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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. He has now become one of the leading forces of jazz drums in Europe.


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.  He is a graduate of The Royal Collage of Music in Stockholm, and has since then also served as a teacher there. 

Ousbäck has shared the stage with (in no specific order): Lage Lund, Petter Wettre, Viktoria Tolstoy, Jonas Kullhammar, Svante Thuseresson, Ulf Wakenius, Ben Patterson, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Winther, Knut Riisnæs, Melissa Aldana, Simon Moullier, Joel Lyssarides, Håkan Broström, among others.

He steadily performs in the classic venues of the world, from Tromsø, Norway in the north to South Africa in the south and China in the east.


Karl-Henrik plays Canopus Drums Exclusively




AS A LEADER: Karl-Henrik Ousbäck, Somewhere and Somewhen, Nightingale Records (2017)

AS A SIDEMAN: Susanna Risberg, Boilerroom, CAM Jazz (release 2021), Styrelsen, Farväl! , Lionbear Records (2020)

Björn Arkö, Stating the Obvious, Do Music Records (2017);

Kasper Agnas, Både Takt och Ton, Agnas Musikproduktioner (2017),

 Filippe Raposo, inquiétude, Lugre Records (2016)




STIM Stipend 2020

Jazz Club Fasching Society Award 2016

Anders Sandrew Foundation Award 2015

Royal Academy of Music Scholarship 2015

Royal Collage of Music Scholarship 2014

Ronnie Gardiners ”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