Mats Eilertsen, solo (7pm eastern) + Trygve Seim ‘Rumi Songs’ (8pm eastern)
Friday, November 27 

Big Ears is proud to be the exclusive North American presenter of the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival, a series of streaming concerts featuring 15 of the most important acts in Nordic jazz. This concert features a double bill of bassist Mats Ellertsen, a fixture on ECM, playing a virtuosic improvisation entitled Korone; followed by saxophonist Tryvge Seim, leading a quartet and performing his celebrated ECM album Rumi Songs from front-to-back.

MATS EILERTSEN — Mats Eilertsen is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer. He is known for recording with numerous bands, including the Maria Kannegaard Trio, Ola Kvernberg, Nils Økland, Eldbjørg Raknes, Anders Aarum Trio, Eirik Hegdal, Sverre Gjørvad, Nymark Collective, SKRUK, Jazzmob, Dingobats, Håkon Kornstad Trio, Food with Iain Ballamy, Jacob Young Band, Solveig Slettahjell’s Slow Motion Orchestra, Håvard Wiik Trio, Bendik Hofseth, and JazzCode.

Eilertsen was born in Trondheim and attended the Trondheim Musikkonservatorium, where he participated in the Jazz program and was part of the Jazz band, Dingobats. He has two band releases as leader of the band Turanga. He also performed with the quartet Parish, with some of the same members as of Turanga. In 2016, he released the album, Rubicon, on ECM Records together with Eirik Hegdal, Thomas T. Dahl, Trygve Seim, Harmen Fraanje, and Olavi Louhivuori. He has released five solo albums, numerous recordings as a bandleader, and participated on award-winning records by Tord Gustavsen (ECM) and Jacob Young (ECM).

In this concert, Mats plays a solo improvisation inspired by the corona-crisis. The hour long track is called “Korone”.

Personnel: Mats Eilertsen (bass)


TRYVGE SEIM’S RUMI SONGS — Trygve Seim was born in Oslo, Norway in 1971. He is an educated a jazz musician who studied at the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim with the saxophone as his main study. He studied saxophone with John Pål Inderberg, Bob Rockwell, Rune Nicolaysen, and Tore Engstrøm, and composition with Terje Bjørklund, Bertil Palmar Johansen, Edward Vesala, and Bjørn Kruse. Since 1992, he has worked full time as a musician, composer, and arranger. Trygve Seim has released 22 CD’s on the prestigious German record label, ECM Records, eight of them as a composer and band-leader or co-band-leader.

Trygve Seim’s debut album Different Rivers won the German critic’s prize in 2001 Jahrespreis – Presi der Deuchten Schallplattenkritik.  He has performed all over the world with his own ensembles and with The Source, as well as as a sideman in many other artist’s groups: Manu Katché, Jacob Young, Sinikka Langeland, Iro Haarla, Fathy Salama, Jai Shankar a.o. Currently Trygve Seim is touring with and composing for- his own ensembles

In this concert, Trygve will play the whole Rumi Songs album from front to back.

Personnel: Trygve Seim (saxophone), Håvard Lund (bass clarinet), Ingebjørg Bratland (vocals), Frode Haltli (accordion)


Big Ears stream of the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival is available only to viewers in North America (USA, Canada, Mexico). The stream will be hosted on Tickets are $8 (plus service charges) in advance and $10 day of show. Viewers may also purchase access to the Entire 15-Set Norwegian Jazz Festival via Big Ears for $50. For those unable to watch the initial stream of this presentation, it will be available for replay for 48 hours after the initial stream (note: tickets may only be purchased, however, before or during the initial broadcast).

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