Morten Qvenild

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Morten Qvenild
Morten Qvenild.jpg
Morten Qvenild in 2010
Background information
Born (1978-08-31) 31 August 1978 (age 36)
Kongsberg, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician and composer
Instruments piano
Labels Rune Grammofon, ACT
Associated acts Susanna & the Magical Orchestra, Solveig Slettahjell, Jaga Jazzist, Shining

Morten Qvenild (born 31 August 1978 in Kongsberg, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz pianist, band leader and producer.[1][2]

Career[edit]

With In the Country, 2010
Solo concert, 2011

Morten Qvenild started his jazz career in the big band Ung Musikk in 1995, followed by studies on the Jazz program at the Norges Musikkhøgskole. He used to play in Østenfor Sol with Ole Jørn Myklebust among others, with Myklebust's OJ Trio, Shining (1999–2003) and Jaga Jazzist (2000–2002).[3]

Since 2000 Qvenild is the «orchestera» of Susanna & the Magical Orchestra and an original member of Solveig Slettahjell's Slow Motion Quintet as well a duo partner. Beyond these enduring collaborations Qvenild is also involved in the Jon Klette Quartet, The National Bank and he toured with Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer and with Bertine Zetlitz Band (2003 and 2004).

In 2003 Morten Qvenild founded the trio In the Country with co-students Roger Arntzen (bass) and Pål Hausken (drums). They recorded five albums for Rune Grammofon. On the latter two –Whiteout (2009) and the live recorded Sounds and Sights (2011)– the band was joined by multi-instrumentalist Andreas Mjøs. Their last release was issued by the German ACT label.

In 2011 he performed with Marit Larsen a new version of Erik Bye's Vår beste dag. This has become NRK's tune in their profile campaign.[4]

Honors[edit]

Discography[edit]

In The Country
  • 2005: This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammofon)[7]
  • 2006: Losing Stones, Collecting Bones (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2009: Whiteout (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2011: Sounds and Sights (Live album with DVD, Rune Grammofon)
  • 2013: Sunset Sunrise (ACT)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morten Qvenild – Utgivelser" (in Japanese). grinningtroll.com. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Morten Qvenild – Utgivelser". Rockipedia. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Morten Qvenild". Groove.no. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Marit Larsen: – Glimrende initiativ". NRK.no. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Musikerprisen til Morten Qvenild". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  6. ^ "JazzIntro prisen". Moldejazz. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  7. ^ a b Hammerø, Tor. "Morten Qvenild Biography" (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon date=02-14-2009. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Håvard Wiik
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
2007
Succeeded by
Helge Lien

ECM artists Jazzland Recordings (1997) artists