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Eivind Opsvik

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Eivind Opsvik: bassist, composer
Born in 1973 in Oslo, Norway, Eivind started out playing the drums at a very early age. In his teens he gradually switched to bass while also spending lots of time experimenting with recording on a 4 track tape recorder.

All through the 90's Eivind played with a diverse array of Oslo-based jazz/experimental groups, performing at festivals and in clubs all over Europe with musicians like Paal Nilssen-Love and Christian Wallumrød. He also received a degree in classical bass from the Norwegian State Academy of Music. The most famous project from this time was the free improvising band "the Quintet" which featured the older legends Bjørnar Andresen and Calle Neuman along with the youngsters Ketil Gutvik, Paal Nilssen-Love and Eivind. They played all the major festivals in Norway and released a live cd on BP/Universal records, all to great critical acclaim.

In 1998 Eivind moved to New York City to be a part of the rich music scene.
He currently plays in a number of cutting-edge New York groups like Opsvik & Jennings, Kris Davis Quartet, David Binney/Bill Frisell Project, Tone Collector, Hari Honzu, Rocket Engine and Ben Gerstein Collective and has participated on recordings with all these bands. He recently also did a recording with pianist Jacob Sacks, Mat Maneri on viola and drum legend Paul Motian.
Eivind’s own group OVERSEAS, with saxophonist Tony Malaby, is playing NYC clubs like 55Bar, Barbes and Zebulon and last toured Europe in May this year.
His first CD as a leader, "Overseas," was released in January 2003 on the Spanish label “Fresh Sound Records”. It features Eivind's compositions and some of New York’s finest progressive jazz musicians. The CD was very well received in the New York Times, Downbeat and JazzTimes and was on Downbeat's list: "Best CD's of 2003". "Overseas II", featuring elleven new compositions complemented by the seamless stylings of his band, was released in May 2005

His collaboration with Aaron Jennings in Opsvik & Jennings has led to the album "Fløyel Files" and music for a new album is already in the works. While blending an electronic palate with arco bass, pump organs, theremin, tape loops, guitar, and a collage of other sounds, Opsvik & Jennings resists meandering and maintains the strength of song structure - a rare and successful hybrid of the acoustic and the digital. The Wire reviewed Fløyel Files and concluded with: "this is a beautifully paced piece of work"

”Eivind Opsvik has an unusual gift for writing small, poignant pieces of music. The color and mood of his music, along with its rhythmic patterns, bleed over into pop, and the sound has a sheer, weightless quality”
Ben Ratliff , New York Times, January 2003

"A player who seems likely to follow in Scandinavia's tradition of such wonderful bassists as Palle Danielsson and Anders Jormin"
Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise, April 2003

"Opsvik's own bass has an aching sound, with his lines plumbing the depths to find almost folk-song-like melodies"
David Dupont, All Music Guide (

Firehouse 12 Performances

Kris Davis Quartet Friday, May 25, 2007, 10:00p

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