Born: December 14, 1962 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Described as Groundbreaking by Don Williamson in Jazz Review, Inimitable and Impressive by PM NYC/Paper Magazine and Time Out NY, and a Guitar Player Magazine editor's pick, called highly exceptional, original and virtuosic by mentors, legendary Icons of American Music and Jazz Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell and Joe Maneri respectively. Sten hostfalt is one of the legendary New York Jazz and Improvised music scene's most original voices, and one of the most innovative on his instrument to emerge during the past decade.
Before becoming an internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer and bandleader, Hostfalt apprenticed in traditional jazz orchestras led by Phil Wilson, Herb Pomeroy and George Russell. Appeared as a leader, composer and featured soloist on recordings initiated by Paul Bley and Gary Burton and studied composition and improvisation with Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Maneri. And attended composition masterclasses with Toru Takemitsu and Gyorgi Ligeti.
He was introduced on the early 90's NYC and International jazz scene alongside many of the new jazz generation's most prolific players, as an original member of and featured soloist in Guillermo Klein's pioneering large ensemble, in weekly appearances during the inception of Mitch Borden's influential West Village Jazz Club, Smalls and on Klein's debute CD Big Van & El Minotauro.
Transplanted to New York City via Boston in 1989 through multiple scholarships and awards from Berklee College Of Music and New England Conservatory. Swedish-born Hostfalt was initially largely self-taught, until classical guitar studies at age 16 and an activity on the early 1980's Scandinavian independent progressive music scene.
Since 1999 he has received numerous grants and awards for original projects and recordings, in France, Sweden and USA. And has as a New York-based Internationally active artist, notably for about a decade been recognized by leading international press as one of few guitarists worldwide to create and perform, with self-invented techniques for the standard 6-string, original music beyond the equal tempered 12-tone system.
While current work has focused more on modern / traditional original compositions based on standard jazz songs and forms, this has not excluded frequent excursions into Electronica, Drum & Bass, Hip Hop, Soul and Pop. All influencing the releases on his own independent record label Sonus Rex, that with it's eight album due out in 2012, for about a decade has actively expressed and fused microtonality with and within a variety of forms including electronica, spoken word and with a wide variety of instrumentations and settings, freely using a mix of third stream, avantgarde and traditional/mainstream Jazz aesthetics.
In addition to his work as a musician, composer and independent record label director, Mr. Hostfalt is also a veteran music educator, that has served as a faculty member and invited clinician at leading music institutions worldwide including The Royal College Of Music in Stockholm, New World School For The Arts, University Of Florida/Miami-Dade College, Berklee College Of Music and New England Conservatory. Recently representing the faculty of NY Jazz Academy in concert at Carnegie Hall's famous Issac Stern Auditorium.
He is the President and Director of Manhattan based NYC Guitar Studio, an independent, non-corporate, all musician-run workshop catering to students enrolled at Juilliard, NYU and Columbia University, as well as coaching world class touring/recording musicians. NYC Guitar Studio is notably one of few schools worldwide to offer systematic hands-on studies of microtonal music for guitar.
Sten Hostfalt G-Factor
Sonus Rex / 2011
Tracks : I Thou, Fact Processor,
Ventriloquist, The Art Of War
Sten Hostfalt - guitar, electric bass, electronics
Matt Renzi - tenor saxophone, clarinet, slide whistle
Raymond Todd - live poetry, trombone, flute, toy piano
Sten Hostfalt/Blaise Siwula
Sonus Rex / 2011
Tracks : Head Over, Yeah, But 831 Is
Just A Number, BPD, Sounds Like a Plan,
Woo-Hoo, Spiral Judgement, Spencer
Street, Emo Sucio, Now Matter
personell : Sten Hostfalt - guitar
Blaise Siwula - alto/tenor saxophone
all tracks composed by Hostfalt/Siwula
Sonus Rex / 2008
Tracks : A Bit, Ed's Head, Vera, Beg & Pray
Andology, Goose Walk, Harlem Trio, View
personell : Sten Hostfalt - guitar
Adam Dahlberg- saxophone/clarinet
Takuya Nakamura - trumpet (track 3 )
Peter Frykholm - acoustic bass
Matthew Garrison - electric bass (track 3 )
Per Persson - drums
Blake Lindberg - drums ( track 3 )
tracks 1-5 composed by Sten Hostfalt
tracks 6-8 composed by Adam Dahlberg
Sonus Rex / 2006
Tracks: Macroscope; Snowman; Junior's advice;
Keep going and you'll be gone; Helping hand
Personnel: Sten Hostfalt: guitar/electronics.
29 Pieces for the microtonal guitar live at Knitting Factory New York
g-wOw / 2003
personell; Sten Hostfalt; guitar/electronics
g-wOw / 2003
personell; Matthew Garrison - bass; Takuya Nakamura - trumpet, Blake Lindberg & Lise-Lotte Norelius - drums; Magnus Lind - accordion
As A Side Musician
Beat 1995/Candid 1997
Tracks: Track; Track.
