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.
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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