– About Øyvind Rauset

Øyvind playing in Folque, 1980.

A big thanks to Komponistenes Vederlagsfond (Composers’ Royalty Fund) who recently awarded me 25.000 NOK to work on the new album. I expect to finish it in 2017. A little delayed by some film music, and music for a theatrical performance about vanGogh in Trondheim at the end of January 2017.

More English text below.
Siden 2003 har jeg gjenopptatt min gamle drøm om å lage musikk. Fra 1976 til 1992 spilte jeg fele i band som Folque og Ym-Stammen, og laget instrumental-CD’n «13 umulige danser» som ble mye spilt på 90-tallet. Pr idag spiller jeg i Oslo Radio-Orkester som lager jazz fra 1920-40-tallet på vår egen måte – og Folque, som ble startet på nytt i 2014.

RausetNoLogo4cJeg gjør stadig grafisk design og tegner også iblant, men for tida konsentrerer jeg energien mest om tre nye album jeg har jobba med på fritida de siste femten åra. Det nærmest utgivelse er en pianoplate med tittelen «Harpa som spilte av seg selv».

I always wanted to make music, to paint (or draw), and make graphic design. I took education in all three professions and ended up doing them all (tough not necessarily at the same time).

So, for what it’s worth, here is the CV:

Born Oct 3, 1952 in Oslo. My family comes from the West and North of Norway. Rauset is the farm where my father comes from, situated in beautiful Gloppen, Nordfjord. My mother comes from Rossfjordstraumen in Troms.

Education: 5 years at Oslo katedralskole (high school – the institution is 850 years old!); Statens Handverks- og kunstindustriskole (Norway’s Arts- and Crafts School) 4 years; Statens Kunstakademi (Oslo Art Academy) for 5 years; Østlandets Music Conservatory (now part of Musikkhøgskolen i Oslo) 10 years half-time study of violin, piano and music harmonics.

Acquisitions: Norsk Kulturråd (Norw. Cultural Council); Statfjord B.

Grants: Norwegian Illustration fund 1987; Govt.’s Travel- and Study Scholarship 1991 (to Egypt); Norw. Composers’ Royalty Fund 1997; TONO work scholarship 1997 and 2004; Norw. Composers’ Royalty Fund 2003, Norw. Composers’ Fund 2011, Norw. Composers’ Royalty Fund 2015.

Some highlights of my working life (newest at the bottom).

1971: Debut – Nord-norske Kunstutstilling (Art fair of Northern Norway)

1972: Debut at Høstutstillingen. Participated on the Norwegian «Salon d’Autumne», Oslo for 5 different years with paintings and graphic art.

1973 – 95: Book covers for various Norwegian publishers (Cappelen, Aschehoug, Oktober).

1973-76: Violin in the rock group «Strengegjengen» (LP «Trå Tell + big anti Eur. Melody Contest show in Chateau Neuf, Oslo 1976). 1976-77 I also played irish msuic with «Gamal Rull», and had a year on the road with rock group «Bazar» (a.k.a «Kark»).

Øyvind med fela på Karl Johan, Oslo 1976
Øyvind playing in Karl Johans gate, 1977.

1977-81 + 84: Violin in the folkrock group «Folque»: participated on 5 LP’s (picture left is from 82). 1977: Kalvøya Festival, 1984: Midtfyn Festival (Denmark).

1981: First separate exhibition in Groruddalen Art Club (was stopped by the local priest).

1982: Debut album: «Landscape With Two Figures» (LP, with English songwriter Richard Burgess)

1985: Initiator of the pan-Scandinavian LGBT art exhibition «Natt & Dag» (Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen). The first gay/lesbian art exhibition in Norway.

1986: Participated on «Eroticism in Norwegian Art», Oslo Consert Hall. Public’s prize for most popular picture. Same year mentioned w/painting in Holger Kofoeds’s art book «Eros i Norsk Kunst 1880-1980-årene».

1987: Separate exhibit at Black Box/Aker Brygge, Oslo.

1988: Separate exhibit at Galerie Janssen, Berlin: «From Boy To Man»

1988: First solo-CD: «13 Impossible Dances + 1 Improbable».

1989: Various smaller separate exhibits in Sandefjord, Trondheim, Oslo.

1989: First published essay in the antology «I min mors hus» (In Mother’s house), Pax Forlag.

