Genuinely Innovative, May Be Considered
Groundbreaking Don Williamson JAZZ REVIEW
The Total Immersion in a Mini-Verse of Finely
Etched Detail Taken to Glorious Extremes –
Among the Most Riveting Explorations of
the Microtonal World Ever Recorded
Larry Cosentino SIGNAL TO NOISE Magazine
Inimitable PM NYC / PAPER Magazine
Impressive, Intense TIME OUT NEW YORK
Sten Hostfalt Takes The More Rigid Confines
of The Guitar and Transforms it, Showing
Just How Far an Instrument Can Be Bent
and Altered to Meet a More Experimental
and Adventurous Need – Taking You On
A Journey To A Place Where Anything is
Possible John Kelman ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Another Angle On Exploring Tone Colors
That You Will Not Want To Miss Grego
Applegate Edwards CADENCE Magazine
Highly Logical in A Completely Different
Way, Highly Recommended JAZZ NOW
Virtuosic For Sure Joe Maneri
Highly Exceptional Jimmy Giuffre
Acclaimed New York guitar virtuoso, composer and bandleader Sten Hostfalt is recognized by leading international press as one of few guitarists worldwide to regularly live in concert create and perform new original music beyond the equal tempered 12-tone system using self-invented interpretative techniques for the 6 string/12 fret guitar. Thus contributing to expanding the vocabulary for the world’s most played and most popular instrument.
Internationally introduced as an apprentice in Jazz orchestras led by Phil Wilson, Herb Pomeroy and George Russell. And through appearances on recordings initiated by masters of Jazz Paul Bley and Gary Burton, studies with legendary Icons of American Music Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Maneri and masterclasses with 20th century classical composers Toru Takemitsu and Gyorgi Ligeti. He made his initial contribution to the creative New York City music scene in the early ’90s, as a member of and featured soloist in Guillermo Klein’s pioneering large ensemble. Appearing alongside many of the new generations foremost improvisers, weekly during the inception of Mitch Borden’s influential Jazz Club, Smalls. In a lineup that New York Times’ Peter Watrous described as Unlike Any Other-One Of The Better Continuing Experiments in New York. Jazz Times reviewed the bands debute CD “Big Van/El Minotauro” (1995 Beat/1997 Candid ) enthusiastically, as did David R. Adler of All Music Guide who 4 star rated it and commended the bands Brilliant Soloists. In retrospect, Mike Quinn of Jazz Times Magazine labeled the ensemble semi-legendary.
Born 1962 in Lulea, Sweden and a naturalized American Citizen by way of scholarships and awards from Berklee College Of Music and New England Conservatory, that meant a 1989 transplant to the United States for initially self-taught Hostfalt who, before early didactic encounters with blues greats Big Joe Williams, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and jazz piano master Horace Parlan, got his creative start through assisting his high school music teacher, classical guitar studies from age 16 and activity on the 80s progressive scene in the municipality of Vasteras ( where his predecessors included pianist Bobo Stenson and peers Esbjorn Svensson and Magnus Ostrom of EST. ) Local, domestic artistic work that although taking place under the radar would prove substantial enough to generate grants for original projects and recordings in France, Sweden, USA and Spain and serve to establish an activity as a New York based International performer, composer and bandleader. With work ranging from microtonal music to modern-traditional compositions based on standard jazz forms, not excluding excursions into Electronica, Drum n Bass, Hip Hop, Soul & Pop.
As a NYC based bandleader and proprietor of the independent record label Sonus Rex with six albums produced, he has fused microtonality with electronica, spoken word and a variety of instrumentations including trombone, violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion and toy piano, using a mix of third stream, avantgarde and traditional / mainstream Jazz aesthetics. While 2002 had seen the acclaimed CD release of the solo live concert recorded CD 29 Pieces For The Microtonal Guitar Live At Knitting Factory, with the more obscure 2006 solo CD release Macroscope, 2011-12 would mark the 10-year anniversary of the ’02 event through solo concerts at New Yorks Symphony Space, with a program of microtonal interpretations and re-arrangements of Standards from The American Songbook.
Currently, 2014 meant world premiere solo concert performance of the original work Four New Microtonal Pieces at XXXV Encontres de Compositors Festival in Mallorca Spain, staged at Fundacio’ Pilar i Joan Miro’. As well as 2 concert performances of Sten Hostfalt’s large ( 11-15 piece ) ensemble Dimensional States, described by New York music daily as “A bunch of A-list adventurous Jazz types play Sten Hostfalt’s microtonal Dimensional States For Jazz Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab “. In addition to a continued presence on the creative NY scene, including since 2012 collaborating/performing original works with greek dancer / choreographer Savina Theodorou.
A veteran music educator, with three decades in creative music education, Mr. Hostfalt has served as a faculty member and clinician / lecturer at leading institutions worldwide including The Royal Academy Of Music in Stockholm, New World School Of The Arts, University Of Florida / Miami-Dade College, Berklee College Of Music and New England Conservatory. Currently a New York Jazz Academy faculty member, he is also the Founder / Director of NYC Guitar Studio, Manhattan-an independent multi-genre music education facilty coaching worldclass musicians, and notably known as one of few schools worldwide to offer systematic hands-on studies of microtonal music for guitar.
The printed book publication Fresh Music by Jon Damian features an illustration of Berklee College guest lecture describing the processes involved in Sten Hostfalt’s microtonal music.