Who is Sten ?
Representing four decades in music internationally, NYC Guitar Studio, AKA 'Sten's Guitar Studio' is the educational incarnation of acclaimed guitar virtuoso, bassist, multi-string instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and veteran educator STEN HOSTFALT's new millennium carreer as a pioneering solo performer, composer, bandleader, producer and academically at some of the worlds premier institutions for music education, all built on his 90's introduction on the New York/International Jazz scene, facilitated via studies, performances and collaborations with legendary icons of American Music Horace Parlan, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, Gary Burton, Peter Erskine, Clare Fischer and Joe Maneri.
Sten Hostfalt is a leading innovative guitarist and composer working on the New York music scene of today.
He performs with some of the most original and unique voices in modern music and has been called 'highly exceptional' by legendary American music icon Jimmy Giuffre and 'virtuosic' by musical innovator Joe Maneri writes one of the world's foremost thinkers on guitar and pedagogy-Berklee College of Music professor Jon Damian in his 2015 book 'FRESH MUSIC : Explorations with the Creative Workshop Ensemble for Musicans, Artists, Teachers'
as he announces his re-iteration of Sten Hostfalt's 2006 microtonal music guest lecture at Damian's Berklee Creative Workshop, a creative format where Mr. Damian's students past four decades notably has included leading modern
guitarists Bill Frisell, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeff Parker, Wayne Krantz, Leni Stern, Joe Cohn and Mark Whitfield.
Sten Hostfalt has developed his own repertoire incorporating microtones - a genuinely innovative approach,
in the future 29 Pieces for the Microtonal Guitar may be be considered a groundbreaking work wrote Don Williamson in his 2005 JAZZ REVIEW feature of Sten Hostfalt's solo concert album 29 Pieces For The Microtonal Guitar Live at Knitting Factory New York, released in 2002 at at the heels of his Paul Bley initiated debut CD and devoted to exploration of the paramenter of pitch ispired by former mentor, visionary composer Joe Maneri's 72-note Equal Tempered Virtual Pitch Continuum. While Larry Cosentino of SIGNAL TO NOISE Magazine described the work as The total immersion of a miniverse of finely etched detail taken to glorious extremes, 29 Pieces for The Microtonal Guitar is among the most riveting explorations of the microtonal world ever recorded. It's fine focus and beauty of detail puts the cycle in a class with John Cage's exquisite 'Sonatas and Preludes for Prepared Piano'
The innovative impact of the work, performed solo and live in one single take on electric and acoustic guitars
and analog and lo-fi digital electronics was also lamented by ALL ABOUT JAZZ senior editor John Kelman as " Sten Hostfalt takes the rigid confines of the Guitar and transforms it into an instrument capable of exploring the minute spaces between traditional notes by using altered tunings, mechanical preparations and Electronically enhanced techniques. The result, 29 Pieces for the Microtonal Guitar, is an intriguing recording that shows just how far an instrument can be bent and altered to meet a more experimental and adventurous need, taking you on a journey to a place where rules simply don't exist. For those with ears broad enough to allow for the possibility that music can extend beyond the expected, and expand the potent boundaries of experience."
