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. 



European tour with Trevor Watts and John Edwards: November 28th - December 7th 2023.

Teaming up again with Trevor Watts (saxophones) and John Edwards (double bass) for a European tour in November /December 2023. This trio started as a commissioned work for the Motvind festival in Norway in 2022. 


28/11: Martinsschlössl – Vienna (AT)
30/11: Zentrifuge - Bonn (DE)
1/12 Club Manufaktur - Schorndorf (DE)
3/12: Club W71 - Weikersheim (DE)
5/12: PRiMi – Copenhagen (DK)
7/12: FRIM - Stockholm (SE)


US tour w/Nick Mazzarella, Ben LaMar Gay & Jon Rune Strøm

Really looking forward to play some concerts in Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee with Nick Mazzarella (alto saxophone), Ben LaMar Gay (cornet) and Jon Rune Strøm (double bass). Great to revisit this quartet and material again. First time since 2019, when we did a tour in Norway and Belgium. Thanks to BlueStem Jazz in Madison for making this tour possible!


9/11: Constellation - Chicago, IL (US)
10/11: BlueStem Jazz - Madison, WI (US)
11/11: The Sugar Maple - Milwaukee, WI (US)


New project. ARCHER. Norway tour between February 27th - March 2nd 2023

New project called ARCHER together with Dave Rempis (saxophones), Terrie Ex (guitar) and Jon Rune Strøm (double bass). The quartet will premiere with a Norway tour between February 27th - March 2nd 2023.


27/2: FRI FORM/Dokkhuset - Trondheim (NO)
28/2: Blow Out/Kafé Hærverk - Oslo (NO)
1/3: Playdate/Landmark - Bergen (NO)
2/3: Nylyd - Skien (NO)


Trevor Watts/John Edwards/Tollef Østvang

New trio with Trevor Watts (saxophones) and John Edwards (double bass)


This brand new trio is put together as a commissioned work for the Motvind festival in Norway. We will do two concert in Norway this summer. Numedal (July 16th, 2022) and Oslo (July 18th, 2022). Really excited to get to collaborate with Trevor and John. Two iconic figures in improvised music. 



Universal Indians w/Joe McPhee - 2022 tour

Upcoming tour with Universal Indians feat. Joe McPhee in Austria, Germany, Belgium and Norway


21/4: Martinschlössl – Vienna (AT)
23/4: Club Manufaktur – Schorndorf (DE)
24/4: In Situ Art Society – Bonn (DE)
25/4: Werkplaats Walter – Brussels (BE)
26/4: Blow Out – Oslo (NO)
27/4: Nonfigurativ musikk/nyMusikk Vestfold – Tønsberg (NO)
29/4: Soddjazz – Inderøy (NO)
30/4: Tedans – Bergn (NO)


Gutvik Ukentlig: w/Ketil Gutvik, Heidi Kvelvane & Eivind Opsvik