Hans Mathisen

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Hans Mathisen
Hans Mathisen performing in Oslo in 2017
Hans Mathisen performing in Oslo in 2017
Background information
Born (1967-07-27) 27 July 1967 (age 54)
Sandefjord, Vestfold
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
WebsiteHans Mathisen on Myspace

Hans Mathisen (born 27 July 1967 in Sandefjord, Norway)[1] is a Norwegian Jazz guitarist, educated on the Jazzprogram at Trondheim musikkonservatorium (1988–90), well known for his Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery inspired performances. He is the brother of Jazz musicians Per Mathisen (bass), Nils Mathisen (keyboards, guitar and violon) and Ole Mathisen (saxophone and clarinet).[2]


Mathisen is a graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1990–92).[3] He contributed on Brinck Johnsen's Lover man (1995). In the band Quarternion he cooperated with Jarle Vespestad (drums), Finn Guttormsen (bass) og Arve Henriksen (trumpet) (Timbuktu, Turn Left 1997),[4] and appeared in a duo with Halvard Kausland on the album Good bait (2003), Composed music for Bent Hamer's film Kitchen Stories (2003). He also contributed on Kåre Conradi's La det sne with Nora Brockstedt (2004), as well as Conradi's own God Dag (2005), and are working as an arranger for Kringkastingsorkesteret KORK, Marinemusikken and various other big bands and orchestras.[1]

Mathisen's first release was Quiet Songs (Curling Legs, 2005), where he presented his own compositions. He received good critics and was awarded Spellemannprisen 2005 in the class Jazz. On this recording he cooperated with Johannes Eick (bass), Per Oddvar Johansen (drums) and Gary Husband (drums). In addition, he played his brothers, Ole Mathisen (saxophon) and Per Mathisen (bass). In Hans Mathisen Kvartett, he is cooperating with Olga Konkova (piano), Per Mathisen (bass), Per Oddvar Johansen (drums).

He is the leader of Sandefjord Storband and teaches at the music program at Sandefjord videregående skole, and touring with the project Vi improviserer for Rikskonsertene, with Espen Rud (drums) and Jens Fossum (bass). Mathisen has also written commissioned work Lysande Mørker for the reopening of Oslo Domkirke in 2010 together with Jon Fosse, and the commissioned work Timeless Tales for Vestfold Festspillene in 2009. He released a live album with the Kongelige Norske Marines Musikkorps Storband (Royal Norwegian Navy Band Big Band) in April 2011.[1][5]



Solo albums[edit]


With Bjørn Willadsen Band
  • 1993: Skarland
With Brinck Johnsen
  • 1995: Lover man
With «Quarternion» (Arve Henriksen, Finn Guttormsen, Jarle Vespestad)
  • 1997: Timbuktu (Turn Left)
With Kausland / Mathisen Quartet
  • 2002: Good Bait (Hot Club Records)
With Kåre Conradi
  • 2004: La det sne, la det sne, la det sne!
With Nora Brockstedt
  • 2005: God dag
With Kjell Karlsen
With Olga Konkova
  • 2011: My Voice - Music for Piano, Vocal & Percussion (Losen Records), as Composer


  1. ^ a b c "Hans Mathisen Biography - Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no".
  2. ^ "Hans Mathisen Biography - JazzCamp.no".
  3. ^ "Jazzlinja". NTNU.no. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  4. ^ a b "Hans Mathisen, Quiet Songs - Puls.no".
  5. ^ "Flott tale - NettAvisen side2.no".

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Preceded by Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by