Primary Instrument: Reeds
Stefan Wistrand got hooked on jazz in the early 70s and at the same time took up playing the saxophone. At first involved in the then-current jazz rock scene, he soon encountered free jazz through the duo he formed in the mid 70s with drummer Peter Olsen. In 1978 they released the album Duo on composer Leo Nilsson’s label Studio Viarp. Throughout the 80s Wistrand was active on the alternative rock scene, touring Sweden and Scandinavia and recording three albums with rock group Memento Mori.
In the 90s he returned to jazz and improvisational music and was initially mainly active as leader of free jazz group Nods Off, with Olsen, bassist Stefan Larsson and guitarist Daniel Berton. Nods Off has released four CDs on Einnicken Records. Other jazz musicians who have been members of Nods Off are drummer Erik Dahlbäck, bassist Tommy Skotte, trumpeters Tommy Adolfsson and Emil Strandberg.
In 1999, together with musician Per Åhlund, Wistrand formed the musician collective and scene Memento in Eskilstuna. A coalition of creative musicians in the genres of electronica, jazz, rock and improvisation.
Wistrand started several projects with young musicians around the turn of the century 99-00, as for example jazz group Blue Room Repository Ensemble, big band Memento Creative Orchestra, free improvising units Fundamental Form and Two Sounds Ensemble.The latter, a duo with pianist Joakim Simonsson, has released two albums Inversions (2004) and Fictions (2009).
In 2002-2003 Wistrand played as a soloist on soundtracks by film composer Thomas Rydell, among them the music for the Swedish motion picture “Hot Dog” by director Alexandra-Therese Keining. In 2007 Wistrand received an honorary award from the Memorial Foundation of groundbreaking Swedish saxophonist Börje Fredriksson “for considerable achievements in jazz with connection to (the city of) Eskilstuna”. 2008 saw the forming of the Wistrand/Rytzler Quartet, which includes pianist Johannes Rytzler, bassist Oscar Mander and drummer Carl Lindecrantz and plays in a style with considerable roots in 60s modal jazz. Wistrand and Rytzler also perform as a duo.
The long-awaited debut album by Fundamental Form was released in 2010. The same year Wistrand also was assigned the County Council of Sörmland’s cultural scholarship for long time service as “an engine and driving force in the musical life, and in its forefront.”
In 2012, he was curator of the three-day Nordic Sound Station in Eskilstuna, which featured electronic experimentation, free improvisation, contemporary art music, new jazz and rock music. Also curator for the music at the Nordic Art Station in Eskilstuna in 2013.
In 2013 Wistrand formed The Electric MZ as a tool to find a new way to approach the jazz rock from previous years. The group includes David Lindh, guitar, Johannes Rytzler, keyboards, Mattias Green, bass & flugelhorn, Peter Olsen, drums and Johan Carlsson, percussion.
Awards:The honorary award of Börje Fredriksson's Memorial Foundation (2007)
The County Council of Sörmland’s cultural scholarship (2010)
“The common thread is Stefan Wistrand’s brilliant saxophone that constantly adapts to the situation and flows nicely into whether the background is an Alvin Lucier-like drone as in “Att” or a mishmash of cacophonic electronics as in “Mig”. A most interesting group with a really versatile saxophonist who you should definitely keep an eye on in the future.”
“It's like going in with open eyes into a dream. Fundamental Form’s essentially
ritual music is highlighted by the vocal elements, whose atavistic pulse is
captured by the percussion.”
Sound of Music (Sweden)
Two Sounds Ensemble “Fictions” (Found You Recordings, 2009)
The CD is one of this Spring’s real peaks! Two Sounds Ensemble plays unobtrusive improvisational music with features of modern classical music.”
”With small means, and a choosy acoustic sound that is sometimes distorted
by various effects, the duo creates something as rare as a real form conscious
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
Nods Off In the Space Between (Einnicken, 2005)
Needless to say, the ensemble saturates its palate with a good-natured vibe that becomes quite conspicuous from the onset. (Recommended…).
All About Jazz
“While the band casts a mesmerizing spell with its collective entreaty, the
improvising talent of each member vividly surfaces out of the waters of this
briskly bubbling cauldron.”
Two Sounds Ensemble Inversions (Einnicken, 2004)
Sweden's TSE-Two Sounds Ensemble-reigns in its free jazz vision with laudable restraint, with a lovely wandering progression in its instantly composed music that stays appealingly within earshot of the lyrical and melodic musical path, stretching structure with breaking it.
All About Jazz
There's plenty of swirling abstraction, as one might expect, but they also
keep things varied with some beautifully lyrical passages and some gorgeous
on the spot (presumably) themes... it seems like they really explored the
space and found some interesting corners along the way. Definitely
Tracks: Med; Börja; Mig; Att; Säga; Låt.
Personnel: Daniel Berton: Electronics, Sampling; Johan Carlsson: Drums, Percussion; Mattias Ribbing: Voice, Hands, Water Bowl, Trombone, Euphonium, Saxophonium; Stefan Wistrand: Bass Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Sax; Per Åhlund: Electronics, Sampling
Two Sounds Ensemble
Found You Recordings
Tracks: After You; One Million Years, Part 1; One Million Years, Part 2; Jazz; Sandcastle; Blue; Mourning Clown; Mayfly; E.
Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Bass Clarinet; Joakim Simonsson: Piano
In the Space Between
Tracks: And Time Passed By; In Leaf; Something That She Said; Going [Gone]; Swop; The Blinder; Dedication; Sonds Good; The Call.
Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Soprano, Alto & Tenor Sax; Daniel Berton: Electric Guitar; Stefan Larsson: Electric Bass; Peter Olsen: Drums.
Two Sounds Ensemble
Tracks: Inversion I; Inversion II; Inversion III; Inversion IV; Inversion V; Inversion VI.
Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Soprano & Tenor Sax; Joakim Simonsson: Piano
Appears on: Memento : the scene, the music (Various Artists)
Selected Tracks: Nods Off - Jay Waltzing; Two Sounds Ensemble - Third Step; Fundamental Form - Mior; Stefan Wistrand (Bass Clarinet solo) - L.S.
Live at Tellus
Tracks: Dadeedah Dadoodah; Steel Voice; Jay Waltzing; Here, There, Down & Up!. Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Alto & Tenor Sax; Daniel Berton: Electric Guitar; Stefan Larsson: Electric Bass, Voice; Peter Olsen: Drums.
Here, There, Down & Up!
Tracks: Steel Voice; Here, There, Down & Up!; The Can-Oon; Summum Bonum; Jump Bump; Coming & Going; Jay Waltzing; The Get-Out; A.V.P.; Seventysix Echoes; Song A+B; Paint Music IV.
Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Soprano, Alto & Tenor Sax, Alto Clarinet; Stefan Larsson: Electric Bass, Voice; Peter Olsen: Drums; Marcus Lund: Double Bass.
Tracks: Almost Lost; S.O.S.B.; Gobr; (On An) Intermission; In Absurdum; Stop & Go!; Lococycle; Johosea.
Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Soprano, Alto & Tenor Sax, Alto Clarinet; Stefan Larsson: Electric Bass, Voice; Peter Olsen: Drums.
Tracks: Fanfarer; Det fria, det gamla; Kampanjgaloppen; Till; Uppbrott; Stack-A-Too; Is-Is
Personnel: Stefan Wistrand: Soprano & Alto Sax; Peter Olsen: Drums.
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