Sigmund Vik - bass player & music educator
I started at the municipal culture/music school and the local brass corps when I was 7 years old and played cornet 5 years and tuba 2 years. There I among other things learned to read notes (in the G key).
When I was 13 years I started to play eletric bass. I wanted to start when I was 12 but had a smart teacher, Arild B. Nielsen, who wanted me to play piano for 1 year and learn about chords and to read notes in the F key. Then I could read notes and knew about how to build up a chord before I started to play bass. Started to read teori in young age because I understood that this was important. 14 years old I joined Hardanger Bigband, led by Arild B. Nielsen.
In 1997 I came further with the group Bastro to the National Culture Contest UKM (Young Children Culture Contest) for then to come further to the Nordic Culture Contest in Reykjavik, Island. At Molde Jazz Festival 1999 I played in the Norwegian Music School Childrens Bigband, led by saxofone player Morten Halle.
In 2000-2002 I studied music at Nordic Institute For Scene And Studio (NISS) in Oslo. During my time in Oslo I met many interesting people in the show/music business and played with norwegian artists like Øystein Greni, Jahn Teigen, Håkon Ellingsen, Prima Vera among others. I moved back to Kvam in 2003 after 3 years in Oslo and started to work as a music teacher at the municipal culture/music school in Kvam and Jondal.
In 2006 I started a 1 year study at The Collective School Of Music in New York. The school is one of the prestige music universities in New York. I learned a lot this year and met many of the top musicians in the city. I studied with Lincoln Goines, Frank Gravis, Bob Quaranta, Hillard Green, Steve Count, Ian Froman, Kim Plainfield among others.
In 2007 I came back to Norway and started to work part time at the municipal culture/music school and part time as a freelancer.
Today I am an active bass player in the music business/environment in Bergen and member of groups like Heyra, HC Trio, Cubatropical, Sovjet and Teenage Dreams.