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Hello, and welcome to the homepage of drummer/composer Per Oddvar Johansen.

 

Born in 1968, he started drumming at a very young age (aroung three-four years old) He played drums in a schoolband from age 12, and was put behind a drumkit by his teacher almost instantly.

 

He has been a drummer from that day on.

 

Per Oddvar Johansen was educated at Trøndelag Music Conservatory, 1989-1992.

He has worked professionally since 1990, and has toured the world in countless different settings. His well-known tastefulness is heard on more than eighty released albums. He has won six Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy`s). Two with Vigleik Storaas, and with Petter Wettre, Hans Mathisen, Solveig Slettahjell and Christian Wallumrød.

 

He is one of Norway´s leading drummers, and currently works with Christian Wallumrød, Vigleik Storaas, Helge Lien, Ayumi Tanaka, Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Torben Snekkestad and others.

 

Fiona Talkington, BBC, about his upcoming release:

 

Per Oddvar Johansen has played a huge part in Norwegian music over many years and has worked extensively with such groundbreaking figures as Helge Lien, Christian Wallumrød and Petter Wettre. He brings his own imaginative drive to everything he does and his solo debut album ‘Let’s Dance’ on Edition Records shines a spotlight on a musician who has deserved the attention for a long time.