Karl Seglem

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Karl Seglem
Karl Seglem-Sigurd Hole-Gisle Torvik Voss 2014.jpg
Karl Seglem, Sigurd Hole and Gisle Torvik
at Vossajazz 2014. Photo by Knut Anderen
Background information
Born (1961-07-08) 8 July 1961 (age 53)
Årdalstangen, Norway
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz, traditional music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Saxophone, bukkehorn
Labels NorCD
Ozella Music
Website www.karlseglem.no

Karl Seglem (born 8 July 1961 in Årdalstangen, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (saxophone and bukkehorn), composer and producer, known from a series of combined jazz and traditional music releases, as well as leading his own record label NorCD from 1991.[1]


Seglem was educated on the Music program at Voss Folk High School (1978–80), followed by cooperation with Arvid Genius, «Jan Grieg Qvartet», Kenneth Sivertsen (1980–92) and Knut Kristiansen (during the 1980's) in Bergen. He also led his own Jazz band «Growl», wrote for the magazin «Jazznytt» and was politically active in Foreningen norske jazzmusikere.[1]

He has released eight albums in his own name, and has a long lasting cooperation with Terje Isungset like in the bands Isglem and trio «Utla» where also fiddle player Håkon Høgemo contributed, resulting in many record releases. begge har resultert i flere utgivelser on his own label. He has also released two albums cooperating with the poet Jon Fosse.

Around 2000 he started experimenting with the old Norwegian instrument bukkehorn or Billy Goat Horn. He is currently the main instrumentalist playing the instrument in the world.

Seglem has toured extensively with Rikskonsertene and Den norske jazzscene.[1]

At Vossajazz 2014, he joined Gisle Torvik presenting his "fjord-jazz" together with Andreas Ulvo and Epletrio, including Sigurd Hole and Jens H. Sjøvaag.[2]



  • 1988: Poems For Trio (Hot Club Records)
  • 1991: Sogn-A-Song (NorCD)
  • 1994: Rit (NorCD)
  • 1998: Spir (NorCD)
  • 2002: Nye nord (NorCD)
  • 2004: New north (NorCD)
  • 2004: Femstein (NorCD)
  • 2005: Budda og reven Singie (NorCD)
  • 2005: Reik (NorCD)
  • 2006: Urbs (NorCD)
  • 2008: Spelferd – a playful journey DVD (NorCD)
  • 2009: NORSKjazz.no (NorCD)
  • 2009: Skoddeheimen (NorCD)
  • 2009: Draumkvedet (NorCD)
  • 2010: Ossicles (NorCD)
  • 2013: NyeSongar.no (Ozella Music)[3]
  • 2014: Som Spor (NorCD)


  1. ^ a b c "Karl Seglem Biography". Listen to Norway MIC.no. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Gisle Torvik med Karl Seglem og Epletrio" (in Norwegian). Vossajazz. 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  3. ^ Baekgaard, Jakob (2014-08-27). "Karl Seglem: NyeSongar.No (2013)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 

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Preceded by
Agnes Buen Garnås
Recipient of the Gammleng-prisen Open class
Succeeded by
Steinar Ofsdal
Preceded by
Dag Arnesen
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Eldbjørg Raknes