Stian Westerhus

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Stian Westerhus
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born (1979-04-02) 2 April 1979 (age 36)
Steinkjer, Nord-Trøndelag
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Guitar

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 and in collaborations with musicians like Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvær, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Ingar Zach.[1]


at Vossajazz April 11, 2014.
(Photo by Knut Andersen)
Stian Westerhus at Vossajazz 2014.

Westerhus hold a bachelor in jazz from Middlesex University under Stuart Hall, and a master from the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium, (NTNU, 2005).[2]

He was first recognised by a broader audience within the experimental jazz band Puma, with whom he released four albums. The soloalbum Pitch Black Star Spangled (2010) on Rune Grammofon got some attention in reviews.[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.[3] They have been of great inspiration to new experimental Norwegian musicians like Natalie Sandtorv and Torgeir Standal in The Jist duo.[4]


Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson



Solo albums[edit]

  • 2009: Galore (Rune Grammofon/The Last Record Company)
  • 2010: Pitch Black Star Spangled (Rune Grammofon)[1]
  • 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 Fraud
  • 2007: Fraud (The Babel Labell UK)
With Terje Isungset
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 Sidsel Endresen
With BOL
  • 2012: Numb, Number (Gigafon)
With Terje Isungset

As producer[edit]

Awards and scholarships[edit]

  • 2010 - Sparebank 1 SNM's jazz scholarship awarded at Moldejazz.[5]
  • 2008 - BBC’s Award for Innovation in Jazz with Fraud[6] (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. ^ a b c Kelman, John (2012-06-27). "Stian Westerhus: Pitch Black Star Spangled (2010)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Jazzlinja". Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  3. ^ Furu, Svein Magnus (2012-06-28). "Vennlig holmgang". Music Reviews (in Norwegian). Morgenbladet. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  4. ^ Hareuveni, Eyal (2014-05-02). "The Jist: The Jist (2014)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Jazznytt". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "WebCite query result". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

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