He is Norway's guitarist of the hour. Stian Westerhus elicits previously unheard sounds from the instrument on which everything seemed to have already been said.
Stian Westerhus (Guitar)
"Stian's 50-minute set takes us into a world beyond all boundaries, dark and challenging, brilliant and invigorating. - F. Talkington, BBC -
Stian Westerhus is one of the hardest working young musicians from Norway. He plays in bands like the Nils Petter Molvær Group, Monolithic, Puma, Bladed, Eldbjørg Raknes, CrimetimeOrchestra and many more.
Within the last few years he has received several awards, such as the Young Norwegian Jazz Musician Of The Year, Molde International Jazz Festival Talent Award and Trondheim Jazzfestivals's talent award in Norway, as well as the BBC's Award for Innovation in Jazz in the UK.
In addition, Stian collaborates with musical greats such as Jaga Jazzist, Sidsel Endresen, Zach Hill, as well as whiz kid Susanne Sundfor.
Whenever possible, Stian Westerhus tinkers with and develops his solo program. Stian Westerhus transforms guitar, space and himself. At times he pays little respect to the instrument, one might think, then again he balances raw expressiveness, virtuosity and melodic instinct. His music sounds like Norway, but also lets influences of bands like Slayer seep through. He pushes the boundaries of improvised music with a soundscape that goes far beyond ordinary guitar playing. The art of resisting the instrument and making materiality audible in unusual ways crowns him a great inventor of sound on the guitar.
Music in which something deeply human resonates, as one newspaper described it.
To the website of Stian Westerhus