Jul 14, 2011

Gisle Torvik

Gisle Torvik was born June 2, 1975. He grew up in Tørvikbygd in Hardanger, Norway.

In the spring of 1992, he found an old Hoefner guitar up in the attic. A bit of plastic became a pick, and Gisle decided to become a solo-guitarist. His father told him to learn some chords, but Gisle only wanted to play solos in Knopflers spirit and therefore refused to play chords. After figuring out his fathers advice of learning the harmonics was a good idea, he learned the strings and chords.

After only 6 months Torvik found himself on stage with his guitar in front of 300 people. He had practiced every spare moment, but his fingers still shook. Luckily, with the help of a great audience, the young guitarist came out from his performance with a desire for more. The band kept playing in local arenas throughout the next years.

In 1994 Gisle started studying music at Sunnhordaland folkehøyskole. It was here he decided that he would become a professional guitarist. The year after he started a three-year education at Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio, majoring in guitar and composition.

After playing in some bands, his first solo album with his own band was released in 1999. Sigmund Groven, Petter Wettre, Frode Berg, Endre Christiansen and Torstein Lofthus contributed to “Naked without a Guitar” becoming a reality.

Torvik works as a guitarist, producer, arranger and composer. He also teaches guitar, harmony, arranging, composing, music production and music theory in different schools, besides being a guest instructor and conducting a big band.
The album «frozen moment» was released in 2009 to good reviews. This was his first album combining vocals and guitar as lead «voices». In March 2011 his song «I remember» reached the semi-final of ISC International Songwriting Competition.

Torvik is first and foremost a jazz guitarist, but likes to play all types of music.

"Tranquil Fjord" Gisle Torvik, exclusive new jazz guitar solo piece and music video in HD, by Gisle Torvik

This is a brand new tune written and played by Gisle Torvik.
He composed the tune in Hardanger, the beautiful fjord where he grew up, and the video was shot here as well. The location is an old and closed hydro power plant from 1918.
You can watch this in full HD.
Gear used: Sadowsky Jim Hall, Raezer's Edge Gisle Torvik Special Cabinet.
Cameras used: Sony EX3 Canon 5d

Director: Giert Clausen, Fersk Lyd
Pictures: Nils Kjetil Torvik and Giert Clausen

Thanks to Anita Hesthamar and Alvin Vestrheim

Special thanks to Knut Hovland and Statkraft