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Hans Fjellestad

Los Angeles musician and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad tours and records extensively as a solo artist and in collaboration with numerous players on the experimental music scene in well over a dozen countries. An "innovative musician" (All About Jazz) and "mad scientist improviser" (IDJ), his music has been described as "unbridled sonic freedom... raw, almost shamanic energy that embodies the true essence of unrestricted music" (XLR8R) and a "spicy concoction... refusing to behave itself, it screams, throws things and makes a mess" (The Wire). A classically trained pianist, these days Hans concocts most of his unbridled sound messes with analog synths and vacuum tubes.

As filmmaker, Fjellestad has directed various projects, including the feature documentaries Frontier Life (2002) and Moog (2004).

Discography



Various Artists: 30
CAT. #: ALP059
30 is a compilation featuring rare archival and early vinyl-only releases, previously unreleased recordings and previews of upcoming releases.



Hans Fjellestad: Sounding the Space DVD
CAT. #: AVD002
Percussionist Marcos Fernandes reconnects with his homeland by staging elaborate concerts in four historical buildings designed by his grandfather Uheiji Nagano (1867-1937) in Japan.



Hans Fjellestad: Frontier Life DVD
CAT. #: AVD001
If necessity is the mother of invention, then Tijuana is where she gave birth and raised her kid! FRONTIER LIFE digs into this strangely inventive city for stories of car worship, street racing, water flow, emergency architecture and a vibrant electronic music scene.

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Various Artists: 25
CAT. #: ALP050
Celebrating 25 Years of Sonic Explorations.

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Donkey: Stone
CAT. #: ALP043
Donkey is back in the electro-wheat and up to their old tricks with this raucous set recorded live at The Stone in NYC. ¡Otra véz la burra al trigo!



Hans Fjellestad: Snails R Sexy
CAT. #: ALP041
Trails of analog circuits and vacuum tubes wind thru a dark, lush world of sound filled with libidinous gastropods.



Marcos Fernandes, Hans Fjellestad, Haco, Jakob Riis: Haco Hans Jakob Marcos
CAT. #: ALP040
Four intrepid musicians from different parts of the globe find themselves together in a Tijuana recording studio, inventing a new blend of organic and artificial sound stuff.



Hans Fjellestad: Kobe Live House
CAT. #: ALP038
Fjellestad's critically acclaimed third solo release, recorded live in Japan, completes a ternary cycle of musical ideas that began with Red Sauce Baby and 33.



Trummerflora: Rubble 1
CAT. #: A/C-201
A compilation featuring works by various members and ensembles of the Trummerflora Collective.



Hans Fjellestad: 33
CAT. #: ALP032
The new piano-oriented studio project by maverick musician, artist and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad.



Frontier Life: Banda Sonora
CAT. #: ALP031
Original music from the documentary film, featuring experimental electronics from members of Nortec Collective and Trummerflora Collective.



Donkey: Big Sur
CAT. #: ALP028
Donkey's second release offers conceptual studio constructions as well as live tracks recorded at the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival.



Hans Fjellestad: Red Sauce Baby
CAT. #: ALP019
Featuring piano improvisations, vocalizations, percussion, woodwinds, church organ, bagpipes, basketball game, electronics and field recordings, Red Sauce Baby is "an exercise in unbridled sonic freedom... raw, almost shamanic energy that embodies the true essence of unrestricted music." (XLR8R)



Donkey: Show
CAT. #: ALP020
Donkey rides high with their debut Accretions release, Show, a collection of live concert recordings that according to The Wire, "assumes the quality of aural graffiti, jagged hints and smeared traces of illicit communication between members of some clandestine network."



The Trummerflora Collective: No Stars Please
CAT. #: ALP022
A collection of live concert recordings featuring a capricious roster of performers, including Marcos Fernandes, Hans Fjellestad, Damon Holzborn, Nathan Hubbard, Robert Montoya, Marcelo Radulovich and Jason Robinson, with guest appearances by George Lewis, Lê Quan Ninh, Mike Keneally and Ellen Weller.



...and the reindeer you rode in on
CAT. #: ALP016
Presenting several of your seasonal favorites, plus a few originals to brighten up your holidays, "...and the reindeer you rode in on" offers Xperimental Xmas music from Marcos Fernandes, Hans Fjellestad, Damon Holzborn, Robert Montoya and Marcelo Radulovich.

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Various Artists: Trummerflora 2
CAT. #: ALP012
The second in a series, this compilation once again showcases some of the most innovative San Diego-area artists.


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"Los Angeles based musician and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad may have earned more column inches recently for his film work than his composition of late, but let's not allow the volume of an off-Hollywood career drown out the quieter tones of a growing and consistently interesting musical opus."
- Louise Gray, The Wire

"A master of analogue synthesis."
- Keith Moliné, The Wire

"A truly daring and sonically dangerous artiste."
- IDJ

"There's heaps of fascinating sonic jetsam in Fjellestad's little resonance-boxes, rewarding listening over and over again."
- Tom Djll, Signal to Noise

"Fjellestad has made a career out of the most free forms of cinematic types of music making."
- Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta

"Musical style ranges from fairly accessible piano lines to staggering, dagger assaults of synthwork. The blend of organic and electronic and mildly experimental and wildly avant-garde makes for a bracing listen."
- Kristofer Upjohn, Raves

"Fans of Stars of the Lid, Eno and Robert Fripp soundscapes should take notice - this is advanced listening at its best."
- Roman Sokal, Exclaim!

"Fjellestad seems to have uncovered a new way of hearing the world."
- Angus Batey, Mojo

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