1989-95: Graphics consultant at the Government Printer’s Office. In 1991 assigned to make the first digital versions of the Norwegian national emblem (Riksvåpenet) after the paper originals of Sverre Morken. Also worked for the Finance Department (PR for the Tax Reform 1992 and various state budgets) and the Prime Minister’s office.

1993-96: Violin/keyboard in the group «Ym-Stammen» (participated on 2 CDs).

1993, March: Live tv performance of «Danse Impossible» in show «Endelig Fredag» (Finally Friday) in NRK 1 with Jo and Tarjei from Ym-Stammen plus Anders Rogg on keyboard. Hosted by Anne Grosvold, Ole Kristen Harborg and the actor Rolv Wesenlund.

1994: Theme music (+ interview) on the first Norwegian CD-ROM «Definitiv CD-Rom» (Publish & Multimedia World). Interview here (QuickTime, 1.3 MB)

1994: Released Anders Rogg’s CD «When Waves Come to Die» on my indy record label.

Siri Kvalheim, Elton John, Øyvind Rauset backstage in Oslo Spectrum, 1995. 


  • Separate exhibition, Gallery Metropol, Oslo.
  • June: The lithograph «Loneliness with bedspread» was chosen as a coming-out award for Elton John, presented to him at his concert in Oslo Spectrum during his «Made In England» tour. Met Elton backstage before the show and he invited us to see it (Article from «Blikk»).

1993-2000: Freelance teacher for Statskonsult, Aktiv Opplæring, YS Utviklingssenter (courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, Pagemaker, PowerPoint and Adobe Golive).

1995-2000: Freelance graphic- & web designer. Working for The Royal Family (monograms), YSU (Trade union website), Kripos (The Norwegian CSI website), Tempus (webdesign for computer firm), Norad (presentations), various publishing houses (book design).

1996: Music for the tv-series «Mellom Bakkar og Berg» (NRK 1).
1996: Played with Ym-Stammen at The Roskilde and Quart festivals.

1997: Separate exhibit: «Portretter & Nærbilder», Bryggen/Bergen.
1997: TV program (NRK1) from Ym-Stammen’s tour in the Faroe Islands).
1997: Violin in the Swedish techno/dance group «Polaris» (concerts in Oslo, Copenhagen, Frankfurt am Main).

1997-98: Violin in the tango group «Tanz Fatal».

1998: Music for tv series about the film photographer Per Høst (NRK 1).
1998: Received the Scandinavian Tupilak prize for gay artists: «Thor’s Hammer«.

1999: Theme music for the tv series «Ut i Naturen» (NRK 1).

1999-2000: Actor in the Pain Solution/Aurin Theatre play «Sandman/Key to Hell» (Oslo).

Oyvind Adult


  • Feb./March: Music and videos for the theatre group Baktruppen («EuroHæ» by Dag Solstad) and Høgskulen i Volda (Olav Duun «Medmennske»)
  • May: Design of the Schengen Website for public info about the new passport rules according to the Schengen agreement (The Department of Justice). I also made a folder in 4 languages, produced in 3 million copies and sent to all homes in Norway.
  • June-July: Wedding monogram for the royal wedding 25.08.2001 (HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby).
  • September: monogram for the Crown Princess Mette Marit.
  • November: The graphic design of the wedding, including the monogram, received a design award from the Norwegian Design Council.


  • Jan.: Two more jingles for tv series «Ut i Naturen» (NRK 1)
  • Feb.: «Tornerose»: Music for a performance by Håvve Fjell/ Pain Solution in Kunstnernes Hus.

Nina Stensrud Martin og Øyvind Rauset i "Stereo" på NRK1

  • March: Main guest in tv program «Stereo» on NRK1 with Nina Stensrud Martin..
  • Om bryllupet i spansk presseMarch: Wedding monogram for HRH Princess Märtha and Ari Behn.
  • June: One photographic work selected to be shown in the international Adobe Digital Imaging Competition.
  • June: Theme music for the series «Grønn Glede» (Green happiness) on NRK1 tv.
  • June: Artist of the year award in Viseklubben Nye Skalder
  • August: Some concerts with the rock group Bandkind (ZoomIn festival, Oslo).
  • Since August 2002 playing with the retro jazz group Oslo Radio Orkester.
  • October: First solo concert in Skuret Kulturpub, Oslo (with Folque and Oslo Radio Orkester in some of the songs).


