Terje Rypdal

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Terje Rypdal
Terje Rypdal, Moers Festival 2010
Terje Rypdal, Moers Festival 2010
Background information
Born (1947-08-23) 23 August 1947 (age 76)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1962–present

Terje Rypdal (born 23 August 1947) is a Norwegian guitarist and composer.[1] He has been an important member in the Norwegian jazz community, and has also given show concerts with guitarists Ronni Le Tekrø and Mads Eriksen as "N3".[2]


Rypdal was born in Oslo, Norway, the son of a composer and orchestra leader.[1] He studied classical piano and trumpet as a child, and then taught himself to play guitar as he entered his teens.[1] Starting out as a Hank Marvin-influenced rock guitarist with The Vanguards, Rypdal turned towards jazz in 1968 and joined Jan Garbarek's group and later George Russell's sextet and orchestra.[1] An important step towards international attention was his participation in the free jazz festival in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1969, where he was part of a band led by Lester Bowie.[1] During his musical studies at Oslo university and conservatory, he led the orchestra of the Norwegian version of the musical Hair. He has often been recorded on the ECM record label, both jazz-oriented material and classical compositions (some of which do not feature Rypdal's guitar).[3]

His compositions "Last Nite" and "Mystery Man" were featured in the Michael Mann film Heat, and included on the soundtrack of the same name.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rypdal was married (1969–1985) to the Norwegian singer Inger Lise Andersen/Rypdal, and they had two children, the auditor Daniel (1970) and the electronica musician Marius (1977). Rypdal was married again in 1988 to Elin Kristin Bergei (born 28 May 1955). They have two children Ane Izabel (1988) and the guitarist Jakob Rypdal (1989). They (as of 2013) live in Tresfjord.



  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 1050. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ "Norwegian 3- Supergitaristar til Øvre Årdal" (in Norwegian). Porten.no. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ Cleveland, Barry (30 January 2014). "Norwegian Legend Terje Rypdal". Guitar Player Magazine. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Terje Rypdal". IMDB. Retrieved 25 February 2008.

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