Stian Westerhus

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Stian Westerhus
Henriksen-Bang-Westerhus-Zach på Vossajazz 2014.JPG
at Vossajazz April 11, 2014
Background information
Born (1979-04-02) 2 April 1979 (age 35)
Steinkjer, Nord-Trøndelag
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician and composer
Instruments Guitar
Website Official website

Stian Westerhus (born 2 April 1979 in Jådåren near Steinkjer, Norway) is a Norwegian guitarist known for his experimental style, exposed with keyboardist Øystein Moen in the bands Jaga Jazzist and Puma.


Westerhus has a bachelor in jazz from Middlesex University under Stuart Hall, and a master from the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium, (NTNU, 2005).[1] On his latest album Didymoi Dreams (2012) is his debut duo with experimental jazz singer Sidsel Endresen, we experience insane guitar rhythms meeting with a gibberish vocal world.[2]



Solo albums[edit]

  • 2009: Galore (Rune Grammofon/The Last Record Company)
  • 2010: Pitch Black Star Spangled (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2012: The Matriarch and the Wrong Kind of Flowers (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2014: Maelstrom (Rune Grammofon), as S.W. & Pale Horses


With Puma
  • 2007: Isolationism (Bolage Records)
  • 2008: Discotheque Bitpunching (Bolage Records)
  • 2009: Fist Full of Knuckles with Lasse Marhaug (Knuckleman Records)
  • 2010: Half Nelson Courtship (Rune Grammofon)
With Monolithic
  • 2009: Black Science (RoggBif/Vendlus)
With Bladed
  • 2009: Mangled Dreams (Crispin Glover Records)
With Eldbjørg Raknes and Eirik Hegdal
  • 2009: From Frozen Feet Heat Came (MyRecordings)
With Terje Isungset
With Fraud
  • 2007: Fraud (The Babel Labell UK)
With Sidsel Endresen
With BOL
  • 2012: Numb, Number (Gigafon)

As producer[edit]

Awards and Scholarships[edit]

  • 2010 - Sparebank 1 SNM's jazz scholarship awarded at Moldejazz.[3]
  • 2008 - BBC’s Award for Innovation in Jazz with Fraud[4] (UK)
  • 2007 - Sparebank 1 SNM's jazz talent scholarship awarded at Moldejazz
  • 2007 - Ronnie Scott's Award for Best Newcomer 2007 (UK) with Fraud
  • 2006 - Trondheim Jazz Festival's talent prize with Bladed
  • 2006 - Moldejazz's young jazz musician of the year with Puma


  1. ^ "Jazzlinja". Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  2. ^ Furu, Svein Magnus (2012-06-28). "Vennlig holmgang". Music Reviews (in Norwegian). Morgenbladet. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Winners of the BBC Jazz Awards 2008

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ola Kvernberg
Recipient of the Jazz Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Karin Krog & John Surman