'Beyond Rapturous, high density, highly logical in a completely different way and highly recommended' - Kenneth Egbert of JAZZ NOW Magazine 'Rants And Raves' Barry Cleveland, GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE Another angle on exploring that you will not want to miss' Grego Applegate Edwards, CADENCE " Sten Hostfalt's prepared guitar explorations combine jazz soloing with surreal effects, we're Impressed with his fast fingers and intense focus " - TIME OUT NEW YORK 'Inimitable, There Are Few Musicians like Sten Hostfalt' - PM NYC/PAPER MAGAZINE
Este virtuoso guitarrista y aclamado compositor neoyorkino se inicio' en la escena internacional del jazz a mediados de los años noventa y desde entonces ha recogido numerosos premios por sus originales proyectos y grabaciones. Y es que, Sten Hostfalt es un músico innovadorque ha ideado ténicas para el seis cuerdas estandár y más allá del sistema temperadode doce notas. En el XXXV Encontre Internacional de Compositors presenta en solitario su proyecto Microtonal guitar¨ - ARTS MALLORCA.com ( Palma de Mallorca, Spain ) 2014
'A bunch of A-list adventurous Jazz types play Sten Hostfalt's microtonal Dimensional States for Orchestra' - NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY 2014 - The current ( as in past 10 years ) manifestations of
Sten Hostfalt's four decade participation in and active contribution to the global jazz, improvised and creative music scene in appearances at leading concert stages, alongside some of the world's most innovative musicians for four decades, notably include the 2014 world premiere solo concert performance of his original work Four New Microtonal Pieces at the XXXV Encontre de Compositors Festival at Pilar i Joan Miro' Mallorca Spain, the 2010-11 solo concerts at New York's Symphony Space and his 2014 microtonal ensemble work Dimensional States for 13 musicians and 2 dancers, twice at ShapeShifter Lab NYC, all follow the path set by the 2002 solo concert recording 29 Pieces For The Microtonal Guitar Live at Knitting Factory New York, critically regarded a seminal work for microtonal music on the traditional 6-string guitar.
Jazz Now Magazine has compared Sten Hostfalt to John Fahey and Derek Bailey. Guitar Player's 'Rants & Raves' column placed his microtonal solo work next to 'The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson'. While Cadence pointed out Captain Beefheart and Jimi Hendrix influences. Since the debut CD's, Mr. Hostfalt has produced six recordings as a leader, and on his own label, in the process, enlisting engineers Greg Thompson ( They Might be Giants, David Byrne, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Korn ) Doug Henderson ( Anthony and The Johnsons, Devendra Banhart, Swans, Sleep, System of a Down ) and Eric Tew ( Super Furry Animals, Ted Leo, Boss Hog, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Phife Dawg, Fountains of Wayne ) and worked in some of New York City's most influential studios of the new millennium such as Micro-Moose Brooklyn and Kampo Audio, and internationally at Le Triton, Les Lilas, France and in the Swedish Radio studio, by way of a string of artist and tour grants awarded by the Swedish Cultural Council for The Arts.
Sten Hostfalt's RECORDINGS have featured electric bass guitar virtuoso Matthew Garrison ( John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Josef Zawinul, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan ), trumpet player Takuya Nakamura ( Brazilian Girls, The Streets, Quincy Jones, CoCo Rosie ) drummer Marko Djordjevic and tenor saxophonist Matt Renzi. His PERFORMANCES as a LEADER of groups such as G-Factor ( Ghost Factor ), K-MOD, Soft Value, Sten Hostfalt Trio / Quartet and his large microtonal ensemble featuring dancers Dimensional States, has during the past three decades hosted bassists Tim Luntzel ( Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Pete Seeger, Neil Sedaka and Lee Ranaldo ), Richard Hammond ( Joan Osborne, Erasure and Angelique Kidjo ), Matt Pavolka ( Lee Konitz, Elysian Fields ) Masa Kamaguchi and Shayna Dulberger, saxophonists Ole Mathisen ( Randy Brecker, Dream Theater ), Down Beat 2017 rising star on Tenor Sax Noah Preminger ( John Patittucci, Matt Wilson ) and Seamus Blake ( John Scofield, Dave Douglas ), drummers Jimmy Weinstein, Blake Lindberg, Dave Miller, Owen Howard, Federico Ughi and Cyril Atef ( Cheb Mami, Salif Keita ), vibraphonist Tom Beckham and vocalists Melissa Kassel, Liliana Santon and Constance Cooper.
