Photo: Jørn Stenersen
During the past 20 years, Morten Qvenild has been a clear voice in European jazz, pop and other related musical fluctuations. He has initiated and composed for/played in several bands and participated on about 60+ albums with In the Country, The National Bank, Solveig Slettahjell Slomo Quintet, Susanne Sundfør, Arve Henriksen, Thomas Dybdahl, Martin Hagfors, Ingrid Olava, The Budding Rose, Marit Larsen, Nils Petter Molvær, Shining, Jaga Jazzist, Trail of Souls, Food, Trinity and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra and A-ha.
Morten Qvenilds latest endeavour is the development of the HyPer(sonal) Piano, a project which was conducted under the Norwegian artistic research fellowship programme. He is working with extending the grand piano sonic pallet by integrating live electronics in different ways related to the piano and his voice. This project also resulted in his first solo album, Personal Piano. The album won the Edward Grieg price and was nominated for two Grammys in Norway. A trademark of all his project is the trying to explore the axis between clear cut composition and improvisation. He is now an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, at the Jazz, Improvised Music and Traditional Nordic Folk Music Department.