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 will be released by Grappa on December 8th this year, to coincide with the Centenary of poet Hans Børli, and the Børli concert at the Norwegian National Library.
Venues are in Norway unless otherwise mentioned.
October 26th, Sandefjord: Prayer for the Dream (Bønn for drømmen) – a song cycle with poems by Hans Børli and music by Sigmund Groven, performed by Maren Myrvold (soprano), Marianne Bye Granheim (mezzo soprano), Aage Kvalbein (cello), Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) and Sigmund Groven on harmonica. This concert is part of the Sandefjord Church Music Festival and takes place at Sandefjord Church at 7 pm.
November 14th, Oslo: Concert at Ullern Kultursenter at 12 pm (noon). Sigmund is joined by Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano).
November 23rd, Ringebu: Innunder Jul Christmas concert. Sigmund is joined by Anne Vada (vocal) and Iver Kleive (organ, piano). Held at Ringebu stave church at 7 pm.
November 24th, Sør-Fron: Innunder Jul Christmas concert. Sigmund is joined by Anne Vada (vocal) and Iver Kleive (organ, piano). Held at Sør-Fron church at 7 pm.
November 25th, Lillehammer: Innunder Jul Christmas concert. Sigmund is joined by Anne Vada (vocal) and Iver Kleive (organ, piano). Held at Lillehammer church at 7 pm.
December 2nd, Notodden: Innunder Jul Christmas concert. Sigmund is joined by Anne Vada (vocal) and Iver Kleive (organ, piano). Held at Heddal church (låvekirka).
December 8th, Oslo: Concert at Nasjonalbiblioteket (the National Library). Bønn for drømmen (Prayer for the dream), a song cycle consisting of 12 poems by Hans Børli, with music by Sigmund, performed by Maren Myrvold (soprano), Marianne Bye Granheim (mezzo soprano), Aage Kvalbein (cello), Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) and Sigmund (harmonica).
Some concerts planned for 2019:
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, 2019.
April 15th-18th, Hungary: Concerts with symphony orchestras. Details to follow.
Media & internet
Throughout the 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.