Martin Wirén, the man behind the artist Bear Garden, is a many times rewarded composer and saxophonist with scholarships such as the Swedish STIM award and The Royal Swedish Academy of Music award on his personal record. On request from the Swedish Nobel Prize Museum he is also known for his musical interpretation of the Nobel Prize winner in literature 2016, Bob Dylan.
Born in the small town of Gällivare in northern Sweden, Wirén was introduced to the saxophone at an early age. Spending the two first decades of his life in the garage of his family home practicing the horn, he later moved to Stockholm to attend The Royal College of Music.
At this time, he began working on his debut as a composer. Influenced by the fierce nature of northern Sweden, while at the same time pushing the limits of the saxophone, the uncompromising sound of Bear Garden emerged. Together with his seven-man band he has created a musical landscape unlike most of what is heard today. Influences from jazz, rock, and punk can be found in Bear Garden´s all instrumental music.
Bear Garden´s first and eponymous album is released on November 15th. The album is sold on www.beargardenofficial.com.