Øyunn (Siv Øyunn Kjenstad)
drummer /artist/ composer /singer
Øyunn a.k.a. Siv Øyunn Kjenstad is a drummer, artist and composer, who makes free, honest, expressive alternative pop where she sings, raps, plays drums and synths. As a drummer, she 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. She tours on a regular basis with bands such as Efterklang and Frode Haltli’s Avant Folk. When Norwegian label Jazzland, had its 20th anniversary in 2016, she was the drummer in the new Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz and toured extensively for a couple of years. They still play a few gigs.
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.
Her main focus is writing and performing music as Øyunn, with her own material or as a composer and performer in theatre and film. Øyunn was voted Band of the year by Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen in 2015. These days she is working on a duo performance with author and actress Gine Cornelia Pedersen, where she is an actor and musician. She has been engaged as a composer and performer at the National Theatre in Oslo, made a commission work for Oslo World, and in 2017 and 18 she received a work grant from Arts Council Norway. Øyunn was one of four artists to make their musical interpretation on Peer Gynt when the Ibsen play had its 150th anniversary in 2017. This resulted in the single For A Moment and a promotional film featured on this website. In the summer of 2019 she will be performing in the annual Peer Gynt play at Gålå, Norway.
Current musical projects include: Øyunn, Efterklang, Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz, Frode Haltli’s Avant Folk and Christian Balvig Sextett.
Occasional or past projects include the trio Chili Vanilla, Frøkedal, Ósk, TAAO, Time is A Blind Guide, Einar Stray and ANANA, BRAK RUG, BAYA, Band of Gold and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
She does and has done different collabs, ad hoc or over a period, with musicians and projects such as Lina Lapelyté, Jon Balke/Batagraf, Victoria Meirik/Nationaltheatret, Kristin Helgebostad/KhiO, Charles Gayle, Poing, Lars Lillo-Stenberg, Olefonken, Petter & Siv, Oslo Strings, Thomas T. Dahl, Tini, No 4, Den Blå Kofferten/Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Terje Strømdahl, Morten Myklebust, Jo Berger Myhre, Eyolf Dale, Pieces of Juno, 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.