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Hans Fjellestad

Hans Fjellestad is a musician and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He studied music composition and improvisation with George Lewis at University of California San Diego (UCSD), and classical piano with Krzysztof Brzuza. Fjellestad has composed for film, video, theater, dance and has presented his music, film and video art throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
He has an extensive discography both as a solo artist and in collaboration with many legendary players on the international experimental music scene. An "innovative musician" (All About Jazz) and "mad scientist improviser" (International DJ Magazine), 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).
Fjellestad has performed and/or recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Peter Kowald, Lé Quan Ninh, Lisle Ellis, Haco, Miya Masaoka, Money Mark, G.E. Stinson, Donkey, Yoshimi P-We, Takayuki Kato, Saga Yuki, Kojima Takashi, Arai Minako, Susan Rawcliffe, Trummerflora Collective, Thomas Dimuzio, Tetsu Saitoh, David Scott Stone, Marcos Fernandes, Audrey Chen, David Slusser, Baiyon, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Raymond MacDonald, Jakob Riis, P.O. Jørgens, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Aiyun Huang, Sean Griffin, Eamonn Doyle, Mike Keneally, Nortec Collective, among many others. His recordings are released on Hollywood Records, Accretions, Circumvention Music, Brain Escape Sandwich, Barely Auditable Records, Pan Handler, and Vinyl Communications.
Fjellestad (or his alter-ego, "33") has appeared with Tino Corp., The Album Leaf, Lee Ranaldo, Nels Cline, Jello Biafra, Pauline Oliveros, Pamelia Kurstin, KK Null, Carl Stone, Pamela Z, performing in such far-flung venues as The Stone (NYC), The Roxy (Prague), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), UPLINK Factory (Tokyo), Urbanguild (Kyoto), Big Apple (Kobe), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Taipei Zhong-Shan Hall (Taiwan), Red Room (Baltimore), ABC No Rio (NYC), Bimbo's 365 Club (San Francisco), Steve Allen Theater (Hollywood), Velvet Jones (Santa Barbara), Jazzorca (Mexico City), Don Loope (Tijuana), SIGGRAPH (Los Angeles), Den Anden Opera (Copenhagen), Yokohama Jazz Promenade, Festival Beyond Innocence (Osaka), REDCAT NOW Festival (Los Angeles), Points In A Circle Festival (Brooklyn), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Outsound New Music Summit (San Francisco), Spring Reverb Festival (San Diego/Tijuana), San Diego Repertory Theatre, and the Northwest Electroacoustic Music Festival (Portland).
His film and video work has shown at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tokyo's Shibuya Cinema Society, Los Angeles Grand Performances Series, BorDocs Foro Documental Tijuana, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Point Loma Wastewater Plant, Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Miami Art Central, Salina Art Center, IAF Videoart Festival Tijuana, and the São Paulo International Short Film Festival.
Having recently premiered his expansive film about Depression-era life and art WHEN THE WORLD BREAKS at the 2010 Doc Edge Festival in New Zealand, Fjellestad is currently filming his latest feature doc project SUNSET STRIP about the loudest street on the planet. He also wrote and produced THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE (2009) and LORDS OF CHAOS – a narrative feature set in the Norwegian Black Metal music scene of the early 1990s.