Opening concert: Linda Fredriksson
Saxophone player Linda Fredriksson (b. 1985) stands out amongst the Finnish jazz artists, both locally and internationally. Fredriksson is best known from Superposition, Ricky-Tick Big Band and Mopo trio. Alongside with her bands, she has composed music for theatre, performance art, silent films and an exhibition as well as collaborated with artists like Timo Lassy, Raoul Björkenheim, Jimi Tenor and European Jazz Orchestra, to name a few.
Fredriksson has studied at Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Sibelius Academy in 2014. Her main instruments are baritone sax and alto sax, and she also plays flute and bass clarinet. DownBeat magazine has nominated her on its Rising Star list four times in a row between 2016–2019. In Finland, she has received e.g. the “Critics Spurs” Award by the Finnish Critics’ Association and Pori Jazz Ted Curson Prize.