Jon Ivar Christensen (born 20 March 1943 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (drums and percussions), married to Actor, Minister and Theater director Ellen Horn (born 1951), and the father of singer and actress Emilie Stoesen Christensen (born 1986).
In the late 1960s Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the Jazz band, Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary.He appears on many recordings on the ECM label with such artists as Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Michael Mantler, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Brüninghaus, Charles Lloyd, Dino Saluzzi and Tomasz Stanko He, along with Jan Garbarek and Palle Danielsson, was a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett "European Quartet" of the 1970s.
Three of Europe’s best improvisers meet yet again: Carsten Dahl (piano), Arild Andersen (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums) have recorded a new album featuring state-of-the-art jazz improvisations. “Under the Rainbow” is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Space is the Place” recorded in 2011. An album described as:
“a modern jazz album that meets the standards of Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and a small handful of other trios”
-Terje Mosnes, Dagbladet, Norway
2 years later in April 2013 the trio met again in the legendary Rainbow Studios working Jan Erik Kongshaug’s versatile skills as recording engineer. It is not unreasonable to expect the sound quality to be perfect. All tracks are by the group, except “Koloni på yderkanten” and “Two geese in the sky” which are written by Carsten Dahl. The music on this CD is improvisational music in its purest form.
“Here - under the rainbow it is for us – so easy it to interplay and fly together. Down and up there.”
- Carsten Dahl
Carsten Dahl is one of Scandinavia’s leading pianists and has played with Ed Thigpen, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez etc. Arild Andersen is one of Europe’s leading bass players since the early seventies. Jon Christensen is an active drummer, and a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett "European Quartet” in the seventies. Both Andersen and Christensen appear on several recordings on the legendary ECM label.