Sten Sandell Trio


sten sandell – piano

johan berthling – double bass

paal nilssen-love – drums & percussion


A Swedish-Norwegian trio with polytonalrytmic totalmusic, in other words: new modern jazzmusic at its best...
Sten Sandell trio was established the spring of 1999 in Stockholm and has since worked regular there and in Oslo. The trio's musical work is in the tradition of European improvised music and is the only piano trio in Scandinavia regarding the energy and musical expression.
During several concerts at the Vancouver Jazzfestival 2001 the trio launched they're debut CD ("Standing Wave" SOFA 504) on SOFA Rec. which includes recordings from Blå and the Munch museum in Oslo.
The press wrote: …The biggest revelation of the festival was Sandell´s own trio, finding the pianist's menacing motifs hovering above Johan Berthling`s churning bass and the restless barrage of percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, offering a startling contrast to the glorious weather outside…Jon Morgan, The Wire
…This is high-energy music that strikes deep rather than loud…
…Easily one of the best releases of this year…Steven H. Koenig, Jazz Weekly
The trio released they´re second CD in February 2004 on SOFA (sofa 514) which was recorded live at Umeå Jazzfestival 2002. Since then the trio has been active in Europe, performing at festivals and doing tours. The trio was recently in Atlantis studio in Stockholm where they recorded a new trio album and a quartet with Magnus Broo. They also performed in Oslo with John Butcher, a recording which will be released in 2007 on Clean Feed. Also, the trio´s next release will be happening on the Swiss label Intakt, a recording from a concert at the Taktlos festival in 2005. A very intense recording that is….
Sten Sandell, piano,voice, elektronics and composer Stockholm, collaborates with amongst others  Gush, Mats Gustafsson, low dynamic orchestra etc, He is also very active in the solo format. He has been engaged at most of the major improvisation-festivals in Europe and North America. His playing style can easly be related to Cecil Taylor, but he is also strongly influenced by contemporary music and composers like Morton Feldman and John Cage. He has been playing improvised music for 25 years.
Johan Bertling, doublebass, Stockholm. Berthling has become one of the main bassplayers in the improvised music scene in Sweden playing with musicians like Raymond Strid, Fredrik Ljungkvist and David Stackenäs. -Influenced by William Parker, he is a bassist and musician of dimensions with high energy and stamina. He is also active in the groups TAPE, LSB, Göran Kaifes and more. He also runs the highly acclaimed label Häpna.
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums and percussion, Oslo. He is one of Norway's most active drummers and has established himself as a drummer with an high energy level through groups and collaborations with Frode Gjerstad trio, The Thing, School Days, Atomic, Ken Vandermark etc.

Sten Sandell trio + John Butcher




Sten Sandell trio

Flat Iron

SOFA 514


Sten Sandell trio

Standing Wave

SOFA 504


Sten Sandell trio




Atomic School Days


Butcher/Nilssen-Love Duo



Frode Gjerstad Trio

Gustafsson/Nilsson-Love Duo

Marhaug/Nilssen-Love Duo


Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet

School Days

Scorch Trio


Sten Sandell Trio

Territory Band

The Thing

Townhouse Orchestra

Two Bands and a Legend

Vandermark/Nilssen-Love Duo

Yagi/Brötzmann/Nilssen-Love Trio