Maren M. Selvaag is a musician and artistic director based in Oslo, Norway.
She has a Masters degree in performing jazz piano from the Norwegian Academy of Music and a Bachlor degree from the acknowledged jazz department at the University of Trondheim, NTNU, Norway. She has extensive experience as a band leader and collaborator, and has played concerts in Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Latvia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, USA, South Africa and India. She has played at festivals and clubs all over Norway.
In 2014 she recorded the album “Ung og Freidig” in legendary Rainbow studio in Oslo, mastered by sound engineer titan Jan Erik Kongshaug.
While living in New York City 2012/2013 she recorded her first CD with all original compositions in Avatar studio in Manhattan with bass player Eivind Opsvik and drummer Eric McPherson.
In 2011 she released her debut album “Raise the Curtain” with the international composers collective Sound Circus. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Maren is the co-leader of the International Network of Female Instrumentalists (INFI), an organization that strives to inspire, recruit and support more women becoming professional instrumentalists. INFI has started a school in Mamelodi, South-Africa, organized summer camps in Norway and Sweden, and been on tour promoting women’s freedom in north east India. In december 2014 INFI are going to Rio De Janeiro for musical collaborations, and in 2015 INFI will collaborate with schools in Cuba for the same cause. The INFI Ensemble released the CD “Celebrating Kolkata” recorded in Kolkata, India, in 2011.