Thomas Strønen

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Thomas Strønen
Thomas Strønen Unterfahrt 2010-12-07-005.jpg
Thomas Strønen at Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich, 2010
Background information
Born (1972-12-07) 7 December 1972 (age 46)
Oslo, Norway
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]


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]

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]

Composer/co-composer of commissioned works[edit]

  • Gildeskål-stevnet 1999, with the poet Tristan Vindthorn, performed at Ørnes July 1999, by the musicians Håvard Lund, Håvard Bendiksen and Ole Marius Sandberg
  • Cheltenham Jazzfestival 1999, with Iain Ballamy, performed by the band Food
  • Bath Jazzfestival 2000, with Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen, performed by the band Food
  • Dølajazz 2000, with Tomasz Stanko, Christian Wallumrød, Håkon Kornstad, Johan Bertling
  • Music for the percussion ensemble 'Bad Valley Drums' (30 minutes of music) in 2001, 2002 and 2003
  • Music for the 'Ultima Festival', 2003 (for 6 percussionists)
  • Music for Parish 2004' recording for ECM (6 compositions)
  • Music for solo percussion and sampler for Nattjazz, (30 minutes of music) in 2004.
  • Music for solo percussion and sampler for 'Edinburgh Jazz Festival', (30 minutes of music) in 2004.

– 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)


  • Pohlitz (Rune Grammofon, 2006)[4]
  • Time is a Blind Guide (ECM, 2015)
  • Lucus (ECM, 2018) with Time is a Blind Guide (Ayumi Tanaka, Hakon Aåse, Lucy Railton, Ole Morten Vågan)

With Parish

With Food

With Humcrush

  • Humcrush (Rune Grammofon, 2004) with Ståle Storløkken[9]
  • Hornswoggle (Rune Grammofon, 2006)
  • Rest at World's End (Rune Grammofon, 2008)
  • Ha! (Rune Grammofon, 2011) feat. Sidsel Endresen[10]
  • Enter Humcrush (Shhpuma, 2017)

With Maria Kannegaard Trio

With Meadow

With Needlepoint

  • The Woods Are Not What They Seem (BJK, 2010)
  • Outside the Screen (BJK, 2012)

With others

  • Atmosfear (Turnleft, 1997), with Bergmund Waal Skaslien
  • Soundoff (Turnleft, 2000), with Bergmund Waal Skaslien
  • Ståhls Blå (Dragon, 2001), with Ståhls blå
  • Big Bambus (Bergland, 2001), with Big Bambus
  • At First Light (Universal, 2001), with Silje Nergaard
  • Love Seriously Damages Health (Bergland, (2001) with Siri Gjære
  • Help is on Its Way (Ayler, 2003), with Bayashi
  • African Flower (Haug, 2003), with Haug/Zanussi/Strønen
  • Rica (Challenge, 2004), with Parish
  • Absence in Mind (Jazzaway, 2004), with Anders Aarum Trio
  • Skomsork (Park Grammofon, 2004), with Skomsork
  • …………… (Caber, 2004), with Phil Bancroft Quartet
  • Turanga (AIM, 2004), with Mats Eilertsen
  • Schlachtplatte (Mooserobie, 2004), with Ståhls blå
  • Sparkling (Jazzaway, 2004), with Trinity
  • Rock! (Jazzaway, 2004), with Bayashi
  • Time goes by (Universal, 2004), with Nora Brockstedt
  • Soil (Ayler, 2004), with Fredrik Nordstrøm
  • Flux (AIM, 2006), with Mats Eilertsen
  • Monsters and Puppets (Gigafon, 2011) with Maria Kannegaard[14]
  • Voxpheria (Gigafon, 2012), with Tone Åse


  1. ^ a b c "Thomas Strønen Biografi –".
  2. ^ a b "Norges Musikkhøyskole med Thomas Strønen –". (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b "Thomas Strønen Session – Victoria". (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ "Thomas Strønen: Pohlitz (2006) -".
  5. ^ "Thomas Stronen: Parish (2006) -". (John Kelman, 2006)
  6. ^ "Food Quiet Inlet Review – Music".
  7. ^ "FOOD – Quiet Inlet".
  8. ^ Fordham, John (15 April 2010). "Thomas Stronen/Iain Ballamy/Food: Quiet Inlet – Guardian Music". The Guardian. London.
  9. ^ Kelman, John (22 November 2004). "Thomas Stronen: Humcrush (2004)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-10-31.
  10. ^ Mosnes, Terje (17 August 2011). "Humcrush: A "Ha!"-opplevelse! – Kultur" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2014-10-31.
  11. ^ "Maria Kannegaard Trio – på". (in Norwegian)
  12. ^ "Review Maria Kannegaard Trio: Camel Walk (2008)-". (John Kelman, 2008)
  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)

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