New webpage!!

Hi!

New site is up and running. Design by Erlend Slettevoll and Jonas Sjøvaag. YAY! I´ve added some concerts and other stuff for the coming months. I have just landed after a fantastic summer as the artist in residence at Moldejazz, I had the time of my life,  and can´t wait to start to work on some of the recordings and videos from there. Look out for both Supersonic Orchestra and sPacemonKey next year! Looking forward to tour Brazil and the US with Acoustic Unity, with Bushmans´s Revenge as a part of our new label Hubro´s 10 years anniversary tour in Europe, as well as a release tour for ECM with Maciej Obara 4tet, some solo work and other exciting musical meetings!  Stay in touch for more news and updates! 

Artist In Residence Moldejazz 2019!

Hi everyone!

I have just checked in at Molde International Jazz festival. I am really excited that I will be the artist in residence 2019. I have been working with this since april last year, and I can´t wait to show you my new music and bands. It will be eight appearances. One short solo piece at the opening, opening concert with sPacemonKey feat: Stian Westerhus and Ståle Storløkken, release concerts with Bushman´s Revenge (feat Per "Texas" Johansson and Anja Lauvdal) and Acoustic Unity (feat: Ambrose Akinmusire). I will play a short duo concert with the one and only father of rational funk; Dave King, before the premiere for my commission work: "If you listen carefully, the music is yours" with my fantastic large ensemble called Supersonic Orchestra with 16 musicians. I will end my residency sitting in with THE Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan, before my last concert at midnight the 20th of July with Amgala Temple.

I´m extremely thankful and humble to get this opportunity, and if it wasn´t for Molde jazz director Hans-Olav Solli, this would never happen! Also a huge thanks to all of the musicians involved, you´re the reason that I got this offer in the first place. Thank you to my wife and my friends and family, and a special thanks to André Roligheten that have been working day and night with me to get the commission work done, you´re the best!

Thanks, have a great summer. More info about the rest of the summer and fall will follow shortly.

Best, Gard

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to those of you that happen to have come across my not so often webpage update. I will try to do updates about news, records, gigs, projects, bands and stuff more often in 2019.
Short update, I´m going to be the Artist In Residence at Molde International Jazzfestival this summer, which is is a great honor and the greatest thing I have ever achieved as a musician. I´m excited, inspired, very happy and nervous as an elephant before bungee jumping... Some of my biggest musical heroes has been doing this before me, like Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Sidsel Endresen, Jon Balke, Joshua Redman, Arild Andersen, Ola Kvernberg, Jason Moran and Maria Schneider. Thanks to Moldejazz for believing in me.
I´m going to perform with my trio Acoustic Unity featuring the fantastic trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, Bushman´s Revenge is going to play the release concert for our next album (the 10th one) featuring our hero Per "Texas" Johansson and the amazing Anja Lauvdal. Amgala Temple with my good friend Lars Horntveth and Amund Maarud will end the whole week, and I am writing music for a couple of other things that I´m very excited about, and also one or two more special projects may pop up soon... Stay tuned for more news:)
As you can understand, this will keep me occupied the coming season, but I´m also doing some touring as well: Acoustic Unity has been selected to play at Jazzahead in Bremen in April, as well as 10 other concerts in Norway and Germany. Thomas Dybdahl will tour Europe in February, Maciej Obara will tour Germany, France and Poland, and also do another recording session for ECM. Trondheim Jazzorchestra, Bushman´s Revenge, Cortex, sPacemonKey and Amgala Temple will do selected live shows and commission works, as well as a new trio coming up with the great David Wallumrød on keys and Johan Lindstrøm on pedal steel guitar.
Life is good! In touch soon hopefully, in the meantime, please do yourself a favor: Binge watch all of Dave Kings Rational Funk videos. It´s the best ever!!

COMING UP!!

We took some new band pictures in New York, and they where taken by the great Peter Gannushkin.
The next coming days, we will go on tour in Norway, visiting my favorite place on earth: Inderøya, as well as good old Trondheim where I used to live for 6 years, and back to Oslo on Saturday. The Trondheim and Oslo gig will be joined by the great british/swedish trio ENEMY with Kit Downes on piano and James Maddren on drums in addition to Petter on bass. In February you can catch us at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazzclub in London, as well as Herr Nilsen in Oslo and Paard Van Troje in Den Haag (NL). Hope to see some of you there. See calendar for details. Otherwise: Keep in touch for much more news and gigs soon and feel free to buy our triple record "Live In Europe":)

"Live in Europe" gets amazing reviews all over!

The triple live album gets rave reviews, and here is some excerpts from the latest press feedback both from the record and live in concert!

“This is one of the best releases I’ve heard this year and even in the last 2-3 years”
-Gustav Lindqvist (Free Jazz Collective 5/5 stars)

“Live in Europe provides an audacious excursion into creative music “
-Mark Corroto (Allaboutjazz.com 4/5 stars)

“ Even the trio date is a raucous free jazz blowout, and when the guests arrive at the party, things get seriously explosive”
-Phil Freeman (Stereogum.com)

“A group who really find a new way to open things up”
-Dusty Groove (Chicago)

”The musicians who recorded it are outstanding and masterful avant-garde jazz improvisers.”
-Avantscena

“Freewheeling solos, tight interplay, and the kind of energy that you can only get in a live performance - it's all here, and it's all gold.”
-Derek Stone (free jazz blog)

“Live in Europe» er blitt en fantastisk bra live-utgivelse, med et band som inviterer til fest enten man er i Rotterdam, Ljubljana eller Oslo. Kjøpetvang!”
-Jan Granlie (salt-peanuts.eu)

“Uansett så er musikken tøff, kompromissløs, energisk og forteller oss at også som bandleder har Gard Nilssen mye å fare med - ikke veldig overraskende det heller”.
-Tor Hammerø (Tor de jazz)

“Glitrende soloutspill i flere nyanser i det som var en rå jazzgig”
-Chris Monsen (Klassekampens top 10 livekonsert 2017 kåring)

“En av høstens shåvveste liveopplevelser”
-Audun Vinger

”Nilssen er overalt i norsk musikk for tiden og han gjør det til et bedre sted å oppholde seg”
-Jazznytt