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 finest instrumentalists have once again joined forces. With their new release “Space is the Place” (Storyville Records), the musicians explore their new found haven. A haven in which the music on this CD was created. Not as “classical” free jazz, but more as subtle tonal art that is original, spontaneous, natural and free. All 11 tracks on the CD were recorded at The Village Recoridng Studio in Copenhagen on June 5th 2011 immediately after the trio’s concerts at Jazzhus Montmartre. Carsten Dahl- one of Scandinavia’s leading pianists has played with Ed Thigpen, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez etc. Arild Andersen (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums) have both played a number of years, as members of the Jan Garbarek’s quartet, and are some of Europe’s most sought after sidemen. The music on this CD is improvisational music in it’s purest form. Music that gives the listener the opportunity to enjoy the open SPACE, in which the music was created.