Kort om Pelle og Gerard:
Born 7/8 - 1968, Stockholm, Sweden
Instruments: Saxophones, flutes and clarinets.
Producer, arranger, composer.
In 1993 Pelle Fridell left Stockholm to study at the Rhythmical Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Denmark he has become a high demanded reed player, both as a soloist and a session musician. He has collaborated in concerts and performances with composers, artists and groups such as: Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Ivan Lins, Angelique Kidjo, Georgie Fame, DR Big Band, Charlie Watts.
Pelle's main instruments are the tenor- and soprano- saxophone, and the flute, but he also plays the alto- and baritone- sax, the clarinet and the bass clarinet.
His second solo CD, Works Ahead, was released in the spring 2008.
A CD release with his newest project, Fridell - Essence, is planned to summer 2011.
Gerard Presencer has become widely respected as one of the finest jazz trumpet players in the world. Having established himself as a soloist, studio musician and session player, he has received critical acclaim for his 3 solo albums.
His playing credits cross musical genres and he has recorded with many leading artists including Sting, Robbie Williams, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell and Chick Corea. He has also played on and arranged for a variety of performers including Charlie Watts, Incognito, Zero 7 and Will Young.
Gerard has won the trumpet category of the British Jazz Awards 4 times.
In addition to this, he was Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1999 until 2010 and is also the Head of Brass at the jazz Institute Berlin also since 1999 and lectures throughout Europe in Jazz Studies.