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Svein Rikard Mathisen

Svein Rikard Mathisen is a Norwegian guitarist and composer, who grew up in Brumunddal in the county of Hedmark north of Oslo. Having played the guitar since the age of eight, he pursued a musical career, studying at the University of Agder (bachelor), and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory (masters) in Copenhagen. His approach to improvised music and composition, can be traced back to his meetings with Fryland, Hess and Bates in Copenhagen and Lund, Rogers and Krantz in New York, alongside the brilliant books by Paul Hindemith and Olivier Messiaen. ​ Svein Rikard is the founder of the group Somebody's Quartet, which features on Mathisens debut as a leader, COPENHAGEN DIARIES (2015)


Mathisen, Breistein: Gadgets

Read "Gadgets" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Protagonista di questo lavoro è un quartetto di musicisti scandinavi (tre norvegesi e un danese) codiretto dal sassofonista Inge Weatherhead Breistein e dal chitarrista Svein Rikard Mathisen, coautori anche delle musiche. La cifra è molto moderna, basata su composizioni lontane dalla forma degli standard, aperte ma molto narrative e attraversate in filigrana da un certo lirismo. ...


Label: Amp Music & Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Gadgets; Sourdough; Bjarne; Tentakelvalsen; Dalmatian; Sight of Momentum; Trexit.

Copenhagen Diaries

Label: Curling Legs
Released: 2016
Track listing: Obstruction; Who broke the bat?; Pheasant cookin´; Nightmares; Hedmark; Vanity; A moon on a sunny day; New beginnings; I guess seeing one more episode won't hurt anyone.


Svein Rikard Mathisen: Copenhagen Diaries

Read "Copenhagen Diaries" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Copenhagen Diaries documents Norwegian, Bergen-based guitarist Svein Rikard Mathisen experiences while studying at the acclaimed Rhythmic Music Conservatory in the Danish capital, an era described by him as a “twilight zone" where “curiosity meets nightmares and angst meets caffeine." Fortunately, Matisen experiences were processed into an appealing yet complex compositions, reflecting the dramatic emotional turmoil of ...


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