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Andreas Backer

Norwegian/Swedish singer, musician, composer, arranger, improviser and lyricist born 1981

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Andreas Backer grew up in Oslo, and started playing the trumpet in his teenage-years. He continued studying the trumpet and music in general during his schooldays at Foss videregående (music high school), and further on through the music-education at Toneheim Folkehøgskole in Hamar, Norway.

At the age of 22 he decided to change his main instrument from trumpet to voice. 2004 he then started his Bachelors degree in jazz vocals and musical pedagogy at the University in Stavanger, Norway (UiS). 2007-08 he studied piano as well as composition at UiS.

In Stavanger, Backer founded the bands Andreas Backer Trio, Andy’s Circus, Malt and Brothers from different mothers, which he toured and played with in Norway and the Nordic countries during the period 2005-2011.

2008-2010 he continued his education with a Masters degree in performing vocals, improvisation and composition at The Royal Academy of Music (KMH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

In Stockholm, Backer founded and participated in the projects Ester & Andreas, Backer/Karlsson duo, Jeg besverger dig and Björn Berg Borg, amongst many others.

2011-2012 he studied Composition/instrumentation at The Norwegian Academy of Music.

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As a singer/vocalist, composer, arranger, improviser, pianist and lyricist Andreas Backer has released the CD’s Like the music isn’t there”, with Andreas Backer Trio and Vardag” with Ester & Andreas; as a singer/arranger: “Min Gylne Time” with Ung og Freidig; as a vocalist/improviser: “Voice & Percussion” with Raymond Strid, “Voice Improvisations”solo acoustic voice, “Eye of the Moose” with Hot Four, Backer/Karlsson duo aswell as on Björn Berg Borg’s cassette/digital release “Björn Berg Borg”.

 Furthermore, he has composed and arranged music for string ensembles, big band, brass quintet and various bands and mixed ensembles.

From spring 2017 he’s the artistic director of the large vocal ensemble Oslo 14, started 2014 by singer Elin Rosseland.

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In addition to his own bands, Backer has toured and played on occasion with musicians such as Raymond Strid (SE), Henrik Olsson (SE), Daniel Karlsson (SE), David Stackenäs (SE), Joe Williamson (CAN/SE), Alexander Zethson (SE), Fredrik Ljungkvist (SE), Erik Carlsson (SE), Heidi Skjerve Quintet (NO), Per Zanussi (NO), Emil Strandberg (SE), Ketil Gutvik (NO), Tor Yttredal (NO), Wayne Brasel (US/NO), Stein Inge Brækhus (NO), Bjergsted Jazzensemble with Frode Alnæs (NO), Johan Arrias (SE), Ståle Liavik Solberg (NO), Vilhelm Bromander (SE) and many more.

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