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Eivind Opsvik moved to New York City in 1998 to be a part of the rich music scene.

He's currently a member of a number of cutting-edge New York bands like Opsvik & Jennings, The UP, Kris Davis Quartet, David Binney's Out of Airplanes w Bill Frisell, Tone Collector, Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio, Rocket Engine and Ben Gerstein Collective. He recently also did a recording with pianist Jacob Sacks, Mat Maneri on viola and drum legend Paul Motian that's been released on Eivind's newly started record label; Loyal Label.

Eivind’s own group OVERSEAS, with saxophonist Tony Malaby, drummer Kenny Wollesen and pianist Jaocb Sacks, has become a mainstay in NYC’s progressive jazz scene, performing regular gigs at hotspots like Barbès, Nublu, 55Bar, Knitting Factory and Zebulon; they have also toured Europe. His first CD as a leader, “Overseas,” was released in January 2003 on the Spanish label “Fresh Sound Records”. It features Eivind's compositions and some of New York’s finest progressive jazz musicians. The CD was very well received in the New York Times, Downbeat and JazzTimes and was on Downbeat's list: “Best CD's of 2003”. Overseas II” was released in May 2005.

Overseas III, the third release on Opsvik’s Loyal label, was released in the spring of 2008 and is a collection of seven highly moody and colorful tracks and probably the most compelling and thematically focused project to date by his ensemble Overseas. Adding a unique organic edginess to their vibe is guest pedal steel guitarist Larry Campbell, who has played for years with the legendary Bob Dylan. Overseas III was recorded and mixed completely analog to tape by famed pop engineer Henry Hirsch, whose superstar credits include Lenny Kravitz, Madonna and Mick Jagger.

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”Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik made the most imaginative album trilogy of 2005.” --Nate Chinen, JazzTimes, April 2006

“Eivind Opsvik has an unusual gift for writing small, poignant pieces of music. The color and mood of his music, along with its rhythmic patterns, bleed over into pop, and the sound has a sheer, weightless quality.” --Ben Ratliff , New York Times, January 2003

“Opsvik's own bass has an aching sound, with his lines plumbing the depths to find almost folk-song-like melodies.” --David Dupont, All Music Guide



Album Overseas V by Eivind Opsvik

Overseas V

Loyal Label

Album Lifted Land by David Binney

Lifted Land

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Album Overseas IV by Eivind Opsvik

Overseas IV

Loyal Label

Album Overseas III by Eivind Opsvik

Overseas III

Loyal Label




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