Acclaimed guitar virtuoso, composer, bandleader, veteran music educator, producer and record label proprietor Sten Hostfalt's four decade contribution to the global improvised music scene at leading concert stages, alongside some of the worlds most innovative musicians, has via longtime innovative work with the parameter of pitch and self-invented techniques to interpret microtones earned him recognition for contributing to the expansion of the vocabulary of the guitar, and to music of our time.
Released on the Sonus Rex label, his ninth album as a leader 'Four Pieces For Microtonal Guitar/Transformations' including Cuatros Piezas Para Microtonal Guitar commissioned by Fundació ACA for a 2014 solo premiere performance at the XXXV Encontre de Compositors at Pilar i Joan Miro' Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain celebrates eighteen years of recordings of original Microtonal work. Along with music composed for 2010-2011 solo concerts at New York City´s Symphony Space, and the 2014 microtonal large ensemble work Dimensional States. All, following the 2002 solo recording 29 Pieces for The Microtonal Guitar Live at Knitting Factory New York, critically regarded a seminal work for microtonal music on the guitar.
Sten Hostfalt was introduced on the New York jazz scene through mid-1990's performances, recordings and collaborations with mentors, legendary icons and pioneers of American music Jimmy Giuffre and Paul Bley, the latter of whom initiated Hostfalt's debute recording as a leader, Eternity Check. Concerts with masters of jazz Gary Burton, Peter Erskine, Clare Fischer, Rob McConnell and Bobby Shew followed apprenticeship in jazz orchestras led by Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson and George Russell. As a guitarist, featured soloist and member of the first edition of Guillermo Klein's large ensemble, Big Van he appeared alongside new jazz generation luminaries Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Melvin Butler, Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Ballard weekly during the inception of influential and subsequently famed New York City jazz club Smalls.