NEWS | An ECM Room in iTunes Store

iTunes Store just became significantly more attractive - with a dedicated 'ECM Room'. Lots of great stuff there, including a 'Mastered for iTunes' high res. version of our most recent album. Click on - www.iTunes.com/ecmrecords


NEWS | Oslo Opera House Aug 11th sold out

Special project with Tord Gustavsen Extended Ensemble, featuring vocalist Synne Sanden, trumpeter Arve Henriksen, drummer Audun Kleive, and cellist Svante Henryson in addition to Tore Brunborg, Jarle Vespestad, Mats Eilertsen and Tord - opening the Oslo Jazz Festival 2014 in the Oslo Opera August 11th 2014. The concert is now sold out.


NEWS | Release Concert February 10th, 2014

The official release concert for the upcoming album will be in Oslo, in Kulturkirken Jakob February 10th. Ticket info to appear shortly..


NEWS | Special Project in the Oslo Opera - Tord Gustavsen Trio and Synne Sanden / Tord Gustavsen Project

August 11, 2014 Tord Gustavsen will do the opening concert of the Oslo Jazz Festival in the spectacular Oslo Opera House. The evening will be called 'Extended Circles', and will embrace an extended spectrum of settings from trio, solo, and duo playing into a commissioned work for a larger ensemble including the brilliant young vocalist Synne Sanden. More info coming up.. For info in Norwegian, click here.


NEWS | 2014 Preview - album release - UK tour fully booked

2014 will see a new album release! Very happy about the recorded music done in June this year -- really looking forward to releasing it. There will be touring in Germany, USA, Norway and the UK ++.

A 10 days' UK tour March 2014 is already fully booked - details as follows..

07/03: Edinburgh (The Queen’s Hall)
08/03: Nottingham (Djangoly Recital Hall)
09/03: London (Milton Court)
11/03: Southampton (Turner Sims Concert Hall)
12/03: Bury St. Edmunds (The Apex)
13/03: Bristol (St. Georges)
14/03: Birmingham (Birmingham Jazz)
15/03: Manchester (Royal Northern College of Music)
16/03: Wolverhampton (Arena Theatre)

Also, we will be in San Francisco Feb 26, plus Portland Feb 25 and hopefully a couple of more US dates that week.

And Germany end of March - and Norway some time spread around February.. details to appear here shortly.


NEWS | Istanbul concert rescheduled and Ankara added

We've found a new date for the postponed Istanbul concert: December 10, 2013 - at the AKBank Sanat center. Web site for tickets and more info tba.

Also, we are coming to Turkey October 30 2013 to play in Ankara - info web site tba.


NEWS | Istanbul concert June 21 postponed

Unfortunately, the promoter can not go through with our sold-out concert in Istanbul June 21, 2013 -- due to the current situation with demonstrations, violence and uncertainty in the city. All our sympathies and best wishes to the good people of Turkey. Hoping to come back with a confirmed replacement date as soon as possible.


NEWS | 'The Well' on All About Jazz top 15 list

'The Well' made All About Jazz' John Kellman's list of top 15 albums 2012. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=43549#.UNoFHL-9Kc1 His review of the album is worth reading.. 


NEWS | 'The Well' voted best Norwegian jazz album 2012

Major Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet voted Tord Gustavsen Quartet's The Well best Norwegian jazz album in 2012 - read the full story.


NEWS | DC and LA March 2013

2013 preview - Washington DC and Los Angeles:
The Tord Gustavsen Ensemble will perform in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC March 3, 2013 and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles March 5.

The DC concert is a part of the festival called 'Nordic Cool', presenting the finest music, dance, literature, culinary arts, visual arts etc. from the Nordic countries. Web presentation: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=XNINO

Here's a link to a presentation of th LA concert: http://dacamera.org/concert_info.php?products_id=224&osCsid=d70690de69f61091761ae15985b3ff79


NEWS | New festivals added

Festival bookings keep updating. We just confirmed a concert at the main Norwegian Jazz Festival in Molde, where ECM Records will also be 'Label in Residence' this year.

Furthermore, there will be probably be a concert in Calabria, Italy August 19, supplementing the one already confirmed in Venice / Venezia August 2.


