Kjetil Mulelid (b.1991) has distinguished himself as an inventive artist, blending jazz, psalms, and improvised music in both his own playing and compositions. After graduating from the famous "Jazzlinja" in Trondheim back in 2014, he has been heavily touring the world's nooks and crannies with his own music and projects. He has played concerts in large parts of Europe and Japan, and released several well-received albums as a solo artists, as well as with his own Kjetil Mulelid Trio, the jazz quartet Wako, with singer Emilie Storaas as the duo Kjemilie, and with singer Siril Malmedal Hauge - both as a band and as a piano / vocal duo.
Mulelid focus on a type of music where his compositions are formed intuitively through his improvisational and spontaneous way of playing. With a desire to tell a story in every musical stanza, he treats each song like a blank canvas and paints with his melodies and a natural rhythmic flow in the playful music. His music has been very favorably featured in magazines such as The Wire, International Piano Magazine, Jazzwise, Orkesterjournalen (jazz), Jazznytt and The NYC Jazz Record. His first trio record was mentioned by Jez Nelson as "Best of the year" on British radio Jazz FM.
He grew up in the small village Hurdal in Norway, and started playing classical piano at the age of seven. In 2010 he graduated from Jessheim high school where he had some really inspiring piano teachers who had introduced him to jazz etc: Ulrika Magdalena Lind, Morten Reppesgård and Jan Terje Augestad. Before this stage of life he had only been playing the piano from sheet music, and the awareness about playing by ear, and making his own music took him to the next stage in life - he went to do a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU, Jazzlinja). Here he really got to learn how to use the piano as a tool in life and, and how to use it as his own way to express himself through music as a language - theached by some great piano teachers such as Erling Aksdal, Vigleik Storaas, Espen Berg and Eyolf Dale. Later he has also graduated from the master's program at Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen (DK) where he was guided by great musicians such as Kresten Osgood, Kasper Tranberg, Jacob Anderskov, and Søren Kjærgaard.
Through the years Mulelidhas played and worked/collaborated with many great musicians such as Arve Henriksen, Jason Moran, Barry Guy, Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Audun Kleive, Kirsti Huke, Ola Kvernberg, Eirik Hegdal, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Rob Waring, and Petter Vågan. Since 2015 he has been working as a freelance musician and a music educator.
Interview about duo album with Siril by Textura (CA) // April 2023
Interview about my life as a musician with fifteen-questions // November 2022
Interview with Musikkontoret (NO) // July 2022
Radio interview with Norwegian radio NRK P2, Klassisk Vorspiel // June 2022
Interview about touring, future and invirment with Musikkontoret // June 2022
Interview about me and pianos with Rana Blad (NO) // April 2022
Interview with Orkesterjournalen / Jazz (SE) about solo piano // September 2021
Portrait interview with EUB (NO) // August 2021
Interview with Filip Roshauw in Now's the Time (NO) // March 2021
Interview with Nick Nithingale (US) // March 2021
Radio interview with Norwegian radio NRK P2, Jazzklubben // March 2021
Radio interview with Norwegian radio NRK P2, Klassisk Vorspiel // March 2021
Interview with Jazz i Norge (NO) // November 2020
Letter to Now's the Time (NO) // August 2020
Interview with Paul Godderis, JazzHaol (BE) // June 2017
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