Photo by Jason Larkin

“There’s an undeniable aura of confidence emanating from his guitar work and a poetic sensibility in what he chooses to play that fills the music with ghostly melancholy.” ~ Joshua Stryde, Indiemunity

Thomas Nordlund is a guitarist and composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a lyrical guitarist whose command of the instrument allows him to shape vivid musical terrain with only a handful of notes. His compositions stretch from being insular to accessible and unfold like narrative observations of the world around him.

His debut record “Divide Avenue,” an instrumental eight-song set featuring the electric baritone guitar, was released independently in 2015. Subsequently he was asked to collaborate with singer Maryam Yusefzadeh on arrangements of traditional Persian folk songs and new compositions, independently released as “Migration” on Feb 15, 2018.

Nordlund holds a B.A. in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a Certificate in Jazz Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and completed the Sound Design Program with James Patrick at Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

He is an active sideman with Sarah Morris and Chris Bates’ RED 5, and has performed or recorded with Dead Man WinterMoon and PollutionTim SparksRoger ManinsThe Adam Meckler OrchestraThe Jana Nyberg Group, and the Katha Dance Company, among many others.

Nordlund’s intensely lyrical guitar appeals to the imagination.
— Cyrus Rhodes, No Depression
Nordlund’s musical acumen and imagination are off the charts.
— David Shouse, Gashouse Radio
Thomas Nordlund is musician as magician, a playing talent capable of fleshing out entire landscapes with only a few notes.
— Lydia Hillenburg, Skope Magazine
This is an American musician who brings a good sense of what audiences want, his own ambitions, and musical facility to his work and manages to balance those competing elements better than most.
— Pamela Bellmore, Indie Artists Alliance