Asmund Bjorken
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Asmund Bjorken

Asmund Bjrken
Born (1933-08-19)19 August 1933
Verdal, Norway
Died 29 January 2018(2018-01-29) (aged 84)
Levanger, Norway
Genres Jazz, traditional music
Musician, composer
Instruments Saxophone, bukkehorn
Labels Sonor Records

Asmund Bjrken (19 August 1933 - 29 January 2018)[1] was a Norwegian musician who played the accordion and saxophone in the genres of jazz and folk. He was self-taught.[2]


Bjrken was part of Harry Waagens Orchestra, a cental band on the Trondheim Jazz scene in 1949-53. He later had his own orchestras in Steinkjer (1956-57) and Trondheim (1957-). In the lineups was among others Karl Holst (clarinet and saxophone, 1957-), Kjell Johansen (drums, 1957-) and Bjrn Alterhaug (bass, 1966-). I. 1990 the orchestra consisted of Oddmund Finnseth, Ove Bjrken (guitar), Per Olaf Green and Rolf Skogstad. Av utenlandske samarbeid kan nevnes Bengt Hallberg, Benny Bailey, Mads Vinding.

In the 1980s he played in Egil Kapstad/Rowland Greenberg Quartet, and since 1990 he has led own Asmund Bjrken Swing Sextet, which inter alia Ove Bjrken, Bjrn Alterhaug and Bjrn Krokfoss are included, as well as Erling Aksdal (piano).

He released the autobiography Spellemann, p gammel rutine og stgg mistanke in 2003, and a portrait of him vas put up at the Norwegian television channel NRK in 2003, called Asmund i Himmelriket, by Andreas Lunnan.[3]


  • 1972: Buddyprisen
  • 1998: Nord-Trndelag fylkes kulturpris
  • 2002: Vgfatet
  • 2003: Verdal kommunes kulturpris
  • 2004: Trondheim Jazz Festival honorary Award


Solo albums

  • 1976: Accordeon to my heart
  • 1990: Gammeldansens Perler, within 'Asmund Bjrkens Orchestra (Sonor Records)
  • 1992: Pot's on, within Asmund Bjrkens Sextet
  • 1997: Jazz Accordion - My way, (Sonor Records)

Collaborative works

  • 1979: Frsminner, (ARC)
  • 1981: Old news, within Bjrn Krokfoss Oktet
  • 1982: All the things you are, with Arvid Genius


  1. ^ Stokdahl, Kristian (January 29, 2018). "Folkekjre Asmund har gtt bort". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ "Bjrken, Asmund Biography" (in Norwegian). 2 December 2015. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Asmund Bjrken rundt midnatt" (in Norwegian). NRK. 30 October 2009. Retrieved . 

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Preceded by
Carl Magnus Neumann
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Bjrn Alterhaug

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