Magician on his saxophone

Specifically for this all-star Scandinavian line-up Trygve Seim has composed captivating instrumentals, tugging the ear with their overt lyricism, ethereal atmosphere and air of sustained melodic invention. Themes of dedication run through these Helsinki Songs, composed for the most part in the Finnish capital and radiating tributes in many directions.

Composer Igor Stravinky and singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, for example, as well as Trygve’s children and bandmates. At the start of the millennium Trygve Seim made his breakthrough with the album Different Rivers, full of beguiling music reminiscent of the best work of that other Norwegian saxophonist on the ECM label, Jan Garbarek. Since then Trygve Seim has become a household name in international jazz.

He composed for many different line-ups, from duos to big bands. As a natural improviser, he displays influences of his studies in Norwegian and Armenian folk music and Arabic and Indian classical music. ‘Trygve Seim has a remarkable talent for creating music that gets under the listener’s skin’ (The Herald Scotland). Leonard Cohen after listening to Trygve Seim’s album Rumi Songs: ‘Hats off to Trygve.’