Ola Kvernberg

Ola Kvernberg

Kvernberg at Kongsberg Jazzfestival.
(Photo by Thomas Bjørndahl)
Background information
Born (1981-06-16) 16 June 1981
Fræna, Møre og Romsdal
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Violin
Labels Jazzland
Associated acts Liarbird
Ola Kvernberg Trio
Website www.olakvernberg.com

Ola Kvernberg (born 16 June 1981) is a Norwegian jazz musician, known for his virtuosic string swing violin playing and his international performances. He is the son of traditional musicians Liv Rypdal Kvernberg and Torbjørn Kvernberg, and the brother of traditional musicians Kari Kvernberg Dajani and fiddler Jorun Marie Kvernberg,[1] and grandson of the fiddler and traditional music composer Peter L. Rypdal. Kvernberg studied classical violin from the age of nine, and won 3rd price in a great classical violin competition in Italy when he was fourteen.[2][3]

String swing with Hot Club de Norvège

Kvernbergn at Vossajazz 2014. (Photo by Knut Andersen)

Kvernberg was born in Fræna. He began to play folk music at an early age and was classically trained through the municipal music school. His first record release was with the band Fear of flying in 1995. Two years later, when he was 16, he began playing jazz, and was educated on the Jazz program at Trondheim musikkonservatorium (2001–03).[3][4]

Kvernberg spontaneously became known after a meeting with Hot Club de Norvège in 2000 during the annual Django Festival in Oslo, where he actually jammed with Toots Thielemans. This gave rise to release album Hot Club de Norvege presenting Ola Kvernberg and Jimmy Rosenberg (2000), the solo release Ola Kvernberg (2001), as well as participation on the record Angelo is back in town with Angelo Debarre (2001), which he also played with at the Django Festival in January 2002. In April 2002, Ola was soloist on Jon Larsen's jazz symphony White Night Stories, together with Hot Club de Norvège and Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, and on two recordings with this project.[5]

Kvernberg Trio entertained at the after party at Maihaugen during Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's 100 year anniversary in 2010.[6]

His own trio

Ola Kvernberg Trio with Steinar Raknes (bass) and Doug Raney (guitar) released the album Cats and Doug (Hot Club Records, 2002). Erik Nylander (drums) replaced Raney on the production of Eboue Seck's Wolof Experience at (Moldejazz 2005). On Vossajazz 2006, they play with Vidar Busk, accompanied by Håkon Mjåset Johansen (drums). The trio (with Nylander/Raknes) released the album Night (Jazzland, 2006) with the Kvernberg's own compositions. People was published in 2009. The commissioned work Liarbird to the Jazz 2010 was released. For the record Liarbird he won the Spellemannprisen 2011 in the class jazz.[7][8]

Other cooperations

He played with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Philip Catherine at Moldejazz 2004, and was involved in the Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet, the trio Gammalgrass with Stian Carstensen and Ole Morten Vågan, in The Scarlatti Ensemble with Kim Myhr, Eirik Hegdal and Marianne Baudouin Lie, with Siri Gjære's Trønderhøns and as a guest in Banjovi with Finn Guttormsen, Stian Carstensen, Haakon Askeland, Kjartan Iversen and Knut Hem. In 2007 he was with Thomas Dybdahl on tour. In 2008 Kvernberg contributed on the Jon Larsen's The Jimmy Carl Black Story.[7]

He is portrayed in the Stein Kagge's book Fra Satchmo til Ola Kvernberg (2001), and he is the brother of traditional musician Jorun Marie Kvernberg (1979).

Ola Kvernberg, Erik Nylander and Steinar Raknes with the Jazzland Community at the Jazz club Sardinen, USF Verftet in November 2012.



Solo albums

Within Ola Kvernberg Trio
Within Liarbird
Within Grand General, quintet including Erlend Slettevoll, Even Helte Hermansen, Kenneth Kapstad and Trond Frønes


With Hot Club de Norvege
Within Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet
Within Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Within Team Hegdal sextet including Eirik Hegdal, André Roligheten, Rune Nergaard, Mattias Ståhl and Gard Nilssen
Within Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Chicago Sextet, including Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Jason Adasiewicz and Jeff Parker
Within Gammalgrass
Within the trio Kirsti, Ola & Erik

Film music


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Preceded by
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus
Preceded by
Arve Henriksen
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Håkon Mjåset Johansen
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