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Steinar Aadnekvam, born in Bergen – Norway 1984, is one of the most proficient and talked about young guitarists on the Scandinavian jazz scene.
Born into a family of travelling merchants, he got his first guitar at the age of 4 and soon found it would be a dear friend at lonely hours while growing up in towns and cities across Norway, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and Sweden – rarely staying more than 6 months in each new place.
The guitar turned out to be young Steinar’s prime, if not only, interest, and by the age of 9 he was composing on a daily basis while listening to artists like Elvis Presley, Prince and Michael Jackson. In his teens his interest turned to Jazz when discovering artists like Charlie Parker, John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Rhasaan Roland Kirk, Abdullah Ibrahim and later composers like Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal and of course Indian classical music and so on…
After studies at Södra Latins Gymnasium and consequently the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, with notable teachers at this time including Mikke Rönnkvist, Thomas Wixtröm, Andreas Oberg, Alvaro Is Rojas and Sten Hostfalt, Steinars curiosity turned outwards as he decided to “leave all behind” and travel to Mumbai – India for studies with classical indian master flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia at his intern school Vrindaban Gurukul. Soon after fate would also have him make his first travel to north-eastern Brasil, an acquaintance that made an even deeper impact on him and for almost a decade he now finds his second home in the state of Pernambuco where two of his albums have been recorded collaborating with some of the regions finest musicians.
After nominations in 2009 for the ‘Young Nordic Guitarist Award’ by the Uppsala Int. Guitar Festival, and in 2010 finalist at the ‘Norsk JazzIntro’ at Molde Jazz Festival Steinar launched his own label ‘MMYH Records / Music Makes You Happy’ with his 2010 debut release ‘Simple Things’. The album was immediately embraced by audience and critics alike and on the very day of it’s release the Swedish newspaper ‘Dalademokraten’ wrote “The guitar jazz album of the year! A great new guitarist has presented himself.” while the capital newspaper Dagens Nyheter put the release right on it’s cover.
In the following years Steinar played feature concerts at clubs and major jazz festivals in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Poland and Romania and later turned to working on his two Brasilian album collaborations ‘Abacaxeiro’ and ‘Ecology’ and extensive concert touring, masterclasses, TV and Radio appearances related to these in the Nordics and in Brasil.
In 2015 Steinar teams up with Norwegian label Losen Records for his fourth studio album, his grand project ‘Freedoms Tree’ featuring an international all-star ensemble including several outstanding musical guests.