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.
Watch this brand new video for This House from my latest album, A Storm is Coming (Karisma Records 2019). The song is written and produced by me, engineered by Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and featuring Henrik Bergan Fossum on drums and Simen Valldal Johannessen (Oak – Official Fanpage) on piano. This House was the last one …
Airbag is back in the studio recording the follow-up to the massively successful 2016 release, Disconnected! We will be recordig and mixing throughout the summer and fall. The album is expected in spring 2020. Stay tuned on Airbag’s Facebook page for all the details and news.
Be sure to check out the beautiful new album, Oceans of Thought, from Italian multi instrumentalist and prog maestro Marco Ragni! I’ve had the pleasure of contributing lead guitar on the track Open My Arms. Check out Marco Ragni here and order your copy of Oceans of Thought!