Andreas Loven is a pianist and composer from Oslo, Norway, signed to the acclaimed Norwegian jazz label Losen Records.
He departed from his career in engineering, moved to South Africa and ventured into jazz in his early twenties. He has since performed extensively all over South Africa with artists such as Shane Cooper, Mandla Mlangeni, Buddy Wells, Keenan Ahrends, Jonno Sweetman, Nick Williams, Romy Brauteseth, Clement Benny and others.
Recent performances in Europe include Oslo Jazz Festival, Canal Street and the National Jazz Scene.
In January 2015, Andreas released his debut album, Nangijala, to high critical acclaim at Losen Records. The album consisted of duos with south african sax-legend and close friend, Buddy Wells and also Spha Mdlalose on vocals.
In February 2016 Andreas Loven releases his second album recorded with his south african quartet, rooted in both south african jazz traditions, nordic folk and other inspirations.
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Loven plays brilliant, both
versatile, melodic and
rhythmic in beautiful
harmony with the other
musicians. The music transcends beyond
genre, beyond trends.
Timeless in other words. And
(Norwegian national newspaper)
....exceptional level of playing displayed. All four musicians play gracefully, elegantly
and sympathetically towards each other. Loven plays the piano with gentle touches,
full of lyricism and melancholy. Wells follows the great tradition of seductive
saxophone, with long vibrato lines and heartbreaking charm, Brauteseth plucks the
bass with sheer virtuosity and incredible feel of both melody and rhythm, and finally
Benny keeps his pulsations well in the background in order not to disturb the overall
delicate approach, and is more upfront only when it is completely appropriate, showing
a remarkable respect so rarely met in drummers