Trombonist, Composer, Arranger-Orchestrator, Conductor, Instructor.
Currently member of "Blood Sweat & Tears"
Manhattan School of Music. New York, N.Y. Master in Composition and Film Scoring, 1985
stlandske Music Conservatory. Oslo, Norway. Bachelor Degree - Classical Trombone, 1979
Individual Study with Don Sebesky (Film Score), Dennis Wick (Trombone), Michael Gibbs (Composition), Ed Green (Film Score), Bill Watrous (Trombone), Arild Jensen (Trombone)
___AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
The "Lys Music Composition Contest" 2nd. Prize for Jazz Orch Belgium 2003.
Norwegian Composers Foundation, Scholarship, 1986, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999.
2000-2002, Scholarship to write a symphony
Norwegian Found for Performing Artist, stipend 1990,1996,1999.
TONO, stipend 1990, 1996.
Norwegian Association for Popular Authors: Prize of the Year for Best Composition, 1982, 1986, 1996.
Barga Jazz '92, 2nd. Prize, International Arr. & Composition competition for Jazz Orch., Italy
Danish Broadcasting Orch., Denmark Radio Cup, 1988 & 1989 for original classical compositions.
The Municipality of Oslo, Oslo City Cultural Stipend, 1986.
Norwegian Composers Union, Anders Klstads Scholarship, 1984.
Peforming Trombone on "Hair Spray" and "The Producers" on Broadway (NYC) 2003-04
Orchestrated "Mary Poppins" 2003
White Tie And Tails, Tommy Tune Little Schubert Theatre on Broadway (trombone) 2002-03
Damenes Aften (Ladies Night Out), Orchestrated Show at the Chat Noir Theatre, Oslo, 1998/99/2000. Tremendous Success. (conductor & trombone).
Chorus Line, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, 1983-84 (trombone), 1996 (conductor).
Tommy Tune - Moonlighting, Rich Forum, Stamford, CT. 1993, 2002 (trombone).
Phantom of the Opera, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1990 (conductor).
Jesus Christ Superstar, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1990 (conductor & trombone).
Les Miserables, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1988 (conductor & bass trombone).
Mame, Connecticut Broadway Theatre, CT.
Fiddler on the Roof, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1987 (trombone).
No Other Time, No Other Place, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1986 (conductor).
Cats, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo 1985/86 (trombone).
Romeo & Juliet, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1985 (trombone).
West Side Story, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1982,86 (trombone).
Conducted, orchestrated and performed for:
"Ladies and Gentlemen" a series of 10 TV shows about famous artists. 2002 Conductor, musical director, arranger.
Momarkedet, live fundraising show; conductor, musical director, arranger, featuring among others int'l artists: Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards, Engelbert Humperdink. NRK.1988, '89, '90, '91,'92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000, 2001.
TV telethon for cancer 2000.
TV show "The blind association 100year" 2000.
TV telethon "SOS children villages" 2000.
A Celebration of the '70's, MD & conductor for Donna Summer, NBC, Los Angeles, 1993.
Diamond Awards, musical director & conductor for Donna Summer, Netherlands, 1992.
TV cup final footballshow TV2, 1998.
Telethon, musical director, arranger for 12 hour telethon. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Oslo, 1992, 1994
Jens Wendelboe Big Crazy Energy Band, 40 minute music show, taped live. NRK, Oslo, 1991.
Lrdan, popular live Saturday night show (87% viewer ratings); house conductor, musical director, arranger. Featuring among others, Al Jarreau, Tanita Takaram, NRK, 1988-1991.
Spellemansprisen, Norwegian "Grammys", conductor, musical director, arr., NRK, '91,'93,'95.
Brageprisen, Norwegian Literary Awards, musical director & arranger, NRK '92 &'93.
European All Star Big Band, European Broadcasting Union, trombonist, EBU, Austria 1990.
Holmenkollen, live t.v. entertainment; conductor, musical director, arranger, NRK, '90, '93.
Amanda Price, live Film Award ceremony, house conductor, musical director, arranger, featuring int'l artists: Liv Ullman and Diana Ross, NRK 1986, 1987.
TV Soloist with own compositions on an internordic production, Finland, 1987.
Eurovision Song Contest, conductor & arr., for national & int'l competition, NRK, 1986.
Sopot Pop Festival, conductor and arranger for Finland's entrants, Poland, 1986.
Cesme Music Contest, conductor and arranger for Norway and Sweden, Turkey, 1986.
Trombone soloist and band member on studio and live shows, both classical & contemporary.
Composed numerous jingles both acoustic and electronic.
"REAL THING DELUXE" Conducted and co produced. No.2 best selling jazz record in Norway 2000.
