Arnold Ludvig Biography
Arnold Ludvig, born on February 27th, 1968, in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, is an award winning bass virtuoso known for his melodic, unique, versatile playing on the fretless bass and superb slap bass technique on his Fender Jazz bass. In 1980, he started playing bass at the tender age of 12, with the band, Plúmm, still active till this day, with members, Leivur Thomsen, Magnus Johannessen, Finnur Hansen, and Rógvi á Rógvu, hailed as the finest musicians, in the Faroe Islands.
Arnold’s first 3 jazz compositions were released on the album, Allar Ættir in 1991, with Holger Laumann & Plúmm . In 1998, his composition, ”Pastel Shades” was released on the album, Green Gate, with Magnus Johannessen and Holger Laumann , on Tutl Records.
From 1990-1993, Arnold attended the F.Í.H. Music school in Reykjavík, Iceland and was awarded the 1992 Annual Scholarship, for Best Jazz Performance. Arnold also studied Jazz Performance and upright bass at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 1993-1995.
Arnold played upright bass 3 nights a week at the famous Biddle’s Jazz Club in Montreal from 1999-2003, with Geraldine Hunt & The Arnold Ludvig Trio and performed at the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
In 2005, Ludvig won the award for Best Bass Player at the Atlantic Music Event, in the Faroe Islands. In 2006, he performed his original jazz compositions with the Thomsen/ Ludvig/ á Rógvu Trio, on a double-concert tour with Sophisticated Ladies, an all female Danish jazz band, in the Faroe Islands. In 2007, Thomsen/ Ludvig/ á Rógvu Trio performed at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, at The North Atlantic Brygge.
In 2011, Ludvig wrote new compositions for the band Norse Nexus and performed them at the Tórshavn Jazz Festival and VetrarJazz Festival in 2012.
In 2013, Arnold emerged as an excellent world jazz composer for his own ensemble, the Arnold Ludvig Sextet and received great reviews for Voyages, his debut album. Ludvig’s jazz compositions are greatly inspired by Nordic jazz, elements from American jazz tradition, as well as of folkloric, latin and popular music. His most prominent musical influences are greats like Jaco Pastorius, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek,
and Pat Metheny.
Arnold's musicianship matured a great deal over the years, with his vast experience as a seasoned working musician, for over 3 decades, in the cities of Tórshavn, Reykjavík, Montreal, and Copenhagen.
His debut album, Voyages, with Arnold Ludvig Sextet was released on August 6th, 2013, on TUTL Records, at the release concert performance at Summartónar Festival, in the Faroe Islands. Arnold Ludvig Sextet has since then performed concerts in 2014 at Paradise Jazz in Copenhagen and Giant Steps in Svendborg, Denmark. The band has also performed at the 2014 Copenhagen Jazz Festival /World Scene Platform in Huset, where they have been invited once again in 2015.
In 2014, Arnold Ludvig started performing solo bass concerts to astounded audiences on his first solo bass Grotto Concerto in Klæmintgjóv and at the Sandur Modern Museum of Art.
Arnold Ludvig Sextet were the opening act for the world famous Dutch band, FOCUS, at the 2015 VetrarJazz Festival, at The Nordic House, including a concert at Reinseriíð Cultural House, where the sextet received a standing ovation.
In 2015, back by popular, Summartónar Festival invited the Sextet to perform more concerts in Tórshavn, where they also recorded their 2nd album, ICELAND at Studio Bloch, in the Faroe Islands.
The 1st Release concert of the new ICELAND cd will take place at Katuaq Cultural Centre, in Nuuk, Greenland, on February 7th, 2016, the 2nd will be at the 2016 Copenhagen Jazz Festival/World Scene Platform, Denmark and the 3rd will take place at Summartónar Festival, in the Faroe Islands.
Arnold Ludvig Sextet is populated with a stellar international cast of award winning musicians and composers, all in their own right. The talented line-up is: Arnold Ludvig (Fo) - fretless bass & composer, Mariane Bitran (Fr) - flute, piccolo, & dizi, Simon Spang-Hanssen (Dk) - alto & soprano saxophones,
Alain Apaloo (Tg) - guitar, Marko Martinovic (Me/Dk) - grand piano & Fender Rhodes, and
Niclas Campagnol (Se/It) - drums & percussion.
Arnold Ludvig's music is very organic, nostalgic, ranges from being sensitive and atmospheric to hard swinging funky grooves and roaring expression, and yet always with that northern melodic air.