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Mr Staale Birkeland
Mr Staale Birkeland




PHONE 07816586886*E-MAIL [email protected]

REFERENCES: PETTER FADNES (07811937180), DIDRIK INGVALDSEN (07985738796), NINON FOIRET (07904351929)


• Marital status: Single

• Nationality: Norwegian

• Age: 24 (birth date 04.06.1981)


I am a drummer/percussionist/composer specialising in Jazz Performance and Improvisation with drum kit/percussion as my main instrument.


2005-present Leeds College of Music,

• MA Jazz studies

2002-2005 Leeds College of Music

• Degree of BA (hons) in Jazz studies

• Graduated with 2:1

2000-2002 Bergen University, Norway

• Studied Philosophy and English.

1997-2000 Voss Gymnas, Norway

• 3 year music, dance and drama course

• Graduated with an 4.7 average, 6 being the highest grade


In 2000, I decided to specialise in jazz after years of being involved in various projects in Norway, such as a Philharmonic Orchestra, big bands, rock bands and a Bulgarian Folk Music Ensemble.

Since coming to Leeds, I have been active in the music scene and studied with a range of qualified teachers, thereby the Norwegian composer and trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen, Indian tabla player Bhupinder Singh and the Cuban violinist Omar Puente. My recent musical activity includes festival work at the Norwegian jazz festival Maijazz (spring 2005), touring and recording with the legendary American saxophonist Dave Liebman (who toured with Miles Davis 1970-1974, recorded with Elvin Jones, and is still a highly active musician touring and recording all over the world), theatre work 2004, Prominades, at The Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, instructed by Ninon Foiret and Sarah Punshon, as well as being involved with the organization ‘Leeds Improvised Music Association’ where I am an active member, working with musicians such as Matthew Bourne, Chris Sharkey, Dave Kane and Petter Fadnes, and playing at various local venues such as the Wardrobe, Hyde Park Social Club, The Packhorse, The Adelphi as well as national venues like The Red Rose Club in London. I also play in a commercial setting in the band Nshwa, who are releasing their debute singel in 2006.

In addition to this, I have been doing freelance teaching including one-to-one drum lessons as well as smaller ensembles containing young drummers and percussionists. I have also worked with the dancer/choreographer Lucy Suggate and the filmmaker Elle Teague where I composed and performed the music for the short film ‘Ruby Dances’ in 2005.

Contact Staale

Address: 5B Woodhouse Cliff
Yorkshire (West)
Phone: 07816586886
Mobile: 07816586886
Fee (45 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £20.00

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