Martin Alfsen

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Martin Alfsen (born 4 January 1959) is a musician, producer, songwriter and choir director.

Biography[edit]

After serving in the military as a trombonist in The Band of the King's Guard, Alfsen entered the Conservatory of Music in Oslo. During his student years he had directed the Reflex Choir in the church he and his family attended in Oslo. In 1985, the Reflex Choir made their national breakthrough with the album "REFLEX". In the late eighties and early nineties, Alfsen began composing and producing for Master Music, Norway's leading company in contemporary Christian music. His albums with Reflex would be important contributions to the repertoire of Christian choirs and music groups throughout Scandinavia.

In 1993, Reflex recorded the Alfsen song "Like a Mighty River" on the Denne Dagen album. The song became a Christian music hit, and was covered by a great number of European choirs and the well-known American gospel group "The Kurt Carr Singers", for their album Serious About It.

In the mid nineties, Alfsen was the musical director for a popular Norwegian TV series presenting well-known traditional Christian songs and church hymns. The TV series resulted in a series of bestselling albums, produced by Alfsen for the Master Music label.

With more than 200 songs recorded, extensive touring with his Reflex Choir all over Europe, and lots of radio and TV performances, Alfsen has become of one of Scandinvia's most performed songwriters in Christian music. As a producer and arranger, he has been involved in more than fifty albums, including releases with international artists like Andrae Crouch, Richard Smallwood and Adrian Snell, as well as a wealth of domestically known artists. Among them are bestselling female vocalist Hanne Krogh, sax player Arild Stav, actress and singer Inger Lise Rypdal, singer Rita Eriksen, singer Trine Rein, singer Gaute Ormåsen and trumpet ace Finn Eriksen.

Works[edit]

Musical works
  • Praise and Worship mass "Liv" (1995)
  • Cantata on Biblical Psalms "Sela" (1997)
  • Passion "7 days in Jerusalem", for double choir, soloistis and band (2000)
  • Millennium Cantata "Logos" for choir, soloists and symphony orchestra (with Jens Wendelboe) (2000)
  • Mass based on Negro Spirituals "Shout All Over God's Heaven" for choir and jazz band (2004)
  • Gospel cantata "The River", for choir, soloists and band (2006)
  • "Song of Freedom", a choral work celebrating Nelson Mandela (with Arne Hiorth) (2014)
Books
  • Jesus i musikken (2002)
  • Jazz-Gospel-Soul-Pop KOR (2007)
  • Låtskriverhåndboka (2010)

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