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Arve Henriksen
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Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival in Germany, June 2006
Background information
Born (1968-03-22) 22 March 1968 (age 56)
Stranda, Sunnmøre, Norway
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, vocals
Labels ECM, Rune Grammofon

Arve Henriksen (born 22 March 1968) is a Norwegian trumpeter.


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Arve Henriksen, mœrs festival 2010.
Arve Henriksen and Terje Isungset 2015-12-04
Arve Henriksen and Terje Isungset performing glass music at Victoria 2015.
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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.

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 work, When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima.

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.

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 Punktfestivalen 2010, in Kristiansand, Norway and again at Moldejazz 2012.

John Kellman of the All About Jazz magazine recognized the 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".

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Arve Henriksen at Vossajazz 2014.


  • 2005: Buddyprisen
  • 2007: Radka Toneff Memorial Award
  • 2011: Kongsberg Jazz Award
  • 2011: Paul Acket Award, North Sea Jazz
  • 2016: Dr Honoris Causa at Gothenburg University


Solo albums

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2021: Mental Fatigue (Arve Music)
  • 2021: Murimorphosis (Arve Music)

Collaborative work

  • 2000: Daa (NorCD), with Terje Isungset and Karl Seglem
  • 2000: Birth Wish (Pan M Records), with Christian Wallumrød, Jan Bang and Erik Honoré
  • 2007: Sketches Of Spain (Nor Wind Records), with The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Maria Schneider
  • 2009: Ellivan (NorCD), with Elling Vanberg
  • 2010: Clinamen (Off, Rat), with Giovanni Di Domenico and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto
  • 2012: Black Swan (Rat Records), with Teun Verbruggen
  • 2012: Uncommon Deities (P-Vine Records), with Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, David Sylvian and Sidsel Endresen
  • 2012: Distare Sonanti (and/OAR), with Giovanni Di Domenico and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto
  • 2014: World Of Glass (All Ice Records), with Terje Isungset
  • 2016: Atmosphères with Tigran Hamasyan, Eivind Aarset, and Jan Bang (ECM)
  • 2017: Rímur with Trio Mediæval (ECM)
  • 2017: The Art Of Irrigation (All Ice Records), with Terje Isungset
  • 2018: Pilgrim (ACT), with Janne Mark
  • 2018: Illusion Of A Separate World with David Kollar (Hevhetia)
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