Photo: Helge Skodvin
"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 29 countries. He received the Vossajazz Prize in 2016 and the TONO Edvard award in 2022.
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 high acclaim for their two albums Skarbø Skulekorps (2019) and Dugnad (2021), both released on Hubro.
Superless is a new project featuring Jeff Parker, Eirik Hegdal and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. The quartet will release their debut album in 2023.
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 one bottle mail) and toured across Europe. The electric trio Bly de Blyant (2012–2015), where Skarbø composed and produced all the music, featured Hilmar Jensson on guitar and Shahzad Ismaily on bass. The band released three albums on Hubro. In 2016 he initiated the international quartet Inland Empire, which included Kris Davis (piano), Fredrik Ljungkvist (tenor sax) and Ole Morten Vågan (bass), and released an album on Clean Feed. Between 2012–2018 Øyvind toured and recorded two albums for Håkon Kornstad's highly successful Tenor Battle project.
From 2006 to 2012 he organized Øyvind Jazzforum, a concert series for improvised music in Bergen. In 2015 he arranged the 1982 Festival. He sometimes releases albums under the Øyvind Jazzforum banner.
Since 2017, Skarbø has been composing and producing more. 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.
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