Trygve Seim

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Trygve Seim
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Trygve Seim in 2016
Background information
Born (1971-04-25) 25 April 1971 (age 48)
Oslo, Norway
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Labels ECM, Curling Legs

Trygve Seim (born 25 April 1971) is a Norwegian jazz musician (saxophone) and composer. He started to play the saxophone in 1985 after hearing Jan Garbarek's CD Eventyr.



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Trygve Seim at Cosmopolite in 2016

Seim was born in Oslo. He studied music at Foss videregående skole (1987–90) and attended the Jazz program at the Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1990–92), where he completed studies in jazz saxophone. [1] [2] Further more Seim studied composition with Terje Bjørklund, Bertil Palmar Johansen, Edward Vesala and Bjørn Kruse.

In 1991, he and fellow student, the pianist Christian Wallumrød founded the group Airamero in 1991, including bassist Johannes Eick and drummer Per Oddvar Johansen. The band released the album Airamero in 1994. It also undertook several concert tours in Scandinavia and Germany.

Seim became part of Jon Balke's band Oslo 13 in 1992, and took over the joint leadership of this orchestra in 1994 together with Morten Halle and Torbjørn Sunde. Now the band is called 1300 Oslo. He is also a member of jazz quartet The Source with Øyvind Brække, Mats Eilertsen and Per Oddvar Johansen. They have made five records and played several concert tours all over Europe and Russia, and played with Edward Vesala and Kenny Wheeler. [3]

Seim's debut CD release as a leader, Different Rivers, released on the German record label ECM in 2001, received good reviews all over the world, winning the German Record Critics Prize, "Jahrespreis – Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". Since then, he has released several records on ECM. [3]

He has, more recently, composed music for classical musicians, especially Norwegian mezzo-soprano Anne-Lise Berntsen, soprano Tora Augestad, violinist Atle Sponberg and such as his new work Between Voice and Presence for the Trio Mediaeval. For the 2006 Vossajazz Festival, he wrote a full-length commissioned concert, Reiser.

In 2014 Seim contributed on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon, the commissioned work for Vossajazz 2014. On this occasion he was the stand-in for Tore Brunborg who missed the event. Currently (2014) he has been touring with his own Trygve Seim Ensemble performing his own compositions. In addition he collaborates in "Trygve Seim/Frode Haltli Duo", the quartet The Source and soprano Tora Augestad's "Music for a While". He also tour and record within projects like Iro Haarla Quintet, Sinikka Langeland’s group "Starflowers", Jai Shankar Ensemble.

In October, Seim announced on Facebook that his next album Rumi Songs would be released on ECM in early 2016.

Personal life

Seim has two children with the Norwegian journalist and writer Åsne Seierstad (b. 1970). [4]


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  1. "Trygve Seim Biography".
  2. "Jazzlinja". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  3. 1 2 Kelman, John (15 March 2005). "Trygve Seim: Vanguard of a New Wave". All About Jazz. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  4. "Åsne Seierstad inntar scenen med Trygve Seim (radio)". (in Norwegian).
Preceded by
Silje Nergaard
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
The Brazz Brothers