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”This is not just one of Europe’s most interesting drummers, but one of Europe’s most interesting musicians… Stefan Pasborg, the H.C. Andersen of contemporary jazz” – Jazz Journal, UK

”For everyone who appreciates drums at their best, listen closely to Stefan’s work and be amazed’’ – Hammondbeat, USA.

”The revelation of the set was undoubtedly the young drummer Stefan Pasborg’’ – The Wire Magazine, UK.

“Stefan Pasborg definitely proved that he is one of the best drummers in Europe” – Jazz Podium, Germany.

”Trommeslageren Stefan Pasborg tilhører de mere gudsbenådede på denne jord…Hans ekstatiske spil på trommesættet var her helt uden sidestykke. Det er virkelig en verdenstrommeslager vi har der” – Gaffa, DK.


Stefan Pasborg is one of his generation’s most brilliant, inspiring and visionary musicians.

Three time Danish Music Awards-winner STEFAN PASBORG is a highly energetic drummer from the melting pot of Copenhagen, and after getting a snare drum, a cymbal and a high-hat at the age of three from renowned jazz drummer Alex Riel, he has developed into one of the most personal and versatile young european drummers / bandleaders – from groove to abstract !

He has performed and recorded with musicians like: John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Wadada Leo Smith, Ellery Eskelin, Tomasz Stanko, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Majid Bekkas, Goran Kajfes, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Zeuthen, Alex Riel, Juhani Aaltonen, Dawda Jobarteh, Ståle Storløkken, Mikko Innanen, Liudas Mockunas, Kjetil Møster, Annisette, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Zeuthen, Alex Riel, Lotte Anker and Peter Friis Nielsen among others.

He has toured the most of Europe and in USA, Canada, Africa and Asia – in more than 40 countries, on 5 continents, from Shanghai to Vancouver, from Monte-Carlo to Moscow, from Varanger to Casablanca, and from New York to São Paulo – both as a leader and as a sideman.

He is the founding member of successful bands like: Ibrahim Electric, Pasborgs Odessa XL, Toxikum, The Firebirds, Free Moby Dick, Magic Spirit Quartet, Delirium … and he plays regularly in duo-settings with kora-virtuoso Dawda Jobarteh (Gam) and pianist Carsten Dahl (DK)… Besides his many bands and projects, he also performs solo-concerts regularly.
He is also the founding member of the record label and collective ILK Music.

At Danish Music Awards 2004 he was voted ʻNew jazz-name of The Yearʼ, and his release ʻToxikumʼ was voted ʻJazz Discovery of the Yearʼ.

His first release as a leader – TriplePoint (ILK 2007) – was selected into worldwide TOP 5 ‘Best Debut Albums of 2007’ by the American magazine The New York City Jazz Record, and his release ‘Pasborg Odessa X-tra Large’ received a  Danish Music Award in 2011.

In 2011 Stefan Pasborg was chosen to be Artist-in-Residence at Copenhagen Jazzhouse, and in 2012 the national Danish television (DR) showed 5 documentary programs about him and his bands / projects.

Pasborg has won prices like f.ex. the Soloist-prize at 16th European Jazz Contest 1997 in Germany, the 1st Prize at 5th European Tournament of Improvised Music 2001 in France, Jazznytprisen 2012 in Denmark
And finally one of the most prestigious music-prizes in his native Denmark: Gudmanprisen in 2017.
He has received grants for artistic work from among others: Danish Arts Foundations, Danish Musicians Union, Norden, KODA, DJBFA.


