Arve Henriksen

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Arve Henriksen
Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival in Germany, June 2006
Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival in Germany, June 2006
Background information
Born (1968-03-22) 22 March 1968 (age 54)
Stranda, Sunnmøre, Norway
InstrumentsTrumpet, vocals
LabelsECM, Rune Grammofon

Arve Henriksen (born 22 March 1968) is a Norwegian trumpeter whose flute-like sound was inspired by the Japanese shakuhachi flute.[not verified in body]


Arve Henriksen, mœrs festival 2010.
Arve Henriksen and Terje Isungset performing glass music at Victoria 2015.
Arve Henriksen - Glass music.

Henriksen was born in Stranda and educated on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium; he later studied music pedagogy, while he played in «Bodega Band» (1987–88), «Luft» (1987–89), «Veslefrekk» from 1989, «Close Enough» 1990–92, «Nutrio» from 1990, and recorded with Bjørn Alterhaug and «Tre Små Kinesere» (1990). After graduating in 1991, he joined the «Trio Midt-Norge» and «Piggy Bop».[1]

He has played among others with Misha Alperin, Jon Balke's Magnetic North Orchestra, Nils Petter Molvær, Audun Kleive, Trygve Seim, Terje Isungset, Christian Wallumrød and recently with Iain Ballamy's Food for Quartet and Supersilent, both bands signed on Rune Grammofon. He has also contributed to David Sylvian's Nine Horses project and his latest work, When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima.[1][2]

He also sings; his unique wordless vocalising was central to Chiaroscuro, where he often sings in a soprano's range. The control over his head voice is such that in "Opening Image" he could quite easily be mistaken for a woman.[1]

With Supersilent he has been a major contributor to one of the most acclaimed improvisational bands over the last 14 years in Norway, with collaborations with Terje Rypdal among others. John Paul Jones played with them at the Punkt festival 2010, in Kristiansand, Norway and again at Moldejazz 2012.[3]

John Kellman of the All About Jazz magazine recognized Arve Henriksen/Jan Bang Double CD Release Show at The Punkt Festival, Kristiansand, Norway, September 2013, as no. 17 of his "Best Live Shows of 2013".[4]

Arve Henriksen at Vossajazz 2014.



Solo albums[edit]

  • 2001: Sakuteiki (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2004: Chiaroscuro (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2007: Strjon (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2008: Cartography (ECM Records)
  • 2013: Places Of Worship (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2014: The Nature Of Connections (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2014: Chron (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2014: Cosmic Creation (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2017: Towards Language (Rune Grammofon)[5]
  • 2018: The Height Of The Reeds (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2018: Composograph: A Synthesis Of Wood, Metal And Electronics (Arve Music)
  • 2019: The timeless nowhere (Rune Grammofon), boxed set 4 X LP plus 2 X CD
  • 2012: Solidification (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2014: Chron|Cosmic Creation (Rune Grammofon)

Collaborative work[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Henriksen, Arve Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  2. ^ Sandall, Robert (2007-08-26). "David Sylvian: When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima". The Sunday Times. London.
  3. ^ "Supersilent med John Paul Jones" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  4. ^ Kelman, John (2013-12-13). "John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2013". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  5. ^ "RCD2192 - Arve Henriksen: Towards Language (CD/LP)". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  6. ^ "Catalogue: Rímur - Trio Mediaeval / Arve Henriksen - Release date: 03.03.2017 ECM 2520". ECM Records. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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Preceded by Recipient of the Buddyprisen
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Preceded by Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
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Preceded by Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
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