Bjorn Charles Dreyer

Born in New York on September 18th, 1968. Lived in Norway since 1975.

Bjorn studied music at Agder Music Conservatorium and the University of Agder and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

He has been working as a freelance musician for more than twenty years.

Works

During these years, Bjorn participated in more than 150 released albums either as a freelance guitarist or as an artist or a producer (see discography). He also founded the group Boschamaz together with Erland Dahlen, and the duo released two albums; This is not Sweden 2007 and Rød in 2011, both on Hecca Records.

Soundscape

Besides freelancing, he also gained interest in sound art and soundscape composition along with his weakness for the coastal area and industrial shipping history of Mandal, where he grew up. The affection resulted in the project called Piston Ltd, based upon the sound of the boat engine called Marna Motor. Piston Ltd released the album Domestic Engine (HECREC 103) in 2007.

Piston Ltd

In the wake of “Piston Ltd” s 2009 piece Domestic Engine for 4 musicians and an engine (the Marna), follows the project Westaman, initially initiated by Sigbjørn Nedland. Sigbjørn challenged the musicians to compose a new piece focusing on a unique high-speed catamaran and its cultural significance; that of the Westamaran. Bjorn Charles Dreyer together with Erland Dahlen and Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen to set to work, fascinated by the sound of the boat, the maritime environs all over the world, especially the one of the South Coast of Norway,

Westaman

A movie for your ears. 

The history of the Westamaran – an innovative work of engineering and a slightly popular high-speed boat – starts locally in Bjorn’s backyard Mandal, but found use all up the Norwegian coastline. Eventually, by the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Westamaran had been exported globally. The musicians tracked down a particular one that ended up off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania. They collaborated with the local musicians, Mohammed Issa Matona and Anania Ngoriga, who contributes to the recorded album named Westaman. This album meshes together influences of maritime culture, industrial history, wildly ranging musical background, and the love of pure sound.

The album Westaman was released on Hevhetia in 2014, (HV0076-2-331)

Soloalbum 

Release on NXN/Naxos in January/February 2021. 

Stay tuned for more information.