  • Jan.-May: Design of 500 pages picture book celebrating the 850 anniversary of Oslo Katedralskole (Oslo’s oldest public school), plus a song book (74 pages) for the same occasion.
  • May: Composers’ scholarship grant (Komponistenes vederlagsfond) for making new melodies.
  • August: Redesign of the Nye Skalder website.
  • Dec 03 – April 04: 12 weeks number one on Østlandstoppen with «Reality Song».


  • March: Elected chairman of the songwriter club «Nye Skalder»
  • April: Monogram for H.R.H. Princess Ingrid Alexandra.
  • June: Solo concert in Renseriet, Oslo
  • July: Participated in exhibition + art book «Norsk Illustrasjonsfond 25 år» (Porsgrunn + Oslo)


  • June: Solo exhibition in Galleri Y.M.S.E, Oslo
  • June: 5 new compositions for «Viser Ved Kanalen», Telemark (bestillingsverk).
  • Dec: Solo concert in Nye Skalder/Parkteatret, Oslo.


  • Feb.-March: In Zanzibar studying Taarab music.
  • August: Runner-up in the British-based Singer/Songwriter Award 2006, with «Sunday Afternoon at the Plaza».
  • August/Sept: Composing for and performing in Afro-Norwegian dance performance «Cultural Unite» on the Innvik Theatre Boat (Oslo).
  • Sept: Solo concert at Nye Skalder/ Mogador, Oslo.


  • Feb-March: Redesign of the Norsk Viseforum website viser.no  (the official Norwegian songwriter organisation).
  • June: Making music on stage in the theatre play «Til Noreg der Kjærleik Ventar» at Det Norske Teater in Oslo – a cooperation between the Norwegian Theatre, Noregs Ungdomslag and Nordic Black Theatre.
  • Since May 07: Editor of the songwriter website (and from 2008 to 2013 also the printed magazine) Viser.no


  • April: Only Scandinavian finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
  • April/May: Music on stage in the play «Til Noreg der Kjærleik Ventar» – Det Norske Teater, Scene 2.
  • October: Made music and participated in the dance performance Heritage at Den Norske Opera.


  • May: Performing at the Harare International Art Fair (HAIFA), Zimbabwe, with the dance company Heritage.

2010: Treatment for breast cancer, successful.


  • Composerts’ fund grant (Det Norske Komponistfond) for 2 new songs for Oslo Radio-Orkester.
  • Lillebjørn Nilsen includes Rauset’s «13 Umulige Danser» on his list of Norway’s 10 best records (Morgenbladet’s Topp 100).

Cover of VISOR #12013: Editor of the Scandinavian music magazine VISER/VISOR.


Revival of the Folque band: The new Folque, reestablished with most of the original members. Concert at John Dee, Oslo, sold out 3 months in advance.

Folque John Dee 2014
Trond Villa, me, Alexander Lindbäck and Lisa Helljesen on stage at John Dee.


April 18: Folque extra concert at Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo.ISC 2014 vinner

May: Finalist in the Inernational Songwriting Competition 2014. Awarded «Honorable Mention» and therefore called a winner by the ISC. For what it’s worth here is the button.


Film music for the movie «Offer eller spion / Victim or Spy» about Asbjørn Sunde (leader of the Osvald resistance group during WW2).

Oct: Grant of 25.000 nok from the Composers’ Royalty Fund to work on the new record.


Music to the theater performance «Den der vanGogh’en», performed in Trondheim during the St. Olav days 2016.

Film music for the movie «Sabotøren og kureren» about Harry Sønsterød i n Milorg (release winter 2016-17).

Finishing the album Harpa som spilte av seg selv / The Harp that played by itself.


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If you want to use any of my stuff, just ask!  oyvind@rauset.no

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3 tanker om “– About Øyvind Rauset”

  1. Så artig å se… tok opp «danse impossible» på kasett ca 1985; Else Michelet på Ni-timen.. «denne visa heter danse impossible.. og den er ihvertfall umulig å danse etter»! Jeg har spilt den mye og har heldigvis funnet den på Spotify! Den er bare så flott! Og jeg er glad i den ennå!! Sigrid

    1. Så hyggelig å høre! Ja, Else Michelet er en utrolig god programleder, og hun spilte musikken min ofte, både på Nitimen, Reiseradioen og andre programmer. Jeg ble kjent med henne allerede fra den tida hun jobbet med nattprogrammet «Nattata». Hun jobbet seinere med «NRK Gull», men den kanalen er dessverre borte…

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