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Frode Gjerstad

Born: March 24, 1948    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Frode Gjerstad

FRODE GJERSTAD was born in Stavanger, Norway, 24-03- 1948. He started trying to play improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968. When he moved to Lund in Sweden (1971 to 1975) he got a chance to meet, talk and play with musicians interested in this music. He had at that time started playing tenor saxophone (1969).

After he came back to Stavanger in 1975 he started collaborating with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen. Together, they explored many different aspects of improvised music, as a duo or with others, but it was not until 1981, when they first played with John Stevens, that he had a real chance to feel what a dedicated musicians can do to the music-making....
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Released recordings as leader/co-leader: Detail: Backwards and Forwards,( Stevens, Dyani, Gjerstad) Impetus, London -83 Okhela, (Stevens, Dyani , Gjerstad) Affinity, London -84 NESS (Dbl. LP) (Stevens,Dyani,Bradford,Beckett,Pine,Gjerstad.)Impetus,Londo n-87 Way it goes/dance of the Soul,( Stevens,Dyani,Bradford,Gjerstad)Impetus, London-89 In Time Was, (Stevens,Dyani,Bradford,Gjerstad)Circulasione Totale, Stavanger -90 Less More, (Stevens, K. Carter, B. Bang, Gjerstad)Circulasione Totale,Stavanger -91 Last Detail (Gjerstad, Stevens and Kent Carter) Cadence USA - 96. First Detail Backwards and Forwards (CD version) (Stevens,Dyani,Gjerstad)Impetus, London -00 Circulasione Totale Orchestra: ACCENT, (Stevens, Kleive etc. 10 musicians) Odin,Oslo-89 ENTEN ELLER, Circulasione Totale, Stavanger-93 Recycling Grieg. Circulasione Totale.Stavanger -96 Borealis, Cadence, USA, -98 Open Port (12 piece international band) ) Circ. Totale, Stavanger -08 Bandwith 3-CD box (12 piece international band) Rune Grammofon, Oslo -09 PhilaOslo 2-CD set (12 piece international band) Stavanger 2011 CT 12 with William Parker/Hamid Drake Seeing N.Y. from the Ear(Gjerstad,R. Bakr, W. Parker) Cadence, USA -96 Remember to forget (Gjerstad, W.Parker, H.Drake)Circ. Totale, Stavanger -98 Ultima (Gjerstad, William Parker, Hamid Drake) Cadence, USA - 99 The other side (Gjerstad, W. Parker, H. Drake) Ayler rec. Sweden 2006 On Reade Street (Gjerstad, W. Parker, H. Drake) FMR, England -08 with John Stevens Sunshine (Gjerstad, John Stevens) Impetus, London -96 Let´s just keep on playing ( Gjerstad, Stevens) FMR London - 05 with Borah Bergman Ikosa Mura (Gjerstad,Bradford,Bergman, P. akLaff) Cadence USA -98 Rivers in Time (Gjerstad, Borah Bergman) FMR, London -03 with Paal Nilssen-Love The Blessing Light (Gjerstad, Storesund, Nilssen-Love) Cadence, USA -01 Last first (Gjerstad, Storesund, Nilssen-Love) Falcata-Galia Sharp knives cut deeper(Gjerstad, Brøtz, Storesund, N.-Love) splasc(H), Italy -03 St. Louis (Gjerstad, Storesund, Nilssen-Love) FMR, London -03 mothers & fathers & (Gjerstad, Storesund, Nilssen- Love)Circ.Tot. Stavanger -06 nothing is forever (Gjerstad, Storesund, Nilssen-Love)Circ.Tot. Stavanger -07 Day before One (Gjerstad, Nilssen-Love) Tyyfus, Helsinki -07 Reknes (Bradford, Gjerstad, Haaker Flaten, Nilssen-Love) Circulasione Totale -09 Gromka (Gjerstad, Nilssen-Love) Not Two, Polen 2010 MIR(Gjerstad, Strøm, Nilssen-Love) Stavanger 2011 CT13 East of West (Gjerstad, Strøm, Nilssen-Love) Stavanger 2011 CT14 with Peter Brøtzmann Invisible Touch ( Gjerstad with Peter