|Country of origin||Norway|
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NorCD (established 1991 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian record label for folk, jazz, world music and improvisational music, led by the founder saxophonist and composer Karl Seglem. NorCD is distributed through Musikkoperatørene, and is a member of FONO.
Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.
Karl Seglem is a Norwegian Jazz musician, composer and producer, known from a series of combined jazz and traditional music releases, as well as leading his own record label NorCD from 1991.
In 1991 Karl Seglem decided to create a new free record label to distribute his music. The company soon enlisted a number of Norwegian performers in different generes. A derivation of the company was the lavel SOFA, which focused on the European improv, led by Ingar Zach and Ivar Grydeland. The NorCD catalog features 110 CD-titles (spring 2012) with many of the foremost Norwegian jazz and folk musicians. Most of the music is available on main digital platforms (download & streaming) in addition to traditional CD-format.The 10-year anniversary was celebrated in Blå in Oslo in 2001.
Ingar Zach is a Norwegian percussionist and businessman, known from several recordings.
Ivar Grydeland is a Norwegian jazz musician (guitar) and composer raised in Kongsberg.
Blå ("Blue") is a jazz club in Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway.
NorCD want to be a pool where different musical projects driven by musician and owner Karl Seglem in collaboration with other musicians and producers can fold out into CD releases, and keep up the important work for Norwegian music, as a true independent label. In 2011 Karl Seglem withdrew NorCD from Spotify and points to the Norwegian payment processing service WiMP, as the most convenient digital format.
Spotify is a Swedish audio streaming platform that provides DRM-protected music and podcasts from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements or automatic music videos, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality, are offered via paid subscriptions.
Terje Isungset is a Norwegian musician and composer. From his background in jazz and traditional Scandinavian music, he has designed musical instruments from non-traditional materials, including ice.
Gisle Torvik is a Norwegian jazz musician (guitar) from Tørvikbygd in Hardanger.
Andreas Ulvo is a Norwegian jazz pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer, known from cooperations with Shining, Ingrid Olava, Mathias Eick Quartet, Solveig Slettahjell & Slow Motion Orchestra, Karl Seglem and Thom Hell.
Berit Opheim Versto is a Norwegian singer, known for her interpretations of folk music.
Christian Wallumrød is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer, and is considered one of the most prominent musicians of the younger Norwegian generation, known from releases with his own Christian Wallumrød Ensemble on the German label ECM Records, while regularly touring and appearing in festivals in Norway, elsewhere in Scandinavia and Europe, and in the US. He is the brother of jazz vocalist Susanna Wallumrød and the drummer Fredrik Wallumrød, and cousin to the pianist David Wallumrød.
Mari Kvien Brunvoll is a Norwegian folk and jazz singer who has over the past few years attracted attention at festivals internationally with her solo concept, where the voice is complemented by small electronic and acoustic instruments in a sound inspired by jazz, pop and folk music. She is the daughter of Lawyer Knut Anker Brunvoll and Jazz singer and pianist Inger Johanne Brunvoll, and the younger sister of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Ane Brun and photographer Bjørn Brunvoll.
Isglem is a Norwegian musical duo comprising Karl Seglem and Terje Isungset. Their traditional music and free jazz-based expression involves an unusual amount of improvisation and has given the pairing a pioneer stamp. They have released four albums on the NorCD label and performed at Nattjazz in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Isglem toured Ireland with Mark O'Leary in 2002. They have several national tours under the auspices of Rikskonsertene.
Poems For Trio is an album by the Norwegian saxophonist Karl Seglem in trio with Kåre Thomsen and Ole Amund Gjersvik.
Sogn-A-Song is an album by the Norwegian saxophonist Karl Seglem.
Kåre Thomsen is a Norwegian Jazz musician (guitar) and graphic designer, known from a number of releases and active on the Bergen jazz scene performing with musicians like Karl Seglem, Vigleik Storaas and Terje Isungset. He is the younger brother of the acclaimed Bergen Guitarist Ole Thomsen.
Thomas Winther Andersen is a Norwegian-born, now Amsterdam-based jazz bassist, married to jazz singer Henriette Andersen.
Stein Inge Brækhus is a Norwegian jazz musician (drums) and record producer, known from a series of album releases and as a key musician at the Jazz scenes of Stavanger and Bergen.
Audun Erlien is a Norwegian jazz musician.
Spir is an album by the Norwegian saxophonist Karl Seglem's Sogn-A-Song.
Eple Trio is a Norwegian jazz trio including graduate students from the Norwegian Academy of Music (2008).
Sigurd Hole is a Norwegian jazz musician from Rendalen living in Oslo.
Natalie Sandtorv is a Norwegian jazz musician married July 29, 2016, to drummer Ole Mofjell, residing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Morning Has Occurred is a Norwegian Jazz ensemble.
The following is a list of notable events and releases of the year 2005 in Norwegian music.