Linus + Skarbø / Leroux project


  • Ruben Machtelinckx (Acoustic baritone guitar, Compositions)
  • Thomas Jillings (Reeds, Compositions)
  • Øyvind Skarbø (Drums)
  • Frederick Leroux (Guitar)


"Linus + Skarbø / Leroux is a massively captivating session from past Wondering Sound Pick of the Week, guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx"
Jean Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm

"Ruben Machtelinckx and co se sont créé une personnalité. Je ne doute pas qu'ils aillent loin."
Jean Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir


Linus, a duo of two composers and improvisers, brings the listener into a bubble. The intense sound of tenor saxophone and acoustic baritone guitar produces melodies that take you on a journey of simplicity, purity and longing. Their first album Onland has been praised and well received. Ruben Machtelinckx and Thomas Jillings choose for this recording to share, compose and perform their fragile musical concept with these two interesting musicians Øyvind Skarbø and Frederik Leroux. The goal is to use free improvisation as a tool, not as a genre.

Øyvind Skarbø is one of the leading young drummers in the Norwegian and Scandinavian improv scene. He is leader of 2 limprov groups; 1982 (with ECM artists Nils Økland and Sigbjørn Apeland) and Bly the Blyant (with Shahzad Ismaily and Hilmar Jensson). With these groups he has released several CDs on the label Hubro. He studied African rhythms and contemporary music in Cuba, Nigeria, Berlin, New York and South Africa. He has played with Fredrik Ljungkvist, Per Jørgensen, Ståle Storlokken, Ingar Zach, Tony Buck, Kresten Osgood etc.

With a great respect for tradition, Frederick Leroux is trying to tread new paths continuously. He not only draws inspiration from jazz, but contemporary concert music, minimalism, surrealism and free improvisation seep through in his music. Leroux explores the endless possibilities of his instrument. From romantic Ennio Morricone songs to experimental soundscapes - a wide range of styles are invoked and are systematically approached till it unmistakably sounds like Frederik Leroux .