As an experimental artist, composer and producer, Freyja Garbett has become a staple of the Sydney music scene. With a unique sound that transcends genres and defies musical expectations, Freyja has captivated audiences across the globe.
Freyja is a professional musician who specialises in jazz and other contemporary styles. She holds a Bachelor of Music with summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music where she majored in performance and jazz composition. She lived in Boston and New York City for five years. She currently lives south of Sydney and is performing and working as a session musician, composer and producer on piano and synthesisers.
Freyja teaches private and group ensemble lessons at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, and collaborates with fellow jazz musicians Lucy Clifford and Jodie Michael to run Sisters of Sound, a female led music education collective aspiring to help women of all ages to grow their music skill sets, build confidence, explore curiosity, and embrace self expression.
After returning home to Australia at the beginning of 2017, Freyja gained commissions by SIMA and APRA AMCOS to compose an extended work for a ten-piece jazz ensemble. ‘Bulga’ is a multi-movement suite which heavily utilizes synthesisers, FX and a range of studio techniques to manipulate the band’s recorded improvisations. From this commission emerged her regularly gigging Septet. This band recorded her debut album ‘Maya’ released on Art as Catharsis Records in November 2019. Freyja recently travelled to Malaysia to play at the Kuching Jazz Festival with her quartet in October 2022.
Freyja has worked as a session musician with an eclectic array of artists including but not limited to: Casey Donaven, Matt Keegan, Mr Ott, Sandy Evans, Lucy Clifford, Montaigne, Genevieve Chadwick, Lyre Byrdland, Stella Donnelly, Annie Hamilton, Isabella Manfredi, Iluka, AGUM, Touch sensitive, Matt Keegan, Matthew Ottignon, RISSA, Alejandro Sanz, Mia Rodriguez, Hauskey, Alphamama and Liyah Night.
Freyja is currently undertaking her masters degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as part of the Equity in Jazz Program lead by Dr Jo Lawry (Sting, 20 Ft from Stardom).