Audun received Norsk Jazzforums highest award, the "Buddy Prize", in 2018, citing his central and important role in the Norwegian jazz community since the early 1980s and his being a source of great inspiration for many musicians.

Musical collaborations

Eyolf Dale Wolf Walley
Eyolf Dale Trio

Quintet with Hans Mathisen, Jason Rebello, Mats Eilertsen and Bendik Hofseth

Scheen Jazzorkester

Quartet with Ståle Storløkken/Ole Morten Vågan/Tor Yttredal

Performance project with danser Sudesh Adhana

...and several other pop-up gigs!


AUDUN KLEIVE’s reputation within the jazz community can best be described as true royalty..  His musicianship as a drummer and percussionist is highly respected among his peers, has gained him an established reputation as a vital force in Norwegian and international jazz, and he is a source of inspiration for an entire younger generation of jazz musicians. “I am convinced that the world needs alternatives,” Kleive states about his artistic vision, continuing, “honest musical attempts that further develop the great heritage from our planet’s composers…music is one of the last possible free places left in the world, and I aim to show that art form my respect to my last breath.”

His integrity and artistry is reflected as a participant in well over 160-plus recordings, he has provided the rhythmic foundations for such varied musicians as Terje Rypdal, Jon Balke, Charles Lloyd, and Marilyn Mazur. Voted by the Norwegian Jazz Musician’s Union in 1989 as Jazz Musician of The Year, he has continued to be a highly valued artist in constant demand for other projects or as a featured performer.