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.
Nilsson started her love affair with music in her father's ex-Navy choir and playing piano as a small child, but it wasn't until age fourteen, when her father broke his neck in a cycling accident, that music became Elsa's refuge and outlet for coping with her emotions. This reliance on music as a channel for expression and a source of comfort, along with her love of the wildness (which is also breathed into her compositions), led her to the flute.
After her early years traveling between Gothenburg and California, Elsa graduated high school and, just three days later, flew to Seattle with two suitcases and her flute to continue her musical studies. She received her Bachelors of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in 2008, and Master of Music from New York University in 2013. Now, Elsa is a freelance musician based in Brooklyn, NY, performing around New York City while touring in the states as well as Europe.
Elsa Nilsson: Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Vocals
Jeff McLaughlin: Guitar
Alex Minier: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Cody Rahn: Drums and Percussion
Flutist Elsa Nilsson Salt Wind Tour Schedule:
Video Release Show-Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, 6pm
January 20th, 6.45, Pheonix Club in Anaheim
With Amanda Ruzza as part of Bass Bash for NAMM
Plough and Stars, Cambridge Mass
Henry's Restaurant, Washington DC.
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
April 20th, 8 pm
Ommatidium at Grundtvigs Højskole, Sealand, Denmark
April 21st, 10 pm
Elsa Nilsson with Ommatidium at Charlie Scotts in Copenhagen, Denmark
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
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