Faculty, Interlochen Percussion Institute
Eastman School of Music
As a mallet specialist, Åstrand regularly performs and gives clinics throughout the U.S., Latin America, Australia, and Europe. With his percussion ensemble, Global Percussion Network, he has toured extensively in Sweden, Europe, the USA and South Korea.
Åstrand focuses on melodic and rhythmical improvisation, an essential feature also in his compositions. Åstrand has been commissioned to compose for brass quintets, saxophone quartet, choirs, and big band. A more spectacular side features compositions for ice instruments to be performed by percussion ensemble (one of the concerts also featured fighter aircraft as instruments), tractors, and an entire building being inaugurated. Åstrand has also composed music for multimedia performances including dance, video projections, ice instruments, and fire sculptures. Just formed a new group, together with Dave Samuels, Anna Dager and Hanna Ekström, named Mallostrings!
Anders Åstrand collaborates with Swedish as well as international musicians: He is a sought after percussion clinician, but has also led several choir projects both in Europe and in the U.S. He has several times performed at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) and is an International Education Orchestral Consultant for Zildjian.