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Biggi Vinkeloe

Born in Germany. Studied and lived in France from 1974 to 1988. Since then lives and works in Sweden.

Working bands: Trio REV, with Lisle Ellis and Donald Robinson / Duo Robinson—Vinkeloe / Trio Chris Brown, Donald Robinson, Biggi Vinkeloe / She performs as a soloist as well.

Biggi Vinkeloe has performed in Sweden, France, Germany, England, Finland, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Canada, USA , with Peeter Uuskyla, Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald, Cecil Taylor, Ken Filiano, Steve Swell, Joel Futtermann, Alex Cline, Chris Brown, Jacques Veille, Giancarlo Locatelli, Alberto Braida, Filippo Monico, Roberto Bellatalla, Paul Plimley, Jackson Krall, Joachim Zoepf, Georg Wolf, Gino Robair, Gianni Gebbia, Jerome Bryerton, Wayne Lopes, Paul Obermayer, Rex Casswell, Peter Friis Nielsen, Perry Robinson, Lotte Anker, Sylvie Degiez, Vinny Golia, Harris Eisenstadt, Damon Smith, Mark Weaver, Mischa Feigin, Marco Eneidi, Mary Oliver, Miya Masaoka, Donald Robinson, Lisle Ellis, Rashid Ali, Jackson Krall, Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake, Amy Bormet, Tina Raymond, Anders Kjellberg, Thomas Gustafsson, Annika Törnqvist among others.

She has performed with musicians from other boards, such as heavy metal bass player Magnus Rosén and drummer Anders Johansson; organ player Karin Nelson; mezzo soprano Maria Forsström; singer Indian singer Rumi Harish or New Music accordion player Marie Wärme; different choirs with music ranging from Saint Birgitta to modern music.

Collaboration with dancers and choreographers, such as Inka Tiitinen (FIN), Tommy Kitty (FIN), Katie Duck (NL), Carmen Olsson (S), Katharina Eriksson, (S, USA) / with visual artists, Jake Tilson (GB), Andrew Cowie (GB), Ebbe Pettersson (S), Gilda Previn (USA).

She has initiated and produced major projects:

  • Over the Ocean, October 2000, Sweden, with visual artists, dancers, poets and musicians from Hamburg, Gothenburg, New York, London.

  • Echoes, ‘events in the exhibition’, Sweden, music series with international musicians, since 2001, at the Art Space ‘Röda Sten’ in Gothenburg (rodasten.se).

  • European Echoes / United Nations, multi/media projects with artists from different countries. Performances in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Italy. Since 1993.

  • M.A.D. (music, art, dance) with financial support by ESF-Radet (European Social Funding) and Roda Sten, with performers from the US and Sweden.

Festivals: Du Maurier Jazz Festival, Vancouver, Canada / Taktlos Festival, Bern and Zurich, Switzerland / Kerava Jazz Festival, Finland / Umea Jazz Festival, Sweden / Göteborgs Jazzdagar, Sweden / Eldenaer Jazznights, Germany / Nancy Jazz Pulsation, France / Festival de Jazz Nevers, France / Festival de Jazz Tours, France Festival de Franche Comte, France / Cecil Taylor in Berlin, FMP, Germany / Documenta Kassel, Germany / Sounds Festival Stockholm, Sweden / Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark / Jazz Festival Prague, Czech Republic / Mama Jazz Festival Vilnius, and Elektrinai Jazz Festival, Lithuania / Music Festival Klapeidia, Lithuania / Women in Jazz Gothenburg / Women in Jazz Festival Washington D.C.

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Multiple Reviews

Biggi Vinkeloe: Elegans & Suspension

Read "Biggi Vinkeloe: Elegans & Suspension" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Vinkeloe/Smith/Nordeson Elegans Nuscope Recordings 2005 CBD Trio Suspension Rastascan Records 2006

International free-jazzwoman Biggi Vinkeloe's current two offerings feature her often times subtle alto saxophone and flute in the context of two very different trios. Born in Germany, Vinkeloe lived in France from the mid '70s through the mid '80s, subsequently resettling to ...

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“Vinkeloe’s style is so subtle and smooth, especially on flute, that in another life she could have been a brilliant classical musician. Her recordings have an unsentimental patience and lushness. On alto, Vinkeloe displays a remarkably sophisticated sens of harmony, while spinning complicated melodic lines. She is also a rarity in the male-dominated world of creative music” David Cook, SF Weekly, January 2002

“A complete surprise and delight, however, was the Swedish altoist Biggi Vinkeloe. Possessor of a delicate, wistful, nearly transparent tone, Vinkeloe constructs thoughtful melodic contours of subtlety, insinuation and inference, employing sparse phrases that hang lightly in the air and leave plenty of breathing space” Art Lange, Music Works, 1999

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

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Omlott Records, (Sweden)


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Edgetone Records


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