female saxophonists and composers in Norway. Her debut album Katalyze proves that Aagre is one of the most exciting up and coming jazz artists in her genre. Aagre plays her music with a sense of serenity and a pure tone that move the listener deeply. Reviewers have compared Aagre with saxophone legends such as Jan Garbarek, David Liebman and Wayne Shorter. Despite her young age she has developed a highly individual expression and her material is both imaginative and original. In 2001 Frøy Aagre put together the band Offbeat. The band consist of excellent Musicians from Norway. Offbeat is: Frøy Aagre - saxophones Andreas Ulvo Langnes - piano Roger Williamsen - bass Freddy Augdal - drums Their debutalbum Katalyze has got excellent reviews: 'Recommended- whether you are a jazz enthusiast or not' Erling Wicklund, NRK '...one of the most exiting albums in a long time.' Arvid Bryne, Dagbladet 'Aagres saxophoneplaying is warm and beautiful like a soft touch. Svein Andersen, Aften Aften 'An elegant and consistant debutalbum.' Olav Gorseth, Bergens Tidene '...Aagre is an extraordinary composer and saxophonist with a mature musical expression.' Carl Petter Opsahl, VG '...Your imagination creates beautiful images by listening to this music.' Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen 'A jazzname for the future' Erik TB The debut CD features Frøy Aagre's awardwinning interactive jazz program 'Katalyze', the first of it's kind to be released in Scandinavia. It is a very original and consistent project which shows a new and intuitive way of presenting music through interactive media. Katalyze allows the user to construct own versions of Aagres compositions by playing with visuals on the screen. Katalyze got top score in the prestigious International Multimedia Competition 'Emma Foundation.' One of the biggest Multimedia Competitions in the world with more than 40 countries represented. The musicians: Pianist Andreas Ulvo Langnes is currently a jazzstudent at The Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. He is active playing with bands like Espen Ellefsen Electric, Eple Trio and New Breed. He has also composed music for various ensembles and short films. The bass player Roger Williamsen is becoming on of the hot names on the jazz scene in Norway. His incredible techniques and his mature musical taste have resulted in performances at most of the big jazz festivals and jazz clubs in Norway. He is also a very popular studio musician. He has worked with Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen, Kåre Conradi, BWM trio and Lucas Kasha. The drummer Freddy Augdal has worked as a freelance musician in Oslo for many years, and he has done projects and recording sessions with musicians like Helge Lien, Arve Henriksen, Ove Støylen, Trygve Seim and Jan Magne Førde. He also plays in bands like D: koder and Bepopulation.
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