writes this year’s Main Commissioned Work (Tingingsverket) for Vossa Jazz. He is one of Norway’s most important jazz musicians, both as a performer (saxophone and clarinet), composer and arranger. From 2002-2016 he was the artistic director for Trondheim Jazzorkester (TJO), and led very successful collaborations with jazz greats such as Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny og Dave Holland, among many other projects. Alpaca Ensemble, Zanussi Five, Angles 9, Dingobats, En en en and Team Hegdal are some of his other bands.
He brings some of Scandinavia’s finest jazz musicians with him on stage for the performance of «Musical Balloon». Hegdal cites 60’s jazz and the virtuosity of these musicians as the main inspirations for the work, at this point.