Siv Øyunn Kjenstad
drummer / composer /singer
Siv Øyunn Kjenstad is a drummer who plays easily across many genres such as jazz, alternative pop/rock, contemporary and improvised music and electronica. In the different musical expressions, she brings her personal, warm sound, creative and spontaneous approach. She is recognized by many for her characteristic, steady groove and the ability to listen and play with her co-musicians in an expressive, dynamic and organic way.
The Oslo-based drummer also travels Europe and worldwide with various collaborations. This year she's doing a lot of gigging with Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz, as the project and his label Jazzland have their 20th anniversary.
She started her professional career as a nineteen-year-old in the percussion ensemble Batagraf, under Norwegian jazz pianist and composer Jon Balke. Since then she has collaborated with numerous acclaimed musicians in Norway and internationally.
Currently she's embarking on a solo project for the first time, writing and performing her music as Øyunn. The band was voted Band of the year by Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen in 2015.
Current projects include: Øyunn, Bugge Wesseltoft New Conception of Jazz, Christian Balvig Sextett, BRAK RUG, BAYA and occasionally Band of Gold, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Time is A Blind Guide.
Past projects include the trio Chili Vanilla that she played with for six years, Ósk, TAAO, Einar Stray and ANANA.
She does and has done different collabs, ad hoc or over a period, with musicians and projects such as Lina Lapelyté, Jon Balke/Batagraf, Charles Gayle, Poing, Lars Lillo-Stenberg, Olefonken, Petter & Siv, Oslo Strings, Thomas T. Dahl, Tini, No 4, Morten Myklebust, Jo Berger Myhre, Eyolf Dale, Brunborg/Kjenstad/Poulsen, Tord Gustavsen kvartett, Truls, Thomas Kongshavn, Elin Rosseland Kvintett, Vigleik Storaas, Oktavia, Sigrid Moldestad, Helge Norbakken, Ole Henrik Giørtz, Lars Saabye Christensen, Ståle Storløkken, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvær.
Other countries she has played in includes Norway, Germany, Sweden, Italy, China, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, France, The Gambia, South-Korea, UK, Czech Republic, Bosnia-Hercegovina.