Stian Westerhus is a Norwegian guitarist known for his experimental approach to music. The wider audience knows him as a member of an experimental jazz group Puma, and the Croatian audience might remember him from the album Amputation that has been presented in Zagreb in 2016. On this year’s Monoplay festival Stian will be a solo performer of selected works.
It´s music I’ve dropped to the floor repeatedly, maybe even on purpose. It’s music in a cracked mirror portraying the time it was created.
Stian Westerhus started his musical life studying jazz, his work taking him firstly to Middlesex, before his Masters in Trondheim. Since then, he’s worked constantly, touring and recording with a dizzying array of artists including Jaga Jazzist, Supersilent, Nils Petter Molvær and Motorpsycho, not to mention a series of solo records for Rune Grammofon. He has also made several commissions with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and with South Netherlands Philharmonic.
His list of achievements is as lengthy as it is impressive, ranging from a BBC Jazz Innovation Award in 2008 to several Norwegian Grammy nominations (Spellemannprisen, where he has two awards to his name). Throughout, he’s consistently found ways to create new paradigms largely via a distinct and innovative approach to the mediums of six strings, pickups, effects and amplification.