NEWS | Great reviews in DownBeat and JazzTimes

Tord Gustavsen Quartet's 'The Well' received great reviews in the May 2012 issues of US magazines DownBeat and JazzTimes.


NEWS | 'The Well' now available in 24BIT

The new album is now available in high quality 24BIT as well as full CD quality flac sound files from GubeMusic.


NEWS | No more WiMP streaming

Is streaming the future of music distribution? Or is it a way of legally ripping off artists, composers and record labels while at the same time offering inferior sound quality? Probably a bit of both. Anyway, ECM Records has decided to draw the entire catalogue from all streaming services for now. We have not been on Spotify for quite a while -- and now we are also not on WiMP.

Like it or not - this is how it is for now, and it gives me the chance to once again promote the great download service GubeMusic, where our our albums are available in full sound quality. The music may also be purchased in iTunes, in compressed format. The physical album remains ECM's highest priority and main concern, though. And holding a record with proper cover art etc. is still something special -- I highly recommend it.. To purchase the physical CDs, turn to your record store if you are lucky enough to live near a good one, or go online to your branch of Amazon (amazon.com / amazon.co.uk / amazon.fr / amazon.de) -- they will send it out quickly. In Norway, Platekompaniet is also an efficient and good site for ordering physical albums.


NEWS | UK tour completed

A big and warm thank you to all the great audiences around our 10 days' tour of the UK March 2012. We really enjoyed the tour and the inspiring venues. Also, some really good reviews have appeared:

We will be back in the UK for the Bath festival June 4th.


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen to do a residency at Montreal Jazz Festival 2012

The Montreal Jazz Festival has invited Tord Gustavsen to do a "By Invitation" residency series of four concerts with different line-ups at their 33rd edition of the festival. Tord will perform with the following projects:

July 4th: Tord Gustavsen Quartet -- "Music From the Well"
July 5th: Gustavsen / Kornstad / Vespestad project -- "Symphonies in Our Heads"
              featuring Håkon Kornstad on sax, flutonette, loops and voice
July 6th: Tord Gustavsen Solo
July 7th: Solveig Slettahjell / Tord Gustavsen Duo -- "Sacred Lullabies"

More info from the Montreal press release: press release
Tickets and festival web site's presentation: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal July 2012


NEWS | Kennedy Center in Washington, DC March 2013

The Tord Gustavsen Ensemble will perform in the Kennedy Center in Washington DC March 3, 2013. The concert is a part of the festival called 'Nordic Cool', presenting the finest music, dance, literature, culinary arts, visual arts etc. from the Nordic countries. Stay tuned for more info on this and on connecting concerts in the US. Web presentation: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/newseason/nordic_cool.html


NEWS | Norwegian album charts / VG-lista

'The Well' entered as no. 7 after release. In its second week it climbed to no. 4 on the official Norwegian album charts.


NEWS | Oslo release concert sold out

The release concert for 'The Well' in Oslo February 19th in the Oslo Opera House Scene 2, is now more or less sold out.
More info..: Oslo release concert sold out


NEWS | "The Well" is Album of the week in Radio France FIP and NDR i Germany


NEWS | Album of the month in German Hi-Fi magazines

"The Well" is CD de Monats in both leading German Hi-Fi magazines -- "selten hat Musik eine solche physische Präsenz" (Tilman Urbach, Fono Forum)


NEWS | Rave reviews of the new album

Topp score (Terningkast 6) in Dagbladet (Norway) and Choc award in Jazz Magazine (France)
Read the first reviews of the new album


NEWS | Album now available in GubeMusic

The new album is now available for full CD quality download at the brilliant GubeMusic web store.


NEWS | TV appearances in Norway

Tord and the band appearing on national Norwegian TV (NRK) - all in Norwegian:
Førkveld (interview plus live music), and
Dagsrevyen (National prime time news - interview with some music)


NEWS | New album out

The new album "The Well" is now available. Amazon will send physical CDs quickly and efficiently when ordered, and you may also be lucky enough to live near a good CD store.. For full CD quality online download, I recommend using the brilliant GubeMusic web store - the album will be available there shortly.


