Fredrik Saroea is probably best known as the frontman of the pop group Datarock, the project that ended up playing more than 1000 concerts on five continents. However, the 44-year-old has a bunch of other musical projects on his CV. His jazz quintet – Fredrik Saroea Quintet – has existed for 20 years, and he has collaborated with a number of different musicians from home and abroad. His first solo release was in 2003, and during the corona lockdown in 2020, new solo material finally emerged. To be released as the album Rona Diaries, this material forms the framework for the concert at the Bergen International Festival.
Fredrik Saroea has stated that the new solo material largely differs from Datarock's musical signature. Compositions and arrangements were written under the mantra "rhythm guitar as first violin" and are infused with a bit of mini-virtuoso imaginative wealth from genres such as indie, emocore, art and post-rock. Simultaneously, the lyrics were allowed to be as grave and serious as one might expect when writing songs – or a diary – during a global pandemic. At the festival, the material is presented in a stripped-down chamber version together with harp, cello, viola and violin.
The concert will take place on the release date for Rona Diaries and recorded as a live album.
Photo: Hans Jørgen Brun
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