Jan Martin Smørdal

Master degree performing and composition from Academy of Music in Oslo. Classes with Carola Bauckholt, Henrik Hellstenius, Lasse Thoresen and more. Constantly concerned with topics where improvisation meets traditional composing.

Composed commisioned works for chamber musicians, solo pieces, sinfonietta ensembles, choirs – and installations for bridges, mills and rooms. Worked with several orchestras in Norway, as well as chamber orchestras.Co-founder and director of the Ensemble neoN, cooperating with international renown musicians and composers like Oren Ambarchi, Marina Rosenfeld and Susanna Wallumrød. Worked 10 years as performer and guitar player in bands, and as a soloartist.

Made numerous productions with the performance ensemble L.U.N. Produced, composed and played on more than 30 records since 2004, contrubuting to several Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannpris) awarded records. Worked as teacher in improvisation at the Academy of Music, and occasionally as supervisor for MAs.

Foto: Andreas Ulvo