Born: August 14, 1979 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Niels Lyhne Lokkegaard Saxophones, flutes, clarinet, composer Born the 14/08-1979 in Ribe (DK) Currently based in Copenhagen
Education: Graduated from Ribe Katedralskole 1998 Qualified to enter the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen in 2000 Master degree from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen in 2005. Studies in New York, 2005 and 2006
Niels Lyhne Lokkegaard has worked with: Hank Jones, Chris Cheek, Kluvers Bigband Johannes Enders, DR-Bigband, Cecilie Nordby, EBU Bigband, JazzBaltica ensemble, Django Bates, The Tivoli Bigband, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Borderline ensemble, Im Beruf, Lars Danielson, Donny McCaslin, Michael Wolny and many others.
Awards:1995 1. prize in the Belingske tidendes talent competition 2004 1. prize in the Danish jazz competition ”Young Jazz comets in Denmark” 2005 1. Prize in the European jazz competition Jazzstruggle in Poland 2006 Receives prize from the Léonie Sonning Music foundation 2007 1. Prize in the DPA Jazzcomposer competition 2008 1. Prize from the Danish Art Foundation for the album “Light Airborne” 2008 Recieves 1 Grammy and is nominted for 3 at the Danish Music Awards for the album “Light Airborne”
Written in Music / The Netherlands: 4,5 out of 5: Album of the Moment - May!
Buchanan and Bro plays wonderfully sensitive and Marilyn Mazur’s percussion sounds here like a magical arsenal. An unusual tone-poem, - Henning Bolte
Jazzwrap U.S. experience Vesper as one of 2012's best releases!
It's beautiful like a clear night sky and shows the blossoming of a strong composer and musician. Vesper will be one of our favourite albums of 2012. - Stephan Moore
Politiken, Dernmark writes: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ out 6 Vesper is a very complete work - Christian Munch-Hansen
About the Scale of Grey. The Tone of Black (2010): IT IS AN ALBUM WHERE THE MEASURED USE OF TONALITY AND COLOR MODE SPEAKS OF A CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED ARTISTIC VISION” (ALL ABOUT JAZZ)
LIGHT AIRBORNE (2007) Freely and elegant the music flows on Light Airborne- The latest releasefrom the 28 year old reed-man and composer, Niels Lyhne Lokkegaard. With this release Niels Lokkegaard places himself among the greatest talents on the Danish Jazzscene. A masterpiece of a jazzrelease-Definitly among the best ones of 2007 (Newspaper, Information Chr. Munch Hansen)
-the strength of Denmark's Light Airborne lay in the writing of saxophonist/flautist Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, which created a persuasively melancholic atmosphere, full of nostalgia (Irish times Ray Cominsky)
NIELS LYHNE LOKKEGAARD 2005 -this is a CD, that gets stronger each time you listen to it because of the very personal sound of the music, that reveals it self more and more. On the alto saxophone Løkkegaard has found a platform from which he in the most natural way combines Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman. Playing the tenorsaxophone Lokkegaard has a more lyrical expression which makes Stan getz and John Coltrane present. (Newspaper, Politiken)
Melody-Sound-Composing from a gifted one. The music is inspired by the great landscape of jazz, but everything is executed with a melodic sense and a will of it..s own (The Danish Counsil of fine arts)
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