Estonian violinist and singer, currently living in Copenhagen/Denmark.
An instrumentalist, as well a vocalist, Ingrid Hagel expresses her musical ideas through her original compositions. Her themes and melodic violin solos are full of vigorous energy and are talking the language of the heart and her life in different cultures.
Born in Estonia, Ingrid moved to Copenhagen to attend the Rhythmic Conservatory. She recalls: „Since the age of six, I began playing following the fundaments of the traditional school of classical violin. Even though I enjoyed very much the classical repertoire, my personal need to express myself without boundaries grew rapidly, leading me to the conclusion that I did not want to become a classical violin player.
I was thriven to create myself: compose and take solos.
I practiced jazz first as a vocalist. It was peculiarly easy for me to find the pitches I wanted to bind together for the solo lines. I just loved fooling around with phrasing and odd intervals. At a certain point I started sharing the knowlege between these two instruments and this helped me developing myself to the point where I am today. Since I feel more than comfortable with both instruments, I have a clear intention to blend them in my musical identity.
Ingrid’s musical language manifests itself in the forms of jazz. „ I have always been attracted to the colorful harmonies. New colors and sounds are opening up a whole different world for me, that I definitely need to explore. Though many people still consider violin a classical instrument, I see its proper place in jazz, fusion and world music. I think it is also a great instrument to improvise on. With its warm and graceful sound, it can be sensual, or striking hell if you like. I usually prefer the first option“.
Just lately, Ingrid finished her new CD „Broken Dance“ and she is currently looking for licensing and publishing deals for the album. Ingrid comments: „ Here I kind of withdraw myself from the total freedom of jazz. For once I come out with simple songs for the band which are soaked in colourful string arrangements. With this album I also want to introduce myself as a songwriter.“
In Copenhagen, where I live, I have interacted with many musicians from all over the world, as well as taking part in the big international project „Swinging Europe Youth Orchestra“, which is called „The European Jazz Orchestra“ today.
The artistic director and top bass player in Denmark Erik Moseholm describes Ingrid with these words: „I have got to know Ingrid as an engaged and very talented violin player during the „European Jazz Youth Orchestra“ 2003 project. She represented Estonia among 19 different nations, and left a very positive sign to the whole initiative. During the tour she showed deep musical understanding of Italian folkmusic, arrangements and compositions of the annual italian dirigent Bruno Tommaso“.
Ingrid works currently with outstanding Danish and Estonian young musicians.