Audun Kleive

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Audun Kleive
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Background information
Birth name Audun Kleive
Born (1961-10-20) 20 October 1961 (age 56)
Skien, Telemark
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz, future jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums, percussions
Years active 1982-
Associated acts Jøkleba , Terje Rypdal

Audun Kleive[1] (born 20 October 1961 in Skien, Norway)[2] is a Norwegian Jazz musician (drums and percussion) and composer.[3] He was raised in Skien, as the son of organist Kristoffer Kleive and brother of organist and composer Iver Kleive.


Kleive in 2017

Kleive began to play drums in a rock and dance band, and then went to Oslo, where he studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He joined the jazz-rock groups Lotus (1981–83) and Oslo 13 (1981–84), and made his recording debut with the album Anti-therapy in 1983. Described as one of the "leading lights in the Oslo Nu-jazz scene",[4] he made his distinctive contribution to groups like Terje Rypdal's Chasers,[5] Per Jørgensen's JøKleBa and Jon Balke's Magnetic North Orchestra as well as Marilyn Mazur & Future Song.[3]

Kleive has released the albums, Bitt (1996–97), Generator X (2000) and Ohmagoddabl (2004) on Bugge Wesseltoft's label, Jazzland.[6] In 2010 he gave a concert as a duet with the jazz tenorist Petter Wettre. The concert was recorded and released on the album The Only Way to Travel 2 (2011), as a follow up of the 2000 volume 1 album.[7][8] In 2013 he was engaged for a set on the Music Festival 'Punktfestivalen' in Kristiansand, where he also collaborated on recordings for the album Crime scenes (2006) with Jan Bang and Erik Honoré among others.[9]



As leader[edit]

Solo albums
With Jon Eberson
With JøKleBa trio including Per Jørgensen & Jon Balke
With Generator X
Trio with Samuli Mikkonen & Anders Jormin
  • 2000: KOM Live (2000)

As sideman[edit]

With Oslo 13
With Anne Marie Giørtz Quintet
With Extended Noise
With Terje Rypdal
With Jon Eberson Trio
With Armen Donelian Trio including Carl Morten Iversen
  • 1987: Trio '87 (Odin Records)
With Anders Jormin
  • 1988: Eight Pieces (Dragon Records)
With Frode Gjerstad & Circulasione Totale Orchestra
  • 1987: Accent (Odin Records)
  • 1996: Recycling Grieg (Circulasione Totale)
  • 1998: Borealis (Cadence Jazz Records)
  • 2000: Enten Eller (Circulasione Totale)
  • 2008: Open Port (Circulasione Totale)
  • 2009: Bandwidth (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2011: PhilaOslo (Circulasione Totale)
With 'Entra' including Anders Jormin, Harald Svensson, Thomas Gustafsson & Staffan Svensson
  • 1989: Live Lights (Timeless Records), Live record
  • 1992: Ballet (LJ Records)
  • 1998: In Concert (LJ Records), Live record
With Marilyn Mazur's Future Song
  • 1990: Future Song (Intuition Records)
  • 1994: Small Labyrinths (ECM Records)
  • 2002: All the Birds (Stunt Records)
  • 2004: Daylight Stories (Stunt Records)
With Pierre Dørge
With Nils Petter Molvær
With Sigmund Groven
With Arild Andersen, Ralph Towner & Naná Vasconcelos
  • 1993: If You Look Far Enough (ECM Records)
With Frederik Gislinge, Henrik Sveidahl, Lars Vissing, Mats Olofsson, Monica Bauchwitz & Ture Larsen
  • 1993: People, Places, Times and Faces (Storyville Records)
With Jon Balke & Magnetic North Orchestra
  • 1994: Further (ECM Records)
  • 1999: Solarized (Emarcy Records)
  • 2001: Live in the North (ECM Records)
  • 2002: Kyanos (ECM Records)
With Various Artists - Tributes
  • 1995: Come Together: Guitar Tribute to the Beatles, Vol. 2 (Select Records)
  • 2002: Warmth in the Wilderness, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Jason Becker (Lion Records)
With Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz
  • 1996: New Conception of Jazz (Jazzland Recordings)
With Olga Konkova
With Thomas Gustafsson
  • 1999: T.G. Evil Orchestra (Dragon Recordings)
With Sidsel Endresen
  • 2000: Undertow (Jazzland Recordings)
With Rita Marcotulli
  • 2002: Koine (Le Chant Du Monde)
With Jan Gunnar Hoff
With Arve Henriksen
With Jan Bang & Erik Honoré Punkt

2006: Crime scenes (Punkt Recordings)

With Dhafer Youssef
  • 2006: Divine Shadows (Jazzland Recordings)
With Mathias Eick
With Hans Ulrik, Kasper Tranberg, Eivind Aarset & Anders Jormin
  • 2009: Slow Procession (Stunt Records)
With David Sylvian
With Petter Wettre
  • 2011: The Only Way to Travel 2 (Household Records), duo
With Eivind Aarset
With Fester
  • 2012: Celebration Of Death (Apocalyptic Empire Records)
With Scheen Jazzorkester
  • 2017: Politur Passiarer (Losen Records)


  1. ^ "Audun Ben Kristoffer Kleive Discography". January 2009. Retrieved 2013-10-05. )
  2. ^ Bergh, Johs (2009-02-14). "Audun Kleive Biography". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-10-05. )
  3. ^ a b "Kleive, Audun - Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Jazzarkiv 2011-11-03. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-10-05. )
  4. ^ Mathieson (1 July 2008)
  5. ^ Nicholson (May 2001) p. 69
  6. ^ Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
  7. ^ "Audun Kleive up-close". 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2015-01-23. )
  8. ^ Corroto, Mark (2011-01-17). "Petter Wettre: The Only Way To Travel 2 (2011) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-05. )
  9. ^ "Audun Kleive Biography". 2013-07-12. Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2013-10-05. )

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Sidsel Endresen
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Petter Wettre