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Øystein Sevåg

Øystein Sevåg is a Norwegian composer and musician. His music is the result of an unusually broad background. His work in the areas of classical music, jazz, rock, ethnic music and the electronic avant garde has led to a synthesis that is uniquely his own. His records are sold in more than 100 countries.

Øystein was born near Oslo, Norway in 1957, beginning piano lessons at age five. As a teen he played bass in a rock band but returned to his classical roots in time to study piano, flute and composition at a private Music Conservatory in Oslo; by the 1980s, however, Sevåg had become fascinated by the possibilities offered by the development of the synthesizer, and he plunged into electronic music with his self-released 1989 debut LP Close Your Eyes and See. The product of five years in the studio, the album slowly crept into Billboard's New Age charts in the USA, and it landed Sevåg on the Windham Hill label to issue the follow-up, 1993's Link. He returned two years later with Global House, a record reflecting a newfound interest in acoustic sounds and worldbeat textures, including didgeridoo and string quartet; the ambient album Visual, a collaboration with guitarist Lakki Patey, followed in 1996. Signing to the Hearts of Space label, Sevåg resurfaced in 1997 with the acclaimed Bridge, now including the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), winning the Indie Award in USA for the best new age recording of the year.

From 1999 to 2005 he lived in Freiburg, South Germany, where he among other things has been working with music therapy together with Maria Eisenburger (former Maria Sevag) and the psychologist Katharina Martin. In April 2005 Sevåg's new album Caravan was released, 8 years after his previous album Bridge. The new material was introduced on a concert in Oslo in March 05. In June one of his new compositions in the classical area - a string trio - had its first performance on Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival on Crete, Greece, and in April 2006 in Madrid. In October 2005 he had two concerts in Norway with his "Global House Band" - followed up by ten small solo concerts at the Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo.

In the spring 2006 Øystein Sevåg moved to Oslo. He produced singer/songwriter Eliksir's debut album "Earthly Things", released in 2007. His latest album "Based on a True Story" was released in 2007. That album is solo piano improvisations. In february 2006 he met the singer/songwriter Benedicte Torget, and worked with her as a co producer, arranger and piano player on her debut album "After a D

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Anette Askvik’s debut album to be released on February 28th.

2011-01-29

Anette’s debut album is just finished. Thanks to all of you who have preordered it, you helped to make the production possible.

The release will be in the end of february 2011, with a big release concert in Oslo.

The musicians who participated on Anette’s album are Øystein Sevåg (producer / piano / keyboards), Rune Arnesen (drums), Audun Erlien (bass), Petter Wettre (sax), Elisa Herbig (cello), Julie Tungevik (piano), Katharsis String Quartet, Anders Haram (guitar).

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Benedicte Torget and Øystein Sevåg is doing Karin Boye

2011-01-29

The norwegian singer Benedicte Torget is doing a project together with Øystein Sevåg this year based on the lyrics to one of Sweden’s great poets; Karin Boye (1900 - 1941).

Torget and Sevåg have worked together on Boyes poetry since 2006; they have both composed music to it, and have used it on many of their concerts. In November 2010 they were in France, writing composition to 10 of the poetries. During 2011 they will do a recording of this, vokal, piano and strings. And there will be concerts, some with only vokal and piano, some also with strings.

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