Brøtzmann) Cadence, USA -99 SORIA MORIA( Gjerstad with Peter Brøtzmann) FMR London - 03 with Lasse Marhaug TOU (Gjerstad, Lasse Marhaug ) FMR, London -03 Red Edge(Gjerstad, Lasse Marhaug ) Sunship, USA -04 with Derek Bailey Hello goodbye (Gjerstad, Stevens, Bailey) Emanem, London -01 Nearly a D (Gjerstad, Bailey) Emanem, London -03 with Steve Hubback Demystify (Gjerstad, Hubback) FMR, London -00 One foot moving(Gjerstad, Hubback), Utech, USA 2005 One foot moving - reinterpretations. (Gjerstad,Hubback), Utech,USA 2005 with Kevin Norton No definitive ( Kevin Norton, vibraphone, Gjerstad) FMR, London -04 Instinctual Eye (Gjerstad,Norton, N. Stephens,)Barking Hoop, USA -06 The walk (Gjerstad, Norton, E. O. Pedersen) FMR, London -06 Antioch(Gjerstad, Norton, Paul Rogers, bass) Ayler recs -07 Tipples(Gjerstad, Norton, David Watson, guitar) FMR, london 2011 with Ultralyd Ultralyd (K.Brandsdal, Hana, Olsen, Gjerstad) FMR,london -04 Chromosome gun (K.Brandsdal, Hana, Olsen, Gjerstad)Load,USA -05 with Calling Signals/Nick Stephens North Sea Drift (Gjerstad, Nick Stephens) Falcata-Galia, USA - 02 Calling Signals(Moholo, Stephens, Poulsen, Gjerstad) Loosetorque, London -05 Dreams in dreams( Gjerstad, Stephens, N.-Love, E. O. Pedersen) FMR, London -05 This that and the other (L. Coxhill,Stephens,Gjerstad) Loosetorque,London -05 Live in the UK (Gjerstad, Stephens, T. Marsh, E. O. Pedersen) FMR, London -06 Theremite Club(Gjerstad,Stephens, Hession dr) Loosetorque, London -06 Calling Signals 08 (Lol Coxhill, Gjerstad, Stephens, P. Nilssen- Love) Loosetorque, London - 09 QUIDDITY (Gjerstad, Stephens, Louis Moholo-Moholo) Loosetorque, London -09 A winter´s tour (Gjerstad, Stephens,Nilssen-Love,Jon Corbett, trp)Loosetorque, London -11 From cafe Sting(Gjerstad, Stephens, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Eivin One Pedersen, acc) Loosetorque, London -11 with Jeff Hayden Shurdut Everything Is Divisible By 1(Gjerstad, Shurdut), Nolabel 2367, USA. 2004 Behind The White Fence (Gjerstad, D. Carter, Shurdut ), Nolabel 5160. USA 2006 The Organic Plastic Band (Gjerstad, Shurdut ) Nolabel 5665, USA 2006 Hair of The Dog (Gjerstad, Shurdut ) NoLabel, USA, 2006, Industrial Funk (Shurdut, Gjerstad) Deep Cleansing, USA 2008 All The Things You Are (Shurdut, Gjerstad, Cummins, Osborne) Ayler records 2009 with Mark Sanders - John Edward The Welsh Chapel (Gjerstad,Edwards, Sanders) Cadence, USA -03 Bergen (Gjerstad,Edwards, Sanders) FMR, england -09 Frode Gjerstad Solo / Duo / Trio / Quartet etc. Through the Woods (Gjerstad, Bradford, Morris, Baker) CIMP, USA -98 Ism (Frode Gjerstad solo saxophone) CirculasioneTotale. Stavanger -98 Shadows and Lights(Gjerstad, Isungset)FMR, London -02 Mayday (Gjerstad, Paul Hession) FMR, London -04 The longest day ( N.H.Asheim -organ, Gjerstad) FMR, London - 04 Born to collapse( Hana, Olsen, Gjerstad, Zanussi) Circulasione Totale -04 Good question (Gjerstad-Sabir Mateen) FMR, London -06 Antiphonic (Gjerstad, Kjetil Brandsdal, bass) Utech, USA -06 The cello quartet(Gjerstad, N.-Love, A. Sen, F. Lonberg-Holm) FMR, London -06 A sound sight( Gjerstad, Wilber Morris,bass, Rashid Bakr, dr) Ayler recs -07 Sound gathering(Mateen, Swell, Gjerstad,Jackson,Gould) Not two, Polen, 2010 Sextett(Gjerstad, Skaset, Grenager, Mølstad, Moe) Conradsound, Oslo 2010 Sugar Maple(Lonberg-Holm, Zerand, Gjerstad) FMR, London 2010 VCDC (Motland,voc, Solberg, dr, Lonberg-Holm,cello, Gjerstad, cl) Hispid 001, Oslo 2011

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