NEWS | 2012 concerts added

The first version of our 2012 concert listing is out - concerts in France, Norway, Germany and the UK. Click Live to view. 

The full 10 days' UK tour March 16-25 is out with links to venue presentation and ticket bookings. Tickets are already selling well for the Lonon concert March 18th in Queen Elizabeth Hall -- so it may be time to start booking yours..


NEWS | Preview of 2012: new album release and touring

In 2012, Tord Gustavsen Ensemble in quartet format will present a new album on ECM Records. The release is scheduled for January/February 2012 in most countries. The album will be followed by touring in the UK, France, Germany, Norway and other European countries in spring. Most probably, the US and other territories will follow autumn 2012. Tickets are already selling well for the Lonon concert March 18th in Queen Elizabeth Hall -- stay tuned for concert listings and more touring info shortly.


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Ensemble with Arctic Chamber Orchestra

It has been a while since the Tord Gustavsen Trio played with TrondheimSolistene chamber orchestra. Now, a new project 'with strings' is coming up: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra in Tromsø, Norway November 17th. The performance is part of the Barentsjazz Festival. This concert will present new arrangements and fresh angles to some of Tord Gustavsen's well known repertoire from the trio and ensemble periods, as well as previews from the upcoming 2012 album release. There will also be new compositions written especially for this cooperation.


NEWS | Concert video on Arte Live Web

The Tord Gustavsen Ensemble concert at the piano festival at La Roque d'Anthéron in France July 2011 (what a beautiful venue..!) is edited and posted on Arte Live Web at the following link: http://liveweb.arte.tv/fr/video/Tord_Gustavsen_Ensemble_la_Roque_d_Antheron/


NEWS | Release concert on YouTube

The release concert for "Restored, Returned" in Oslo October 2009 is now available in HD on YouTube. It is posted as 14 separate videos as well as a playlist with the following link: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=34D52E4D589583D3


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen receives the "NOPAs musikkpris" award 2010

The Norwegian 'popular' composer's association NOPA has granted Tord Gustavsen an award for best composition in 2010 -- for the work "Intuition". This piece has not yet been recorded and released, but has been performed on a number of ensemble concerts from March through November 2010, mainly in Germany, Canada, and Norway. We hope to include it on our next album -- which hopefully won't be too far away...

Click to read more info about the award in Norwegian.


NEWS | The Ground reached 15.000 copies in Germany

The Tord Gustavsen Trio album "The Ground" from 2005 has just reached an impressive sale of 15,000 copies in Germany alone. The album has also sold to gold status with more than 20,000 copies in Norway.


NEWS | web cast with interview 

Brilliant radio journalist Guttorm Andreasen is hosting a monthly English language web cast on Norwegian music called "99 minutes". The latest edition of the program features a lengthy interview with Tord Gustavsen. You can tune in with the following link: http://www.listento.no/mic.nsf/doc/art2010081612422029193408 


NEWS | Interview and live excerpt from Montreal 

http://www.listento.no/mic.nsf/doc/art2010081612422029193408 The Tord Gustavsen Ensemble in quartet format has just concluded a Canadian tour of the Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal jazz festivals. A big thank you to all the people in the very appreciative audiences -- looking forward to next time in Canada. French Arte TV has published an web interview with concert excerpts from the Montreal concert on the following link: http://www.arte.tv/fr/Comprendre-le-monde/arte-journal/montreal/3299772,CmC=3306394.html


NEWS | "Restored, Returned" wins Norwegian Grammy 

The recent album by Tord Gustavsen Ensemble "Restored, Returned" has won the Norweigan Grammy award (Spellemannsprisen) for 2009. A big thank you to the ensemble for contributing so brilliantly on the recording and in concerts. Thanks also to ECM Records for releasing the album world-wide; and to the Norwegian ECM distributor Grappa for excellent work and reliability. Lastly, thanks to all the people who listen to us; and those who still believe in the album format as a musical journey -- who sit down and listen with contemplation in a world of so much multi-tasking.


