artist / composer

John Erik Kaada, most known as Kaada, has been on the Billboard List with his debut album in 2003. Since then, he has created music for creative endeavours ranging from art projects to high profile films and concerts. Kaadas film music is featured in over 40 Norwegian and international movie films. His music has also been played on major TV shows such as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, The Super Bowl, The Daily Show and 60 Minutes.

Pianist Magazine

a breathtakingly raw album


Kaada is the best thing to come out of Norway since Leif Erikson set sail for America


Never without genius. Color this the best record of the year”


“If you think you've heard everything, chances are you haven't heard anything like this”. ... “it's surely the best at whatever it is.”

Latest release:



Fifty minutes of new music composed and recorded over twelve month period.It’s been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever. Or at least the happiest I’ve ever been making a record.  This might seem a bit contradictory, since the theme of the album circles around obituaries and last words before death.

The titles are quotes and fragments from different farewell utterances.  Things that people (apparently) said when they were about to die.  There is a mysterious aim over the final words of the dying. What does these last words reveal about life, death and consciousness? These words give a glimpse into the individual’s overall feelings and experiences.

Soundtrack releases:



encouraging numbers for a weird piano tune

Thank you #oslojazz and #sentralenoslo for welcoming my new live project. It was the perfect venue for the debut, and a very special experience to play these songs live for the first time.


#20Questions with Kaada (@Kaada) returns with his first solo album in nine years, so wants to do what any regarded musician would: talk about Homer Simpson and Norwegian environmental policies. https://t.co/eQVtRd2TPh

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