"Skarbø moves fluidly between measured cadences, pulse-free surges, and patient silences, contributing most by contributing just what the music needs." DUSTED MAGAZINE
Øyvind Skarbø, b. 1982, is a drummer, composer and producer based in Bergen, Norway. He studied with Terje Isungset from 2004-2006, and has also studied Norwegian, Cuban and Yoruba traditional music.
Øyvind has performed on 31 albums, and played in 28 countries. He received the Vossajazz Prize in 2016.
Skarbø Skulekorps is his main unit, for which he also composes the music. The ensemble, featuring the who's who of Scandinavian musicians, has received very high acclaim for their two albums Skarbø Skulekorps (2019) and Dugnad (2021), both released on Hubro.
Since 2006 he has been a strong presence on the European scene, initiating several highly acclaimed projects. These include his long-running trio 1982 with Nils Økland on Hardanger fiddle and Sigbjørn Apeland on harmonium. Between 2007–2018, the trio released 5 albums (and a bottle mail) and toured across Europe. The electric trio Bly de Blyant (2012–2015) featured Hilmar Jensson on guitar and Shahzad Ismaily on bass. They released three albums on Hubro before folding. Skarbø produced and composed all the music. In 2016 he initiated the international quartet Inland Empire, which included Kris Davis (piano), Fredrik Ljungkvist (tenor sax) and Ole Morten Vågan (bass), which released one album on Clean Feed. Between 2012-2018 he toured and recorded two albums for Håkon Kornstad's highly successful Tenor Battle project.
From 2006 to2012 he organized Øyvind Jazzforum, a concert series for improvised music in Bergen, and in 2015 he arranged the 1982 Festival. He sometimes releases albums under the Øyvind Jazzforum banner.
Starting 2017, Skarbø got more serious about composing and producing. Apart from his music for Skarbø Skulekorps, this has resulted in such works as 25MB RAM for video and string quartet, debuted at the Borealis-festival 2018, and Psst! and PSST2; two scenic performances made in collaboration with fellow drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and illustrator Fredrik Rysjedal, building on many years of experience performing for children. His
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