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Frøydis Grorud solo
Frøydis Grorud Quartet (Frøydis Grorud, Torjus Vierli, Magne Thormodsæter, Hermund Nygård)
Vintermåne (Frøydis Grorud, Anne Gravir Klykken, Torjus Vierli)
Blåsang (Frøydis Grorud, Anne Gravir Klykken)
Trio de Janeiro (Frøydis Grorud, Tom Lund, Anne-Marie Giørtz)
Press Release regarding release of the album End of a Beautiful Story, March 2020
Frøydis Grorud releases her new album End of a Beautiful Story
Frøydis Grorud’s new album will be released on Jazzland Recordings February 2020. Together with three brilliant musicians, she recorded an ever so personal album with twelve of her own compositions, embedded in a melodious, improvisational, and open musical landscape. Her music evokes beautiful and wild emotions, with elements from classical, jazz, soul, gospel, Brazilian and Norwegian folk music.
Flutist and saxophonist Frøydis Grorud is one of Norway’s most active live music performers. In addition to having been the front figure in the national television NRK’s Beat for Beat music show programme, she has starred on numerous albums, concerts, tours and television recordings. End of a Beautiful Story is her 6th solo release.
Frøydis and her fellow musicians found the calm and inspiration to record new music, staying in a small prayer house in southern Norway, surrounded by old instruments and furniture from a bygone era. These surroundings attributed to a special sound and atmosphere on her album, with each of her musicians had the opportunity to unfold and take up space in the organic and warm soundscape.
“When we can be together over time, with everyone getting a personal ownership of this [musical] project, I think we are playing at our very best”, according to Frøydis.
Personal and vulnerable
The title End of a Beautiful Story came about as Frøydis experienced losing one of her closest friends to illness while writing on the album.
“Life is fragile and unpredictable, and we know little about what will happen tomorrow.” During this period she found strength and comfort in composing music.
“Music is for me medicine for the mind and soul and I am passionate about expressing myself personally through my instruments.”
Together with Torjus Vierli (piano), Hermund Nygård (drums) and Magne Thormodsæter (double bass), Frøydis formed the music into a solid compound, where all the musicians are given the freedom to develop and put their personal touch on the final result.
About Frøydis Grorud
- Frøydis is a Norwegian saxophonist, flutist and composer. She was born in Skien in 1974, and lives in Drammen, close to Oslo.
- Grorud studied at the University of Agder, the Norwegian Academy of Music, and the University of South-Eastern Norway
- She was the saxophonist of the house band of the popular television show Beat for Beat 1999-2019.
- Grorud played with countless Norwegian and international artists, eg. jazz musicians like Bugge Wesseltoft, Tord Gustavsen, Torun Eriksen and the American band Koinonia, but also Secret Garden, Kurt Nilsen, Randy Crawford, Alexander Rybak, Niles Rogers, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Silje Nergaard, Marit Larsen, Oslo Gospel Choir, Irene Cara, Madcon, Espen Lind, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Odd Nordstoga, Christian Ingebrigtsen (of the band A1).
- Frøydis performed at North Sea Jazz together with Torun Eriksen in 2006.
- She also collaborates regularly in music ensembles like her own quartet, Vintermåne and Trio de Janeiro, and with musicians like Ulf Nilsen, Trude Kristin Klæboe, Anne Gravir Klykken and Trond Lien.
- Grorud is the only musician who won a County Culture Prize twice; once in the county of Telemark (2010) and once in the county of Buskerud (2018).