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.
On May 3 2019 Bjørn released his fourth album, A Storm is Coming on Norwegian prog label Karisma Records. Storm is the follow-up to the much praised and awarded previous releases Lullabies in a Car Crash (Karisma Records 2014), Forever Comes to an End (Karisma Records 2017) and Coming Home (Karisma Records 2018).
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.
Here’s a fan-filmed video of our performance of Lullaby in a Car Crash at the sold out Terra Incognita festival in Quebec Friday May 17th.
At last! My new album and fourth release, A Storm is Coming, is finally here! It’s always such a surreal feeling to have an album out after having spent months deep into writing, recording and producing. The reviews and feedback has been quite overwhelming so far so it’s looking pretty good! Looking forward to hear …
The new single Stormwatch is available on download and stream at all major platforms. The track is taken from my upcoming album, A Storm is Coming, which is out May 3rd. Stormwatch is a dialog between two people who experience the violent tension and frustration in a relationship. To portray this, I’m sharing the vocal …