Hans Fjellestad is a musician and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He studied music composition and improvisation with George Lewis at University of California San Diego (UCSD), and classical piano with Krzysztof Brzuza. Fjellestad has composed for film, video, theater, dance and has presented his music, film and video art throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Brazil.
Fjellestad has an extensive discography both as a solo artist and in collaboration with many legendary players on the international experimental music scene. An "innovative musician" (All About Jazz) and "mad scientist improviser" (International DJ Magazine), his music has been described as "unbridled sonic freedom... raw, almost shamanic energy that embodies the true essence of unrestricted music" (XLR8R) and a "spicy concoction... refusing to behave itself, it screams, throws things and makes a mess" (The Wire).
Fjellestad has performed and/or recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Peter Kowald, Lé Quan Ninh, Lisle Ellis, Haco, Miya Masaoka, Money Mark, Donkey, Yoshimi, Takayuki Kato, Saga Yuki, Kojima Takashi, Arai Minako, Susan Rawcliffe, Trummerflora Collective, Thomas Dimuzio, Tetsu Saitoh, David Scott Stone, Marcos Fernandes, Audrey Chen, David Slusser, Baiyon, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Raymond MacDonald, Jakob Riis, P.O. Jørgens, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Sean Griffin, Eamonn Doyle, Mike Keneally, Nortec Collective, among many others. His recordings are released on Hollywood Records, Accretions, Circumvention Music, Brain Escape Sandwich, Barely Auditable Records, Pan Handler, and Vinyl Communications.
Fjellestad co-founded the Trummerflora Collective, and has worked as a curator/producer for the international art initiative, inSite_05.