Hello all my fans!
My music is a little like storytelling with Silent words.
Sometimes I know the story,sometimes I dont´.
Sometimes it´s happy ending,sometimes not...
02/15/11 • Albums • By Leslie Connors
Critique: "Silent Words" (CD)
Genre(s): Smooth Jazz URL: http://www.web.me.com/thomasfrykberg
Thomas Frykberg is anything but silent. In fact, nearly every track on “Silent Words” is bustling; listening to it is like walking into a highway of instruments. Frykberg doesn’t create music that sits still. Only the title cut – a contemplative piano piece – offers a respite from all the kinetic activity. Yet, despite all the experimentation Frykberg still manages to keep the album from veering too far beyond a smooth-jazz record.
The heart of the album, and its most mass-appeal ingredient, is Frykberg’s saxophone playing. Frykberg’s sax is about as comfy as a soft pillow on “Soil,” a relaxing counterpoint to the tribal percussion. In “Doniazade,” Frykberg’s swirling sax aims for a Middle Eastern feel that gives the record a seductively exotic touch.
This is certainly not the faceless brand of smooth jazz that saturates U.S. radio. What Frykberg seems to be doing is finding a middle ground between smooth jazz and world music, connecting them together while leaving their specific qualities intact. It’s a difficult tightrope; too much of one can create an imbalance. However, Frykberg succeeds marvelously, effortlessly adding various elements without calling attention to them and thereby distracting the listener.
A former music teacher and composer at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Frykberg is giving some heady lessons here. Retired now, this is the master at work, displaying much of what he has learned himself. Judging from his performances on this record, it seems that Frykberg looks at jazz as being malleable. Jazz itself becomes an instrument. “The Golden Trade” falls on a Latin backbeat but is carried away by its African and Middle Eastern touches. Such a global outlook on music gives “Silent Words” its edge. For jazz to evolve, it needs an artist such as Frykberg to cut its shackles and roam free to other continents.
Swedish composer Thomas Frykberg releases 'inventive, colorfully eclectic' smooth jazz album
(Stockholm, Sweden) Written by Robert Sutton. The words may be silent, but the music is loud and clear for Swedish jazz artist Thomas Frykberg. On his latest album, Silent Words, Frykberg uses smooth jazz as a starting point for inventive yet accessible experiments in rhythm and melody. Unlike many recent smooth jazz releases, Frykberg isn't content to color within the lines; he effortlessly breaks the boundaries between smooth jazz and other genres, dipping into Latin, African, and Middle Eastern styles for a collection of intriguing, colorfully eclectic instrumentals. Silent Words is the product of Frykberg now being able to devote his full time to his own creations. On "Celebration Nr 2," the soothing tones of Frykberg's saxophone provides a cushion for pounding African percussion; it's a spellbinding clash between smooth jazz and world music. "Mariposa Negra" and "Rockingchair Island" are awash with Latin influences; the latter opens with tropical beats that conjure images of sun-drenched beaches and crystalline blue ocean water. The music is never less than compelling, from the moody piano of the title track to the dreamy textures of "Dalaraga."
- by Robert Sutton http://www.jazzcorner.com/news/display.php?news=1513
Here I am,in a nutshell...
My first band was a skiffle group back in the 50th,and I played the banjo.
There was also a piano in my home, and I used to sit there for hours, trying out chords and melodies.And so it started.I continued to play the clarinet and traditional jazz,then saxophone and experimental jazz and rock. Then followed classical training,piano, violin and music-theory, and so on. Thanks to all my teachers!
After graduating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1973, I joined different bands as a keyboardplayer. I started as a pro with the Opus 6 orchestra 1974, playing dancemusic(cowers and standards),entertainment and show music.This was my second university. And so I realised that composing is what I really,really wanted to do. An album of my own was released 1979, I still think it´s nice but honestly,I wanted somebody else to sing....That year I started my appointment as a music teatcher and composer at the Academy of Dramatic arts. 1989 I started my homestudio,"Studio Singlehanded" producing and composing, mainly for different media and theaters. So I am fairly familiar whith a lot of music from many traditions, and everything I´ve heard and love has influenced my music - as well as other arts and life itself. I retired from the Academy 2007, now I´m 100 percent devoted to my music. A new CD," Silent Words" was released in 2010.There is more to come.
Thank you,all my fans out there,its great to know that you like my music!
At my homepage there´s almost 2 hours of music composed by me.Most of it
is free download - scores too.
Wellcome to my webbsite!
Click the link to the right, There is a lot of music to download freely, ,scores to download in PDF format etc...and a short biogaphy as well.Welcome!