Kjell Nordeson, PhD, is a Swedish percussionist and educator currently living in San Francisco, California.

In 1986 Nordeson formed AALY Trio, together with fellow Swede Mats Gustafsson. AALY Trio became one of the leading groups in the Swedish experimental scene in the 90’s.

Nordeson has toured extensively in Europe, North America, North Africa and Japan with various groups; altogether over 1200 performances in around 30 different countries, and recorded over 50 CDs. He has performed with Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark, Sten Sandell, Joe Morris, William Parker, Paul Rutherford, Martin Küchen, Gerry Hemingway, Christer Bothén, Frank Gratkowski, Stefano Scodanibbio, Mark Dresser, 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 danceu performances; their latest piece, a short film entitled Désiré, was commissioned by Swedish Television.

Nordeson has worked as musician and composer in numerous theatre performances at Sweden’s Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theater), Riksteatern (National Theater), and Stockholm's Stadsteater (City Theater).

Photo: Ziga Koritnik

In 2004, Nordeson relocated to California, and has since then been active in the San Francisco Bay Area scene with its thriving community of  free-improvised, experimental and new music. 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.

In October 2018 Nordeson finished his PhD in music at University of California San Diego. The dissertation, titled 'Why Do You Play The Way You Do?': Musical Improvisation, Identity, and Social Interaction, focuses on improvisation in relation to identity and performativity, and to the notion of fluency.