Geir Lysne – composer, conductor, musician and teacher.
Geir Lysne is born in Trondheim, Norway (1965). He is educated from the Norwegian Academy of Music with saxophone and composition as main subjects. Lysne is well established on the international big band, wind ensemble, and partly on the classical orchestra scene. He has done hundreds of productions with professional (radio) jazz orchestras like NDR big band, HR big band, DR big band, UMO big band, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Reykjavik big band, all five Norwegian military orchestras etc. With his own ‘Geir Lysne listening ensemble’ he released four award-winning albums on ACT. ‘Boahjenásti’ won the ’German Critics Award’ in 2006, and was nominated for ‘Danish Music Award Jazz’ as well. His big band project with Stefano Bollani and NDR big band, released on Universal/Verve, received the ’Echo award jazz’ 2013. He regularly works as conductor for other artists, and has done productions with Bobby McFerrin, Joe Lovano, Stefano Bollani, Mory Kanté and Nils Landgren.
Besides being assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Oslo, he is ‘Composer in Residence’ at the Academy of Music in Luzern (Switzerland) 2013-2014 and curator for The Norwegian Wind Ensemble 2013-2015. With his unique methods in classical orchestra improvisation Lysne already has done remarkable success with this classical orchestra in their ‘real time music’ series
Geir Lysne is taking a new artistic direction in 2013, now releasing a solo album as a saxophone player. ‘Geir Lysne New Circle’ is a mix of everything he has worked on the last 20 years. Electronics, world music, big band, jazz, all blended together with great international musicians and him self as an extraordinary multi instrumentalist. This is his fifth solo album on ACT.