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Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Years active 1983–1991
Labels Odin, ECM
Members Arild Andersen
Jon Christensen
Tore Brunborg
Nils Petter Molvær
Jon Balke
Frode Alnæs

Masqualero (1983–1991) was a jazz band from Norway, originally named "The Arild Andersen/Jon Christensen Quintet" but soon changed its name to Masqualero.[1]


In addition to Arild Andersen (double bass) the band consisted of Jon Christensen (drums), Jon Balke (keyboards), Tore Brunborg (saxophone) and Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet).[2] Balke left the band after two album releases, and was replaced by Frode Alnæs (guitar) who participated on the third album Aero. During the last few years (and on their last album), the band had neither a pianist or guitarist and performed as a quartet. They toured in United States, Canada and Europe in addition to several venues in Norway.
The band was awarded three times Spellemannprisen in the class Jazz.[1]


  • Spellemannprisen 1983 for Masqualero
  • Spellemannprisen 1986 for Bande a Part
  • Spellemannprisen 1991 for Re-Enter


  • Masqualero (Odin, 1983)
  • Bande a Part (ECM, 1986)
  • Aero (ECM, 1988)
  • Re-Enter (ECM, 1991)


  1. ^ a b "Masqualero Biography -".  Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ "Masqualero - Bransjeregister". Norsk Musikkinformasjon. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 

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Preceded by
Knut Riisnæs Quartet
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannsprisen
Succeeded by
Laila Dalseth
Preceded by
Per Husby
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannsprisen
Succeeded by
Bjørn Johansen
Preceded by
Oslo Groove Company
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannsprisen
Succeeded by
Knut Riisnæs & Jon Christensen