| | "I was
always drawn to music from early on. When I was 5, I heard...really heard, for
the first time, a violin. I was watching a movie on TV and this amazing piece
of music came on and instantly drew me into the scene...it was a huge sweeping
melody...evoking Ralph Vaughan Williams...and the swell of the string section triggered something. I still remember it clearly. That day I told my parents 'I'm going to make music'. A short time later, as luck would have it, my
grandmother said their was an old violin in the attic that I could have
if great care was taken. It had been in the family for as long as anyone could
remember but none of our relatives had been musically inclined so there it
remained...forgotten...until then. And that's what started it all."
A few years later, Egeness' focus turned to the guitar. "I
overheard my parents say one day, after having endured many hours of
my special style of 'learning','Where does he get it from?...'. I think they
were quietly expressing some regret at buying an amplifier for my guitar
(I played it loud...all day....everyday). But I wondered the same thing...where did it come from...this consuming need to make music?"
| | Well, the answer would come literally from yet another
musical gift from the attic of his grandparents. It was an 1894 Washburn
mandolin. Upon removing it from it's odd little velvet
lined case and inspecting this new thing of beauty, out from it's sound hole
fell an old tin plate photograph...and there, in the only photo of
his great great grandparents, was the answer. Placed prominently on the table of
his distant relatives was...
the very same 1894 Washburn
Egeness later found out that the forgotten violin had also
belonged to this relative in the photo, Christian (Christianson) Egeness. He had played
both instruments with the Norwegian orchestra.
After learning to play the guitar by ear over the next 7 years, Egeness and 3 other musicians formed a band called die kreuzen
Over the next decade the band toured America and Europe in support of 5
releases on Touch & Go records. "Man,
there was a point there when die kreuzen were the best band in the USA." -
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
Egeness left the
band in the early nineties to study music from behind a mixing console as an engineer and to further understand what makes music sound "good".
9 years later, after countless recording sessions, he moved to St. John, USVI for 3 and a half years to complete his studies in music composition. Once completed, it was time to get back to the
states to pursue the career that was hinted at so
composing for film.
"I hope you enjoy my music..."
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