Photo: Frank Schemmann

Stian Westerhus (NO)

Stian Westerhus & Fennesz

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Fennesz_git, elec

Fennesz, a key figure in electronic music, meets the Norwegian guitarist Stian Westerhus, who uses his guitar as a source for a whole range of feedback techniques and amplifier manipulations.

Stian Westerhus Trio

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Ståle Storløkken_keys, elec
Erland Dahlen_dr, elec

These three major protagonists of the contemporary Norwegian music scene will mix jazz,
rock, noise, ballads and folk music.

About Stian Westerhus

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. He explores and expands 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.

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

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