Morten Gunnar Larsen

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Morten Gunnar Larsen
NOLA Jazz Camp June13 Morten Gunnar Larsen 1.JPG
Larsen in 2013
Background information
Born (1955-10-01) 1 October 1955 (age 61)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1975–present
Labels Hot Club, Herman, Decca
Website opheliaragtime.com

Morten Gunnar Larsen (born 1 October 1955)[1] is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer, well known for several stride piano recordings and collaborations.[2]

Career[edit]

Larsen studied classical piano at Norges Musikkhøgskole (1978). In 1975 he had his debut records, Classic Rags and Stomps, for which he won Spellemannprisen 1976.[1] He next founded Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra in 1977 and performed with stride pianist Eubie Blake, for whom Larsen composed Memories of Eubie. Larsen worked in New Orleans over longer periods of time, resulting in a tour and the performance One mo' time (1979–81) written by Vernel Bagneris.[3]

Larsens collaboration with Bagneris continued with the performance Jelly Roll!! – The Music and the Man, dedicated Jelly Roll Morton, and performed at Oslo Jazzfestival 1990. It also had eleven months at Off-Broadway (1994–95) and was released as a CD (GHB, 1996). This work gave Larsen the OBIE Award 1995. He had earlier received the Buddy Award of Foreningen norske jazzmusikeres "Årets jazzmusiker" (1992) in his home country. He participated in several recordings in the Magnolia Jazzband (1974–93) and Ytre Suløens Jassensemble up until 1992 and has participated in Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo (2011–present).[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Don't You Leave Me Here (1978)
  • Plays Robert Clemente (1981)
  • Echo of Spring (Hot Club, 1983)
  • Maple Leaf Rag (Herman, 1989)
  • Charleston Rag (Herman, 1995)
  • Ragtime and Rhapsody (Herman, 2005) 1997 concert in Levanger
  • Fingerbreaker (Decca, 1999)
  • Rhapsody (2000) with G. M. Reiss

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stendahl, Bjørn (13 February 2009). "Morten Gunnar Larsen Extended Biography]". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Larsen, Morten Gunnar Biografi" (in Norwegian). Ballade.no. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ npr.org has Bagneris and Larsen interviewed on National Public Radio (1995) including music from the 1992 performance.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Stein Erik Tafjord
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
1992
Succeeded by
Egil Johansen