NEWS | Video from release concert available

An eight minute video with selected moments from the release concert of "Restored, Returned" in Oslo, Norway November 2009 is published on the Internet on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPd_exqcFh0


NEWS | 2010 spring season concerts now announced -- touring in Portugal, USA, Germany, Norway

An almost complete listing of concerts January through May 2010 is published on the "Live" section. The semester brings touring in Norway, Portugal, USA and Germany - plus one-offs in Bulgaria and Belgium. Summer 2010 will see a tour of Canadian festivals. More concerts for summer and second half of 2010 will follow shortly.


NEWS | Reviews from the UK, Ireland and Norway

Following the pre-release and tours in Norway and the UK, fresh album and live reviews are quoted and linked in the critics section.


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Ensemble album release and concerts

A new Tord Gustavsen album is ready for release. The long awaited session "Restored, Returned" with Tord's extended ensemble will be in stores world-wide early 2010. And a pre-release is scheduled mid-October 2009 for UK and Norway to coincide with touring (cf. Live). There will be a full scale UK tour in October; release concerts in Norway in November, and a main performance at the London Jazz Festival November.

Then, a brief preview of touring plans spring 2010:

... more details to follow shortly


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Ensemble different formats

In 2008, Tord Gustavsen works with somewhat more flexible line-ups - in duo, trio and quartet settings. He presented a commissioned work for the Vossajazz Festivel in Norway March 2008 that became the starting point for his new Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, featuring Tore Brunborg on saxophones, Mats Eilertsen on bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums. For the full version of the commissioned work, the ensemble also includes Kristin Asbjørnsen on sung vocals and Cecilie Jørstad on read poetry.

Autumn 2008, Tord will perform with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen, Svante Henryson, Jarle Vespestad and Rune Arnesen in different settings in Poland, Belgium, Spain, UK (cf. Live). He will do duo concerts with singer Solveig Slettahjell and with clarinetist Carl Petter Opsahl in Norway, and play with bass clarinetist Ulrich Drechsler and drummer Jörg Nichola in Austria.


NEWS | Back to Melbourne May 2008

Tord Gustavsen Trio will play at Melbourne Jazz Festival May 3, 2008. On our way down under we will also do a showcase concert in Singapore April 29th at the Norwegian Embassy residence.


NEWS | Back to the US and Canada February 2008

Tord Gustavsen Trio will perform in Vancouver (Canada) February 13; in San Diego (California) February 14; and at the Portland Jazz Festival (Oregon) February 16th - cf. Live.


NEWS | 'Being There' is album of the year in UK Jazz Review

Tord Gustavsen Trio's 2007 album 'Being There' is voted the jazz critics' album of the year in the UK magazine 'Jazz Review'.


NEWS | 'The Ground' sells gold in Norway

Tord Gustavsen Trio's 2005 relese 'The Ground' has recently reached 'gold' sales figures in Norway - 20.000 copies. This is very unusual for an instrumental album, indeed for jazz in general.


NEWS | Tour of Northern Norway November / December 2007

Tord Gustavsen Trio will do a full scale tour of Northern Norway late November / early December 2007. The tour will include Vadsø, Tromsø, Bodø and three more cities. The Live calendar will be updated with full details shortly.


NEWS | The trio in Istanbul in September 2007

Tord Gustavsen Trio will return to Istanbul for two concerts, September 3rd and 4th (cf. Live), marking the Turkish release of 'Being There'. The concert at the AKBank Jazz Festival in Istanbul in 2005 was a great experience, and we're really looking forward to this project.


NEWS | The trio in Cluny, France August 2007

Tord Gustavsen Trio is invited to the jazz festival in Cluny, Burgund - France August 24 for the second (and last) concert in France this year.


NEWS | More reviews for "Being There" quoted

Several additional reviews of the new album are now quoted on the 'Critics' pages -- both in English, French and German, including high praises from the US Billboard Magazine.


NEWS | "Being There" is CD of the week in Irish Times

"Being There" got a great review and was featured as CD of the week in Irish Times. Click to read more UK & Ireland reviews..


NEWS | CHOC in Jazzman, France

"Being There" has received the "CHOC" critical award in the leading French jazz magazine Jazzman. Click to read more French reviews..


