Recordings and music

News about current, recent and future music and recordings. Past recordings are listed on the discography page.

Sigmund and Johan Øian in 1967. (Photo: Mentz Schulerud Jr.)

Johan Øian compilation
On November 17, 2017 Grappa released a compilation CD where Sigmund Groven is involved as musician and producer. Musician Johan Øian (1915 – 1978) was known to Norwegians as the radio orchestra pianist, but he was also a composer of 360 registered musical works, often music set to lyrics by poets and authors such as Hans Børli, André Bjerke, Thorbjørn Egner and Alf Prøysen. Øian’s most well known children’s songs include the music for classics such as Helene Harefrøken, Bolla Pinnsvin and Nøtteliten. The 52-track double CD Johan Øien – pianisten og komponisten gives you a broad insight into the artistic work of Johan Øian, as a pianist and composer of classical music and folk tunes.

Much of the music presented on the CD originates from the rich archives of national broadcaster NRK, while 17 tracks were recently recorded with Sigmund Groven as producer. Two NRK archive recordings with Sigmund and Johan Øian have never been released before; Melodie Beguine (1976) and Engelsk landsbystemning (“English village mood”, 1975). There are also two recordings where Tommy Reilly and Johan Øian join forces; Seventeen Come Sunday and Om kvelden (“In the evening”), both from Reilly’s album Colours of my Life (1967), the latter track being produced by Sigmund Groven. There are also 9 other tracks where you can hear Sigmund’s musicianship supporting Øian’s music. Finally, Sigmund contributes to the CD’s liner notes.

A review of the CD can be found here (in Norwegian).

Order the CD from Grappa from their Norwegian site or their English site, or order it from CDon (SwedenNorwayDenmarkFinland).

Confirmed concerts

Venues are in Norway unless otherwise mentioned.

June Night at Børli in Eidskog, Norway, on June 4th 2017. World premiere of a 12-part song cycle based on poetry by Hans Børli, with new music by Sigmund Groven. (Photo: Anne Eriksdatter Bye.)

May 25th, Rana: Så spiller vi harmonica, a concert in tribute of Erik Bye, author, journalist, singer and TV/radio host. Sigmund Groven is joined by Andreas Kolstad (vocals), Snorre Magnus Sivertsen (double bass) and Tor-Petter Aanes (piano). To be held at Mo church at 7.30 pm. Tickets at the door.

May 26th, Alstahaug: Så spiller vi harmonica, a concert in tribute of Erik Bye, author, journalist, singer and TV/radio host. Sigmund Groven is joined by Snorre Magnus Sivertsen (double bass) and Tor-Petter Aanes (piano). To be held at Sandnessjøen Arts Centre (Kulturbadet) at 7.30 pm. Tickets at the door.

June 2nd, Notodden: The opening of a summer exhibition at Telemarksagalleriet in Notodden. Sigmund plays together with Kåre Nordstoga (piano) at 1 pm. 

June 15th, Vinje: Til Telemark: A Journey in Music is performed at Neset Gard in  Rauland (Vinje) in Telemark. Sigmund is joined by Anne Vada (vocals), Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano), Kjetil Bjerkestrand (synthesizers) at 7 pm. 

Media & internet

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

Online video
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

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.

Part one and two of a Nordic concert / festival of classical and folk music. Sigmund is the chosen Norwegian soloist. Among the songs are Nordic night in a special symphonic version.

Check out some YouTube clips of Sigmund performing on Norwegian TV in the multimedia section, as well as more NRK clips.

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