Sten Sandell

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Born 1958; Composer, Piano, organ, percussion, voice and electro-acoustic music.

From 1976 to 1986 Sten Sandell undertook wide-ranging studies: on piano with Mats Persson and Carl-Axel Dominique; in improvisation/compositio with Sven-David Sandstrom; and with Par Lindgren into electro-acoustic music. Attended the Academy of Music in Stockholm during the period 1981 to 1986. Influences are broad and include free improvisation, contemporary music (John Cage, Morton Feldman, I. Xenakis etc.), and ethnic music (classical music from India, Japan, Iran etc. folk music from Sweden, Norway, North Africa). From 1976 to the present day, has been involved in group work, solo projects and in dance, drama, and film. The two long-standing groups are Sa Vidare, 1979-89 with guitarist Peter Soderberg and saxophonist Johan Petri, who played 'structurally organised improvisations', and Gush (from 1988 and ongoing) with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and percussionist Raymond Strid, well known for their free improvised music. Instrumentation for solo projects has included piano, synthesizer, sampler, percussion, and voice and is represented on a number of records, for example, Frames, on the Bauta label.

Sten Sandell has undertaken tours in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria (Glaxon festival, Holland 1986; 'Free Music'-90, Antwerpen 1990; Solo-92 in Stockholm, FMP-festival in Berlin 1994. He has collaborated with Carl-Axel Dominique, Anders Jormin, Sainkho Namchylak, Jon Rose, Mats Persson, Kristine Scholz, David Moss, Phil Wachsmann, Sven-Ake Johansson, Mats Gustafsson, Raymond Strid and many others.

A new quartet (incorporating lute, theorbo, cello, marimba, percussion, voice, piano, harmonium) was formed in 1995 to work with composed and arranged material (Cage, Feldman, Nancarrow, Sandberg and the members of the group) and also in free improvisation.


1983, SaVidare, Live, OM 1.
1985, Damp, Bauta Rec BAR 8502.
1986, In a body, Bauta Rec BAR 8603. Så Vidare.
1988, Now or never, Bauta Rec BAR 8803.
1989, Sounds: Contemporary Swedish improvised music, Blue Tower records BTLP 01/02. Includes two tracks from 'Two slices of electric car'.
1989, Tjo och tjim, Dragon DRLP192. Gush and Sven-Åke Johansson.
1989, Strings and hammers for fingers and nails, ALICE Musik ALCD 002. With Mats Persson and Kristine Scholz.
1991, From Things To Sounds..., Dragon DRCD 204. Gush
1991, Music from a waterhole, ALICE Musik ALCD 005.
1992 Letter 5, Leo Records LR CD 190. Duo with Sainkho Namchylak.
1994, Songs between cities and waterholes, Bauta Rec BAR 9303. Sten Sandell, Chris Cutler, Lach'n Jonsson, Niklas Billstrom.
1994, Frames, Bauta Rec BAR9402.
1990-, I fear this war, ALICE Musik ALCD 012. Johan Petri.
1994, Gushwachs, Bead CD002. Gush and Phil Wachsmann.
1995, The Third Word, RUBCD 10. Per Tjernberg.
1995/1996, Under Öknar [Rankö Rednu] I-XII, UAE disc 6. Sten Sandell/Simon Steensland.
1995/6, Low Dynamic Orchestra. Alice Musik ALCD 021.
1996, Live at Fasching, Dragon DRCD 313. Gush.
1996, Live in Tampere, Dragon DRCD 327. Gush.
1996, Electric eel, QBICO 30. Gush.
1997, Behind the chords. LJ CD 5216.
1997, Hidros one (1997), Caprice 21566. Mats Gustafsson.
1997, Bahn und Boot, algencd 023. Duo of Johansson/Sandell.
1998, gang gang. With Simon Steensland. Forthcoming.
1998, Berthling/Ljungkvist/Sandell. LJ CD 5224.
1998, Die harke und der spaten, Umlaut Records UMFR-CD04. Sven-Åke Johansson.
1998, Disappeared, nuscope CD 1009. Trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang.
1999, Six little pieces for quintet, hatOLOGY 538. Sven-Åke Johansson.
1999, Sounds 99, Blue Tower Records BTCD 09/10/11.
1999/2000, Standing wave. SOFA 504. Sten Sandell Trio.
2000?, Bio elektrika. LJ CD 5226.
2000, Solid musik. nuscope 1013. Solo.
2000, Pipeline. Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 010. Pipeline.
2001, Du: poesi&musik. Alice Musik ALCD 025. Jörgen Gassilewski/Tommy Björk/Sten Sandell.
2001, Two days in December. Wobbly Rail WOB012. Duos with Ken Vandermark.
2002, Flat iron. SOFA 514. Sten Sandell Trio.
2002, Townorchestrahouse, Clean Feed CD041CD. Paal Nilssen-Love.
2002/2003, Strings and objects. LJ CD 5235. Nilsson/Sandell duo.
2003, Norrköping, Atavistic ALP161CD. Gush.
2003, Gush 25, No label. Gush.
2003, Low Dynamic Orchestra. Alice Musik ALCD 026.
2004, Gubbröra, psi 04.10. Sandell/Stackenas/Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2004, Songs. LJ CD 5237.
2005, Oval. Intakt CD 122. Sten Sandell Trio.
2005/06, Music in the world of. LJ CD 5243. Solo.
2006, Strokes, Clean Feed CF082CD. Sten Sandell Trio + John Butcher.
2007, Beam stone, psi 09.02. Nilsson/Sandell/Strid.
2007, Belle ville, Clean Feed CD125CD. Townhouse Orchestra.
2009, Psalms, psi 10.05. Evan Parker/Sten Sandell.
1992-2011, Music inside the language. LJ CD 5254. 3CD box.
2012, Exit!, Rune Grammofon RCD 2138. Fire! Orchestra.
2012, Colors of:, Konvoj Records KOR001. Konvoj Ensemble feat. Evan Parker & Sten Sandell.
2013, The march, Konvoj Records KOR005. Gush.
2014, Enter, Rune Grammofon RCD 2158. Fire! Orchestra.
2014, Papaver, Umlaut Records umcd0025. Mirror Mind Rose.
2014, Mira, Konvoj Records KOR009. Konvoj Ensemble.

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