Tollef Østvang


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Tollef Østvang is a drummer, improviser and composer from Norway. He dedicates most of his artistic activities to jazz and other forms of improvised music and tours frequently with projects like Friends & Neighbors, The Way Ahead, Universal Indians and All Included.


His drumming reflects an endless curiosity for spontaneous music making and can be described as energetic, creative and impulsive. Besides his main projects he has toured and collaborated with musicians like: Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Jaimie Branch, Nick Mazzarella, Tomeka Reid, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Jason Stein, Mette Rasmussen, Mars Williams, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Wolter Wierbos, Wilbert de Joode, Michael Moore and Ben LaMar Gay among others. 


He currently lives in the small mountain town of Os in Østerdalen. In addition, he continues to be a central figure in the jazz scene in Trondheim where he studied and got his master’s degree in jazz performance at Jazzlinja, NTNU (2005 – 2012). He has also studied jazz performance at Conservatoire National Supérior de Musique et Danse in Paris and Coservatorium van Amsterdam. In Trondheim he curates the annual alternative music festival Fri resonans and the concert series FRI FORM. He also runs his own record label Stone Floor Records together with bass player Jon Rune Strøm. 



New album out on Clean Feed! Friends & Neighbors - The Earth is #

New album by Friends & Neighbors is out on Clean Feed. André Roligheten (tenor saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and bass saxophone), Thomas Johansson (trumpet, flugelhorn and percussion), Oscar Grönberg (piano), Jon Rune Strøm (double bass), Tollef Østvang (drums and percussion). Recorded April 9th, 10th and 11th, 2021 by Dag Erik Johansen at Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway. Mixed by Ingar Hunskaar. Mastered by Fridtjof Lindeman. Produced by Friends & Neighbors. Executive production by Trem Azul. Design by Travassos.

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The tour with The Way Ahead between March 26th - 28th in Norway and Austria is cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We're working rescheduling and finding new dates. 


Friends & Neighbors - 2020 US TOUR

Friends & Neighbors - 2020 US TOUR

02.19 // Rhizome - Washington D.C. (with Steve Arnold/Elliott Levin/Nik Francis Trio)
02.20 // Spacebomb Studios - Richmond, VA
02.21 // Hi Lites Fest/Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC
02.22 // if ART Gallery - Columbia, SC
02.24 // Central City New Music Series - Huntington, WV
02.25 // New Ghosts/BOP STOP at The Music Settlement - Cleveland, OH
02.26 // Constellation Chicago - Chicago, IL (with special guests Josh Berman & Nick Mazzarella)
02.28 // BlueStem Jazz - Madison, WI
02.29 // SWY231/Painted Recordings - Sturgeon Bay, WI


Spacebomb Studios - Richmond, VA (US)

Friends & Neighbors

If Art Gallery, Columbia, SC (US)

Friends & Neighbors


The Way Ahead

André Roligheten - saxophones/clarinets 

Kristoffer Alberts - saxophones 

Niklas Barnö - trumpet 

Mats Äleklint - trombone 

Matthias Ståhl - vibraphone 

Ola Høyer - double bass 

Tollef Østvang - drums