The Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin’Phones
Since 1986 the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin’Phones has been an important part of the Swedish music scene. The group is an “all-round” chamber music ensemble with classical music as a speciality. The repertoire ranges from the standard pieces and transcriptions to works by contemporary composers. Several compositions have been dedicated to the group by both Swedish and foreign composers and there are continuous efforts to encourage exciting collaborations with other instrumentalists/singers and art forms. Examples from recent projects include percussion, dance and visual art. In addition to chamber music concerts, the quartet performs as guest soloists with symphony- and wind orchestras in Sweden and abroad. The Rollin’ Phones have toured extensively and have participated in festivals all over the world including in Europe, U.S.A, South America and Asia.
The members of Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin’Phones are Tove Nylund – soprano saxophone, Kristin Uglar – alto saxophone, Edith Bakker – tenor saxophone and Neta Norén – baritone saxophone
Tove Nylund,was born in 1971 in Tønsberg, Norway. She graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 1994 and that same year she joined the Swedish saxophone quartet, Rollin’ Phones. In 1998 Tove was retained as saxophonist in the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces based in Oslo. The Staff Band is a military orchestra with 39 permanent musicians who perform during ceremonial engagements for the Government, High Court and Department of Defense. Tove has also worked with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on a freelance basis. Since 2011 Tove has been working as a saxophone teacher at the Arendal School of Culture and continues to work as a freelance saxophonist in the south of Norway.
Edith Bakker,was born in Lemmer, the Netherlands in 1971 and graduated as a classical saxophonist from the Conservatory in Groningen, the Netherlands. She has worked in different chamber music ensembles, played with orchestras, choirs and in jazz orchestras across the Netherlands. She has also worked as a saxophone teacher for 23 years. Edith has been playing the tenor saxophone in the Swedish saxophone quartet the Rollin’ Phones since 2010. For a year she lived i Sweden and worked as a saxophone and clarinet teacher at the Åtvidaberg’s School of Music. During the summer of 2012 she moved to the Netherlands and formed her own music school “STER”.
Kristin Uglar,was born in Oslo, Norway in 1968 and graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a “Master of Fine Arts in Music Education” degree in 1992. Kristin has been playing the alto saxophone with the Swedish saxophone quartet the Rollin’ Phones since 1991. She also has an active career as a freelance saxophonist and performs as soprano or tenor saxophonist in several Swedish professional wind and symphony orchestras, and in smaller chamber music ensembles. Kristin has also worked at Ingesunds College of Music as the saxophone teacher and teacher of saxophone methodology. Nowadays Kristin is a saxophone teacher at the Music School Lilla Akademien and Lilla Akademien’s Pre-College, many of her students have gone on to higher music studies and received awards at competitions.
Neta Norén, born in Lidköping, Sweden in 1962, did her Master of music exam at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with saxophone as principal instrument and clarinet/flute as second and third instruments. In 1986 she founded the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin’Phones and has been a member of the group ever since. As a freelancer she has played at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and at most of Stockholm´s private theatres. Neta has played with several symphony orchestras, jazz orchestras, choirs and wind orchestra’s across Sweden. Since 1987 Neta plays regularly with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, one of Sweden’s leading big bands. During her three years in Switzerland, Neta also played with the Swiss Jazz Orchestra. As well as performing, Neta works as a music producer at Musik Gävleborg, a cultural institution in central Sweden.