Tor Haugerud, (b 1962), is an experienced drummer and percussionist, living in Trondheim, Norway. He started to play drums at the age of 7 in his birthplace Brattvåg, and got early used to perform on stage in his mothers music theatre plays.
As a musician, he has developed his own unconventional style based on improvised music influenced by the European contemporary and improvised music scene and american jazz music. He is always searching the nuanced and specific sound from his percussion setup in order to bring his spontaneous expressions into the music, which also contains use of signal generator and field recordings. Tor also has a background as a physical actor and performance artist in projects of surrealistic art, in groups like Cirka Teater, misterYtor and Teater Fot, in which he also is a composer. He has composed music for several plays, which include ”Den femte årstid” – Cirka Teater (1990/91), ”Det har ikke regnet på 3 måneder” – Teater Dakini (2004), ”De røde skoene” (2008), ”Mamma danser” (2011) and “Du skal få høre fuglesang” (2012) – Teater Fot.
He has toured throughout Europe, Africa, North-America and Asia with his bands and collaborators, which include musicians like Axel Dörner (GER), Andrea Neumann (GER), Raed Yassin (LIB), Martin Küchen (SWE), Kim Myhr, Martin Taxt, Klaus Holm, Stian Westerhus, Eirik Hegdal, Michael Duch, Ståle Storløkken, Joshua Redman (US), Andy Sheppard (UK), Pat Metheny (US), Jon Balke, Kjetil Møster, Siri Gjære, Kirsti Huke, Terje Rypdal, Sidsel Endresen, Sainkho Namchylak (MON), Sher Miandad Khan (PAK), Li Tie Qiao (CHI), Hans Magnus Ryan, Ingar Zach and Christian Wallumrød.
Tor is also associate professor at the University of Trondheim NTNU, Music Performance Studies.