DELIRIUM (Fiasko Records – 2002 Finland)
STEFAN PASBORG & LIUDAS MOCKUNAS: “Toxikum” (ILK Music – 2003 Denmark)
ICTUS – Ducret, Anker, Friis-Nielsen & Pasborg (ILK Music – 2004 Denmark)
TRIOT with JOHN TCHICAI: “Sudden Happiness” (Tum Records – 2004 Finland)
ICTUS – w/ Marc Ducret, Lotte Anker, Peter Friis-Nielsen: “Live” (ILK Music – 2005 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “Meets Ray Anderson” (Stunt Records – 2005 Denmark)
FRA DE VARME LANDE: “Fra De Varme Lande” (ILK Music – 2006 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “Absinthe” (Stunt Records – 2006 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “Meets Ray Anderson – again” (Stunt Records – 2007 Denmark)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Triplepoint” (ILK Music – 2007 Denmark)
PASBORG’s ODESSA 5 (Stunt Records – 2008 Denmark)
PASBORG’s ODESSA 5: “X-tra Large” (Stunt Records – 2010 Denmark)
DELIRIUM “Green Side Up” (ILK Music – 2011 DK)
PASBORG’s ODESSA 5: “X-tra Large – LIVE” (Stunt Records – 2012 Denmark)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Free Moby Dick” (ILK Music – 2012 Denmark)
ALEX RIEL / STEFAN PASBORG “Drumfaces” (Stunt Records – 2013 Denmark)
STEFAN PASBORG / CARSTEN DAHL: “Live at SMK” (ILK Music – 2014 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “Rumours from Outer Space” (ILK Music – 2014 Denmark)
STEFAN PASBORG: “The Firebirds” (ILK Music – 2015 Denmark)
DAWDA JOBARTEH / STEFAN PASBORG: “Duo” (ILK Music – 2016 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “The Marathon Concert” (Stunt Records – 2016 Denmark)
ANIA RYBACKA & STEFAN PASBORG: “Voice’n’drums” (Hevhetia – 2018, Poland)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Morricone” (limited-edition EP-vinyl, – 2018 DK)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Love Me Tender” (limited-edition EP-vinyl, – 2018 Denmark)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Solo” (limited-edition EP-vinyl, – 2018 Denmark)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Man-the-Man” (limited-edition EP-vinyl, – 2018 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “The Xmas Album” (limited-edition EP-vinyl, – 2018 Denmark)
IBRAHIM ELECTRIC: “Time Machine” (Stunt Records – 2020 Denmark)
ALEX RIEL / STEFAN PASBORG “Universe – Live” (Stunt Records – 2021 Denmark)
INNANEN-PASBORG-PIROMALLI (Clean Feed – 2021 Portugal)
STEFAN PASBORG: “Ritual Dances” (Sunnyside Records – 2022 USA)
INNANEN-PASBORG-PIROMALLI “Can you hear it?” (Clean Feed – 2023 Portugal)
STEFAN PASBORG TRIO feat. Carsten Dahl & Fredrik Lundin (ILK Music – 2024 DK)
DAWDA JOBARTEH / STEFAN PASBORG: “Live in Turku” (April Records – 2024 DK)


CARSTEN DAHL ‘EXPERIENCE’: “Humilitas” (Storyville – 2008 Denmark)
WADADA LEO SMITH & TUMO: “Occupy the World” (TUM Records – 2012 Finland)
SAMUEL HÄLLKVIST: “Variety of Loud” (BoogiePost Recordings / Plugged Music – 2012 Sweden)
OTTO DONNER & TUMO: “And It Happened…” (TUM – 2013 Finland)
CARSTEN DAHL ‘EXPERIENCE’: “Reveréntia” (Storyville – 2013 Denmark)
SAMUEL HÄLLKVIST: “Variety of Live” w/ Guy Pratt, Pat Mastelotto a.o. (BoogiePost Recordings – 2015 Sweden)
POLKADELIC BEBOP TRIO (limited-edition EP-vinyl, no label – 2018 Denmark)
CARSTEN DAHL / TRINITY: “Painting Music” (ACT Music – 2019 Germany)
MAJID BEKKAS: “Magic Spirit Quartet” (ACT Music – 2020 Germany)
CARSTEN DAHL / TRINITY: “Mirrors Within” (Storyville – 2021 Denmark)
CARSTEN DAHL: “The solo songs of Keith Jarrett” (Storyville – 2023 DK)


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