Tellef Øgrim (alternatively written Ogrim where the letter Ø does not work) (born January 27. 1958 in Oslo) is a Norwegian guitarist.As a boy he played in rock and later jazz bands before joining his first professional band, UPF (Ung Pike Forsvunnet), in 1981. The group released two albums, toured Norway and played a number of TV shows.
In 1985 Øgrim and vocalist (later his wife) formed the soul-rock band Duck Spin, releasing the group's only album Wake Me When the Moon Gets Up the year after. Øgrim went on to form his first jazz group, Libido in 1987. Their self-titled album was released at Hot Club Records.
During the same period of time he wrote music for two theater plays. In 2004 Øgrim released a CD containing improvisations for fretless electric guitar under the title Some Dodos Never Die and in 2007 the CD Wagon 8 was released on Curling Legs Records with Polish drummer Jacek Kochan, trombonist Dag Einar Eilertsen, Henrik Hellstenius (laptop) and singer Anne Danielsen.
In 2008 Øgrim played on the free jazz CD Do I the In? (Not Two Records) with Joe Fonda (bs), Jacek Kochan (dr) and Franz Hautzinger (trp).
In 2010 he formed the audio-visual project Mugetuft with Peter Knudsen, Henrik Hellstenius and Jakop Janssønn. The quartet performed at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Oslo Screen Festival in 2014 and has released the album ANX both as video and as audio only.
An improvisational trio with cello player Clementine Gasser and Jacek Kochan came together in Vienna in 2009 to record What's wrong with Now for Not Two Records (released in 2011).
His latest solo work is out on two EPs. One is a called Left at the Self Bar and contains an eclectic collection of four solo tracks for fretless guitar, acoustic guitar and electronics. The other is a collection of improvisations for kitchen radio and fretless guitars titled Hysj.
Tellef Øgrim’s music is best described at explorations into the esoteric expressionism of jazz and beyond.