“I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to be open, vulnerable and honest—in hopes of creating a space that allows the listener to do the same.”—Elsa Nilsson
February 18, 2017- New Video Premiere: “Someone for Something” off of Elsa Nilsson’s new album Salt Wind is a composition depicting the sensation of New York City’s ability to derail thoughts. A recurring idea is interspersed between a long flowing melody that continually interrupts itself.
Flutist and composer Elsa Nilsson’s new album Salt Wind is a deeply personal expression with influences from every aspect of her colorful life. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised by a California hippie, Nilsson had her feet planted in two very different cultures, leading her to seek commonalities wherever she can find them. She believes the true beauty of music is its ability to create common ground, and she weaves all kinds of folk music (including jazz) to find a deeper understanding between people and cultures. This cross-cultural philosophy is evident in her compositional style, subtly drawing from personal and universal elements to create a sound that is distinctly her own yet approachable from many angles.
March 22nd, 8-11 pm
New Brunswick Jazz Project, New Brunswick, NJ
March 23rd 10-Midnight
The Plough and Stars , Cambridge, MA, With Chloe Fortay.
House Concert in Princeton New Jersey.
March 25th 8 pm
Henry’s Restaurant, Washington DC.
March 26th, 7-9 pm
Rockwood Music Hall CD RELEASE PARTY. Double bill with Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra.
March 31st, 7 pm
Madison Theater, Albany, NY
April 7th, 8 pm
Elsa Nilsson with Ommatidium at Frilägret, Gothenburg, Sweden
April 10th, 7:30 pm
Ommatidium at Efterskolen for Scenekunst in Aarhus, Denmark
April 12th, 9 pm
Ommatidium at Splendor in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ommatidium at ZeeZicht, Dageraadplaats 7/8, Antwerpen, Belgium
Ommatidium at Frontsession in Aarhus, Denmark
Ommatidium at Ribe Ungdomsskole, Ribe, Denmark
April 20th, 8 pm
Ommatidium at Grundtvigs Højskole, Sealand, Denmark
April 21st, 10 pm
Elsa Nilsson with Ommatidium at Charlie Scotts in Copenhagen, Denmark
Elsa Nilsson: Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Vocals, Compositions and Arrangements
Jeff McLaughlin: Guitar
Alex Minier: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Cody Rahn: Drums and Percussion
Praise for Elsa Nilsson
“Elsa has a beautiful conception of melody and music.”—Chris Potter
“Elsa’s sound is strong, and she is expanding horizons as a flutist.”—Jovino Santos Neto
“Elsa’s playing is absolutely gorgeous.”—Karen Pauley, KSER, Seattle
“Do you hear that sound from the Northern skies? It’s Elsa Nilsson with something new, passionate and beautiful to say with her flute and her pen. Check out her music and let her light your skies.”—Robert Dick, acclaimed flautist and mentor
“Elsa Nilsson is my favorite flutist of the Twenty First Century. She just blew my mind playing live with Amanda Ruzza on Som do Brasil at WKCR NY. From Jazz to the Folklore of Northern Europe nothing can stop her; she will go on. Next stop—Brasil!” —Jassvan DeLima, producer and Host- Som do Brasil WKCR-FM 89.9 NY
For interview requests or more information contact
Scott Thompson Public Relations