Thomas Strønen

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Thomas Strønen
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Thomas Strønen at Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich, 2010
Background information
Born (1972-12-07) 7 December 1972 (age 46)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Thomas Strønen (born 7 December 1972) is a Norwegian jazz drummer who has recorded more than 60 albums. He has worked with Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen, Mats Eilertsen, Ashley Slater, Eivind Aarset, Christian Fennesz, Nils Petter Molvaer, Bobo Stenson, John Taylor, Tore Brunborg, Morten Qvenild, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Sidsel Endresen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Tomasz Stanko, Koichi Makigami, Ernst Reijseger, Nils-Olav Johansen, and Stian Carstensen. [1] [2] [3]

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Strønen attended the Jazz Program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1995–99). He has participated in the following bands; Pohlitz (solo project), Humcrush with Ståle Storløkken and occasionally Sidsel Endresen, Food with Iain Ballamy and sometimes Christian Fennesz and the Swedish-Norwegian band Parish with Bobo Stenson, Meadow with the British pianist John Taylor and Tore Brunborg. Furthermore, he plays with Maria Kannegaard Trio , Reflections in Cosmo (feat. Ståle Storløkken, Kjetil Møster, Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan), Time Is A Blind Guide (feat. Kit Downes, Ole Morten Vågan, Lucy Railton and Nils Økland), Trinity and Turanga. He has also made several commissioned works, and produced and arranged works for a variety of artists. Strønen is also an Associate Professor at Norges Musikkhøgskole . [1] [2]

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Strønen is recording for the great German label ECM and also for Rune Grammofon. As a composer, Strønen has contributed to the release of over seventy recordings as well as several commissioned works for festivals (including the Bath and Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Ultima Contemporary Music Festival) and radio (DR, BBC, Deutsche Rundfunk, NRK, BBC, Swedish Radio, and others). [1] [3]

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– Exquisite Pain (Utsøgt Smerte) – Sophie Calle. Music for theatre in København, Århus and Odense.
– Time is a blind guide – Commission for Conexions 2013, NRK/ BBC. (National Jazzscene) – Badnajazz 2013. Commission for 25 drummers, saxophone (Tore Brunborg), elektronics and video.
– Winner of composition contest "Klangen av Kilden" (sound for Kilden)- sounds for the concert house Kilden (Kristiansand).
– Commission for drum ensemble and saxophone (8 drummers), 60min, 5. Oktober 2012.
– Urban X. Music for dance- performance (30min) for The Norwegian Opera, 2011.
– Commission for 7 drummers, Cosmopolite and Victoria in 2010, 74 min.
– Commission (Food) for Cheltenham Jazzfestival, 2010.
– Film- music for TV2, Sneglehuset, 2009.
– Commission, strings and drums – celebration of Edvard Grieg's 100-year jubilee in UK, 55 min. (2007)


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With Humcrush

With Maria Kannegaard Trio

With Meadow

With Needlepoint

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  2. 1 2 "Norges Musikkhøyskole med Thomas Strønen –". (in Norwegian)
  3. 1 2 "Thomas Strønen Session – Victoria". (in Norwegian)
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  13. "Meadow – John Taylor, Tore Brunborg, Thomas Stronen -". Archived from the original on 31 July 2012.
  14. "Review: Monsters and puppets – Jazznytt". Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. (in Norwegian)