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Stian Westerhus (NO)

Guitarist Stian Westerhus (born in 1979, Jådåren, Norway) studied at the Trondheim Music Conservatory (trumpeters Nils Petter Molvær and Arve Henriksen also studied there). Stylistically, Westerhus follows the tradition of Norwegian guitarists such as Terje Rypdal and Eivind Aarset, consistently exploring and expanding the possibilities of electric guitar with extended playing techniques, including electronic sound generators.

After starting out in rock bands (Puma, with Gard Nilssen and Øystein Moen, and Monolithic, with Motorspycho member Kenneth Kapstad), Westerhus broadened his stylistic scope and joined the large Norwegian ensemble Jaga Jazzist. Later on, Nils Petter Molvær invited Westerhus to perform on his album "Baboon Moon". Westerhus made his international breakthrough by collaborating with Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen: a pair of excellent improvisers, understanding each other perfectly. The duo was awarded the Spellemannprisen in 2012 for their album "Didymoi Dreams".

Nowadays, solo projects dominate Westerhus’s artistic scope. He has released four albums to date: "Galore", "Amputation", "Pitch Black Star Spangled" and "The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers". In 2020, his album "Redundance" was released on the British label "House of Mythology".

Westerhus and his family live near Trondheim on a remote farm.

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Round Robin „Escalator Over The Hill“ (The Prequel #1)
Thu, 07/01/21, 19:00, Festival Boat

Alternating duos with Yazz Ahmed, Sam Amidon, Hibo Elmi, Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, Sofia Jernberg, Robert Landfermann, Ingrid Laubrock, Ava Mendoza, Marcus Schmickler, Phillip Sollmann, Colin Stetson, Stian Westerhus

The Prequel #4
Fri, 07/02/21, 21:30, Festival Boat
  • Sam Amidon & Mivos Quartet
  • Stian Westerhus solo
  • Colin Stetson, Marcus Schmickler, Shahzad Ismaily, Yazz Ahmed
The Prequel #5
Sat, 07/03/21, 19:00, Festival Boat
  • Ava Mendoza, Stian Westerhus, Shahzad Ismaily, Phillip Sollmann, Greg Fox
  • Colin Stetson solo
  • Sofia Jernberg, Sam Amidon, Shahzad Ismaily, Robert Landfermann
The Prequel #6
Sat, 07/03/21, 21:30, Festival Boat
  • Ingrid Laubrock, Yazz Ahmed, Greg Fox
  • Marcus Schmickler & Robert Landfermann
  • The Grand Finale "And It's Again"