Gisle Torvik

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Gisle Torvik
Gisle Torvik Voss 2014.jpg
Gisle Torvik at Vossajazz 12 April 2014.
Background information
Born (1975-06-02) 2 June 1975 (age 43)
Bergen, Hordaland
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Guitar

Gisle Torvik (born 2 June 1975) is a Norwegian jazz musician (guitar) from Tørvikbygd in Hardanger.[1]


Torvik was born in Bergen, and spent three years studying music at the Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio (Oslo, 1995–98) with a major in guitar and composition. He is considered one of the most talented Nordic jazz guitarists.[2] Torvik released his first album in 1999 called Naken uten gitar (which translates to "Naked without guitar"), where Sigmund Groven, Petter Wettre, Frode Berg, Endre Christiansen and Torstein Lofthus contributed.

The album Frozen Moment was released in 2009 (ten years after his initial album) featuring Hilde Norbakken (on vocals and piano), to good reviews.[1][3] The release concert was housed by 'Herr Nilsen' in Oslo 21 September 2009.

In 2011 Torvik reached the semi-final of ISC International Songwriting Competition with the tune "I remember". He is first and foremost a jazz guitarist, but is as comfortable in other genera of music. On his latest album Tranquil Fjord (2013), he presents his multifaceted aspects in a brilliant way.[4]

Torvik works as a composer, musician, arranger, producer as well as a music teacher, and plays Sadowsky guitars. He has been working with musicians such as Eddie Gómez, Bendik Hofseth, Dean Johnson, Sigmund Groven, Øystein Sevåg, Tony Moreno, Karl Seglem and many more.

At Vossajazz 2014, he gave a gigg presenting his "fjord-jazz" accompanied by Karl Seglem and Eple Trio, including Andreas Ulvo, Sigurd Hole and Jonas Howden Sjøvaag.[5]

Gisle Torvik and Karl Seglem performing with Epletrio, Andreas Ulvo, Sigurd Hole and Jonas Howden Sjøvaag, at Vossajazz 2014.



  1. ^ a b Nilssen, Yngve (26 October 2009). "Smakfull gitarjazz" (in Norwegian). Folkebladet. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  2. ^ OnYourStage, 2009, p. 1
  3. ^ Festivalmagasinet, Redaksjonen (24 September 2009). "Den norske Pat Metheny på veg til festivalar" (in Norwegian). Festivalmagasinet. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  4. ^ a b "Gisle Torvik Trio – releasekonsert" (in Norwegian). Nasjonal Jazzscene. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  5. ^ "Gisle Torvik med Karl Seglem og Epletrio" (in Norwegian). Vossajazz. 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-14.

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