Stefan Pasborg

”This is not just one of Europe’s most interesting drummers, but one of Europe’s most interesting musicians… Stefan Pasborg, the H.C. Andersen of contemporary jazz” – Jazz Journal, UK

”For everyone who appreciates drums at their best, listen closely to Stefan’s work and be amazed’’ – Hammondbeat, USA.

”The revelation of the set was undoubtedly the young drummer Stefan Pasborg’’ – The Wire Magazine, UK.

“Stefan Pasborg definitely proved that he is one of the best drummers in Europe” – Jazz Podium, Germany.

”Trommeslageren Stefan Pasborg tilhører de mere gudsbenådede på denne jord…Hans ekstatiske spil på trommesættet var her helt uden sidestykke. Det er virkelig en verdenstrommeslager vi har der” – Gaffa, DK.
Stefan Pasborg is one of his generation’s most brilliant, inspiring and visionary musicians.

Three time Danish Music Awards-winner STEFAN PASBORG is a highly energetic drummer from the melting pot of Copenhagen, and after getting a snare drum, a cymbal and a high-hat at the age of three from renowned jazz drummer Alex Riel, he has developed into one of the most personal and versatile young european drummers / bandleaders – from groove to abstract !

He has performed and recorded with musicians like: John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Wadada Leo Smith, Ellery Eskelin, Tomasz Stanko, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Majid Bekkas, Goran Kajfes, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Zeuthen, Alex Riel, Juhani Aaltonen, Dawda Jobarteh, Ståle Storløkken, Mikko Innanen, Liudas Mockunas, Kjetil Møster, Annisette, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Zeuthen, Alex Riel, Lotte Anker and Peter Friis Nielsen among others.

He has toured the most of Europe and in USA, Canada, Africa and Asia – in more than 40 countries, on 5 continents, from Shanghai to Vancouver, from Monte-Carlo to Moscow, from Varanger to Casablanca, and from New York to São Paulo – both as a leader and as a sideman.

He is the founding member of successful bands like: Ibrahim Electric, Pasborgs Odessa XL, Toxikum, The Firebirds, Free Moby Dick, Magic Spirit Quartet, Delirium … and he plays regularly in duo-settings with kora-virtuoso Dawda Jobarteh (Gam) and pianist Carsten Dahl (DK)… Besides his many bands and projects, he also performs solo-concerts regularly.
He is also the founding member of the record label and collective ILK Music.

At Danish Music Awards 2004 he was voted ?New jazz-name of The Year?, and his release ?Toxikum? was voted ?Jazz Discovery of the Year?.

His first release as a leader – TriplePoint (ILK 2007) – was selected into worldwide TOP 5 ‘Best Debut Albums of 2007’ by the American magazine The New York City Jazz Record, and his release ‘Pasborg Odessa X-tra Large’ received a Danish Music Award in 2011.

In 2011 Stefan Pasborg was chosen to be Artist-in-Residence at Copenhagen Jazzhouse, and in 2012 the national Danish television (DR) showed 5 documentary programs about him and his bands / projects.

Pasborg has won prices like f.ex. the Soloist-prize at 16th European Jazz Contest 1997 in Germany, the 1st Prize at 5th European Tournament of Improvised Music 2001 in France, Jazznytprisen 2012 in Denmark
And finally one of the most prestigious music-prizes in his native Denmark: Gudmanprisen in 2017.
He has received grants for artistic work from among others: Danish Arts Foundations, Danish Musicians Union, Norden, KODA, DJBFA.

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