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Jono El Grande

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Jono el Grande is the stage name of Jon Andreas Håtun (b. 1973), a Norwegian composer, band leader, guitarist, and conductor. He leads a twelve-piece orchestra, whose influences include Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, and Igor Stravinsky.

He has released three albums of his own : Utopian Dances (1999), Fevergreens (2003), and Neo Dada (2009). He has also written for other artists, including Rune Grammofon. He was festival composer for Happy Days 2007, presented by Ny Musikk, the Norwegian section of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music).

Between 1990 and 1992, Jono el Grande formed several concept bands for one-night performances and recordings and/or rehearsings only: The Terror Duo, Black Satan, The Pez Dispensers, Acetaded Beat, As Drosera, as well as a handful of school bands formed to mark end-of-term celebrations and similar occasions. In 2000 he formed The Jono El Grande Orchestra, renamed in 2005 Jono El Grande & The Luxury Band.

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  • rompemonster

    great new album!

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • nicki_psychotic

    ooh, i love it! ♥

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KeithandLor

    To fastlane01... I saw a comment you made..which led me here and Im excited.. My Man loves Zappa.. and I cant wait to see if he's familiar with Jono El Grande! If so, wonderful and If not..let the experience begin. Keep on rockin'..peace out and IN...LoraLee

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • fastlane01

    He obviously very knows who Frank Zappa is, very enjoyable.

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DerKranz

    you were awesome @ zappanale!

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • katatsumurisan

    cheesy at times, yes but in a positive way! refreshing!

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • zafknafein

    Wonderful, magnificent, creative music; exactly what I needed! Keep up the good work ^____^

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • taxi

    tøft

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • trommelars

    The new album (first I've heard by him) is really nice. Touches a lot of RIO/avant-prog roots =D

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Grindfucked

    interesting, but a bit cheesy at times

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • emperortomato

    grande Jono!

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Vasiliev

    beautiful

    12 Mar 2008 Reply

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