«Øystein Sevåg» - biography, albums, songs, video clips

Classical / world music composer and keyboardis / flutist Øystein Sevåg was born near Oslo, Norway in 1957, beginning piano lessons at age five. As a teen he played bass in a rock band but returned to his classical roots in time to study piano, flute and composition at a private Music Conservatory in Oslo; by the 1980s, however, Sevåg had become fascinated by the possibilities offered by the development of the synthesizer, and he plunged into electronic music with his self-released 1989 debut LP Close Your Eyes and See.

The product of five years in the studio, the album slowly crept into Billboard’s New Age charts in the Usa, and it landed Sevåg on the Windham Hill label to issue the follow-up, 1993’s Link. He returned two years later with Global House, a record reflecting a newfound interest in acoustic sounds and worldbeat textures, including didjeridoo and string quartet; the ambient album Visual, a collaboration with guitarist Lakki Patey, followed in 1996. Signing to the Hearts of Space label, Sevåg resurfaced in 1997 with the acclaimed Bridge, now including the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), winning the Indie Award in USA for the best new age recording of the year.

From 1999 to 2005 he lived in Freiburg, South Germany, where he among other things has been working with music therapy together with Maria Sevag and the psychologist Kathartina Martin.

In april 2005 Sevåg’s new album Caravan was released, 8 years after his previous album Bridge. The new material was introduced on a consert in Oslo in March. In June one of his new compositions in the classical erea - a string trio - had its first performance on Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival on Crete, Greece. In october he had 2 concerts in Norway with his “Global House Band” - followed up by 10 small solo concerts at the Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo.

In the spring 2006 Oystein Sevag moved to Oslo.



1989: Close Your Eyes and See

1993: Link

1995: Global House

1997: Bridge (Hearts of Space Records[2])

2005: Caravan

2007: Based on a True Story

2010: The Red Album

2012: Space For a Crowded World


1999: Pearl Collection

1999: Private Collection

2001: Early Works


1996: Visual with Lakki Patey

2003: Amor Fati with Kristin Flood - English and Norwegian version

2007: Eliksir: Earthly Things - producer

2008: Benedicte Torget: After a Day of Rain - coproducer, piano player, arranger

2011: Anette Askvik: Liberty - producer, piano player, arranger