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Bjørn Riis

Bjørn Riis is one of the founding members, the lead guitarist, producer and main songwriter of the highly successful Norwegian band Airbag. The band’s four critically acclaimed albums has gained Airbag a strong following around the globe.

Together with Airbag and as a solo artist, Bjørn has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the prog genre, including Marillion, Yes, Saga, Marillion and Neil Morse and he’s played at several festivals, including Night of the Prog and Cruise to the Edge.

Bjørn has released four praised and awared solo albums – Lullabies in a Car Crash (2014), Forever Comes to an End (2017), Coming Home (2018) and A Storm is Coming (2019).

Bjørn Riis is ready with a new studio album titled “Everything to Everyone”. It features six striking tracks, all dealing with human emotions and the fear of losing one self in the constant effort to meet every, often perceived, expectation. “I was inspired by Dante’s Inferno when I started to write. A bit pretentious perhaps, but I’ve always been fascinated by that very personal journey and the search for some kind of piece or redemption, while being both mentored and hurt along the way. Musically, I wanted to take the listener on that journey, experiencing both hope and anxiety.” 

In addition to Bjørn’s vocals and celebrated guitar playing, Everything to Everyone feature appearances from Henrik Bergan Fossum (Airbag), Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler), Simen Valldal Johannessen (Oak) and Norwegian singer/songwriter Mimmi Tamba. 

Growing up in the 1980s Bjørn has his musical roots in classic rock and bands like Kiss, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake and Led Zeppelin. Later on, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Marillion and No-Man was crucial in the formative years of becoming a musician. Bjørn’s musical inspiration also include diverse tastes in movie scores, electronica and soul.

Bjørn Riis is a highly respected guitarist within the guitar community, hosting blogs and YouTube channels with an impressive following.

Bjørn Riis – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards & Vocals

Henrik Fossum – Drums

Karisma Records – post@karismarecords.no

Bjørn Riis – bjorn@airbag.no

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