It takes a long time to gain acceptance for new idioms that are built on the sounds of previous generations. Some Norwegian musicians have been in the forefront of these developments, also internationally, and have created new approaches to improvisation: jazz where melody, harmony, improvisation, rhythm, and structure are based on other roots and other traditions than those of North America. My dream of recording an acoustic jazzalbum had matured through performing, composing, and releasing CDs since 1988. And for a long time, maybe even since I began my career as a freelance-musician I had been inspired by a dream of recording an acoustic album with a jazz quartet. I wanted to create something authentic in a different format, and collaborate with younger musicians. I had discovered and worked with improvisation and compositions based on Norwegian sources. It was possible, even liberating, and opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. I felt the time was ripe in 2008 when I recorded the first album "Norskjazz no" with this quartet.

My main goal or force is still, to hear for myself whether the music that I have created through my exploration of Norwegian folk music can function in the format that is, perhaps, the one most closely associated with jazz from a historical perspective: the quartet.

Journalist Terje Mosnes has said that he defines Norwegian jazz as the music that is being played by Norwegian jazz musicians at any giventime – with their multitude of distinctive voices. I have always considered myself to be a jazz musician in the sense that I can improvise. I have never felt that it was important to put a label on my music. Is it Jazz? Who cares. It´s music. Pure music as only this quartet of Norwegian born musicians can express and perform it. Now, close to 2017, releasing the third studio-album Nordic Balm with this quartet, I know I have reached some goals, and new ones still appears - Thank you Andreas, Sigurd and Jonas. Thank you all listeners still listening.

Karl Seglem, autumn 2016


Dordei and Northbound | Karl Seglem Acoustic Quartet live at Sendesaal, Bremen

6 years 8 months ago

Lull - Live at Jazz på Jølst 2013

6 years 8 months ago

The Greatest Joy on Earth - Live with Karl Seglem

6 years 8 months ago

Live at Odda Literary Symposium 2013, Part 1

6 years 8 months ago

Live at Odda Literary Symposium 2013, Part 2

6 years 8 months ago


6 years 9 months ago

Portugalsong - live in Tromsø 2011

7 years 1 month ago

Karl Seglem Acoustic Quartet, "Portugalsong"
(Trad./arr.Seglem) Live in Tromsø (N) October 2011

The Greatest Joy on Earth - live at Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2012

7 years 1 month ago

The Greatest Joy on Earth
by Jonas H. Sjøvaag

Karl Seglem Acoustic Quartet
live at Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2012

Recorded by John Kelman at Kongsberg Jazzfestival (N) 2012, for All About Jazz

Tour and recording October 2012

7 years 1 month ago

We´re looking forward to play 6 gigs and then travel to sørfjorden and Odda to record our next album.

New Album in Progress

7 years 1 month ago

We went to Odda in Hardanger to record our next album. Spent three nights there and had intense studio-days rehearsing and recording new stuff.
Hopefully the album will be out during spring 2013.

Contact info

Jonas Howden
+47 928 42 902

project members

Karl Seglem
T.Sax, goat horn, voice
Sigurd Hole
Andreas Ulvo
Jonas Sjøvaag

Past concerts

Date Venue
20/11 | 2016 Pit Inn, Tokyo (JP)
19/11 | 2016 Pit Inn, Tokyo (JP)
05/11 | 2016 Jameln, Platenlaase (DE)
04/11 | 2016 Fürstenwalde, Kulturfabrik (DE)
03/11 | 2016 bFlat, Berlin (DE)
02/11 | 2016 TBA (DE)
01/11 | 2016 KFZ, Marburg (DE)
31/10 | 2016 Treibhaus, Innsbruck (AU)
30/10 | 2016 Ali Theater, Waldschut-Tiengen (DE)
14/04 | 2016 LMS, Austria
26/11 | 2015 Jazzklubb Arendal
25/11 | 2015 Blaoboxen, Sogndal
20/11 | 2015 Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo
19/11 | 2015 Aasentunet, Volda
14/11 | 2015 Jameln, Platenlaase
13/11 | 2015 B-Flat, Berlin
12/11 | 2015 B-Flat, Berlin
11/11 | 2015 Nesodden, Hellviktangen
18/10 | 2015 Asker Kulturhus
15/10 | 2015 Spor 5, Stavanger