Bio

Short Bio: 

Personal indie-jazz.

Norwegian Live Foyn Friis lived and studied in Denmark. From here, she has exploded onto the international stage with her personal type of indie-jazz.

Jazz Special’s critic was, to put it mildly, excited over her most recent album, Live Foyn Friis with Strings , where the string section gently becomes part of her sound.

Already her debut release, Joy Visible, was a nominated for Best Danish Jazz Album at the Danish Music Awards. Later on, she climbed all the way to the top and won awards for Young Jazz Composer of the Year and Denmark’s New Jazz Star.

Live Foyn Friis has toured in Europe, USA, Africa and South America, and has been selected for Denmark’s musical export shipment to Germany, where her concerts have been completely sold out. The emerging singer has performed with artists such as Brian Blade, John Scofield Überjam Band, Thomas Morgan and Bobby McFerrin.

‘There isn’t a single doubt that you a are listening to a singer-songwriter of divine grace.’ (GAFFE).

‘Live Foyn Friis has real X-factor’ (Jakob Hassing, Jazz Special).

Long Bio: 

Live Foyn Friis (born the 10th of September 1985) is a Norwegian jazz singer and songwriter educated at the University of Tromsø’s Faculty of Fine Arts, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with a Master degree from The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus 2009-2011. She is currently studying Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music(speciale) at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.

She has initiated and been a part of many different bands and musical projects, toured nationally and internationally with several different bands, such as Foyn Trio!, Liis & Live Foyn Friis. She has also performed with well-known names such as North Norwegian Symphonic Orchestra(NO), Danmarks Radios Big Band(DK), Aarhus Jazz Orchestra(DK), Brian Blade(US), Thomas Morgan(US) and Bobby McFerrin(US).

She was nominated for the Danish Music Awards 2012 with her debutalbum Joy Visible(The Best Danish Vocal Jazz Album), and in 2015 with Running Heart & With Strings(Vocal Jazz Album & Special Album of the Year), and she won the prise The Years Young Jazz Composer, and Denmarks New Jazz Star last year by DR and DPA.

MAIN PROJECT:
Currently she is working with “Foyn Trio!”/”Live Foyn Friis” which exists in three ways:
The trio, “Foyn Trio!” which started in 2009. They made the album Joy Visible, an improvised pop album, and they have toured around Europe with this music over the last years. Line up: Live Foyn Friis – vocals, loops, Alex Jønsson – guitar, voice, Jens Mikkel Madsen – bass, voice.

They also formed a quartet named “Live Foyn Friis”, consisting Live Foyn Friis – vocals, Alex Jønsson – guitar, voice, Jens Mikkel Madsen – bass, shynts, voice & Andreas Skamby – drums. This is the same band, only with drummer Andreas Skamby in addition. They made the next album: Running Heart, which is soon to come out. This is a indie-jazz album, where they stretch the borders between jazz and indie-pop. And this band is fit to play at pop-rock sceens, and festivals. The music is much louder!

Also the project “Live Foyn Friis with Strings” will soon release a new album – With Strings. Here they are 8th musicians, with the string quartet. This music is more simmilar to the first Foyn Trio! album, and more fit to jazz sceens and jazzfestivals. The music is chamber-jazz. Crossover, with beautiful arrangements for strings made by Foyn and by Kasper Bai(DK).

This is her heart project, and Live is the bandleader and composer in the trio, quartet and 8th-tet. But as all many jazz musicians, she has also has other bands and projects where she are featuring artist.

Other projects:

Live Foyn Friis with Jazz Orchestra – Her music arranged out for big band. This started out with her performing with the DR Big Band in Copenhagen 2012. She got more of her songs arranged out for big band by the danish arranger Jesper Riis. Now she has a hole night concert concept with her music with big band, and is touring as a soloist and perform this with different big bands. She will make an album with this music with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra.

Live Foyn Friis Jazz Quintet – They play Lives more jazzy music, made with inspiration by the nordic jazz, and american jazz. This is with much improvisation, and scat, and they mix the old american jazz standards with Lives jazz compositions. This band is concisting: Thomas Torstrup(NO) – piano, Trygve Fiske(NO) – bass, Jakop Janssønn – drums and Hanna Paulsberg(NO) – sax/Simen Kiil Halvorsen(NO) – trumpet. This band will go on tour in Africa – Angola, november 2014.

Kid Drum – A Danish-American-Norwegian group concisting Thomas Morgan(US) – bass, Nikolaj Hess(DK) – piano, Daniel Sommer(DK) – drums. They will play at some festivals in Denmark during the summer 2014, and record an album in System Two Studios in the fall 2014 with music of Live, and some jazz standards, with arrangements of Hess.

German Bio: 

Live Foyn Friis

Indie-Jazz? Schonmal gehört? Nein? Halb so wild. Auch hier ist die skandinavische Jazz-Szene einmal mehr vorn. Es geht hier um genau die Sorte Jazz, die das über die Hamburger Landesgrenzen hinaus bekannte Überjazz Festival seit vier Jahren gekonnt präsentiert: Einen Jazz, der sich nicht der originalgetreuen Wiederholung zahllos gehörter Standards verliert, sondern neue Wege wagt und dabei andere musikalische Genres miteinbezieht. Die Musikerinnen und Musiker der nordischen Länder haben seit jeher drauf, diese vermeintlich gegensätzlichen Welten so miteinander zu verbinden, als sei es das normalste der Welt. Denn wer sagt eigentlich, dass Musiker immer auch nur genau die Sorte Musik hören müssen, die sie selbst machen? Eben. Und gerade im Jazz sollte größtmögliche Offenheit ja das Ziel sein.

