Kåre Thomsen

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Kåre Thomsen
Born (1959-12-30) 30 December 1959 (age 58)
Bergen, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, graphic designer
Instruments Guitar
Website www.designregionbergen.no/bruker/336

Kåre Thomsen (born 30 December 1959) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (guitar) and graphic designer,[1] known from a number of releases and active on the Bergen jazz scene performing with musicians like Karl Seglem, Vigleik Storaas and Terje Isungset. He is the younger brother of the acclaimed Bergen Guitarist Ole Thomsen.[2]


Thomsen was born in Bergen. When growing up, he was inspired by Jazz fusion and played in bands like "Rabies" (including drummer Atle Garmann & bassist Knut Vaksdal), and "One Step Limbo" together with Program 81/82 vocalist Kate Augestad and bassist Frank Hovland among others,[3]

In 1987 Thomsen appeared on the show "Nattsang" at NRK, within the band "Growl", comprising Karl Seglem (saxophone), Vigleik Storaas (piano), Odd Magne Gridseth (bass) and Terje Isungset (drums) in addition.[4] Thomsen within an eight men strong guitarist happening (Mats Grønner, Ronny Heimdal, Morten Sæle, Kato Ådland, Reinhardt Døskeland, Mads Eriksen and Jan Ove Nordeide in addition) appeared with brother Ole Thomsen's band "Electric Heavyland" (Frank Jakobsen, Øivind Lunde, Harald Dahlstrøm, in addition to his brother) performing a concert at Nattjazz in 1993. In addition Thomsen has several performances at the Bergen Jazz Festival Nattjazz. Within the band "Tundra" (1984), "Growl" (1986–87), "Poems for Trio" (1986–93, 1989–91 with Frode Rasmussen), "Hip Slippers" (1991), and "Frank's Friends N'Loose Ends" (1993).[5]


As musical performer[edit]

With Karl Seglem
With Ole Amund Gjersvik
  • 1990: Voice From the Past

As photo designer[edit]

  • 2010 – Karl Seglem: Ossicles (Ozella Music)[6]


  1. ^ "Kåre Thomsen – Ab OVO Graphic design" (in Norwegian). Brak.no. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Ole Thomsen (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. 
  3. ^ "Program 81" (in Norwegian). Ballade.no. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Growl... Nattsang – Sinn". Youtube.com. 
  5. ^ "Kåre Thomsen" (in Norwegian). Nattjazz.no. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ossicles – Karl Seglem Review". AllMusic.com. 

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