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New Festival Director

11. April 2019

The board of Oslo Jazz Festival has unanimously decided to appoint Øyvind Skjerven Larsen as new Festival Director for Oslo Jazz Festival. Current Festival Director Edvard Askeland, who has been at the festival since 2007, will return to his career as a musician (bass) after this year’s festival.

Øyvind Skjerven Larsen has been a key member of the Oslo music scene since the end of the 90s. His background is from the jazz club Blå, Universal Music and Music Export Norway, and for the past six years he has been working for Norsk Jazzforum (the Norwegian jazz forum), a non-profit organisation working for all groups connected to the Norwegian jazz scene – clubs, big bands, festivals, education intitutions and musicians. Skjerven Larsen is a member of Music Norway’s travel grant committee, has a position in the Election Committee for Europe Jazz Network and is a contributing writer for Norwegian jazz magazine Jazznytt.

“The board of OJF is very pleased that Øyvind Skjerven Larsen has accepted the position. He is very knowledgeable and has a wide network of contacts at home and abroad. He also has an open, creative, curious and energetic personality. We are confident that we have got a festival director who will continue to push Oslo Jazz Festival forward, cooperate well with the the local scene, and ensure that the positive development of OJF will continue, to the benefit of both musicians, volunteers and for the public” states chairman of the board at Oslo Jazz Festival, Ellen Horn.

“I am really looking forward to embarking on the tasks and opportunities that lie in hosting a jazz festival in Europe’s busiest jazz city. Looking at the scope and breadth of the Norwegian jazz scene, we see that Norwegian jazz has never been more active and up-to-date. Jazz’s golden age is now, and my goal is to make Oslo the European jazz capital”, says new festival director Øyvind Skjerven Larsen.

Øyvind Skjerven Larsen with current Festival Director Edvard Askeland.
Photo: Miriam Sørlie Larsen

Confirmed concerts at Oslo Jazz Festival 2019:

  • Ketil Bjørnstad
  • Hanna Paulsberg Concept + Magnus Broo
  • General Post Office
  • Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania
  • Nils Petter Molvær & Nordic Voices
  • Trondheim Jazzorkester m/ Alf Hulbækm
  • Bedehus & Hawaii feat. Geir Sundstøl
  • Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen
  • Lucky Peterson
  • Taksim Trio
  • Susanna
  • Houston Person/Jan Lundgren Quartet
  • John Surman Trio
  • Håkon Kornstad Trio & The Norwegian Chamber orchestra