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Thomas Strønen: Unclassifiable in Every Way

Thomas Strønen

Thomas Strønen used old-fashioned psychology in order to get his first instrument: “When I was five, I saw a drum in a store in Kiel, Germany, and cried my eyes out to make my parents buy it. It took about four hours to tire them out. “From this day, my teddy bear had to find himself a new home,” he says. “I had the drum around my neck all the time: in kindergarten, when I ate, when I brushed my teeth and in my bed at night.”

Strønen’s bawling wasn’t for naught: He’s now one of the foremost drummers in Norway, and he and bassist Mats Eilertsen form a rhythmic tandem that is fast becoming the modern-day version of drummer Jon Christensen and bassist Palle Danielson, the legendary Norwegian and Swedish backbone of so many great recordings on ECM.

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