Kenneth Sivertsen artist

Kenneth Sivertsen (1961-2006) was born in the coastal village of Mosterhamn. Largely self-taught, he also briefly studied guitar with Torbjørn Wiberg and Arild Hansson, and composition with Magnar Åm. Working as a free-lance musician, he toured extensively as a guitarist with various ensembles, but devoted a good deal of his time to composition. His first Symphony, "Håp", was performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in November 1984, and his second symphony, "Timeglaset og Morgonstjerna" in 1989. He also received commissions to compose for amongst others, Rikskonsertene (NorConcert), the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, the Carte Blache Ballett group, and the Trondheim String Orchestra. Sivertsen performed and wrote within various genre, from Folk-music to Pop, Rock and Jazz and consistently chose to work within a broad spectrum refusing to specialize in any particular style, even though he was possibly best known as Folk-Singer and Jazz musician. Illustrative of Sivertsens defiance of any particular style, and multi-dimensional talent, is the fact that he recorded a pop album the year after his jazz release, followed up by performing with a cabaret group, and then composed music commissioned by a ballet company. Sivertsen also performed as a revue artist, collaborated on the musical score for films, and collaborated with author Jon Fosse amongst others.