Percussionist Thomas Stronen Interviewed at All About Jazz!


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One of Norway's most prolific drummers, sampling percussionists and composers, Thomas Strønen is the co-founder of Food, along with British saxophonist Iain Ballamy. The group—which, since 2005, has whittled down from an original quartet that also featured Norwegians Arve Henriksen on trumpet and Mats Eilertsen on bass—released its most recent record, Quiet Inlet, in 2010 (its first for the German ECM label), and regularly includes guests that vary from one show to the next. up's sampled improvisational music.

Strønen is also one-half of Humcrush which, since coming together in the early part of the new millennium with Supersilent keyboardist Ståle Storløkken, has taken its own path down the road of in-the-moment composition. Blissful Ignorance (Hecca/Edition, 2010) documents the first meeting of the lyrical Meadow—a trio with Strønen , Norwegian saxophonist Tore Brunborg and British pianist John Taylor—while The woods are not what they seem (BJK-Music, 2010) represents another first-encounter of sorts, by the newly formed Needlepoint, a trio with bassist Nikolai H. Eilertsen and guitarist Bjørn Klakegg.

Adriana Carcu spoke with the percussionist this past summer at Romania's Garana Jazz Festival 2011, where he was performing with Food, and the result is an incisive window into the mind of a percussionist whose approach to color and texture has made him an in-demand performer and composer.

Check out Thomas Strønen: The Tin Drum, today at AllAboutJazz.com!

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