Toxvaerd’s music has been called quasi-Weillian eurofolk-ethnic music, heavymetaljazz as well as geometric post-jazz and related to Charlie Parker, John Zorn, Flying Luttenbachers, Barry Guy, Marc Ribot, Tim Berne, David Moss, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Devo, Julius Hemphill, David Ware, Willem Breuker, Mother Mallard, Supersax, Roscoe Mitchell, Marion Brown, Johnny Hodges and Anthony Braxton.
Laura Toxvaerd (b. 1977) is a Danish saxophonist and composer brought up in the tradition of jazz music. Her particular interests became avant-garde and free jazz, and eventually contemporary music. As a composer she often explores the realm of graphic notations. In this special working technique she brings together visual art and music. The author of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, Brian Morton, describes her scores as ”a clever combination of visual material”, the music is ” as sensuous as it is intellectually challenging” and the compositions ”are simply wonderful”. The graphic score ’Cackle Cabin’ is published in the book antology Notations21 (Ed. Theresa Sauer, Mark Batty Publisher, NYC) and is also published by Edition S. In 2009 Laura Toxværd was awarded the prestigious three-year working scholarship of the Danish Arts Council. The scholarship was given as a joint award by the committees for classical and rhythmic music.
So far she has released three albums as a band leader: Laura Toxvaerd No. 1 (ILK 127), Do Drugs (ILK 168) and Phone Book (ILK190CD). The first was among the “Top 5 Best Debut Albums of 2007” in AllAboutJazz-NewYork. All three albums have been ”Recommended New Releases” by Andrey Henkin from The New York City Jazz Record. After listening to Phone Book Andrew Male declared in his review in MOJO that ”if jazz is dead, no one has told Denmark the news.” – quotes from reviews worldwide: check the specific sites of the albums here on ILKs homepage.
2013 Toxværd earned a Master of Arts (Education) from Aarhus University, Denmark. The final thesis was given an A and is a phenomenological/hermeneutical empiric study of the processes in musical ensemble playing. From 1998-2004 she studied at Rhytmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen. During her studies she spent six months at Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur, Paris. She also went to Stockholm to take classes in improvisation with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and drummer Raymond Strid. In Ireland she studied graphic scores with Barry Guy. She has been recording with John Tchicai, Peter Friis Nielsen, P. O. Jørgens, Peter Bruun, Nils Bo Davidsen, Mark Solborg, Chris Speed, Jacob Anderskov, Tom Rainey a.o.