Eivind Opsvik

Eivind Opsvik (born 1973 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician (upright bass) and composer, the son of the Norwegian interior and furniture designer Peter Opsvik.[1]

Eivind Opsvik
Opsvik with the Nate Wooley Quintet in concert at Club W71, Weikersheim March 15, 2014.
Opsvik with the Nate Wooley Quintet in concert at Club W71, Weikersheim March 15, 2014.
Background information
Born1973 (age 48–49)
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsUpright bass, lap steel guitar, keyboards, drums
LabelsLoyal Label
Eivind Opsvik performing with Nat Wooley Quintet at Aarhus Jazzfestival, Denmark 2016


Opsvik is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music (1993–97), and he made himself evident on the Oslo jazz scene from the early 1990s, before moving to New York in 1998, where has been living since. He is thoroughly involved in composing, recording, mixing and producing music, as he manages a studio in his basement, from where he is running the record label Loyal Label. His main projects are 'Overseas' and 'Opsvik & Jennings', besides his solo project.

'Overseas' is the name of his band that was formed in 2002 and includes Jacob Sacks (piano, harpsichord and organ), Tony Malaby (saxophone), Kenny Wollesen (drums) and the most recent addition, Brandon Seabrook (guitar). Opsvik plays upright bass and writes all the music. Four records have been released, starting with Overseas (2003), then Overseas II (2005) and third Overseas III (2008). Overseas IV was recorded in the summer of 2011 and released in 2012.[2]

Opsvik & Jennings is an experimental pop duo with tunesmith and guitarist Aaron Jennings, that have released three albums, Fløyel Files (2005), Commuter Anthems (2007) and A Dream I Used to Remember (2009).[3]

Opsvik is currently working on a solo album (2013) in collaboration with photographer Michelle Arcila. He also performs with a plethora of other bands and musicians, like Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio, Nate Wooley Quintet, Jesse Stacken Trio, Skuli Sverrison's Seria, Two Miles A Day with a record featuring Jacob Sacks, Mat Maneri and Paul Motian, Jeff Davis Trio with Russ Lossing, Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue, Rocket Engine, Plainville, Kris Davis Trio, Håkon Kornstad, David Binney with Brian Blade and Craig Taborn, Rocket Engine, Tone Collector, Jesse Harris' Cosmo, The Interaction of Non-Interaction with Ben Gerstein and Poor Pluto.


Solo albumsEdit

Within 'Overseas' including Jacob Sacks & Tony Malaby
  • 2003: Overseas (Fresh Sound New Talent), feat. Craig Taborn, Wells Hanley, Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Davis, Dan Weiss, Loren Stillman & Jason Rigby
  • 2005: Overseas II (Fresh Sound New Talent), feat. Kenny Wollesen, Jeff Davis, Craig Taborn, Loren Stillman
  • 2008: Overseas III (Loyal Label), feat. Kenny Wollesen, Larry Campbell & Jeff Davis
  • 2012: Overseas IV (Loyal Label), feat. Kenny Wollesen & Brandon Seabrook[2]


Within 'Tone Collector' including Tony Malaby & Jeff Davis
Within 'Opsvik & Jennings' (Aaron Jennings)
Within Marvin Charles Trio including Ketil Gutvik
Within 'Jacob Sacks/Eivind Opsvik/Mat Maneri/Paul Motian'
  • 2007: Two Miles A Day (Loyal Label/Yeah Yeah Records)
Within Jostein Gulbrandsen Quartet
  • 2007: Twelve (Fresh Sound New Talent)[4]
Within 'Rocket Engine' including Eric Biondo, Mike Pride, Jonathan Goldberger, Aaron Jennings, Ben Gerstein, Jeff Davis & Kris Davis
  • 2007: What is This That Stands Before Me? (Loyal Label)
Within 'Jon Irabagon's Outright!'
  • 2008: Outright! (Innova Recordings)
Within 'Nate Wooley Quintet' including Harris Eisenstadt, Josh Sinton & Matt Moran
  • 2011: (Put Your) Hands Together (Clean Feed Records)
  • 2015: (Dance to) The Early Music (Clean Feed Records)
Within 'Nate Wooley Sextet' including Josh Sinton, Harris Eisenstadt, Dan Peck & Matt Moran
  • 2013: (Sit In) The Throne of Friendship (Clean Feed Records)
With David Binney
With Mary Halvorson
With David Binney
  • 2017: "The Times Verses" (Criss Cross)


  1. ^ Hammerø, Tor (21 May 2013). "Eivind Opsvik Biography". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Collins, Troy (16 April 2012). "Eivind Opsvik: Overseas IV (2012) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Audun Skorgen Bassist". Mediabasen.no. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Jostein Gulbrandsen - Twelve". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015.

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