As of August 2018, Sigmund is a harmonica teacher at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The academy is the highest level of music education in Norway.
Recordings and music
News about current, recent and future music and recordings. Past recordings are listed on the discography page.
Bønn for drømmen (“Prayer for the Dream”) the album was released by Grappa on December 8th, to coincide with the Centenary of poet Hans Børli, and the Børli concert at the Norwegian National Library. Read more about the album (på norsk her).
Venues are in Norway unless otherwise mentioned.
February 7th, Røyken: “An evening with Sigmund Groven”. Sigmund is joined by Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) at 7 pm at Sekkefabrikken, Slemmestad.
February 9th, Lurøy: “Så spiller vi harmonica”- a tribute to Erik Bye in which Sigmund is joined by actor/singer Andreas Kolstad, Båsmokoret (the Båsmo Choir), conductor and pianist Tor-Petter Aanes, and Snorre Magnus Sivertsen (bass and guitar). Location: Lovund Flerbrukshall.
February 11th, Mo i Rana: “Så spiller vi harmonica”- a tribute to Erik Bye at Vinterlysfestivalen at Meyergården Spektrum. Programme as above. Start time: 7 pm.
February 20th, Notodden: Sinking of DF Hydro 75th Anniversary Event. Musical contribution by Sigmund and his harmonica. At 6 pm at Bok og Blueshuset, Notodden.
March 3rd, Singapore: “An evening with Sigmund Groven”, also with Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano). Held at the Esplanade Concert Hall. In addition master classes and workshops March 1-5, .
March 16th, Oslo: A 12 pm (noon) concert at the Oslo Cathedral. With resident organist Kåre Nordstoga (organ).
April 6th, Røyken: “På kino i kveld” (Music from the Movies); Sigmund is joined by Tone Elisabeth Braaten (soprano), Lars Klevstrand (vocal and guitar), and Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) at Teglen Church in Spikkestad.
April 9th, Gran: “På kino i kveld” (Music from the Movies); Sigmund is joined by Tone Elisabeth Braaten (soprano), Lars Klevstrand (vocal and guitar), and Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) at Steinhuset in Gran.
April 15th, Hungary: Sigmund is the soloist with the Miskolcs Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Curtis in Solstice: Concertino for harmonica and orchestra (composer: Henning Sommerro), Nordic Night (composer: Sigmund Groven) and Toledo: Spanish Fantasy for harmonica and orchestra (composer: James Moody). 7 pm at Miskolc Concert Hall, Hungary. See excerpt below.
April 16th, Hungary: Concert at 7 pm at Nyiregihaza Concert Hall, Hungary. Programme as above. See excerpt below.
April 18th, Hungary: Concert at 7.30 pm at Szeged Theatre, Hungary. Sigmund is the soloist with the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ádám Cser. Programme as above. See excerpt below.
August 8-11th, Tvedestrand: NMF (Norwegian Harmonica Forum) Summer Seminar. Sigmund is one of the teachers, together with Tore Reppe, Vegard Austlid Kjøsnes, and Ivar Anton Waagaard. Concert time and venue on Sunday August 1th TBA. The seminar takes place at Risøya Folkehøgskole in Tvedestrand.
September 14th, Klepp: “På kino i kveld” (Music from the Movies); Sigmund is joined at a full moon concert by Tone Elisabeth Braaten (soprano), Lars Klevstrand (vocal and guitar), and Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) at Friluftshuset Orre.
September 15th, Notodden: Sigmund and Iver Kleive (organ and piano) celebrate 40 years of collaboration. 7 pm at Notodden Church.
November 2nd, Notodden: Sigmund and Lars Klevstrand (vocal,guitar) join Notodden Mannssangforening (Notodden Men’s Choir) in a tribute to Erik Bye. Details TBA.
Media & internet
Throughout last summer you could hear Sigmund’s radio documentary series Fra Halvorsen til A-ha, about Norwegian popular music through times, originally broadcast on NRK in 1989. The 13 reruns can still be heard in the NRK app or online.
On February 22nd, 2018, you could hear Sigmund being interviewed about “Prayer for the dream”, Sigmund’s original music to poems by Hans Børli, on NRK P2. Replay the programme Spillerom.
On February 11th, 2017 you could hear Sigmund as a guest in the programme “My favourite music” on NRK Klassisk (NRK Classical Music). Listen here.
NRK’s 1977 TV concert with Sigmund, Ketil Bjørnstad, Espen Rud and Terje Venaas. Music from the album Musikk for en lang natt.
Watch this NRK documentary about Sigmund on tour in 1975 with Ketil Bjørnstad and Lars Hauge for Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway).
NRK TV mini concert with Sigmund from 1991.
NRK TV’s “harmonica school” with Tommy Reilly and Sigmund is now online at nrk.no
Sigmund performs his composition Det var ein gong / Once upon a time on NRK in 1992.
Watch Sigmund perform a folk tune at a festival in 1992.
Sigmund appears five times in this NRK Christmas special from 1978.
Check out some YouTube clips of Sigmund performing on Norwegian TV in the multimedia section, as well as more NRK clips.