Bio

Saxophonist and composer Nathan Hanson makes music that invites listeners to stand outside themselves and the flow of time. His improvisations are “lithe and soaring, engaging in judicious honk and splatter” (New York City Jazz Record).  

In Europe, Hanson has performed at the Atlantique Jazz Festival, Splendor in Amsterdam and the Sons d’Hiver Festival in Paris. In the US he’s played at New York’s Knitting Factory, the Outpost in Albuquerque, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Chicago’s Elastic.  

With grants from New Music America and the Minnesota State Arts Board Hanson has launched solo projects that explore how space interacts with sound. Whether it’s a cathedral, a tree farm, or a sculpture garden, Hanson investigates how to channel the sound of each performance space. The energy of the audience circulates with the music, silence and breath. The effect leads listeners to become more present to the unfolding of each moment.  

Hanson’s tours of the US and Europe opened the door to collaborations with Jacques Thollot,  Catherine Delaunay, Dennis Gonzalez and Anne La Berge.  He has recorded more than a dozen albums on labels including Innova, nato, and Skirl. 

Recent projects include COVID-inspired front yard concerts and further sound and space exploration.

Quotes

“Lithe and soaring...engaging in judicious honk 'n' splatter”  
New York City Jazz Record

“Music that’s unpredictable and full of emotion”  
Milwaukee Shepherd-Express 

"Seductively pithy, refreshingly cinematic”  
Signal to Noise 

“Beautiful and stubborn, somehow both open-ended and complete” 
Said the Gramophone (Canada)

“Immediately accessible without sacrificing musical smarts” 
Destination: OUT 

“Unexpectedly tasteful and dignified” 
Impro magazine (France)

“Spiritual, reminiscent of Charles Lloyd”  
Jazz Police  

“Beautiful phrasing like Stan Getz”  
Le Nouvel Observateur (France) 

"tinges of Jan Garbarek and Albert Ayler"
Exclaim! (Canada)

Venues  

ABC No-Rio, NYC   
Academy of Music and Theater, Tallinn, Estonia   
AJMI, Avignon, France   
American Swedish Museum, Chicago, IL   
Artists’ Quarter, St. Paul, MN   
Arts Center of Saint Peter, MN   
Atelier Tampon, Paris, France   
Atlantique Jazz Festival, Brest, France   
Bab-ilo, Paris, France   
Cafe l’Angora, Paris, France   
CBGB, NYC   
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN   
Club Mink, Tolmin, Slovenia   
Concrete and Grass Festival, St. Paul, MN   
Cutting Room, NYC   
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN   
Elastic, Chicago, IL   
Electric Eyes Festival, Minneapolis, MN   
Ermitage, Paris, France   
Espace Cuturel, Angers, France   
Espace en Cours, Paris, France   
Festival Kind of Belou, Treignac, France   
First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN   
Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA   
Gheroarte, Milano, Italy   
Hotcakes Gallery, Milwaukee, WI   
Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL   
Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN   
Il Macello, San Marino   
Judson Gym, NYC   
Kato Ballroom, Mankato, MN   
Kavehaz, NYC   
Kiju, Lodz, Poland   
Knitting Factory, NYC   
L’Arrorsoir, Chalons Sur Saone, France   
La Palma Club, Rome, Italy   
La Passerelle, St. Brieuc, France   
Le Petit Balcon, Paris, France   
Lizières, Épaux-Bézu, France   
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN   
Magasin Général, Tarnac, France   
Mexicains Sans Frontieres, Grand Rapids, MI   
Minneapolis Fringe Festival   
Minnesota Sur Seine Festival   
Outpost, Albuquerque, NM   
Physical Art Center, Brooklyn, NY   
Pine Center for the Arts, Pine City, MN   
Ratchet Series, Cafe Moustache, Chicago, IL   
Record Bar, Kansas City, MO   
Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, KY   
Singo MusicFest, Singo, Sweden   
Sons d’Hiver Festival, Paris, France   
Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN   
Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Minneapolis, MN   
Splendor, Amsterdam, Netherlands   
Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC   
St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, NYC   
Studio Z, St. Paul, MN   
Sunset/Sunside, Paris, France   
Teatro Materno, Ascona, Switzerland   
The Washington, Bloomington, IA   
Theatre Paul Éluard, Choissy-le-roi, France   
Twin Cities Jazz Festival   
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN   
Zaal 100, Amsterdam, Netherlands   
Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA   
Zeitgeist Theater, Duluth, MN

Collaborators

Ada Rave
Anne LaBerge 
Aymeric Avice
Benjamin Duboc
Brice Soniano
Catherine Delaunay 
Chris Bates
Claire Elizabeth Barratt
Claude Tchamitchian 
Daniel Levin 
Daniel Thatcher 
Davu Seru 
Dennis Gonzalez
deVon Russell Gray 
Didier Petit 
Doan Brian Roessler
Douglas Ewart 
Elliot Humberto Kavee 
Elsa Birgé
Emilie Lesbros
Erik Fratzke 
Etienne Gaillochet
Federico Ughi 
Gamin Kang
George Cartwright 
Guilem Verger
Helene LaBarriere
Jacky Molard
Jacques Thollot 
Jean-Brice Godet 
Jeff Harshbarger 
Jim Larson
Joel Bremer 
John Dikeman 
Jorrit Djikstra 
Kaleena Miller
Kip Jones 
Lara Hanson
Makoto Sato 
Marc Anderson 
Matia Levrero
Matt Otto 
Michael Zerang 
Michelle Kinney 
Mirtha Pozzi 
Morgane Carnet
Noah Ophoven-Baldwin
Pablo Cueco 
Phillip Greenlief 
Richard Broderick
Sam Rahberg
Simon Goubert
Stéphane Cattaneo
Suengmin Cha
Sylvain Kassap 
Tallissa Mehringer
Tatsuya Nakatani
Ten Thousand Things Theatre
Tim Kaiser
Timothée LeNet
Tiziana Arnaboldi
Toma Gouband
Tony Hymas 
Yedo Gibson