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Martina Almgren

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Born: March 20, 1962    Primary Instrument: Drums

Martina Almgren

Drummer and composer Martina Almgren is described as a colourful addition to the contemporary Swedish jazz scene. ”RHYTHM AND BEAT have always fascinated me...... Surrounded by music as a child I started to play the piano soon followed by the flute. In my late teens I was caught entirely by the drums and the freedom in jazz and improvised music. Some years later I started to compose my own music.” Drummer and composer Martina Almgren is described as a colourful addition to the contemporary Swedish jazz scene. Her passion for playful improvisation, enticing rhythms and expressive melodies reflects her drumming as well as her compositions...
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”To think like a drummer has its advantages. Martina’s melody lines are as infectious as her rhythms are enticing. Sometimes it sounds deceptively easy, like it can look easy when circus artists do their tricks.” Lars-Göran Ulander, Swedish Jazz Radio 2010

“Swedish drummer Martina Almgren declares that she wants to combine strong rhythms with expressive melodies. With her quartet of sensitive musicians, she achieves that goal in a bubbling lyrical mood. All About Jazz 2003 ”Almgren's constantly shifting patterns are so strong in their commitment, it's hard to imagine they are immediately considered. She drives, suggests, points, comments, challenges and makes everything shine, neat and tidy. And she does it with the extraordinary articulation one would expect from someone so musically sure. Roger Spence Jazz Scotland 2008 ”Almgren can really make the music breathe, opening up the rhythms with an industry tempered by a light, musical touch. Her drumming, very much from the Nordic school of rhythm, emphasises a composition's contours and supports the soloists' creativity without drawing unnecessary attention to itself. Rob Adams The Herald, UK 2008


Oh Yeah Orchestra Freedom of Movement (Imogena, 2011)
Martina Almgren & Laura Macdonald, Open Book (Imogena, 2008)
Martina Almgren Quartet, Bingo (Imogena, 2005)
Martina Almgren Quartet, Unden (Imogena, 2003)
Martina Almgren Quartet, leaving Home (Zebra Art Records, 2001)
Martina Almgren Quartet, September (Imogena, 1999)

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