Henrik Frisk, saxophonist, photo by Karl-Martin Almqvist.


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2018-01-16 [Composition]

Machinic Propositions

An improvisation for video and audio.
2018-01-16 [News]

Machinic propositions at Interferens #5

The Laboratory for Artistic Research, Interferens, is now presenting its fifth edition and for the occasion I will present the piece Machinic propositions. On January 16-18 2018, the Malmö Academy of Music, in collaboration with NKFM (Nationellt Nätverk för Konstnärlig Forskning i Musik) is hosting the events that take place at IAC in Malmö. Interference #5 is a peer-reviewed and curated event in which the aim is to create a discourse within music research, drawn from performative and material perspectives on musical creativity. The atmosphere is that of sharing and joint exploration. In six thematically organized and curated sessions, artists and researchers will engage in a practice-based exploration of a series of perspectives on artistic experimentation, collaboration and the musician in society.
2017-11-05 [CD]


expEAR is a group created by Henrik Frisk (sax), Maggi Olin (pi) and Peter Nilsson (dr) - three Swedish jazz musicians who have played together for decades. They intentionally left room for extra members because one of the main purposes of expEAR is to explore the potential openness of contemporary jazz and improvised music. Finding musicians and artists that have a long and particular experience of developing a unique voice in music is part of the quest: who could be better equipped to fulfill this role than the phenomenal bassist Drew Gress?

In nine compositions by Gress, Olin and Frisk the four musicians play with unconditional sensibility seeking the soft poetry of Cradle Song as well as the roaring intensity of New Leaf. Blue to Pink allows for melodic beauty and Vesper hard swing, while Removal by Suction shows dark and secret undertones. The dynamic mix between Nilsson's powerful drumming and Gress' solid bass lays down a rhythmic foundation for Olin's harmonic complexity and Frisk's tenor saxophone.

The CD was recorded in December 2015 following a tour in Sweden.

2017-10-15 [News]

Repetition Repeats all other Repetitions in at the Research Pavi

Repetition Repeats all other Repetitions is an open form composition for 10-stringed guitar and electronics. The piece emerged out of a collaboration between the composer Henrik Frisk and the guitarist Stefan Östersjö and developed into an artistic research project in which interaction, in the widest sense, was allowed to play a major part. This weekend it will be performed three times in the CRT Theatre in Guidecca, Venice, at 11, 15 and 17.
2016-08-31 [News]

Il se tourna at SMC and S.T.R.E.A.M in Hamburg

The sound/video piece Ella a dansé - Il se tourna was presented in Hamburg at SMC 2016 and the S.T.R.E.A.M festival.
2016-08-22 [News]


The second and formative meeting for the new national network for artistic research in music, NKFM, is taking place Monday-Tuesday August 22-23 in Gothenburg. This is a very exciting event in something I initiated last year as a final activity in the artistic research school: The attempt to create a subject specific network in music that could help carry on the discussions that took place in the research school.

On Monday night I am playing a concert with the fantastic pianist Sten Sandell at Artisten at the school for music and theatre in Gothenburg.

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