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Andersen, Arild

Andersen, Arild , bassist; b. Strommen, outside Oslo, 27 October 1945. His father was Fredrik Andersen, 1914-1998, born in Strommen, Norway. His mother is Bergliot Holthe, 1914-, born in Klaebu, Norway. His brother is Odd Andersen, born 1943. Arild started out as a member of Jan Garbarek Quartet (67-73) and studied with George Russell 1969. He studied with Czechoslovakian bass teacher Karel Netolicka 1970. 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.

In 1972-74 he visited New York several times and worked with the Stan Getz Quartet, Sam Rivers trio, Sheila Jordan, Steve Kuhn and Paul Bley. In 1974 he formed his own quartet which toured Scandinavia and Europe. He also had a band with singer Radka Toneff in the late 70s and early 80s. In 1980 he put together a band that included Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, and Steve Dobrogosz, and in 1981 he formed a band with Alphonse Mouzon, Bill Frisell and John Taylor which toured Europe in 1983, with John Abercrombie instead of Frisell. In 1982 he formed the Arild Andersen Quintet with Jon Christensen dr., Jon Balke p, Tore Brunborg sax, Nils Petter Molvaer tp. The band was later called "Masqualero" and for 10 years, the last years as quartet without piano, it toured USA, Canada, East and West Europe.

Andersen has become interested in 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 led to the work "Sagn" premiered in 1990 and performed more than 40 times including Town Hall, New York, Germany and Scandinavia. In 1993 he premiered a new work called "Arv."

In 1994 he wrote music for a theatre version of the Nobel-prized trilogy "Kristin Lavransdatter" by Sigrid Undset. In 1998 he formed a trio with Markus Stockhausen and French percussionist Patrice Heral; he also started a collaboration with English drummer John Marshall and Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabroupolos. He is now mostly working in a trio unit with Danish pianist Carsten Dahl and French drummer Patrice Heral.

He is married to Hege Schoyen and their children are Line born 1984 and Jakob born 1990.

Clouds In My Head (1975); Shimri (1976); Green Shading Into Blue (1978); Lifelines (1980); Molde Concert (1981); Masqualero (1983); Bande a part (1986); Aero (1988); Re-Enter (1989); Sagn (1991); If You Look Far Enough (1993); Arv (1993); Kristin Lavransdatter (1995); Hyperborean (1996); Sommerbrisen (1998); Achirana (2000); The Triangle (2004)
Karta (2000); The Sign (2001); Moonwater (2004)
Selected recordings as sideperson:
Jan Garbarek: Afric Pepperbird, Sart, Triptykon; Radka Toneff: Winterpoem, It Don't Come Easy,
Live In Hamburg; Bill Frisell: In Line; David Darling: Cycles; Don Cherry:
Ethernal Rhythm; Sam Rivers: There Is No Energy Crises; Roswell Rudd: Flexible Flyer; Sheila Jordan: Sheila

Anon., How They See the EJF. Arild Andersen, in: Jazz Forum (Dec.1974)
non., Sweet Success. Arild Anderson, in: Jazz Forum, #34 (1975)
Pawel Brodowski: An Andersen Tale, in: Jazz Forum (Oct.1975)
Calvin Smith: Arild Andersen, in: Jazz Journal (Jan.1988)
Kjetil Berg: Arild Andersen. Pa leting etter den europeiske
improvisasjonsmusikken, in: Jazz Nytt, 2/1996
Jarmo Sermila: Juhani Aaltonen, in: Jazz Forum, #42 (1976)

The albums "Masqualero," "Bande a part," and "Re-Enter" each won a Norwegian Grammy Award in the 1980s. "Live In Hamburg won the same award in 1994.

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