10 March 1977 |
|Genres||Prog rock & jazz|
|Years active||1987 - present|
Torstein Lofthus (born 10 March 1977 in Øystese, Kvam, Norway) is a Norwegian drummer and composer, married to Hege Lofthus (b. Sørvig, 1981), and known from bands like Shining, Elephant9, Mathias Eick Band, D'Sound and Ebersson/Zanussi/Lofthus.
Lofthus has given major influence on Norwegian music through studio work, live concerts and teaching at Norwegian Academy of Music and at University of Agder (the Faculty of Fine Arts). Based in Oslo, he now tours Norway and Europe with different bands and artists after finishing his master at the Norwegian Academy of Music spring 2006. He plays several genres, well known with both jazz and pop music. He has been the most sought drummer in Norway recent years, if not on tour with Vamp, Jarle Bernhoft, Oslo Gospel Choir, Mathias Eick or Marit Larsen, he collaborates with Maria Mena, Kurt Nilsen, Torun Eriksen, Bertine Zetlitz, Silje Nergaard, Eivind Aarset, D'Sound, Noora Noor, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Jon Eberson and Per Zanussi, to mention a few, both in studio and on stage.
- 2010: Spellemannprisen in the category Jazz for the album Walk The Nile, within Elephant9
- 2011: Spellemannprisen as Innovator's of the year, within Shining
- Torstein live with Shining at John Dee Concert Hall in Oslo.
- Music video Marit Larsen 2005, Don't Save Me Torstein Lofthus plays drums on the song.
- Marit Larsen
- Maria Mena
- Jarle Bernhoft
- Chrome hill
- Mathias Eick Band
- Oslo Gospel Choir
- Jørn Øien trio
- Torun Eriksen
Random work for
- Blackjazz (2010) Nominated Spellemannsprisen category metal
- Grindstone (2007) Awarded Alarmprisen category jazz
- In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster (2005)
- Sweet Shanghai Devil (2003)
- Where The Ragged People Go (2002)
- All good things (2010)
- Still awake (2010)
- Digging in the dark (2010)
- Earthlings (2008)
- Skala (2011)
- Ola Kvernberg's Liarbird
- Liarbird (Jazzland Recordings, 2011), the commissioned work, live from Moldejazz 2010 including Bergmund Waal Skaslien (viola), Eirik Hegdal (saxophone), Håkon Kornstad (saxophone), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Ole Morten Vågan (bass), as well as Erik Nylander (drums)
- Solidarity breaks (2011)
- 1: Man 2: Band (2010)
- Bring it on (2006)
- Darkness Out Of Blue (2007)
- Petter Snus og vårmelodien (2007)
- Frail (2004)
- Behind Closed Doors (2002)
- To Sing You Apple Trees (2006)
- Shedding skin (2004)
- Naken Uten Gitar (1999)
- Stolpesko (2002)
- "Artist Biography: Torstein Lofthus - Zildjian".
- "Torstein Lofthus Biography". Cosmopolite.no. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
- Rakvaag, Geir (2013-01-18). "Travel trommis: Shinings Torstein Lofthus er Norges mest etterspurte trommeslager" (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
- "Shining vant Spellemann-pris - Kultur". Dagbladet.no
- "Liarbird Kolben 17.09.2011, Rikskonsertene". YouTube. 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2013-10-05.