The STINA Quartet (featuring Carl Bagge, Henrik Linder and Morgan Ågren) is
an unlikely match made in heaven, including the bass phenomenon from Dirty Loops, Henrik Linder, drummer extraordinaire Morgan Ågren (Zappa, Tigran Hamasyan, Devin Townsend and more), celebrated pianist Carl Bagge (Isabella Lundgren) and Icelandic leading jazz vocalist Stina Agustsdottir. With a unique sound and playful approach, the group plays an interesting selection of original songs written by Stina and Henrik, songs from the American Songbook and pop tunes in jazzed out versions. Their sound is fresh and non-conventional, with hints of indie, fusion and rock while keeping their roots in jazz.
Stina Agustsdottir has been building a strong reputation for herself on the Scandinavian jazz scene over the past few years. She is known for her energetic live performances, not only in Scandinavia, but also in her previous home of Montreal. She has been nominated for the Icelandic music prize a few times, both for her album, Jazz á íslensku (Jazz in Icelandic, 2017) and for The Whale (2021). Her latest solo album and her fourth in line, Drown to Die a Little (Prophone/Naxos), was released March 25th 2022 and has received raving reviews in some of Sweden’s and Iceland’s top media outlets and earned places on several “best of the week/month” playlists at national radio stations. Jazzwise writes about her:
“This Stockholm-based Icelandic singer-songwriter shows both a tough and a tender side to her character on a new album, the first with English lyrics, with influences that range from musical theatre,
1970s acoustic folk-jazz and faint echoes of adventurous female pop icons such as Kate Bush and fellow compatriot Björk. SH”
“A brilliant voice on a musical carousel”
“...but everything revolves around a stable center, Stína Ágústsdóttir’s voice: rarely firm, full, warm, focused and complete. The Icelander, and now Stockholm resident, also writes good songs."
Henrik Linder is a Swedish musician and the bass player of the Stockholm-based super trio Dirty Loops (Quincy Jones mgmt). Linder is an internationally acclaimed bass virtuoso known for his technical skills and use of six string electric bass. He has toured the world
extensively with his band Dirty Loops, Jonathan Kreisberg, Eldar Djangirov and many more.
Morgan Ågren is a Grammy award winning musician on both sides of the Atlantic.
Drumming since the age of four, Morgan was spotted as an outstanding talent at a young age. In 1981 he joined forces with his lifelong musical partner, blind keyboardist Mats Öberg.
In 1988, still in their late teens, Morgan and Mats received an invite to play with Frank Zappa on projects in the US just before Zappa passed away. Morgan has also played with Devin Townsend, Squarepusher, Bill Laswell, Steve Vai, Trey Gunn, Henry Kaiser, Fleshquartet, Fredrik Thordendal (of Meshuggah), Karmakanic, Spoonman, Glenn Huges, Terry Bozzio, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Kaipa, Bolon Bata, and Dweezil Zappa. In 2010 Morgan wasvoted Best Fusion Drummer in Modern Drummer’s readers poll.
Over the years, the name Carl Bagge has become something of a seal of quality when it comes to musical projects in Sweden with a jazzy background, whether it's collaborations
with Isabella Lundgren, Svante Thuresson, Henrik Dorsin, pop singer Robyn or his own Ekdahl/Bagge Big Band. His latest release, and first solo album, Visitor (Bolero records), has been celebrated by critics around Scandinavia.