Saxophone player Linda Fredriksson stands out amongst the Finnish jazz artists, both locally and internationally. Best known as a fierce improviser in Mopo trio, Ricky-Tick Big Band, and Superposition, Fredriksson has a versatile and unique style ranging across genres making them one of the most interesting musicians of the scene.
With their solo project “Juniper”, Fredriksson steps forth as a composer and a leader unveiling the music of their “shy and quiet” side. The end result is an honest, personal album. Juniper is a world unto itself, and Fredriksson describes the process as one of chosen isolation: “It’s a world of my own and a place of solitude amid all the chaos. A comfy bubble to be in.”
This time Fredriksson, known for virtuosic alto and baritone saxophone playing, also lists bass clarinet, guitar, drum programming, synths and ambience recordings as their instrumentation. Two of these originate from Linda’s neighbors carrying a particular weight in the album making: an old acoustic guitar – full of holes and hit by a car – from Onni from downstairs and a Rhythmic8 synth from Laura next door.
The album has been made in two different studios, three homes, two summer cottages, and four working spaces. It was recorded with professional studio equipment but also with an iPhone and on a basic built-in laptop speaker. With that, Juniper stands as a very personal high level musical diary of a creative jazz musician and composer during the early 2020’s.
Fredriksson's compositions were awarded with the prestigious Teosto award and their debut solo album Juniper (WeJazz Records) with the Jazz-Emma of the Year award 2022.
Linda Fredriksson (saxophones), Tuomo Prättälä (keys), Mikael Saastamoinen (bass), Olavi Louhivuori (drums)
Concert starts 20:00