Norwegian saxophonist, reedist and composer
André Roligheten (b.1985) from Skien in Norway is a highly sought-after musician on the European jazz scene, best known for contributing his creative saxophone playing in Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity and Supersonic Orchestra or with Friends & Neighbors, Team Hegdal, Albatrosh, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, and Susanne Sundfør.
Chicago Reader wrote a piece on Roligheten and said he “stepped up big”.
He has won the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) with Team Hegdal (2015), and been nominated with Acoustic Unity (2015) and Supersonic Orchestra (2020). Other awards include: EBU European Jazz Competition (2009), Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2008 (Soloist prize), Jazzintro (Young Musician of the year 2008) and “JazZtipendiat 2012“ Commissioned work for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
Roligheten has also played and worked with musicians like: Andrew D ́angelo, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Motorpsycho, Fredrik Ljunkvist, Jarle Bernhoft, Ståle Storløkken, Theo Bleckman, Django Bates, John Edwards, Paul Lovens, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward, Raymond Strid, Bugge Wesseltoft, Mathias Eick, Ola Kvernberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Per Zanussi.
André have played on festivals like Molde Jazzfestival, Winter Jazz New York, Madajazzcar, Jazzahead, Øya, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Oslo Jazzfestival, Norh Sea Jazz, Münster Jazz, Süd Tyrol Jazz, 12 Points, Dølajazz, Nattjazz, Jazzfest, Maijazz, Soddjazz, Vossajazz. And done several tours in Scandinavia, USA, Canada, Germany, Poland, Czech, Slovenia, France, Italy, China and Japan.