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Arild Andersen

One of the Big 4 of Norewegian Jazzmusicians together with Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. Have been a leading figure in scandinavian and european jazz since 1971....



Born in Norway October 27 -1945 . He has been one of Europe's leading bass player since the early 70- ties. Andersen started out  as a member of Jan Garbarek Quartet(67-73) . The group also included Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen.In the same period he also worked with Norwegian singer Karin Krog and played in the rhythm section for visiting American musicians such as; Phil Woods , Dexter Gordon, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, and Chick Corea. He also worked  with  Don Cherry and George Russell in this years.

In 1972-74 he visited New York  several times and worked with Stan Getz Quartet, Sam Rivers trio, Sheila Jordan, Steve Kuhn and Paul Bley.

In 1974 Arild Andersen formed his own quartet . The band toured Scandinavia and Europe and recorded 3 albums for ECM with this band.
He also had a band together with singer Radka Toneff in the late 70-ties and early 80-ties.

In 1980 Arild Andersen put together a band that included Kenny Wheeler,Paul Motian,and Steve Dobrogosz(Lifelines-ECM) .  In -81 he had a band with Alphonse Mouzon, Bill Frisell and John Taylor (A Molde Concert ,ECM).  This band also toured Europe in -83 ,this time with John Abercrombie on guitar.

1982 he formed "The Arild Andersen Quintet" with Jon Christensen dr. Jon Balke p, Tore Brunborg sax, Nils Petter Molvær tp. The band changed name later to "Masqualero". This band was in the forefront of European jazz for 10 years, the last years as quartet without piano.Masqualero toured USA, Canada, East and West Europe and made four albums ,one for the Norwegian label "Odin "  and three for ECM.Three of the albums won the Norwegian "Grammy"award.

Arild Andersen released in 1993 a trio recording with Ralph Towner and Nana Vasconcelos, "If You Look Far Enough" on ECM

Over the last years Arild Andersen has also spent time investing the possibility of combining traditional Norwegian folk music with improvised music. He started in 1988 a collaboration with singer Kirsten Braaten Berg, one of the leading artists in Norwegian folk music. This lead to the successful work "Sagn" premiered in -90 and performed more than 40 times including Town Hall, New York, Germany and Scandinavia. "Sagn" was recorded -91 on The Norwegian label " Kirkelig Kulturverksted" and later released on ECM. In 93 he premiered a new work called "Arv", also recorded on Kirkelig Kulturverksted .

In 1994 he wrote music for a theatre version on the Nobel prized trilogy "Kristin Lavransdatter"  by Sigrid Undset. This also lead to several performances  of the concert version of the music and  a recording for Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Arild Andersens  work " Hyperborean", commissioned by  "The Molde International Jazz festival" premiered in 95 . This was a 9-piece band including the Norwegian string quartet Cikada. The music was recorded  in October-96  and  was released in September 1997 by ECM .

1998 he formed a trio together  with German trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and French percussion-player Patrice Heral. This trio + Terje Rypdal  as a guest, made a CD called "Karta" , released sept 2000 by ECM.
Andersen has also started a collaboration with English drummer John Marshall and the Greek piano player Vassilis Tsabroupolos. This trio will have a CD called " Achirana " out in May-2000 also on ECM.
In 2004 the second trio cd "The Triangle"  was released .

In 2002 Andersen wrote 3 pieces for jazztrio (Stockhausen/andersen/Heral) and symphony orchestra commisioned by Bergische Symphoniker  premiered on March 19  2002 in Germany. This work was also performed with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra during the festival Maijazz 2003

In 2002 he recorded a cd ”The Sign ” ( Stunt Records ) with Danish pianoplayer Carsten Dahl and Patrice Heral,percussion. Their latest CD ”Moon Water”  was released january 2004.

The group with Stockhausen and Heral also recorded in june 2003 with guitarplayer Ferenc Snetberger  and their cd ”JOYOSA” comes out on Enja  March 2004

In April 2005 his work "ELECTRA "was released by ECM. This was originally written for The drama Electra by Sophocles commissioned by the Athens Cultural Olympic Commitee for the 2004 Olympic Games.

Summer 2005 Enja released the CD " Nomad" with the new Snetberger/Andersen/Vinaccia trio.

Arild Andersen was "Artist In Resident" at  The Molde International Jazzfestival  2005.

Arlid Andersen and Kirsten Bråthen Berg Live
Arild Andersen. Pioneer in Looping

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