Tone of Voice orchestra
We are four singers and six instrumentalists with a rather unique instrumentation amongst us.
Tone of Voice Orchestra repertiore straddles the divide between Scandinavian roots, jazz, (indie)-folk and pop, while blending in global influences
from e.g. Eastern European folklore, Americana and North African textures. All of these feed into one another and grow lush new forms when added to our melting pot.
“Extraordinary" “Exeptional” “Original” “Impressive” “Creative” “Refreshing” “Unorthodox” “remarkable”"impressive"
Those are some of the supperlatives that rained down on us efter the release of our self-titled Tone of Voice Orchestra debut album which came out March 2022.
The album garnered more than 45 extremely positive reviews. From USA in the West to Japan in the East. From Norway in the North to Australia in the South, as well as airplay in 25 countries. (Scroll for our favorite quotes)
Infectious hooklines and shamanic beats.
We have a genre fluid approach to songwriting and with the unconventional instrumentation, 4 vocals, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, cittern, saxophones, flutes, two drummers and double bass, Tone of Voice Orchestra offers a distinctive and fresh new sound, full of infectious hooklines and shamanic beats. That is a bold statement, but just have a look a the reviews.
Seasoned artists and bright new talent
Fredrik Lundin (saxophonist and a major Scandinavian jazz profile) and I (singer-songwriter Trinelise Væring) have crafted the genre-fluid repertiore of Tone of Voice Orchestra as well as having brought together in the five women and five men, Danish Music Award winners from various genres, seasoned artists and bright new talent that come together in Tone of Voice Orchestra.
Awards & Nominations
The Tone of Voice Orchestra album won a Danish Music Award for best "Vocal jazz album" 2022.
They were also nominated in three roots categories: "New roots artist 2022", "Roots track 2022" (for He Loves Her for It ) and "Roots Composer 2022" (shared nomination for Trinelise & Fredrik). The album came in as #13 on World Music Chart Europe, May 2022.
Visit our Youtube Channel for more live-videos, Music Videos and behind-the-scenes material.
Tone of Voice Orchestra - Live
Tone of Voice Orchestra is a powerhouse of a live-band.
"…the sound of the band was delightfully acoustic and tactile. Strong arrangements (especially for the vocals) and the repertoire entertainingly varied. The soloists really made an impact: Lundin was unfailingly convincing on tenor sax and Ania Rybacka and Maria Kynne delivered heart-rending vocal solos.
A wonderful journey in sound to some of the sources of western music." Jazz Special (DK) (print only)
“The harmony, the energy, the sheer joy of playing emanating from the stage was contagious from the very first note, and spread like dimples on the faces around the hall at the extremely well-attended venue.(…) And that is exactly what TOVO has. They have the whole package. They have the skills, they know the craft and they have the creative power to convert it all into an expression that feels like the soundtrack to a sensual revelation.” Side.33
Line-up live Spring/Summer 2023
Line-up Vokaler: Lise Kroner, Maria Kynne, Lene Nørgaard/Tine Refsgaards og Trinelise Væring. Drejelire, sækkepibe, cittern: Christian Mohr Levisen Violin: Emma Kragh Elmøe/Arendse Nordtorp Pedersen. Saxofoner, fløjter: Fredrik Lundin Kontrabas: Joel Illerhag Slagtøj: Jesper Uno Kofoed, Anders Provis
Booking: For booking contact toneofvoiceorchestra (at) mail.dk (remove spaces)
Label-contact: peter (at) sundance.dk (remove spaces)
Promotion: wordforwordpromo (at) gmail.com
Podcasts and radio-interviews
(Related to the Tone of Voice Orchestra album)
Trinelise & Fredrik were the featured guests on
“The World Fusion Show” (USA) TV, podcast and Youtube ep#122 WATCH /listen on Soundcloud
Trinelise on : The Performance Anxiety Podcast (USA) listen on: Spotify / Apple
Trinelise: Sångarpodden Listen on Soundcloud / Spotify
Trinelise & Fredrik: POV-cast (POV-International) Soundcloud /Apple/Spotify
The Phil Thomas Reviews Podcast Listen
Our Favorite Quotes
Folk Radio (UK) “This music defies description or categorization, and I love it.”
