Per Oddvar Johansen

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Per Oddvar Johansen
Born (1968-03-01) 1 March 1968 (age 46)
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums
Website Official website

Per Oddvar Johansen (born 1 March 1968) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (drummer), most recognized for his work with Trygve Seim, Christian Wallumrød, The Source, Solveig Slettahjell and Vigleik Storaas, but has also been awarded the Spellemannprisen five times.[1][2]


Johansen was born in Oslo, where he played in several rock bands before attending the Jazz Program at Trondheim Music Conservatory (1989–92).[3] There he started cooperations with among others the Bodega Band (1990–92, with the record En flik av ... in 1992), Airamero from 1990, Trio Midt-Norge, Piggy Bop from 1991, Vigleik Storaas Trio and the Trondheim Kunstorkester. He also started a long-lasting cooperation with Trygve Seim, among others in The Source, and has given profound marks on the Norwegian Jazz scene. He put his drums in for the band Tre Små Kinesere (1992) too.

When returning to Bærum (1992) he still continued many of these projects, in addition to performing with artists like Torbjørn Sunde, Jan Erik Kongshaug, the quartet TINGeLING, tubaist Lars Andreas Haug, Solveig Slettahjell's «Slow Motion Orchestra», Kjersti Stubø, Petter Wettre, Jacob Young, 1300 Oslo, Zanussi Five, with Kjetil Møster/Per Zanussi Trio, the singer Eldbjørg Raknes and the guitarist Hans Mathisen. In 1994 he toured with the trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and performed with the rock band Motorpsycho at Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1995.[1] He played with Joshua Redman, Arild Andersen and Bugge Wesseltoft at Moldejazz 2006.[4]

Johansen together with Petter Wettre was rewarded Spellemannprisen 2000 in the class jazz for the album The Only Way to Travel, a prize he also received twice as a member of Vigleik Storaas Trio. He has released four records with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Christian Wallumrød in the trio Close Erase (from 1995). He has also given lectures in drumming at University of Oslo and Norges Musikkhøgskole.[1]


  • Spellemannprisen 1995 in the class jazz, for the album Bilder withVigleik Storaas Trio
  • Spellemannprisen 1997 in the class jazz, for the album Andre Bilder with Vigleik Storaas Trio
  • Spellemannprisen 2000 in the class jazz, for the album The Only Way to Travel with Petter Wettre
  • Spellemannprisen 2004 in the class jazz, for the album Silver with Solveig Slettahjell
  • Spellemannprisen 2005 in the class jazz, for the album Quiet Songs with Hans Mathisen

Discography (in selection)[edit]

Solo projects[edit]

  • Ferme Solus - This is My Music (Euridice turn left, 2008)
  • Solo at MIR - Blow Out! Oslo Dec 3 2013 (Bandcamp, 2014)

Collaborative works[edit]

With Trond Bjertnes & Frode Barth
  • Egentlig (1994)
With The Source
  • Olemanns kornett (Curling Legs 1994)
  • The Source: of Christmas (Curling Legs 1995)
  • The Source & Different Cikadas (ECM 2002)
  • The Source: of Christmas Live (GRAPPA 2005)
  • The Source (ECM 2006)
With Jan Erik Kongshaug
  • The Other World (ACT music 1998)
  • All These Years (Ponca Jazz Records 2003)
With Vigleik Storaas trio
  • Bilder (Curling Legs, 1995), was awarded Spellemannprisen
  • Andre Bilder (Curling Legs, 1997), was awarded Spellemannprisen
  • Subsonic (Curling Legs, 2002)
  • Now (Inner Ear, 2007)
  • Epistel no 5 (Inner Ear, 2012)
Duo with Petter Wettre
With Close Erase
  • Close Erase (Nor-CD 1995)
  • No.2 (Nor-CD 1999)
  • Dance This (BP 2002)
  • Sport Rocks (Jazzaway 2006)
  • R.I.P (Plastic Strip Press 2010)
With 1300 Oslo
  • Live In The North (2001)
With Kjersti Stubø
With Solveig Slettahjell
  • Slow Motion Orchestra (2001)
  • Silver (2003)
  • Pixiedust (2005)
  • Good Rain (2006)
  • Domestic Songs (ACT, 2007)
  • Tarpan Seasons (Universal Music, 2009)
With Trygve Seim
  • Different Rivers (ECM, 2001)
  • Sangam (ECM, 2004)
With Eldbjørg Raknes
  • TINGeLING (Nor-CD 1999)
  • So Much Depends on a Red Wheel Barrow (2002), commissioned work for Vossajazz
With Christian Wallumrød Ensemble
  • Sofienberg Variations (2001)
  • A Year From Easter (2004)
  • The Zoo Is Far (2007)
  • Fabula Suite Lugano (2009)
  • Outstairs (2014)
With Daniel Rorkes
  • San’an (2011)


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Karin Krog & John Surman
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Urban Connection