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Stian Westerhus


Guitarist Stian Westerhus (born 1979 in Jådåren, Norway) studied at the Trondheim Music Conservatory, where Nils Petter Molvær and Arve Henriksen studied as well. Stylistically Westerhus follows the tradition of Norwegian guitarists such as Terje Rypdal and Eivind Aarset. He then explores and expands the possibilities of his electric guitar with extended playing techniques including electronic sound generators.

After starting out in rock bands (Puma with Gard Nilssen and Øystein Moen as well as Monolithic with Motorspycho member Kenneth Kapstad), Westerhus broadened his stylistic scope and got involved with the Norwegian nu-jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist. Later on, Nils Petter Molvær got him involved in his band and to perform on the album “Baboon Moon”. Westerhus made his international breakthrough by collaborating with Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen: both extremely good improvisers understanding each other perfectly. The duo was awarded the Spellemannprisen in 2012 for their album “Didymoi Dreams”.
Nowadays, solo projects dominate most of Westerhus’ artistic scope. He has released four albums to date: “Galore”, “Pitch Black Star Spangled”, “The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers” and “Amputation”. He is currently working on a new album and released the track “There’s A Light” as a teaser in July 2019.

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

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