"Elastic Wave" out on ECM records 15th of July

Hi there.

It´s been a while. But hey, I´ve got great news for you. My trio Acoustic Unity went into the studio La Buissonne in France last summer to record our first album for ECM records. I´m really happy with this album, which I´ve called "Elastic Wave", and I can´t wait to show it to you. It will be released on the 15th of July, and you can already have a listen to one of the songs called "Boogie" here: 


ECM writes this:

Drummer Gard Nilssen’s ECM leader debut follows acclaimed recordings for the label with the Maciej Obara Quartet. Elastic Wave presents Nilssen’s powerful trio with fellow Norwegian André Roligheten on reeds and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh (recently heard with Kit Downes). The group’s dynamic interaction, dancing sense of pulse and boldly etched themes – all three players contribute compositions – make Acoustic Unity one of the most engaging bands on the circuit today, able to address fiery anthems and poignant ballads with equal panache and conviction.  Elastic Wave was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in June 2021.


more here:


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André Roligheten-saxophones, clarinet

Petter Eldh- dopuble bass

Gard Nilssen- drums

Stay tuned for more info, music and concerts!


Have a nice summer!


Supersonic Orchestra releasetour 2020

My Supersonic Orchestra will soon hit the Norwegian roads with the brand new album “If you listen carefully, the music is yours”. Out on Odin Records 7th of February.

I’m so proud of this album and band that I have no words. Can’t wait to play again with the most crazy lineup of fantastic musicians I have ever experienced! 

See you soon in Trondheim, Bergen and Oslo:

06.feb-Byscenen, Trondheim

07.feb-Jazzforum, Bergen

08.feb-Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo








New webpage!!


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!!