As a SIDEMAN, currently ( as in the past decade ) Sten Hostfalt has contributed to the new generation in electronica through live performances with CALMER AKA Collin Palmer, as an electric bassist in shared events with Praveen, Travis Stewart AKA Machinedrum ( Azealia Banks, Jesse Boykins III ), Theophilus London ( Warner Bros, Kanye West, Rihanna ), Keith Murray ( DEF Squad ), Addiquit and MOBY. In addition to playing bass with King Bato 'The Yugo' Andonov's Gypsy Boogie at East Village club Nublu. As an often featured guitarist in drummer Marko Djordjevic's fusion outfit SVETI 2006-09, he performed with young jazz fusion talents Nir Felder, Janek Gwizdala and Brad Mason ( Blood Sweat and Tears ). Membership of New York's 'Downtown scene' ( ever since appearing with Guillermo Klein at 'old' Knitting Factory in 1995 ) includes over 70 performances, and the CD 'Now Matter' with saxophonist Blaise Siwula and shared live events with Tim Berne, Daniel Carter, Bern Nix, Ray Anderson, Herb Robertson and Bob Stewart.
A naturalized American citizen and long time New Yorker, Sten Hostfalt was born into a musical family in 1962,
in the remote northern industrial town of Luleå Sweden. He picked up the guitar at 10 and largely self-taught
joined his first band three years later, taught his first lesson while still in high school, engaged in formal classical guitar studies at age 16 and appeared as a soloist, composer and co-leader on his first released recording in 1982.
A decade later, via membership in Phil Wilson's Big Band, he appeared on his debute CD, as a featured soloist with Herb Pomeroy's Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, simply known as 'The Recording Band' and famous for the 'Jazz in
The Classroom' LP recording series that since the 50's featured Joe Zawinul, Branford Marsalis and Quincy Jones.
In addition to stint in New England Conservatory's NEC Big Band ( briefly under George Russell ) and other NEC ensembles, where bandmates included Cuong Vu ( Pat Metheny Group ) and Jamie Saft ( John Zorn, Iggy Pop ).
In Boston 1989-94 Hostfalt also performed with Gary Burton, Peter Erskine, Clare Fischer and with mentors Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Maneri, participated in masterclasses with Toru Takemitsu, Larry Coryell and Pat Metheny, studied guitar with Mick Goodrick and had his first recording as a leader initiated by mentor, avantgarde icon Paul Bley.
The Recording band-including saxophonists Seamus Blake, Chris Cheek, Melvin Butler, Mark Turner and Dan Bosshardt, trombonists Sandro Tomasi and Matt Pavolka, drummer Marc Miralta, trumpet players David Boato, Richard Nant, Juan Cruz de Urquiza and Diego Urcola, along with Boston pianist Aaron Goldberg, eventually became the first edition of composer Guillermo Klein's ensemble, in Boston from 1992 and in New York btw 1994-95, Hostfalt was a member of Klein's band in weekly gigs at NYC Jazz Club Smalls, and on the bands '94 CD 'Big Van' ( 'El Minotauro' ) and shared the praise extended to them by Jazz Times, All Music Guide and New York Times who called the band 'Unlike Any Other-One of The Better Continuing Experiments in New York'. Before leaving Klein's band ( and passing the chair to in turn, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder ) to tour in Scandinavia with Swedish Sandviken Big Band, in support of mainstream Jazz artists Rob McConnell, Bobby Shew and Deborah Brown at leading concert halls and in shared festival events with Ray Brown, James Moody, Phil Woods, Tower of Power, Woody Herman Big Band and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen.
As an educator Sten Hostfalt has served as a faculty member of The Royal College of Music in Stockholm and as a lecturer at New World School For The Arts at University of Florida, and Berklee College of Music. He holds a Master of Music Degree in composition and as a Graduate Diploma in Performance with honors from New England Conservatory as well as a Bachelor of Music Degree with honors from Berklee College of Music. Since 2009, he is a faculty member of New York Jazz Academy 'one of the fastest growing music schools in New York' ( Down Beat ) where he has shared teaching duties with among others bassists Jonathan Toscano ( Omar Hakim ) and Ron McLure ( Charles Lloyd, Wes Montgomery, Quest, Blood Sweat & Tears ) and appeared in concerts at Carnegie Hall. His own Sten's Guitar Studio AKA NYC Guitar Studio, a Manhattan multi-genre
operation, registered as a New York business in 2006 is known as one of few places worldwide to offer systematic studies of microtonal music on the standard 6-string and 12-fret guitar.
Full biography, press kit, recordings, projects and itinerary at the Sten Hostfalt website www.stenguitar.com
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