|Morten Gunnar Larsen
Hometown: Oslo, Norway
Web site: http://www.opheliaragtime.com/Morten_Gunnar_Larsen.html
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Morten graduated from the Norwegian Acadamy of Music in 1978, having specialised in classic ragtime and early jazz piano,with emphasis on Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake, and Louis M Gottschalk. He recorded his first solo album in 1975 for which he received the ‘Spellemannsprisen’ award (the Norwegian Grammy).
He has been a regular member of: Magnolia Jazz Band,Ytre Suloens Jassensemble and The Norwegian Rhythm Kings, and has toured with ‘One Mo’ Time’(where he was also Musical Director.)
Morten has also created several musical programmes such as ‘Memories of Eubie’,based on Eubie Blake’s music, excerpts from Joplin’s ‘Treemonisha’, and , in collaboration with American actor/playwright Vernel Bagneris, ‘Jelly Roll - The Music and the Man’, which played a highly successful Off Broadway run for 11 months during the 1994 - 95 season, receiving two Off Broadway awards and gaining Morten an ‘Obie’ for his role as solo pianist and musical director.