Dag Arnesen

Dag Syver Arnesen (born 3 May 1950) is a Norwegian jazz pianist with a series of album releases.[1][2]

Dag Arnesen
In 2017
In 2017
Background information
Birth nameDag Syver Arnesen
Born (1950-05-03) 3 May 1950 (age 71)
Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer


Dag Arnesen with BBB in 2014.
Dag Arnesen and Bergen Big Band in November 2014.

Arnesen was born in Bergen, and studied classical piano under Jiri Hlinka at the Bergen Music Conservatory and got a commitment[1] by Den Nationale Scene. Eventually he went to jazz and played in the 1970s with the Arvid Genius' orchestra, and led his own Trios, Quartets and Septetter og 13'tets. There were several records under his own name and he is still in the Bergen Big Band. Arnesen has also lived in Oslo and played in the jazz bands Søyr, Orleysa, various groups led by the late international Norwegian guitarist Thorgeir Stubø, vocalist Susanne Fuhr, saxophonists Knut Riisnæs and Odd Riisnæs and orchestra leader Kjell Karlsen. In the Bergen-based Sigurd Ulveseth Quartet he has participated on three releases, and Arnesen also led the local Evans Jazzclub.

His melodic style has been compared to Jan Johansson.[3]



An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1982* Ny Bris Odin With Olav Dale (sax), Per Jørgensen (trumpet), Ole Thomsen (guitar), Kåre Garnes (bass), Frank Jakobsen (drums)
1987* Speak Low Taurus With Odd Riisnæs (tenor sax), Kåre Garnes (bass), Tom Olstad (drums)
1989* Renascent Odin With Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass), Svein Christiansen (drums)
1990 The Day After Taurus With Odd Riisnæs (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass), Svein Christiansen (drums), Wenche Gausdal (vocals)
1992* Photographs Taurus Quartet, with Terje Gewelt (bass), Svein Christiansen (drums), Wenche Gausdal (vocals)
1994* Movin' Taurus Trio, with Terje Gewelt (bass), Svein Christiansen (drums)
1996* Rusler rundt Grieg NOPA NN With 13-piece orchestra
1998 Inner Lines Resonant Trio, with Terje Gewelt (bass), Svein Christiansen (drums)
2004 Time Enough Resonant Trio, with Terje Gewelt (bass), Pål Thowsen (drums)
2006 Norwegian Song 1 Resonant Trio, with Terje Gewelt (bass), Pål Thowsen (drums)
2008 Norwegian Songs 2 Resonant Trio, with Terje Gewelt (bass), Pål Thowsen (drums)
2010 Norwegian Songs 3 Losen Quartet, with Ellen Andrea Wang (bass), Pål Thowsen (bass), Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet, flugelhorn, beatboxing)[4]
2015* Grieg, Tveitt & I Losen With Ole Marius Sandberg (bass), Ivar Thormodsæter (drums, percussion), strings[5]
2016 Pentagon Tapes Losen Trio, with Ole Marius Sandberg (bass), Ivar Thormodsæter (drums)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Jazz pianist". Mulemusic.no. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  2. ^ "Arnesen, Dag". Biografi. Norsk Musikkinformasjon, MIC.no. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03.
  3. ^ Ann Kristin Ødegård, Jazzer med Grieg in Jazznytt
  4. ^ Mosnes, Terje (2010-10-28). ""Norwegian Song 3" i fin, ny stil - Riview" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  5. ^ Helgheim, Roald (2015-05-02). "Grieg, Tveitt & I" (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. Retrieved 2015-05-02.

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Preceded by
Per Jørgensen
Recipient of the Vossajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Ole Hamre
Preceded by
Svein Olav Herstad
Recipient of the Sildajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Alf Wilhelm Lundberg
Preceded by
Frode Gjerstad
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Karl Seglem
Preceded by
Olga Konkova
Recipient of the Jazz class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Jaga Jazzist