Kjell Nordeson divides his time between Stockholm and San Francisco. He has a BA from Stockholm University, and has studied classical percussion at Ingesund School of Music with Bj�rn Liljeqvist, former principal percussionist of the Stockholm Philharmonic.
Together with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, he formed AALY Trio in 1986. AALY Trio became one of the leading groups in the Swedish experimental scene in the 90's. Nordeson has toured extensively in North America, Europe, North Africa and Japan with various groups. He has performed with Peter Br�tzmann, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, William Parker, Paul Rutherford, Gerry Hemingway, Frank Gratkowski, Stefano Scodanibbio, and many others.
In 1994 he founded Co. Alba with choreographer Nathalie Ruiz. Co. Alba is a platform for Nordeson's work as a composer. Ruiz and Nordeson have jointly produced numerous dance performances; their latest piece, a short film entitled D�sir�, was commissioned by Swedish Television.
Nordeson has worked in numerous theatre performances at Sweden's Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theater), Riksteatern (Swedish National Theater), and Stockholm's Stadsteater (Stockholm City Theater).
Nordeson is a regular member of several musical groups. He performs most frequently with Katzen Kapell, Exploding Customer, School Days, Angles, Alberto Pinton Quintet, sfSoundGroup, and Torbj�rn Zetterberg Octet. He has appeared on over 40 CDs with these and other groups.
Since 2004, Nordeson has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area's thriving community of free-improvised, experimental and new music. He regularly plays with musicians Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Greg Goodman, George Cremaschi, Scott Looney, Damon Smith, John Ingle, sfSoundGroup, Aram Shelton, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa and many others.
In 2008, he collaborated with multimedia artist Katharine Gin to create This Place Called Poetry, a three-month exhibition at San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, in which Gin and Nordeson directed and produced a series of 11 short films portraying young San Francisco poets.