Take Five With Jostein Gulbrandsen
Started playing at the age of nine. Studies at Agder College of Music, Norway, University of North Texas, and Master's Degree from Manhattan School of Music. I studied pop, rock and jazz in Norway, and got more into jazz after moving to the U.S. I also have many years of classical guitar training. I really enjoy playing different styles of music, and I am trying to blend these elements into my own music. Being able to handle different styles also makes it easier to make a living as a musician.
I just released my first CD as a leader, Twelve, on Fresh Sound New Talent. The CD contains seven original tunes and one arrangement of The Police's "Message in a Bottle."
Instrument(s): Electric, acoustic and fretless guitars.
Teachers? My teacher in high school, Trond Keilen, was a huge influence.
At UNT I studied with Fred Hamilton and Lynn Seaton.
At the Manhattan School of Music, I really enjoyed Dave Liebman's classes as well as my guitar teacher, Chris Rosenberg.
Influences? Pat Metheny was an early influence, then Allan Holdsworth.
These days I really enjoy Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Sylvain Luc and Wolfgang Muthpiel. I also listen to many country guitarists, like Brent Mason and Danny Gatton. I really like Bobo Stenson's music, as well as Joe Lovano.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... When I was a kid I was watching a TV-show in Norway that always featured "Cavantina," the theme from the movie The Deer Hunter. I fell in love with the sound of the guitar. Later it was rock, and Bryan Adams was my hero when I was around eleven.
Your dream band: I would love to play with the band that Keith Jarrett had in the '70s, with Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen.
Did you know... I am a huge fan of bears, especially polar bears. These days I am enjoying watching clips from the polar bear baby Knut, that lives in the Berlin Zoo.
What is in the near future? I am trying to set up a tour in Norway with my group. I hope I can make another recording soon. I really like my group (Jon Irabagon-sax, Eivind Opsvik-bass, Jeff Davis-drums).
I am also working on many other projects - Randal (with Fred Kennedy), Matt Grason's Motel project (rap), drummer Nate Smith's project (upcoming record), also a project with pianist Megumi Yonezawa.
I also want to explore acoustic guitar playing even more, since I recently purchased a steel string guitar.
By Day: I teach guitar, play sessions, rehearse. Also I am working on writing some new music for upcoming projects.