Tellef Øgrim

Tellef Øgrim

Musicians | Instrument: Guitar | Location: Oslo

This trio sounds like a rock/jazz power trio from the early seventies, pre-fusion, moving in immense waves without many actual solos, more of a group sound.

—Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Updated: December 28, 2022

Born: January 27, 1958

Tellef Øgrim (alternatively written Ogrim where the letter Ø does not work), was born on January 27. 1958 in Oslo, is a Norwegian guitarist and journalist.

Recent projects: 

Audiovisual collective Mugetuft celebrates Edvard Munch's birthday on December 12, 2022

Trio album Rune with Per Anders Nilsson and Anders Berg was released on December 1, 2022

Solo guitar album Temporal Angles released November 11, 2022


As a boy, Tellef played in rock and jazz bands before joining the new wave band Ung Pike Forsvunnet, in 1981. The group released two albums toured Norway and played some TV shows.

By 1985 Øgrim and vocalist (and later his wife, Anne Danielsen) had formed the soul-rock band Duck Spin, releasing the group's only album Wake Me When the Moon Gets Up the year after. Øgrim went on to form his first jazz group, Libido in 1987. Their self-titled album was released at Hot Club Records.

During the same period, he wrote music for two theatre plays. In 2004, Øgrim released a CD containing solo improvisations for fretless electric guitar, titled Some Dodos Never Die. Three years later Wagon 8 was released on Curling Legs Records with Polish drummer Jacek Kochan, trombonist Dag Einar Eilertsen, Henrik Hellstenius (laptop) and singer Anne Danielsen.

In 2008, Øgrim played on the free jazz CD Do I the In? (Not Two Records) with Joe Fonda (bs), Jacek Kochan (dr) and Franz Hautzinger (trp). Listen to Tellef's tune Ectoplasmatics from that record

In 2010, he formed the audio-visual project Mugetuft with Peter Knudsen, later expanded with Henrik Hellstenius, and Jakop Janssønn. The quartet performed at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Oslo Screen Festival in 2014 (this performance is available as video and as audio-only). Mugetuft opened the regional art biennale Kunst rett Vest in Svelvik in 2014 and performed its work A at Aker Brygge in 2015.

An impro trio with cello player Clementine Gasser and Jacek Kochan came together in Vienna in 2009 to record What's wrong with Now for Not Two Records (released in 2011).

Since 2004's Some Dodos Never Die, Tellef has released a number of solo recordings. Check them out on his Bandcamp page. They range from free improvised sounds, electric, acoustic, some overdriven, some based on found sound, and some re-composed improvisations set out for (electronic) ensembles.

One of these solo pieces reappears in a new version on a duo album with Swedish bass player Anders Berg ("November"), released on Bandcamp in November 2014. In 2015, the duo released its second album, titled "KUME", a release that is available physically as a CD-R as well as digitally. The duo's third album, KÖLEN, was released in 2016.

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Guitar music tends to end up within given genres, frames or predictable expressions. The composer and guitarist Tellef Øgrim's exciting projects experiment with the guitar's expressive sound expression, are based on jazz, and ends up in a type of PING-PONG guitar music. On Sunday's in love, all his love for the guitar is concentrated and isolated on 6 tracks that vary in soundscapes and where contemporary music contributes to the completion.

Picking sounding like a chubby lyre characterizes the first song «Gdansk-Osztlyn». Here the contrasts of softness and steel become clearly evident, as well as contemporary, if not possibly jazz-inspired improvisations, in the acoustic guitar. Simple motifs with variations, including small pauses, create an intimate sound of weeds and dusty guitar.

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