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Magne Furuholmen (Mags) (born November 1, 1962, Oslo), is best known as the guitarist/keyboardist in a-ha. He was born to father Kåre and mother Annelise. He has one sister, Line, and two half brothers, Thorsteinn and Trygve. Magne’s father, a jazz musician, (who played trumpet with Bent Solve’s Orchestra) was killed in an aeroplane crash over Drammen, south of Oslo in 1967, when Magne was just five.

Magne married Heidi Rydjord, his high school sweetheart, on the 8th August 1992, in the garden of their Nesøya home. They have two sons, Thomas Vincent (born 20 April 1990) and Filip Clemens (born 2 October 1993).

Magne’s Career as a-ha’s keyboard player and guitarist has spanned 20 years and he has co-written many of the bands hits with Guitarist Pal Waaktaar. Songs include “Stay On These Roads”, “Manhattan Skyline” and “Take on Me” which was famously accompanied by Michael Patterson’s ground-breaking animated video.

Magne is widely acknowledged to be the band’s ‘joker’ but this belies his creative powers, as Magne has had considerable success with his solo projects, such as Timbersound, formed in 1994 with Magne’s friend Kjetil Bjerkestrand, and later, Swedish singer, Freddie Wadling. Their work has been used on film soundtracks such as “Hotel Oslo”, which also featured the vocal talents of Anneli Drecker.

Magne also recorded “‘Past Perfect Future Tense” in 2004, with appearances from Guy Berryman and Will Champion of Coldplay, and from Andy Dunlop of Scottish band Travis.

Magne is also a talented artist, working with glass, paint, etching and woodcuts. His art has been displayed at The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, and he has also shown his work at The London Art Fair. Unlike many ‘celebrity’ artists, Magne has the distinction of receiving wide critical acclaim for his work. Recently, Magne has helped to bring Damien Hirst’s “New Religion” Exhibition to Stavanger, Norway.

Edited by karenwilson on 28 Feb 2009, 01:19

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