Ola Kvernberg

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Ola Kvernberg
Ola Kvernberg Buckleys Oslo Jazzfestival (161503).jpg
Kvernberg at the 2016 Oslo Jazzfestival.
Background information
Born (1981-06-16) 16 June 1981 (age 37)
Fræna, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Associated actsLiarbird
Ola Kvernberg Trio

Ola Kvernberg (born 16 June 1981) is a Norwegian jazz musician known for his virtuosic string swing violin playing and his international performances. He is the son of traditional musicians Liv Rypdal Kvernberg and Torbjørn Kvernberg, and the brother of traditional musicians Kari Kvernberg Dajani and fiddler Jorun Marie Kvernberg,[1] and grandson of the fiddler and traditional music composer Peter L. Rypdal. Kvernberg studied classical violin from the age of nine, and won 3rd prize in a great classical violin competition in Italy when he was fourteen.[2][3]

String swing with Hot Club de Norvège[edit]

Kvernbergn at Vossajazz 2014.

Kvernberg was born in Fræna. He began to play folk music at an early age and was classically trained through the municipal music school. His first record release was with the band Fear of flying in 1995. Two years later, when he was 16, he began playing jazz, and was educated on the Jazz program at Trondheim musikkonservatorium (2001–03).[3][4]

Kvernberg spontaneously became known after a meeting with Hot Club de Norvège in 2000 during the annual Django Festival in Oslo, where he actually jammed with Toots Thielemans. This gave rise to release album Hot Club de Norvege presenting Ola Kvernberg and Jimmy Rosenberg (2000), the solo release Ola Kvernberg (2001), as well as participation on the record Angelo is back in town with Angelo Debarre (2001), which he also played with at the Django Festival in January 2002. In April 2002, Ola was soloist on Jon Larsen's jazz symphony White Night Stories, together with Hot Club de Norvège and Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, and on two recordings with this project.[5]

His own trio[edit]

Ola Kvernberg Trio with Steinar Raknes (bass) and Doug Raney (guitar) released the album Cats and Doug (Hot Club Records, 2002). Erik Nylander (drums) replaced Raney on the production of Eboue Seck's Wolof Experience at (Moldejazz 2005). On Vossajazz 2006, they play with Vidar Busk, accompanied by Håkon Mjåset Johansen (drums). The trio (with Nylander/Raknes) released the album Night (Jazzland, 2006) with the Kvernberg's own compositions. People was published in 2009. The commissioned work Liarbird to the Jazz 2010 was released. For the record Liarbird he won the Spellemannprisen 2011 in the class jazz.[6][7]

Other collaborations[edit]

He played with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Philip Catherine at Moldejazz 2004, and was involved in the Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet, the trio Gammalgrass with Stian Carstensen and Ole Morten Vågan, in The Scarlatti Ensemble with Kim Myhr, Eirik Hegdal and Marianne Baudouin Lie, with Siri Gjære's Trønderhøns and as a guest in Banjovi with Finn Guttormsen, Stian Carstensen, Haakon Askeland, Kjartan Iversen and Knut Hem. In 2007 he was with Thomas Dybdahl on tour. In 2008 Kvernberg contributed on the Jon Larsen's The Jimmy Carl Black Story.[6]

He is portrayed in the Stein Kagge's book Fra Satchmo til Ola Kvernberg (2001), and he is the brother of traditional musician Jorun Marie Kvernberg (1979).

Ola Kvernberg, Erik Nylander and Steinar Raknes with the Jazzland Community at the Jazz club Sardinen, USF Verftet in November 2012.


  • 2010: Amanda Award , nominated, in the category best soundtrack for the movie Nord.
  • 2011: Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammys) winner, Jazz album of the year, for Liarbird
  • 2012: Kongsberg Jazz Award - winner
  • 2013: Kanon Award winner, in the category best soundtrack for the movie Jag etter vind
  • 2013: Amanda Award winner, in the category best soundtrack for the movie Jag etter vind
  • 2015: Grand Scores nominated, in the category "Best Electro-Acoustic Score" for the movie Two Raging Grannies
  • 2015: Kanon Award nominated, in the category best soundtrack for the movie Two Raging Grannies
  • 2015: Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammys) nominated, Jazz album of the year, for The Mechanical Fair"
  • 2015: Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammys) nominated, mixed genres album of the year, for Obsolete Music 1"
  • 2016: Kanon Award nominated, in the category best soundtrack for the movie Staying Alive


Solo albums[edit]

Within Ola Kvernberg Trio
  • 2002: Cats and Doug (Hot Club Records), feat. the guitarist Doug Raney
  • 2006: Night Driver (Jazzland Recordings), performing Kvernberg's compositions
  • 2009: Folk (Jazzland Recordings)[9]
  • 2013: Northern Tapes (Jazzland Recordings)
Within Liarbird
Within Grand General, quintet including Erlend Slettevoll, Even Helte Hermansen, Kenneth Kapstad and Trond Frønes


With Hot Club de Norvege
Within Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet
  • 2006: Quintet (Jazzland Recordings)
  • 2008: The Year Of The Boar (Jazzland Recordings)
Within Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Within Team Hegdal sextet including Eirik Hegdal, André Roligheten, Rune Nergaard, Mattias Ståhl and Gard Nilssen
  • 2011: Vol 2 (Øra Fonogram), including additional
Within Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Chicago Sextet, including Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Jason Adasiewicz and Jeff Parker
  • 2012: Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Chicago Sextet Live At Jazzfest Saalfelden (Tektite Records Co.Operative)
Within Gammalgrass
  • 2013: Obsolete Music 1 (Division Records)
Within the trio Kirsti, Ola & Erik
  • 2015: Rags & Silk (Name Music & Publishing)

Film music[edit]


  1. ^ "Impulsfestivalen: Stor konsert med familien Rypdal Kvernberg" (in Norwegian). DigitaltFortalt.no. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20.
  2. ^ Jorun Marie Kvernberg. "Eit hundreårsminne - Spelemannen Peter L. Rypdal" (in Norwegian). DigitaltFortalt.no.
  3. ^ a b "Ola Kvernberg Biography - SNL.no". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ "Jazzlinja". NTNU.no. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  5. ^ "Jazzfiolinisten Ola Kvernberg - Kultuer og underholdni)ng". NRK.no (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ a b "Ola Kvernberg: Liarbird (2011) - AllAboutJazz.com".
  7. ^ "Ola Kvernberg ga ut beste jazzplate - Kultur Adressa.no". (in Norwegian)
  8. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (2018-01-07). "En av de beste norske platene i fjor kom helt på tampen av året" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  9. ^ "Ola Kvernberg Trio - Sardinen USF, Bergen Jazzforum". YouTube. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  10. ^ "Liarbird Kolben 17.09.2011, Rikskonsertene". YouTube. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  11. ^ "Grand General: Grand General (2013) Track Review". All About Jazz. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  12. ^ "Nord Film Music - Ola Kvernberg Trio". GubeMusic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus
Preceded by
Arve Henriksen
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Håkon Mjåset Johansen