Håkon Stene is a Norwegian percussionist performing, recording and producing in a variety of contexts internationally. He has a PhD in artistic research from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and is a professor of percussion studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.
Audio & Recordings
Pantha du Prince – Conference of Trees
Matthew Shlomowitz – Avant Muzak
asamisimasa and Håkon Stene plays Popular Contexts Volume 7&8 and Avant Muzak by composer Matthew Shlomowitz. Placed 5th on the Wire Magazine's Top 10 2018 Modern Composition list. Released on All That Dust (London)
Nils Økland Band – Lysning
Awarded the Norwegian Grammy's (Spellemann) 2017 "open category" award
Michael Pisaro – Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones
Michael Pisaro's 64-minute work Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones for electric guitar, bass clarinet, and tape, performed by Kristine Tjøgersen and Håkon Stene.
Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones is a fascinating, intense and lovingly produced example of what can be made if you come from a completely different direction to the music-making process. It is life-affirming and somehow subtly insinuating. It is a soundscape, if you like, that can perhaps make us all appreciate our basic existence just that little bit more keenly
Simon Steen-Andersen – Black Box Music
Oslo Sinfonietta and Håkon Stene perform Steen-Andersen's Black Box Music, a work nominated for the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2014, and awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize 2014
"Håkon Stene er formidabel på DVD'en, sådan havde man aldrig forestillet sig virtuositet..."
– Per Rask Madsen, Klassisk Magasin
Håkon Stene – Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal
Works by Bryars, Crane, Wallumrød, Stene
Awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2014 in the category contemporary music.
8/10, Uncut Magazine
"A stunning collection", 4/5.
- DownBeat Magazine
"To me, this is a wonderfully pure distillation of what music can do".
- Richard Williams / The Blue Moment (UK)
"It is cinematic, divine and heartbreaking despite being so straight forward, as is the very quest of this music".
- Tristan Bath, thequietus.com
Håkon Stene - Etude Begone Badum
Works by Lars Petter Hagen, Alvin Lucier, Marko Ciciliani and Michael Pisaro.
"Stene takes sound as malleable material and works it into unexpected shapes, surprising forms and refreshingly imaginative music"
The Wire, Dec/2013
"Clever and unusual, ‘Etude Begone Badum’ is an innovative and intelligent work that explores unusual territory with some impressive effects".
"A feast for the ears, from beginning to end".
Håkon Stene – Bone Alphabet
Music by Brian Ferneyhough and Sir Duperman
"Simply great when contemporary music is presented in such tough and unorthodox ways".
Lene Grenager – Smilodon
Premier recording of The Operation, a concerto for multi-string set-up and ensemble. With Bodø Sinfonietta & conductor Peter Szilvay.
asamisimasa/Laurence Crane – Sound of Horse
asamisimasa plays Laurence Crane's John White in Berlin, Events, Riis, Old Life Was Rubbish, and Sound of Horse
asamisimasa/Øyvind Torvund – Neon Forest Space
Awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2015 in the category contemporary music performance.
asamisimasa plays Neon Forest, Wolf Studies, Willibald Motor Landscape, and Plastic Waves by Øyvind Torvund.
asamisimasa/Simon Steen-Andersen – Pretty Sound
Awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2012 for contemporary music performance.
Luís Antunes Pena – Caffeine
Performed by asamisimasa, ensemble mosaik a.o.
Nils Økland Ensemble – Kjølvatn
Awarded the "Folkelarmsprisen" 2015 for best open category folk music recording. Nominated for the Spellemann folk music award
Nils Økland Ensemble – Bris
Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – Elements of Light
Benedicte Maurseth – Hardanger fiddle, vocals; Berit Opheim – vocals; Rolf Lislevand – lute, electric guitar, electric bass; Håkon Stene – vibraphone, percussion, electronics, production.
Awarded NOPA's Music Prize 2017.
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra – Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra performs Lully: Le bourgeois gentilhomme / Strauss: Der Bürger als Edelmann
Camerata Nordica/Terje Tønnesen – Tales of Sound and Fury
Performing works by Telemann, Purcell, Biber, as well as traditional Norwegian drum tunes
ensemble neoN – neoN (participating as a producer)
Awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2016 for best contemporary music album
Bjørn Fongaard – Galaxe
Works by Bjørn Fongaard, Brian Ferneyhough, Ole-Henrik Moe, Øyvind Torvund. Nominated for the 2015 Spellemann contemporary music award