I started out as a classical flute player studying with a member of a Symphony Orchestra for a few years, and studied the saxophone ten years later, at jazz schools and individually with jazz musicians.
When I became a professional musician, I was one of few woman saxophonists in jazz and improvised music, and therefore rarely had the chance to work with women. In 1988 and 1989, I was a member of the Cecil Taylor Workshop Band, which meant working intensely with him for several weeks with concerts in Berlin and Kassel and an album: Legba Crossing, part of Cecil Taylor in Berlin 88 box.
I have worked with many amazing musicians from Europe, North America and Asia and released more than 40 albums on labels in Europe and the US, both as physical copies and as online albums.
I have registered almost 200 compositions, from solo pieces to pieces for larger ensembles
I often play in duos; for example with drummer Donald Robinson, drummer Peeter Uuskyla, bassist Roberto Bellatalla, live electronic and computer sound musician Tim Perkis.
I also do solo performances and often participate in different projects, both in Sweden and abroad, mostly genre-bending projects bridging different musical horizons and perspectives.
Year 2020 is the birth of our record label / catalogue : Open Horizon Records
The catalogue / label lists the albums of Peeter Uuskyla, Biggi Vinkeloe and Nema Vinkeloe Uuskyla.
The albums can be purchased directly from OHR.
I am the recipient of several grants:
Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, spring 2001 Grants:
City of Kungalv 1995 / Bohus Landstinget 1997 / Region of Vastra Gotaland 2005, 2019 / Adalbertska Stiftelse (Foundation) 2005 / Swedish Council for Cultural Affairs 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2018.
Grants for specific projects, mostly in Sweden, and fundings for cultural exchange projects with Canada, USA, Uganda, India, Italy, Lithuania, Germany.
For albums and downloads please go to www.openhorizonrecords.com