Alto saxophonist and composer Laura Toxvaerd usually works in the acoustic field of music – from jazz to punk. With Laura Toxvaerd no. 1 she adds an electronic dimension to her music.
The music on Laura Toxvaerd no. 1 is made solely by sounds from the alto sax played by Laura Tox- vaerd – either the acoustic sound in layered tracks or an electronically manipulated version of acoustic sounds. Alterations done with the computer help create sequences that both contain the planned structures of a written composition and the spontaneous bursts of improvisation.
selected into the worldwide TOP 5 “Best Debut Albums of 2007” by All About Jazz Magazine, USA.
TOP 5 BEST DEBUT ALBUMS OF 2007, AllAboutJazz-NewYork
RECOMMENDED NEW RELEASES – Andrey Henkin, Allaboutjazz-NewYork, July 2007
”This promising Danish improviser (...). A fascinating project that includes a solo saxophone performance made for Danish radio and a collaboration with producer Thaae in which saxophone sounds are multilayered and electronically manipulated to create a large-scale ’composition’. (...) Toxvaerd’s distinctive sound – light, but with real muscle – sets this exciting record apart.” 3 stars – The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, Ninth Edition, 2008
”the phenomenal altoist Laura Toxvaerd. Her debut solo effort, no. 1 (ILK, 2007), is an exciting breath of fresh air that breaks new ground for the alto saxophone” – Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz-NewYork, July 2007
”she delivers a unique demonstration of versatility. By combining noise with tones and melodic fragments, she’s riding the fence between the Classical saxophone quartet tradition and the Hip-Hop world of rhythm through noise. (...) place her in a class all by herself. (...) reveal one unique persona. (...) With this saxophonist, however, there seems to be no limit to the extent that her instrumental wails, moans, squeaks and groans will carry her.” – Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine, October 2007
”Laura Toxvaerd, a young Dane, delivers a studio suite of blown/electronic miniatures and plays live pieces strung together for her debut no. 1. Studio tracks blare, oddly riveting and mechanistic, like Devo (eg, ’Tin Soldier’) while her live bits (all under three minutes) warm before eyes, molasses chips melting to taffy. (...)” – Fred Bouchard, AllAboutJazz-NewYork, January 2008 http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=28056
”From Copenhagen, Denmark, saxophonist Laura Toxvaerd composes geometric post-jazz using graphic notation. Some of her scores are to be exhibited in New York this May and published in the Notations21 graphic score anthology.” – The Wire, 2009
Anbefalet af Ib Skovgaard, dr.dk/jazz, 2007
”Laura Toxvaerds album 'No. 1' byder på en oplevelse, man vil huske. (...) det afgørende er, at man ikke blot fornemmer en klar musikalsk tanke bag disse udfoldelser, men at musikken i sin fremførelse bobler af en fandenivoldskhed, man ikke kan undslå sig. Og ydermere demonstrerer Toxvaerd (...), hvor fint hun også behersker et så ortodokst begreb som tonal flerstemmighed.” – Boris Rabinowitsch, Politiken, 2007
”a music that is surprising and overwhelming. (...) Toxværd is delivering in a refreshingly different fashion. (...) It is all the way through an inspiring delight to spend some time enjoying Toxværd’s innovations.” – Allan Sommer, JazzSpecial, 2007