Jazz and Improvising Guitar Virtuoso, Composer and Bandleader Sten Hostfalt, described by leading international press/media as groundbreaking, genuinely innovative and inimitable for his innovative contribution to the jazz and improvised music scene, along-side some of the world's most creative improvisers ever since 1994. Is notably recognized as one of few improvisers to systematically, regularly live in concert work to expand the equal-tempered 12-tone system within the context of and in relation to the contemporary traditional Jazz repertoire.
Introduced as an apprentice with traditional large jazz orchestras led by Phil Wilson, Herb Pomeroy and George Russell and through mentors, legendary icons of American music and Jazz Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Maneri, Gary Burton and Paul Bley. He made his initial contribution to New York's Jazz scene in 1994-95 weekly at Smalls Jazz Club as a member of and featured soloist with Guillermo Kleins large ensemble Big Van. A pioneering ensemble that lauded by New York Times, Jazz Times Magazine, All About Jazz and NPR National Public Radio as one of the past decades most influential, was comprised of prolific members of the new jazz generation like Aaron Goldberg, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Ingrid Jensen and Jeff Ballard.
As a bandleader and solo performer noted for through self-invented new interpretative instrument techniques updating the vocabulary for the world's most played instrument the 6 string/12 fret guitar. He has released six CD's on his own label, Sonus Rex including the groundbreaking solo live concert release 29 Pieces For The Microtonal Guitar Live At Knitting Factory New York. And appeared at some of the worlds most prestigious performance venues including concert halls and festivals in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Slovakia, France and Argentina as well as New York's Symphony Space and Carnegie Halls Isaac Stern Auditorium.
His work with microtonal music since 1992 combined with a longtime activity as a professional music educator has meant invitations to and participation in lectures, clinics and workshops at leading institutions for higher music education worldwide. Partly as a result of initially auto-didact beginnings and independent musicianship having led to academic scholarships, awards and excellence at two of the worlds foremost schools for jazz education New England Conservatory and Berklee College Of Music, as well as a professor and faculty member at The Royal College Of Music in Stockholm. Since founding his own Manhattan based educational operation, NYC Guitar Studio in 2006 he has catered to students enrolled at Columbia University, NYU, Juilliard and also become a member of what Down Beat Magazine describes as New Yorks fastest growing schools for Jazz education, NY Jazz Academy.
As a result of his microtonal work with electronics, as heard on his 2006 solo album Macroscope, Mr. Hostfalt has also been an active participant on and contributor to New York City's new electronica scene, as an electric bass guitarist with <i>Calmer</i> aka Collin Palmer ( New Villager / Columbia ) in shared events with MOBY, Keith Murray ( Def Squad ), Machinedrum ( Azealia Banks ), Praveen ( Percussion Lab ) and Theophilus London (Warner Bros. / Reprise ) .