Jonas Cambien (b.1985) is a Belgian pianist and improviser, active on the Norwegian scene for improvised and contemporary music since he moved to Oslo in 2008.

Jonas Cambien is most noted for leading his own trio, featuring André Roligheten on reeds, and Andreas Wildhagen on drums. The trio has performed on major stages in Norway and abroad, and has released two albums on the Portuguese label Clean Feed: ‘A Zoology of the Future’ (2016) and ‘We Must Mustn’t We’ (2018). The American jazz critic John Sharpe picked A Zoology of the Future as one of the 10 best jazz albums of 2016, and said about We Must Mustn’t We:  ‘They sound like no-one else.’

Jonas Cambien performs regularly in duo with the Norwegian bass player Adrian Myhr, under the moniker Simiskina, often teaming up with the french visual artist Xavier Quérel. The album ‘Simiskina’ was released on Clean Feed in 2017, and was named ‘some of the best you will find in Norwegian improvised and free music’ by the Norwegian Jazz magazine Jazznytt.

Cambien has also released albums with the improvising collective Platform (Vafongool 2015, Clean Feed 2017) and the alternative rock band Karokh (Loyal Label 2015, No Forevers 2016). In addition, he performs solo and within Aksiom, an Oslo-based ensemble for contemporary music.

photo (c) Morten Espeland