Erik Johannessen was born July 22th 1975 in Oslo, Norway.
Grew up on Lambertseter in the suburbs.
Started playing trombone at eight and piano at ten, and
decided early to be a musician. Started playing jazz at
sixteen, and played in his early twenties in bands like
[Soundslashnoise] and The Beauties & The Beast with
norwegian pop star Bertine Zetlitz.
Soon he joined the Norwegian/Polish collaboration Loud Jazz
Band and toured Poland many times, and has to date
released five CDs.
Studied music at high school at Foss (1991-1994), and
studied at University of Oslo with a degree in music (1995-
1996) and literature (1996-1997), went on to study jazz at the
conservatory of Trondheim (2001-2005), with trombone
teacher Helge Førde and other teachers like John Pål
Inderberg, Erling Aksdal and m.m.
Started there playing in bands like Big Spirit People, Happy
House, and Magic Pocket.
Joined Trondheim Jazz Orchestra for a number of projects
with soloists and composers like Eirik Hegdal, Maria
Kannegård, Joshua Redman, Terje Rypdal, Bednik Hofseth,
Jon Balke, Kobert m.m.
He got the JazZtipendiat award (2009) with the brass quartet
Magic Pocket and composed music and played at Molde
International Jazz Festival 2010 with Trondheim Jazz
Orchestra, which resulted in the CD Kinetic Music(2011).
Magic Pocket has also released the CD Katabatic Wind
Moved back to Oslo starts playing in Jaga Jazzist in 2005
(still going) touring Europe a number of times