Eirik Hegdal

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Eirik Hegdal
Eirik Hegdal Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2017 (224353).jpg
Eirik Hegdal at the 2017 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Background information
Born (1973-10-03) 3 October 1973 (age 45)
Gjøvik, Oppland, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger, music teacher
Associated actsTrondheim Jazz Orchestra, Dingobats

Eirik Hegdal (born 3 October 1973 in Gjøvik, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (saxophone), composer, arranger and music teacher,[1] known from the band Dingobats (1995-2005) and as leader of Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (from 2002).[2]


Eirik Hegdal at Vossajazz 2014
With Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2017

After a year at Sund folkehøgskole, he attended the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1995–98), where he established the band Dingobats, with Njål Ølnes (tenor saxophone), Thomas Dahl (guitar), Mats Eilertsen (bass) and Sverre Gjørvad (drums), primarily playing Hegdals compositions. He later toock over as leader of the «Trondheim Jazz Orchestra», after pianist Erlend Skomsvoll.In 2006 he performed the commissioned work for the «Trondheim Jazz Orchestra», Space is still the place with the US saxophonist Joshua Redman as guest soloist.[2]

In 2002, Hegdal with drummer Tor Haugerud, started a collaboration with the classic piano trio «Alpaca Trio», consisting of Else Bø (piano), Sigrid Elisabeth Stang (violin) and Marianne Baudouin Lie (cello). The group works with compositions by Hegdal in the intersection of improvisation and contemporary music, and released under the band name «Alpaca Ensemble» the EP Skråpanel and an album Tapet Tapet!, both in 2007. In 2010 came a tentet edition of the same ensemble piece Elevator, a collaboration between Hegdal and poet Matt Burt, with an album release from the premiere performance at «Trondheim Kammermusikkfestival» i 2008.



Solo albums[edit]

Within Team Hegdal
  • 2010: Vol 1 (Øra Fonogram)
  • 2011: Vol 2 (Øra Fonogram)
  • 2015: Vol 3 (Particular Recordings)


With «Dingobats»
  • The New Dingobats Generation (Turn Left Prod., 1998)
  • Pöck (Bergland Prod., 2001)
  • Follow (Jazzaway, 2004)
With «Zanussi 5»
  • Zanussi 5 (Moserobie, 2004)
  • Alborado (Moserobie, 2006)
  • Ghost Dance (Moserobie, 2010)
With «Trondheim Jazz Orchestra»
  • We are? (Jazzaway, 2004)
  • Live in Oslo (MNJ Records, 2006), with «Maria Kannegaard Trio»
  • Wood and Water (MNJ Records, 2008)
  • Triads and More (MNJ Records, 2010), with Joshua Redman
  • Sidewalk Comedy (MNJ Records, 2013), as featured artist
With «Alpaca Ensemble»
  • Skråpanel (EP, Øra Fonogram/Jazzaway, 2007)
  • Tapet Tapet! (Øra Fonogram/Jazzaway, 2007)
  • Elevator (Øra Fonogram, 2010)
With «Lord Kelvin»
  • Dances in the Smoke (Jazzland, 2009)
  • Radio Has No Future (Gigafon, 2011)
With Eldbjørg Raknes
  • From Frozen Feet Heat Came (MyRecordings, 2010)
With «EnEnEn» Tor Haugerud, Michael Francis Duch
  • Rød & Blå (Øra Fonogram, 2010)
With «Trondheim Sinfonietta»
  • ''Snowblind (Øra Fonogram, 2011)
With Mats Eilertsen, Thomas T. Dahl, Trygve Seim, Harmen Fraanje, and Olavi Louhivuori


  1. ^ "Eirik Hegdal Saxophonist, Arranger, Teacher - Directory MIC.no". Archived from the original on 2016-01-16.
  2. ^ a b "Hegdal, Eirik Biography - Norsk Musikkinformasjon -MIC.no". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Marius Neset & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Nils Petter Molvær