Karl-Henrik Ousbäck is constantly searching for new ways to express himself through the sound of the drums. With an explosive approach to the instrument combined with a strong sense of harmonic consciousness he provides the audience with an honest musical statement. He began his musical journey with a snare drum at three years of age and quickly started to take his first lessons shortly after. At 11 he started private studies with the renowned Swedish drummer Petur ”Iceland” Östlund.
In 2005, at the age of 12, Ousbäck was invited to be a featured artist at the prestigious Bass and Drum Festival in Stockholm. Some of the other performers include Virgil Donnati, Ian Pace and Morgan Ågren. The same year he also made his first appearance at Fasching Jazz Club in Stockholm and got a lot of attention in the Swedish music press. In 2008 he was accepted to participate as the youngest student ever in Sligo Jazz Project to study for Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group) and the year after he was invited back as a special guest. There he met the rising star Matthew Halpin with whom he later toured Ireland. In 2009 he began his high school studies at Södra Latins Gymnasium and directly after moved on to The Royal Collage of Music in Stockholm.
On his musical journey Karl-Henrik has had the pleasure of performing in Grahams Town, Cape Town (SA), Dublin, Sligo, Mermaid County (IRL), Copenhagen, Odense (DK), Lisbon, Viseu (PT), Oslo, Aalesund, Sandefjord, Volda, Fossnavåg (NO), Bremen (DE) and frequently all over Sweden.
He has also studied with/worked with (in no specific order): Ulf Wakenius, Kendrick Scott, Paul Wertico, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jochen Rueckert, Joey Calderazzo, Airto Moreira, Steve Gadd, Rufus Reis, Steve Coleman, Jonas Kullhammar, Eddie Gomez, Fredrik Kronkvist, Carl Winther, Håkan Broström, Gilad Hekselman, among others.
Jazz Club Fasching Society Award 2016
Anders Sandrew Foundation Award 2015
Royal Academy of Music Scholarship 2015
Royal Collage of Music Scholarship 2014
Ronnie Gardiner ”Swedish Drummer Deserving Wider Recognition”- award 2014
Motala Municipe cultural award 2013
First prize Jazz competition at Fasching 2012
Best Solo Louie’s Jazz Competition 2011
Motala municipe music Scholarship 2009
Royal Academy of Music Scholarship for young musicians 2008
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