Maria Dybbroe is a Danish saxophonist, composer and improviser, born in 1993 and based in Copenhagen. She plays alto, soprano and baritone saxophone, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet. Since 2015 she has been a very active performer part of the experimental jazz scene in both Aarhus and Copenhagen. However she also loves to work between the genres and has collaborated with both electronic musicians, contemporary dancers and pop artists. She is known for her listening and very melodic and intuitive playing, as well as her very personal and soft sound on the alto saxophone, especially inspired by saxophonists like Paul Desmond and Lee Konitz.
Main ensembles of Maria Dybbroe are the double trio Cactus, where she composes all the music, and a free-impro trio Køs, in collaboration with Valdemar Kragelund (electronics) and Kristian Isholm Saarup (drums). Køs made their debut release EP “KØS” in 2017, and have recently released an LP “An Uncaught Bird” in March 2020 on the label Forlaget Kornmod. Køs have entered a continued cooperation with the awarded Danish poet Pia Tafdrup and have toured with the saxophonists Lars Greve and Lotte Anker. Maria also takes part in: Extemporize Orchestra led by Nana Pi; Dynastiet with her brother Victor Dybbroe; Maraton with Jonathan Jull Ludvigsen, Lasse Sonne and Christian Haase, the saxophone quartet Sidechains with Sven Meinild, Martin Stender, Francesco Bigoni and Henrik Pultz Melbye, as well as the saxophone trio Coriolis with Barefoot-members Nana Pi and Carolyn Goodwin. In 2019 Maria released the LP “Rituals” at label Bad Posture, together with Jacob Ridderberg as composer and with Maria Dybbroe as solo instrumentalist, performing a work for saxophone in many layers. As a composer Maria has written for various ensembles, including commissioned work for fx. Kasper Staub trio, performed without her. Besides the bands Maria also plays solo concerts, and plays in more project-based constellations as part of the vibrant impro-scene in Copenhagen: i.e. she has played and cooperated with prominent artists like Laura Toxværd, Tristan Honsinger, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Barry Guy, Jesper Løvdal, Jacob Anderskov, Torben Snekkestad and Bon Iver. Maria also performs on records with artists such as Lowly, Mija Milovic, T.S. Høeg, Slim0, Doom Orchestra, I Just Came From The Moon, Lasse Sonne, Lovis Bechmann, Otonn a.o.
Received the Student Council's Initiative Prize at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus Denmark. (2018)
Received DMF Aarhus: Initiative Prize (2019)
Nominated for P8 Jazz Ildsjælepris at Danish Music Awards Jazz (2019)