"ONE DAY" Orchestrated for Sidsel Kyrkjeb (best seller in Europe) 2000.
Misc. recordings with David Foster, Jimmy Webb, Roger Nichols, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Bruce Roberts
Recording artist and arranger on over 50 classical, fusion, top 40, jazz and rock & roll recordings.
Arranger on recordings for the Monroes and Bobbysocks (best sellers).
___RELATED PERFORMING, ARRANGING, CONDUCTING
Madison Square Garden KTU. Conducted and Arranged music for a "Tribute to Donna Summer" 2003
The New York Restoration Project. Conducted and performed for Bette Midler & Donna Summer 2003
Morocco, private concert for his Majesty King Mohammed the 6th at his Palace New Years eve.2002
Westbury Music Fair, performed with The Dells, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Vale, 2001
The Norwegian Radio Symphony 2000–2003 Conducted, orchestrated and soloed with the orchestra in seven different productions such as: CD recording, Film recording, Children event, popular musical and jazz concerts with among others alto saxophonist Peter King.
Army bands 2000 Conducted several concerts with original material in Norway.
The Ambassador Show Conductor and trombone soloing in Harstad, Norway, 1998/2000.
The Norwegian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Norwegian Labor Unions 100 Year Anniversary, April 1999.
Opening Concert in Harstad (Festspillene i Nord-Norge), June 98.
Donna Summer in Carnegie Hall, March 98. Benefit for Gay Men's Health Crises Center.
Donna Summer '93, '94, '95. Musical director, conductor. USA, Europe, Latin America, Japan.
Celebration in the Square '92, Musical director for Paul Newman's Fundraising event for the "Hole in the Wall Gang" featuring Tony Bennett, Donna Summer, Neil Sedaka.
Big Crazy Energy Band, monthly concert with own compositions at Serafina, New York 2001
Oriental Hotel, Bangkok Soloed with a jazz quartet 2000.
Bergen professional Big Band, Conducted and performed all own compositions 2000.
Asker Big Band Performed at Copenhagen Jazz House.
Soloist and Judge in Augastana Jazz Big Band Competition Festival, Suix Fall 1999.
Tour with Crazy Energy Jazz Quartet in Spain, Feb. 1997, Germany Sept. 1998,
USA Jan. 1999.
Cruise with Little Crazy Energy Band, 12-piece band, on Cruiseship SS NORWAY, July 1998.
Molde International Jazz Festival 1992, Norway, Jens Wendelboe Big Crazy Energy Band
Asker Big Band, musical director 1985-present, performing also at Ronnie Scotts, London, 1988.
Norwegian Radio Big Band, conductor, principal & 2. trombonist, soloist, arranger,
Tom Pierson Big Band, with among others; A. Jackson, L. Soluff, J. Pugh, G. Chamberlain, L. Marini.. Trombonist, New York, 1985.
Trombone Quintet at Harstad Jazz Festival, w/F. Tingns, H. Halvorsen, T. Nilsen, J. Wendelboe, . Westby, 1985.
Jens Wendelboe Big Band, performing at "7th Avenue South", New York 1984-85. Performing at "Club 7", Oslo 1982-83.
Jazz Punk Ensemble at Voss Jazz Festival, Trombonist, Norway, 1980.
Toshiko Akioshi at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Trombonist, Norway, 1980.
Trombone soloist on various assignments in clubs and concerts. Have soloed together with Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Bill Watrous and Wayne Andr.
Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Permanent stand-in on Principal/2. Trombone.
Composed Pagina, The Opposite of One, plus prize winning Modus Vivendi, H2O and Winterlandscape.
Arranger on various classical and light pieces for chamber ensembles to symphony orchestra.
Frequent Guest on various Radio Programs
Norwegian Labor Union, 30 minutes music for historical/documentary film, Oslo, 1990
Citadel, 30 minutes music for industrial video, Oslo, 1990
Lamin, 30 minutes music for award winning novelle film, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), 1988
Hanover Park High School, NJ. Taught performers "Master class" Guest directed Jazz Ens. 2003
Private lessons on trombone, Wilton , CT. 2002, 03.
Judge for high school band competition, Augastana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. 2000
stlandske Music Conservatory (recently merged with the Royal Academy of Music), Prof. in arranging and composition, Oslo, 1990-94
Royal Academy of Music, Supervisor of the Jazz Department, taught "music philosophy", "styles and analysis", instructed jazz ensembles and participated in international exchange programs, Oslo, 1985-87.
Employed on a freelance basis to provide: individual trombone tutoring, musical direction for amateur and senior jazz ensembles and big bands, & seminars in improvisation and arranging.