Open main menu

Pål Thowsen (born 15 July 1955) is a Norwegian jazz drummer.[1] He has released several solo albums and received two Spellemannprisen awards.

Pål Thowsen
Pål Thowsen Oslo Jazzfestival 2018 (214350).jpg
Pål Thowsen performing in 2018
Background information
Born (1955-07-15) 15 July 1955 (age 64)
Lillestrom, Akershus, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer


Thowsen was born in Lillestrøm, and started his career in the early 1970s as a musician in Arild Andersen's quartet, finding international success throughout the decade. At the same time he was a member of the jazz rock band Moose Loose. In 1973 he collaborated for the first time with jazz guitarist Jon Eberson, a collaboration that has lasted throughout his career in various groups, and has recorded about ten albums with Ketil Bjørnstad. Other musicians he has worked with include Radka Toneff, Terje Rypdal, Palle Mikkelborg, Odd Riisnæs and Dag Arnesen and a member of the Jazzpunkensemblet, the Net, Halle / Eberson / Thowsen / Kjellemyr, Ole Paus and Finn Kalvik, Sinikka Langeland and Metropolitan.

Thowsen, along with Jon Christensen, won the 1977 Spellmanprisen for jazz album for the album No Time for Time, and the 1979 Spellmanprisen for jazz album for his album Surprise.

Selected discographyEdit

  • No Time for Time (1976) (with Jon Christensen)
  • Surprise (1979)
  • Carnival (1981)
  • Sympathy (1983)
  • Call Me Stranger (1986) (with Tor Endresen)
  • Life Goes On (1988) (with Tor Endresen)
  • Collection (1992)
  • ...The Rest Is Rumors (2002)


  1. ^ Stendahl, Bjørn. "Pål Thowsen". Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 July 2012.

External linksEdit