“combining Scandinavian roots with indie folk, jazz and global influences, exceptional harmonies and sophisticated lyrics; they will draw you back again and again. An exceptional debut. Full review
Monolith Cocktail (USA): “very impressive”
“Gypsy encampments, meanders across the Balkans, lingering’s of old Iberia and Rajasthan, and exotic camel-motioned creeps through jungles beckon on an album of slinking and rolling beautiful mooching, swells and gravitas. A very impressive start to a multifaceted dynamic that seems to easily sit between the contemporary and past.” Full review
Metronome (USA) “Something completely new”
“From left field Denmark we get these refreshing folky/jazzy artists delivering something completely new. (…) The ladies sing like sirens, but aren’t afraid to make a point. You’ll get goosebumps (...) innovative music” print only Jazz Journal (UK) “A terrific release” “Superb musicianship all round.(…) The dynamics of the music are especially captivating, including some lovely moments of quietude and intimacy (…) there is a deft interplay of matters rubato and rhythmic, modal and harmonic, major and minor, which works as seamlessly as the variegated blends of voice and instrument, solo and group figures. A terrific release.” (Limited access)
Glide Magazine (USA) - “Tone of Voice Orchestra Stuns”
“Tone of Voice Orchestra Stuns With Unconventional Instrumentation, Make sure to check out the rest of Tone of Voice’s self-titled album” shout out Rootsworld Magazine (USA) “Truly fresh” “ Lyrics are whip smart, witty and surprising.(…) creative and sonically complex (….) It is truly fresh, energizing and has lush textures and beats.(…) It’s pop music for grown ups. Adult but playful. I’ll take some of that” Full text
Jazz Views (UK) “This is music that demands a response”
"There is something particularly attention-grabbing in the ways that the ‘live’ mix of voices and the ways in which the singers find and spin their harmonies.(…)This is music that demands a response – be that clapping, stomping, dancing or simply nodding along with a smile at the music and sardonic grins at the accuracy of Vaering’s observations in her lyrics. ” Full review
Jazz Podium (DE) “a roaring dance of timelessly compelling diversity”
"The intercultural interaction of the most diverse styles and influences automatically opens up the inclusive magic of an encounter and movement that transcends times, worlds and genres as a roaring dance of timelessly compelling diversity and lively intensity. (print)
Rhythms (Australia) “extraordinary debut release”
This veteran reviewer has never heard an album or indeed a band quite like the eponymous Tone of Voice Orchestra (…)
Middle Eastern modalities cohabit with medieval tunes and free-form-jazz in what is an extraordinary debut release from a refreshing unorthodox collective. ” print only
Maximum Ink (USA) “A marvelous collaboration”
Incorporating contemporary fairy tales into real-life delights and blossoming thoughts, ToVO’s celestial messengers address modern problems and universal concerns as meditative drum-circles merge with nurturing self-worth and campfire mirth, a rumbling coven of fertile dervishes manifesting tantric mantras with aspiring choirs, unfolding solos and simmering rhythms patiently weighing hypnotic options” Full review
The Phil Thomas Reviews Podcast (UK) “Poetic lyrics and some truly astounding singing"
“On the face of it, this strange combination shouldn’t work, but it definitely does. It’s a surprise - but what really makes this album shine is that it is held together by deep poetic lyrics and some truly astounding singing…..” Listen
RnR Magazine (UK) "Glorious harmonies"
“A cohesive whole that’s the ideal setting for the glorious harmonies of the singers. The result of that vary from the tribal voices of “heartless” to the bright and breezy pop of Lovey-Doveyin”, a song with Hit Single written all over it.” (Print only)
The Jazz Rag (UK) “A striking whole”
This remarkable CD (…) just a matter of enjoying music that defies categories. (..) The pointed Lyrics are supported by a wonderfully energetic band, with solo parts being subsumed into a striking whole” print only
Americana Highways (USA) - “you want to stay tuned for whatever Tone of Voice Orchestra does next." Full review
Tinnitist (USA) - “Tone Of Voice Orchestra put you under their spell (…) uniquely irresistible new single He Loves Her For It — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist” Full text.
York Calling (UK) - “Tone of Voice Orchestra have a richness of sound that really sets them apart.” Shout Out
The Aquarian (USA) - “Adventurous and full of surprises” Full review
World Music Central (USA) - ”English-language, Americana inspired vocal wizardry; a mix of Scandinavian traditional
roots; finely crafted jazz stylings; and world music influences.” Full review
Politiken ❤️❤️❤️❤️(DK): “A refreshing and openminded cross-fertilization of jazz, folk, world and pop.” Full Review
Jazzthing + Augsburger Allgemeine (DE) “the global music village celebrates a new attraction. Listen carefully” (print only)
LIRA (SE) “Something Special (…) a sound and a constellation very much their own, which is admirable.(…) beautiful, complex yet simple melodies(...) a wonderful album!” Full Review Foolk Magazine (Italy) "He Loves Her for It", the first song of the album, leads into a splendid crescendo that gradually involves percussions, voices” Full review
Musica Terra (JAPAN)“ The band magically makes the music feel both simple and sophisticated at the same time. The drone from the hurry-gurdy brings depth to the soundscape and give it a unique charm.” Full review
Dag og Tid (NO) “ Tone of voice orchestra makes marvelous music (…) the music captures you from first note, yet turns out to be very durable” (print only)
Politiken ❤️❤️❤️❤️(DK): “A refreshing and openminded cross-fertilization of jazz, folk, world and pop.” Full Review
Couleurs Jazz (FR): “A really wild Danish album (..) sounds like nothing else. (..) captures the essence of many genres we like. Read
★★★★★ GAFFA (DK):“The music on this self titled album is deeply original. “ Full Review
Weekendavisen: “an original idea (…) and even better it works splendidly (print only)
Orkesterjournalen (Tidningen JAZZ (SE): “A very charming production avoiding any definable genre. Recommended” (print)
UNI Magazin (CZ) “one of the most exciting musical events this year on the Nordic scene.” Full Review
Jazzspecial (DK) “deserves the utmost attention and praise” (print only)
Side 33 (DK): Musically openminded (…) interesting and exiting “ Full review
Concerto (AT): “Outstanding (…) Sonically exciting, delicately nuanced yet still powerfull” (print only)
Kultur und Gesellschaft (AT): “The fascinating Tone of Voice Orchestra already sounds unique and original” Full Review
Nettavisen (NO): “Totally original music (..) something really special” Full review
Kulturen.nu (DK): “these women send the melodies soaring magically up under the roof” Full review
Salt Peanuts (NO): “a magnificent album” Full review Resonator (DK): ”good playing, well executed“ Full review
Rootszone (DK): “outstanding and worth listening to” Full review
Sonic Soul (DE): “sound falls between the prairie, the mountain range and the big city. Those who dare, win“ Shout out
★★★★★ The Love of Music & Concerts (DK): "a hypnotizing experience”
Loftskammer (DK): Music that is warm, generous, full of color, groovy and very catchy”
AUDIO (PL) - “We travel in our imagination along musical routes across the wide world, overcoming cultural distances in no time.”