Ole Morten Vågan

An active bassist and bandleader of the Norwegian scene and, moreover, an acclaimed composer.


Since the late nineties, Vågan has been active on the Norwegian scene, both as a bass player and band leader. Coming into the public eye first as leader for the collective MOTIF, he is now known as one of the most prolific bass players of his generation. Since long a central piece of the puzzle that is the young jazz- and improv communities of Trondheim and Oslo, he has gone on to perform with many central musicians of both the Scandinavian and the international jazz scene, generations across. Vågan is also a noted composer, and is the artistic director for the well renowned Trondheim Jazz Orchestra since 2017, working with both his own music and that of guest artists like Pat Metheny, Jason Moran and others. His two records with the TJO featuring his own music has gotten rave reviews, and they have done dozens of concerts throughout Europe with this material.

Through his work in the scandinavian jazz and impro community for the last two decades, the Oslo-based bass player has been active in bands like Motif, The Deciders, Maria Kannegaard Trio, Bugge Wesseltofts NCOJ, Maciej Obara Quartet, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, as well as touring extensively with the likes of The Joshua Redman Trio (with Vågan and Jorge Rossy), Terje Rypdal, Kit Downes, Gard Nilssens Supersonic Orchestra, Peter Evans, John Scofield, Chick Corea and others. Vågan is also the recipient of the prestigious Kongsberg Jazz Festival award.

Maciej Obara / Kit Downes / Ole Morten Vågan / Veslemøy Narvesen
Sokołowsko Jazz meets Punkt Festival 2024
The second edition of Sokołowsko Jazz, in collaboration with Norway's PUNKT, will present stylistically diverse projects.