Vigleik Storaas

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Vigleik Storaas
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Vigleik Storaas at the 2017 Oslo Jazz Festival Photo: Tore Sætre
Background information
Born (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 55)
Bergen, Norway
Origin Norwegian
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Labels Curling Legs
Inner Ear
ECM Records
Associated acts Vigleik Storaas Trio

Vigleik Storaas (born 2 February 1963 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer,[1] and the younger brother of composer and bassist Gaute Storaas. He is known from a series of album releases and collaborations with jazz musicians such as Norma Winstone, Karin Krog, Terje Rypdal, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen, Chet Baker, Jack DeJohnette and Warne Marsh.[2][3][4]


Storås studied music at the U-Phils High School in Bergen before attending the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1982–84),[5] what today is the Department of Music Technology (NTNU), where he was the leader of the Bodega Band (1990–1996),[1][6] and is now Assistant Professor.[2][7]

During the 1980s, Storaas played with the bands Kråbøl, Søyr, Bjørn Alterhaug Band and Fair Play, and was the bandleader of the group Lines (1987–92). With the Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet he played at the Molde International Jazz Festibal 2012.[8] During 1992 to 1995 Storaas joined the international jazz profiles Karin Krog and John Surman, and he participated on the record Nordic Quartet from 1994. Here he was recognised as composer both in Norway and internationally. Storaas created his own trio in 1992 with fellow students Johannes Eick and Per Oddvar Johansen; this trio has made several recordings. More recently he has performed in a quartet with students (at NTNU) Tore Johansen (trumpet), Rune Nergaard (bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums).[1][4]

Storaas has toured for the Rikskonsertene with the "Musikk for fred" (1984–86), "So Ro Godt Barn" (1987–90), "Mennesket i Mengden" (1989–90), "Fair Play" (1989), "All That Jazz" (1993), "Kombinasjoner" (1995) and "Meeting Point" (1997 and 2000), and was named Jazz Musician of the Year by the Association of Norwegian Jazz Musicians in 1996.[4] In 1999 he performed commissioned work Mosaic at Vossajazz, The International Jazz Festival at Voss, Norway. Albums under his own name are Bilder (1995), Andre Bilder (1997), both received Spellemannprisen (The Norwegian Grammy Award), Open Excursions (1999) and Subsonic (2002).[2]


Storaas with Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet at the 2016 Nattjazz. (Photo by Knut Andersen)
  • Spellemannprisen 1995 in the class jazz for the album Bilder (Vigleik Storaas Trio)
  • Jazz Musician of the Year 1996, by the Association of Norwegian Jazz Musicians
  • Spellemannprisen 1997 in the class jazz for the album Andre bilder (Vigleik Storaas Trio)
  • Gammleng-prisen 2002 in the class jazz


Solo projects[edit]

Solo Piano
As band leader with Lines (Quartet with Tore Brunborg, Olaf Kamfjord and Trond Kopperud)
As band leader with Vigleik Storaas Trio
As band leader with Vigleik Storaas Septet

Collaborative works[edit]

As band leader with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
  • 2006: Tribute composed by Storaas to the 25th anniversary for The Jazz Program in 2004, (MNJ Records)
Piano duets with Ivar Antonsen
Within Excess Luggage (Trio with Steinar Nickelsen and Håkon Mjåset Johansen)
  • 2007: Excess Luggage (Park Grammofon)
  • 2011: Hand Luggage Only (Parallell)[12]
With Tore Johansen, Jo Skaansar, and Jon Christensen
With Tor Yttredal
  • 2015: Chamber (Inner Ear)
  • 2017: Space In Between (Inner Ear)
With Hegge
  • 2017: Vi är ledsna men du får inte längre vara barn (Particular Recordings Collective)
As sideman

Tours with Rikskonsertene[edit]

  • "Musikk for fred" (1984–86),
  • "So Ro Godt Barn" (1987–90),
  • "Mennesket i Mengden" (1989–90),
  • "Fair Play" (1989),
  • "All That Jazz" (1993),
  • "Kombinasjoner" (1995),
  • "Meeting Point" (1997 og 2000).


  1. ^ a b c "Vigleik Storaas" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Vigleik Storaas Biography". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  3. ^ "About Vigleik Storaas". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  4. ^ a b c "Storaas, Vigleik – Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Jazzlinja". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Jubilant nede for telling?" (in Norwegian). Universitetsavisa UA16. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Vigleik Storaas". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  8. ^ "Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  9. ^ Piene, Artur Kay (1 November 2012). "Rørende dyktig trio" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  10. ^ Ullebø, Kjetil Kopren (17 January 2011). "Kan ta rockeprisen – Jazz" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  11. ^ Wicklund, Erling (26 January 2011). "Antonsen og Storaas – Dialogues Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  12. ^ Wayne, Dave (12 December 2011). "Excess Luggage: Hand Luggage Only (2011) – Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  13. ^ Wicklund, Erling (6 November 2009). "Bjørn Alterhaugs "Songlines" Review". NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Egil Kapstad Trio
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Bugge Wesseltoft
Preceded by
Bugge Wesseltoft
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Espen Rud Sextett
Preceded by
Knut Værnes
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Jacob Young