Frøy Aagre Quartet at Tulas
Tenor saxophonist Frøy Aagre, Norway’s most acclaimed female saxophonist, leads a band featuring pianist Kris Davis and drummer Jeff Davis. They were simply fantastic Monday night at the final show I photographed for the night. Tulas was packed for the first show and the second set had a good turnout too, who enjoyed her performance judging from the applause.
The Norwegian publication Dagbladet describes Aagre’s music as full of “surprising and fascinating melodic turns and unexpected rhythmic ideas.” Influenced by Wayne Shorter, Oliver Messian, Astor Piazzolla and Kenny Wheeler, Aagre’s approach challenges the boundaries between written and improvised music. Countryside, her critically acclaimed second album, was named one of the top ten jazz albums of 2007 by the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen. She has performed in festivals around the world and has won numerous scholarships and awards. Aagre studied saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Middlesex University, composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and saxophone with Dave Liebman.
Click here for the complete schedule for the rest of the upcoming shows at the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival