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Henrik Frisk, portrait Henrik Frisk playing saxophone. Henrik Frisk, at the mixer

Biography of Henrik Frisk

Henrik Frisk is an active performer (saxophones and electronics) of improvised and contemporary music and a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. He is professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm at the department for electroacoustic music composition, and his research is concerned with improvisation, interactivity, spatialisation and experimental electroacoustic music. Among other research projects he is currently involved with Musical Transformations, a project exploring musical traditions and change. He has contributed to the Routledge companion to research in the arts and is the co-editor and contributor of Acts of Creation/em>, an anthology on artistic research supervision.

After having pursued a career in jazz in the nineties with performances at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, NYC and Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, he is now spending most of his time composing and playing contemporary music with a recent interest in sound installation and sound art. He has worked with musicians and artists such as David Liebman, Gary Thomas, Michael Formanek, Richie Beirach, Jim Black, James Tenney, Luca Francesconi, Cort Lippe and others. He has performed in Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and Vietnam. As a composer he has received commissions from the Swedish Broadcasting Company, NOMUS, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Dave Liebman Big Band, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Ensemble Den 3. vej, Statens Kunstfond, Ensemble Ars Nova and several big bands, soloists and ensembles in Scandinavia. He has made numerous recordings for American, Canadian, Swedish and Danish record labels. He has had a close collaboration with Malmö based record label dB Productions but is currently mainly involved with the independent collective Kopasetic Productions.

Henrik Frisk is also a renowned teacher and apart from working at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) he has in the past managed the Performers Department for Jazz and Improvised music at the Malmö Academy of Music for five years (1999-2004). He has also been teaching composition, theory, saxophone and ensemble classes at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen and has been associate professor at the University of Skövde teaching interactive music. As a visiting lecturer he has given lectures at several schools, mainly in Scandinavia.

Last biography update: 2011-11-12