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Terje Evensen

Evensen is a specialist in improvised modern jazz music combined with electro elements. He is adept in working with acoustic samples/recordings and mixing them together on an electro palette. He is always experimenting within a wonderland where different genres cross over – where jazz meets ambient, and electronica – creating spacious and dramatic soundscapes of profound intensity.

Although well versed in many styles and genres Evensen’s solo album Still you. You still here (2010) is a quintessential example of the core of his work, consisting purely of percussion and electronics. Released on the Berlin based platform FONORUM, it was the world’s very first net-album.

Catalogue of colleagues: Martin Fance, Tim Harries, Nils Petter Molvær, John Paul Jones, J. Peter Schwalm, John Parricelli, Rory Simmons, Elisabeth Nygard, Terje Gewelt, Julian Arguelles, Ingvo Clauder, Michael Kiedaisch, Mattias Mains, Frank Kroll, Mike Walker, Bjørne Charles Dreyer, Anders Tveit, Svein Schulz, and Steve Waterman, as well as Julio ”Chocolate” Algendones, Andrés Prado, Aldo Lopez-Gavilan and José Luis Madueño.

Touring: The people of Peru and Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Chile, New Zealand, and Norway have been lucky enough to hear him play live.


“Evensen is adept at making the unsaid said, the little bell-like noises and murmurings he invokes as part of his cave of softly encroaching sounds as mysterious as the dawn approaching.” Stephen Graham – Marlbank

“Evensen is a master of the soundscaper’s art” Ian Mann – The Jazz Mann

“On Apochryful, the laptop ripple from Terje Evensen is incorporated in a remarkably sensitive and undemonstrative way – Evensen simply adding to the textural and melodic commentaries of the rhythm section.” Daniel Paton – Music OMH

“The Norwegian adds his trademark electronica to a slowed down, melancholic Fringe Magnetic arrangement……. ……, and thanks to Evensen, intrinsically Nordic in feel.” Ian Mann – The Jazz Mann

“ – a high point of Twistic being ‘Apochryful’ also featuring Spin Marvel’s Norwegian percussionist Terje Evensen’s subtle electronic treatments.” Selwyn Harries – Jazzwise

“Norwegian keys, drums, electronics expert Terje Evensen – feature sparse dynamics with enterprising samples of white noise and percussive loops.” Keith Arnes – UK Musician Union

“There is something quite beautiful, often calm and even stunning about this music that I find most enchanting.” Bruce Lee Gallanter – Downtown Music Gallery

“Terje has a unique production style and an ear for pleasant surprises.” Chris Koff – Sound on Sound

”Percussionist Terje Evensen adds decorative colour and texture; scraped and bowed cymbals, nuanced and fragmented rhythms.” The Wire

”Evensen is a sensitive player, and his contributions subtly reinforce some of the rhythmic aspects of the music without ever slipping into a flat-out groove.” Brain Marley – The Wire

”Evensen, a former student of the mighty Audun Kleive clearly relishes exploring the extremities of his kit as well as playing in time.” John Gill – Jazzwise




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