Dr Petter Frost Fadnes

Head of Jazz
University of Stavanger
University of Stavanger, Department of Music and Dance, 4036 Stavanger, Norway
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I am currently the Head of Jazz in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Stavanger. In addition to this appointment, I have been the co-leader of the Kitchen Orchestra (www.kitchenorchestra.no), a Stavanger based big-band funded by Norsk Kulturråd (The Arts Council of Norway) since 2006 and, from 2008, I have, as a producer, been responsible for the promotion of activities of the ensemble. I have also provided management and production work for the nationwide contemporary music organisation Ny Musikk Rogaland (www.nymusikk.no) since 2008. As a performer and researcher, I have played with a range of internationally acclaimed musicians including: Keith Tippett, Keiji Haino, Steve Beresford, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nils Olav Johansen, Tomas Strønen, Matthew Bourne, Chris Sharkey, Dave Kane, Jason Yarde, Evan Parker, Paul Hession, Frode Gjerstad, Ken Vandermark. I currently perform with and co-lead the state-funded Kitchen Orchestra (www.kitchenorchestra.no/) and The Geordie Approach. Other performance projects have included The Thin Red Line, Metropolis, Quartet Alpha, and the LIMA Orchestra. Since 2007, I have organised successful performance tours in and across Europe involving several groups, visiting countries such as Norway, UK, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. As a composer I have written music for the group Metropolis (three album releases), as well as works for the trio The Thin Red Line and Kitchen Orchestra. In 2009, I secured funding from the Norwegian Foreign Office to support a European tour for The Geordie Approach (www.myspace.com/thegeordieapproach).

Research Interests: 

Practice-led research, performance, improvised music, music and architecture, composition


Frost Fadnes, P., “Alignment”, The Thin Red Line, Cadence Jazz Records, USA Recording) 2009

Frost Fadnes, P., Maijazz (Stavanger, Norway): 2009, Kitchen Orchestra with Keith Tippett

Frost Fadnes, P., “What’s Cooking” (Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway): 2008, three-day festival with Kitchen Orchestra, guest Evan Parker

Frost Fadnes, P., Parsonage, C. and Taylor, J., ‘Integrating theory and practice in conservatoires: formulating holistic models for teaching and learning improvisation’ British Journal of Music Education, Volume 24, Issue 03 (Nov 2007), 295-312

Frost Fadnes, P., “Why Eye”, The Geordie Approach, Bruce’s Fingers, France (CD Recording), 2007 Frost Fadnes, P., “III”; Metropolis, MetroCD, UK (CD recording), 2006

Frost Fadnes, P., “Improvisational Architecture”, PhD thesis, University of Leeds 2004

Project Title: 
Rhythm Changes