Stilistische Offenheit kann man der in Norwegen geborene Sängerin, Songschreiberin und Komponistin Live Foyn Friis, die neben einem abgeschlossenen Masterstudium der Musik bereits zahllose Band-Projekte, internationale Tourneen und Kollaborationen mit Weltstars wie Bobby McFerrin, Brian Blade oder Bugge Wesseltoft vorzuweisen hat, in jedem Fall bescheinigen.

Ihr Debutalbum „Joy Visible“von 2012 war dann auch ein kunterbuntes, verspieltes, aber immer gekonntes Sammelsurium aus Jazz, Folk und Pop. Und, ganz nebenbei, aus dem Stand heraus ein Riesenerfolg, der ihr eine Nominierung als „Best Vocal Jazz Album of the year“ für den dänischen Grammy und gleich zwei Auszeichnungen als „Denmark´s New Jazz Star“ und „The Years Young Jazz Composer in Denmark 2012“ einbrachte. Bei einem derart warmen Empfang bleibt man als Künstlerin am besten einfach gleich im Land – und so nennt Live Foyn Friis nun Aarhus ihre neue Heimatstadt!

An der Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, an der sie weiter Musik studiert, finden sich natürlich jede Menge fähiger Gleichgesinnter – und so konnte sie für ihr neues Album „Running Heart“ mit Alex Jønsson (git, effects, vox), Jens Mikkel Madsen (Contrabass, vox) und Andreas Skamby (dr) ein äußerst fähiges Trio gewinnen, das ihren Eigenkompositionen noch mehr Dichte, Charakter und Tiefe verleiht – hier kommt neben mitreißender Lust an Zusammenspiel und gemeinsamer Improvisation zu den bereits bekannten Jazz- und Pop-Elementen auch noch eine gehörige Portion Indiepop und Electronica hinzu, was den Sound ihrer Band auf ein neues Level hebt und damit zu etwas völlig eigenem macht. Das blieb natürlich nicht lange geheim: Nicht umsonst wurden sie von niemand geringerem als Altmeister John Scofield für die Tournee seines Überjam Projektes persönlich ins Vorprogramm eingeladen!

Nach zahllosen Konzerten in ganz Europa, Brasilien und New York ist diese Band nun derart eingespielt, dass ihnen ein Ruf als grandioses und furioses Live-Erlebnis vorauseilt. Dem können wir nur zustimmen.

Und wenn man sich nur ein paar Schnipsel der Youtube-Mitschnitte von Live Foyn Friis ansieht, weiß man sofort, warum der skandinavische Jazz seinen exzellenten weltweiten Ruf völlig zurecht hat.

Frehn Hawel

Discography

Albums:

With Aarhus Jazz Orchestra
* Live Foyn Friis – With Aarhus Jazz Orchestra – Album (DME) 10th of February 2017
Live Foyn Friis With Strings
* Live Foyn Friis – With Strings – Album (Curling Legs) 6th of March 2015
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* Live Foyn Friis – Running Heart – Album(Curling Legs) 19th of September 2014
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* Foyn Trio! – Joy Visible – Album (Finito Bacalao Records) 2011 (Für Records) 2013

Singles:

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* Live Foyn Friis – Hjemkomst – Single (DME) 20th of January 2017
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* Foyn Trio with Strings – Sailing – Single (Finito Bacalao Records) 31st of January 2013
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* Foyn Trio! – Ahaahee – Single (Finito Bacalao Records) 3rd of May 2013
* Foyn Trio! – Dementor – Single (Finito Bacalao Records) 9th of November 2012

Compilations:

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* Compilation Danish Jazz – Vinyl – JazzAhead Artists 2014 – Track: Time goes to slow
* Out of Norway – Compilation (Norsk Artistforbund) 2011 – Track: Make Me Smile

* 12 Points Compilation 2014 – Track: Still Love

* Jazz Ahead Compilation 2014 – Track: Sailing

* Compilation Danish Jazz 2015, Track: Lady Light

Other:

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Liis – Ep 2016, Singles: I’m Fine
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* Live – Randers Big Band Featuring Live Foyn Friis – Liveconcert Underværket 9./10. 11 2013 – Album (Randers Big Band) 1st of January 2015
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* The Bob Nova Project – Sleepers Express (Album coming out 2nd of June 2014)
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* The Bob Nova Project – The Simple Things (Single coming out 24th of April 2014)
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* Touché – GYPSET (Hot Club Records) Out 18th of April 2015.
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* Jens Jefsen – Jam Me Up (Gateway) Out 24th of January 2014.
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* Fjer – Beautiful Home (EP) May 2014.
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* Manifestation of Progress – Dimensinon Act (Progrock Records) 2011

* Barnesanger på norsk – Sofies barnesanger (Krea Medie) 2011

Coming:

* Live Foyn Friis & The Jazz Cats – My Favorite Standards 2017

* FOYN – singles, videos & album

* FOYN/Hess/Sommer/AC – album

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