Vigleik Storaas (born 2 February 1963 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (piano) and Composer,[1] and the younger brother of Composer and bass player Gaute Storaas. He is known from a series of album releases and collaborations with Jazz greates such as Norma Winstone, Karin Krog, Terje Rypdal, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen, Chet Baker, Jack DeJohnette and Warne Marsh.[2][3][4]



Storås studied music at the «U-Phils High School» in Bergen before attending the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1982–84),[5] what today is the Department of Music Technology (NTNU), where he was the leader of the Bodega Band (1990-1996),[1][6] and is now Assistant Professor.[2][7]

During the 1980s Storaas played with the bands «Kråbøl», «Søyr», «Bjørn Alterhaug Band» and «Fair Play», and was the band leader of the group «Lines» (1987–92). With «Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet» he played at the Molde International Jazz Festibal 2012.[8] During 1992 to 1995 Storaas joined the international jazz profiles Karin Krog and John Surman, and he participated on the record «Nordic Quartet» from 1994. Here he was recognised as composer bouth in Norway and internationally. Storaas created his own trio in 1992, where fellow students Johannes Eick and Per Oddvar Johansen playing, has had several recordings. More recently he has performed in a quartet with students (at NTNU) Tore Johansen (trumpet), Rune Nergaard (bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums).[1][4]

Storaas has toured for the Rikskonsertene with the «Musikk for fred» (1984–86), «So Ro Godt Barn» (1987–90), «Mennesket i Mengden» (1989–90), «Fair Play» (1989), «All That Jazz» (1993), «Kombinasjoner» (1995) and «Meeting Point» (1997 & 2000), and was named Jazz Musician of the Year by the Association of Norwegian Jazz Musicians in 1996.[4] In 1999 he performed commissioned work Mosaic at Vossajazz, The International Jazz Festival at Voss, Norway. Albums under his own name are Bilder (1995), Andre Bilder (1997), both received Spellemannprisen (The Norwegian Grammy Award), Open Excursions (1999) and Subsonic (2002).[2]


  • Spellemannprisen 1995 in the class jazz for the album Bilder (Vigleik Storaas Trio)
  • Jazz Musician of the Year 1996, by the Association of Norwegian Jazz Musicians
  • Spellemannprisen 1997 in the class jazz for the album Andre bilder (Vigleik Storaas Trio)
  • Gammleng-prisen 2002 in the class jazz


Solo projects[]

Solo Piano
  • 1999: Open Excursions, (Curling Legs)
As band leader with Lines (Quartet with Tore Brunborg, Olaf Kamfjord & Trond Kopperud)
  • 1989: Lines, (Odin Records), feat. Elin Rosseland
  • 1993: Far To Go, (Grappa Music), feat. Norma Winstone
As band leader with Vigleik Storaas Trio
  • 1995: Bilder, (Curling Legs)
  • 1997: Andre Bilder, (Curling Legs)
  • 2002: Subsonic, (Curling Legs)
  • 2007: Now, (Inner Ear)
  • 2012: Epistel #5 (Inner Ear)[9]
As band leader with Vigleik Storaas Septet
  • 2010: Open Ears (Inner Ear)

Collaborative works[]

As band leader with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
  • 2006: Tribute composed by Storaas to the 25th anniversary for The Jazz Program in 2004, (MNJ Records)
Piano duets with Ivar Antonsen
  • 2010: Dialogues (Ponca Jazz Records/Musikkoperatørene), nominated for the Spellemannprisen 2010 in the class Jazz[10][11]
Within Excess Luggage (Trio with Steinar Nickelsen & Håkon Mjåset Johansen)
  • 2007: Excess Luggage (Park Grammofon)
  • 2011: Hand Luggage Only (Parallell)[12]
As sideman
  • 1983: Hotellsuite (Odin Records), with Espen Rud
  • 1984: Cierny Peter (Odin Records), within Søyr
  • 1986: A Ballad (Ponca Jazz) within Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet
  • 1992: En Flik Av ... (Studentersamfundet i Trondheim), within Bodega Band
  • 1995: Nordic Quartet (ECM Records), with Nordic Quartet (John Surman, Karin Krog & Terje Rypdal)
  • 1997: Pieces of Time (Curling Legs), with Jacob Young
  • 1998: Rudlende (Curling Legs), with Espen Rud
  • 1999: Glow (Curling Legs) with Jacob Young
  • 2001: My shining hour (Blue Jersey), with Kjersti Stubø
  • 2001: Baritone Landscape (Gemini Records), within John Pål Inderberg's The Zetting
  • 2005: Sval Draum (Taurus Records), with John Pål Inderberg
  • 2006: Rainbow Session (Inner Ear), with Tore Johansen & Ole Morten Vågan
  • 2006: Deloo (Grappa Music), with Kirsti Huke
  • 2007: Implicity (AIM), with Orange (Trio with Sondre Meisfjord & Stig Rennestraum)
  • 2008: Oslo Calling (Meantime Records), with Karin Krog & The Meantimes
  • 2009: Songlines (Ponca Jazz Records), within Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet[13]
  • 2009: Kirsti Huke – (Fairplay), with Kirsti Huke
  • 2010: My Sister Said (Turn Left), with Håvard Lund
  • 2012: Vegen Åt Deg (Øra Fonogram - OF036), with Heidi Skjerve.

Tours with Rikskonsertene[]

  • «Musikk for fred» (1984–86),
  • «So Ro Godt Barn» (1987–90),
  • «Mennesket i Mengden» (1989–90),
  • «Fair Play» (1989),
  • «All That Jazz» (1993),
  • «Kombinasjoner» (1995),
  • «Meeting Point» (1997 og 2000).



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  11. Wicklund, Erling (2011-01-26). "Antonsen og Storaas - Dialogues Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_jazz/1.7479443. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  12. Wayne, Dave (2011-12-12). "Excess Luggage: Hand Luggage Only (2011) - Track Review". All About Jazz. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=40940#.UMeqWOSzKSp. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  13. Wicklund, Erling (2009-11-06). "Bjørn Alterhaugs "Songlines" Review". NRK Jazz. http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_jazz/1.6853370. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

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