Jono El Grande (born July 29, 1973) is the stage name of Jon Andreas Håtun.
Jono El Grande is an autodidactic Norwegian composer, band leader, guitarist and conductor.
He is the leader of Norway Symphony Orchestra.
He cites as his major sources of influence Captain Beefheart, '60s Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Igor Stravinsky and Art Rock.
Jono El Grande claims that his extreme mixture of genres and timbres is a result of his musical vision: moving away from the traditional concept of 'music as a result of social processes'.Although Jono El Grande is enjoying modest growth on the European avant-garde scene, he is most well known in his own country for his eccentric and amusing performance art/dada-inspired live shows.
In 2000 he formed The Jono El Grande Orchestra, renamed Jono El Grande & The Luxury Band in 2005.
Jono El Grande has released six albums, Utopian Dances (Krusedull Prod.
- 1999), Fevergreens (Rune Grammofon - 2003), Neo Dada (Rune Grammofon - 2009), "Phantom Stimulance" (Rune Grammofon - 2010), The Choko King (Rune Arkiv - 2011) and "Melody Of A Muddled Mason" (Rune Grammofon - 2015), in addition to contribute with compositions on other projects (both Rune Grammofons anniversary albums Money Will Ruin Everything 1 & 2" and on Wire Tapper #21", the avant-garde music magazine The Wire's 21st edition of their CD series).
Jono El Grande served as festival composer for Happy Days 2007, presented by Ny Musikk, the Norwegian section of ISCM – International Society For Contemporary Music.
He also became a member of Norwegian Society Of Composers fall 2010.
He played at the Zappanale #22 (August 2011) and world premiered a new orchestral piece for the Bergen located sinfonietta orchestra BIT20 Ensemble December 2011.
In 2014 he wrote and released the classical piece "Til Anbjørg" (For Anbjorg) for his late wife.
In November 2014 he world premiered a new piece for Trondheim Sinfonietta at Rockheim in Trondheim.He is also one of the godfathers of Leah Isadora Behn, the daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.In 2017 he married designer and visual artist Ingunn Birkeland.