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Axel Borgmo, Guitarist | Spring'18 Ensemble & Recital Series | School of Jazz

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Norwegian musician Axel Borgmo is a versatile guitarist and producer who cut his teeth on blues-rock, R&B and jazz at a young age. Having been a part of the music scene in both Norway and New York, studied with Gilad Hekselman, Todd Reynolds and Chris Sholar and worked at Platinum Sound Recording Studios, gives him a broad musical range and versatility as a musician and producer. He is currently finishing his last semester at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music while working as a professional musician in New York City. His current projects are influenced by a wide range of musical legends including Herbie Hancock, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Jackson.

In his formative years, Axel played pop and rock shows in his hometown of Asker, Norway. He received his formal music training at Rud High School, Toneheim Folk Highschool and NTNU. Continuing to pursue his career, Axel set out to New York City to study at the prestigious New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music where he received a sizable scholarship. Here he developed his craft and refined his blues-inspired, accurate and lyrical sound. He has performed at various venues in New York, such as The Seaman’s church, Shrine and Rockwood Music Hall. In 2017, he recorded guitar on the album “Syng min sorg, gråt min glede” by Bjørn Hermundstad, a Norwegian songwriter and musician. This was a collaboration with a handful of prominent Norwegian musicians such as Svein Dag Hauge and Per Sveinson.

Axel is currently working on his original music for upcoming performances in New York. His music can be described as blues-inspired with singable melodies and rich jazz harmonies, incorporating live instruments with electronic sequencers and synthesizers. Axel also works as a producer and collaborates with artists from all genres. Upon graduation, he will continue his career in New York City, performing, recording and producing original and collaborative music.

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