Personnel: Guillermo Klein; composer
Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Dave Barraza, Matt Hong, Dan Bosshardt: saxophones.
Juan Cruz De Urquiza, Richard Nant, John Walsh, Diego Urcola; trumpets
Sandro Tomasi, Masa Ikeda, Matt Pavolka - trombones
Sten Hostfalt; guitar, Aaron Goldberg; piano, Johannes Wiedenmueller; bass, Marc Miralta; drums
Sophie Duner; voice
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Sten Hostfalt (b. Lulea, Sweden 1962) is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and guitar virtuoso with 20 years of major press/media documented activity alongside leading names in music world wide. And a veteran Music Educator, teaching professionally since 1985.
A Former Guitar teacher at Queensborough Youth Conservatory Of Music, Dept. Of Continuing Education at Queensborough Community College City University Of New York CUNY ( LEGAL DISCLAIMER there is no affiliation between Sten Hostfalt/NYC Guitar Studio and Queensborough Community College and City University Of New York CUNY) - and a NYC Board of Education reg. vendor, catering to students at Juilliard Music School, Columbia University and NYU, as well as coaching some of the most proficient musicians in music of today, appearing at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and major festivals worldwide.
Mr. Hostfalt is an alumni of and clinican at New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. Composition '95, G.D. Performance '94, Invited clinican '92) Berklee College Of Music (B.M. '94 Outstanding Musicianship Award '91, honors, Invited clinican '06 ) And since 2001 a faculty member of The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, KMH Kungliga Musikhogskolan
With numerous students active as professional musicians and educators in their own right. Sten Hostfalt conducts his own Uptown, Manhattan New York City based creative music workshop NYC Guitar Studio. That while catering to students in a wide variety of styles and on all levels of proficiency ages 9 and up, notably also is one of very few institutions in the world today, offering systematic studies of the application and interpretation of microtonal music.
NYC GUITAR STUDIO,
560 W184 St apt. 701, New York NY 10033
NY Transit: A or 1 train to 181 St.
phone: (1) 347-546-0092
Clinics held include at Alma Maters New England Conservatory ( 1992 ) as a Honors Jazz Ensemble Member / Award Recipient. Teaching and demonstrating the traditional Jazz performance repertoire/processes to minors and youngsters. And at Berklee College Of Music ( March 2006 ) as an invited, featured guest in mentor, master educator Jon Damian's Creative Workshop ( Over a decade after own membership and participation ) This specifically formulated as a Microtonal Workshop dealing with original self-invented instrumental techniques to interpret Joe Maneri's 72 Equal Tempered Virtual Pitch Continuum on a regular, standard 6 string/12 fret guitar. As well as discussion of other means of pitch exploration such as tunings, prepared techniques and electronic processing. Additional clinics participated in include those with Guillermo Klein's celebrated large mid 90's NYC ensemble "Big Van" ( that featured Aaron Goldberg, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Diego Urcola, Johanne Wiedenmueller, Jeff Ballard, Richard Nant, Sandro Tomasi, Matt Pavolka, Marc Miralta and Juan Cruz De Urquiza ) on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina July-August 1995. As well as numerous school clinics and workshop projects as a member of the Sandviken Big Band and participant in related projects, in school concerts in Sandviken, Sweden and at The Jazz Festival of Trencin, Slovakia btw. 1997- 99. Presently clinics are offered with a focus on original microtonal performance practices and interpretations on the standard 6 string/12 fret guitar as well as related techniques such as microtonal tunings and expressing microtonality and laborating with the parameter of pitch through electronic processing To Inquire about or to Schedule a Clinic / Workshop, Please contact : Sten Hostfalt c/o Sonus Rex 560 W184 St. #701 New York, NY 10033 phone: ( 1 ) 347-546-0092 email: firstname.lastname@example.org educator site: www.nycguitarstudio.com artist site: www.sonusrex.com
Sten Hostfalt Custom made solidbody
(Modified 1984 Fender Stratocaster body,
Warmoth neck, EMG pickups, Kahler bridge)
1997 Fender Jazz Bass
Oscar Schmidt Ukulele
Vintage Polytone Mini-Brute amp ( '15 speaker )
Roland 60 Keyboard Cube amp ( f. backup or stereo )
2 Lexicon LXP-5 processors
Pro Co RAT & Boss DS-1 Distortion
Boss GE-7 Equalizer, AKAI Headrush 2, Boss Volume Pedal.
( guitar) D' Addario Chromes 0.13,
( bass) La Bella Deep Talking Flats
(mandolin) D' Addario J-80
Dunlop 207 picks
cables: Whirlwind and ProCo.
additional: Sharp MiniDisc player, Apple G4 laptop, Behringer Micro Mixer
Pro Line guitar stands
Manhasset music stands
Mighty Mite parts
Levy's straps & cases.