Jazz rock veteran with first album released in 1975
is a flautist/saxophonist who has been part of the jazz-rock scene since
its infancy. Undseth's muscial career has embraced many genre, but in
his new album The Neon Jazz Collection, he is returning to his early
inspiration. His early albums with his first group, Vanessa, were
pioneering works in the jazz rock canon, and in returning to his roots he
has found new inspiration.
His work with Prima Vista. collects the lyrical threads woven from the
past as he once again let the melody guide the compositions.Svend
started his musical career as a leader and later CO-leader with Frode
Holm in the jazz-rock group Vanessa back in 1971.The group made two
albums, “City Lips” 1973 and “Black and White” 1977.He released his
first solo album “Grenseland” on Polygram in 1980. Grenseland or
“Borderland” was one of the very first albums in the style of Ambient /
Electronica made in Norway.He subsequently joined Avitel as
composer/sound technician, composing and producing music sound
tracks for video, ballet and multimedia performances. He has also
initiated and developed his own multimedia projects such as 'Ultra
Environments',1984, which toured throughout Norway and in Denmark
with the support of the Norwegian Government, and 'Is that called Love'
with the singer Berit Lohne and drummer Svend Kalmar. He also formed
a fusion band with keyboard player Jan Simonsen called USB in the
same period. The band was put together with musicians from another
fusion group, Lava, Alex and the Georg Keller band.lIn 1990 Svend
released a collection of music used in different multimedia shows under
the name “Windshave” and started a group with three singers called
Conspiracy Mares. Founded in 1993, Prima Vista has released two
CD's, as well as producing sound and music for a number of video, TV
and film productions.His background illustrates some of the
competence, skill and musical expression shared through his
compositions, songs, and melodic instrumental paintwork.
My Jazz Story
I was first exposed to jazz listening to my fathers Louis Armstrong records.