Karl Seglem is a ground breaking musician on both tenor saxophone and the traditional norwegian instrument “bukkehorn” (billy goat's horn). He seamlessly moves between jazz, folk, world jazz and free improvisations and mixes expressions from acoustic folk with electronica and jazz.
With 30 years as a recording artist and over 40 albums later, Karl Seglem has not lost his curiosity and is creating a musical expression unlike anyone else. Folk is often at the base of his improvisations and with the fiddle as basis for his ensemble he is rooted in Old Norse traditions. As a performer he’s got a unique voice that manages to be inventive and traditional at the same time. In his universe, he embraces both the meditative and the rhythmical. His use of bukkehorn is also something entirely different and unique.
The piece Mytevegar (Myth.Path.Hope) is inspired by the Norse myth of the death of Balder. Seglem tells the myth in the context of eco-philosophy and the current climate crisis in combination with his own poetry. In many ways, this piece connects his work Øko og Verdsarv, utgjevinga Nunatak (Eco and World heritage, the album Nunatak) (2018) and his latest collection of poems Djup redsle. Djup ro. (Deep fear. Deep tranquility) (2022).
Karl Seglem shares the world premiere of Mytevegar with us at Oslo Jazz Festival 2023.
Karl Seglem (tenor saxophone, bukkehorn, voice), Erlend Viken (fiddles, vocals), Håkon Høgemo (hardingfiddles), Andreas Ulvo (piano, synth), Andreas Løwe (el. piano, synth), Hallvard Gaardløs (bass, vocals), Kåre Opheim (drums), Alf Magne Hillestad (percussion, electronics), Birk Nygaard (light design), Asle Karstad (sound design)
Concert starts 20:00