NEWS | The trio at Montreal Jazz Festival

Tord Gustavsen Trio will perform under the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2007; July 2nd in the beautiful venue called Gesù.


NEWS | The Guardian and Independent on Sunday like "Being There"

Really good reviews of the new album have appeared in major UK newspapers The Guardian and Independent on Sunday, with the latter describing the completed trilogy of albums as possibly 'the most essential jazz document of the last ten year'. See the Critics section for more quotes and links.


NEWS | Great press for "Being There" at pre-release

The new release "Being There" received great reviews in Norwegian press following the pre-release in this country. Dagbladet gave a maximum 6 star review, and several main newspapers have printed extensive interviews with Tord in connection with the release. See the Critics section for more quotes and links.


NEWS | New CD is being released now

Tord Gustavsen Trio is releasing its third CD on ECM Records, called "Being There" spring 2007. Norway gets a pre-release April 10th. The rest of Europe will follow in April or early May, and the US release is set to June 5th.

In Norway, there will be an official release concert in Oslo, Norway at Cosmopolite Saturday, April 14th. There will also be a concert in Trondheim May 2nd (Olavshallen), and then the trio will do a full scale tour of Germany May 3-10, ending with a festival appearance at Bury / St. Edmunds, UK. Turn to the Live section for specifics on dates and places.

Autumn of 2007 will also see touring in the UK and the USA. More one-offs at fesivals during the summer will be announced shortly.


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Trio with Trio Mediæval in Bergen May 2007

Vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval will be featured as the main ensemble-in-residence under "Festspillene" in Bergen, Norway 2007. One of their perforamnces will be with us -- a new take on the material performed by the two trios together for the first time summer 2006 in Harstad. The project is built on compositions by Tord Gustavsen with lyrics from the writings of 13th Century Sufi mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. The two trios enter into a highly original dialogue between striking vocal 'miniatures', instrumental pieces, and improvisations. Rumi's poems shine with ancient longing and subtle passion; fuelled by a desire for true love and unification.

The concert will take place in "Grieghallen", Bergen - Norway, May 29th 2007.


NEWS | New CD to be released spring 2007

Tord Gustavsen Trio will release its third CD on ECM Records April 2007. The album was recorded late December 2006, following a year of extensive touring. There will be an official release concert in Oslo, Norway at Cosmopolite Saturday, April 14th. (Mark that the previous date of March 28th announced earlier has been postponed!) There will be a concert in Trondheim May 2nd (Olavshallen), and then the trio will do a full scale tour of Germany May 3-10. Autumn of 2007 will also see touring in the UK and the USA. More one-offs at fesivals during the summer will be announced shortly, cf. the Live section.


NEWS | Poland tour over

An intense week in Poland is over -- a big thank you to all the people who came the our concerts. The tour was a very inspiring event; with full houses and great venues in five different cities. Hope to be back... Click to view pictures from the Warsaw concerts.


NEWS | Timisoara, Romania December 1st

On short notice, the trio flew to Timisoara in Romania December 1st to perform at the Jazz Banat Festival. First time ever in Romania, this was a very inspiring encounter with an enthusiastic audience in a beatifully restored opera and theater house.


NEWS | Warsaw November 26th sold out - extra concert to be set up

The Warsaw concert November 26 at 20:00 is now sold out. However, the promoters are organizing a second concert at 17:00, so it is still possible to get tickets in the capital city. Here's the strategic info for ordering tickets: Fabryka Trzciny, ul. Otwocka 14, ticket line: +48-22-818-60-39, 692-14-30.


NEWS | Kennedy Center - Washington DC in December

We're between tours of the US this year. 2005 brought us over for 8 concerts including LA, NYC, San Francisco, DC and the Spoleto Charleston Festival. 2007 will probably see a new major US tour. This year, while focusing primarily on Europe and Australia, we'll still fly over for one exclusive performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC December 7th (cf. the Live section). This concert is organized in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy to the US, and forms a part of their Christmas cultural program series. It is still a normal concert open to the public, and in a superb venue. So -- to all followers in the DC area -- you are very welcome, and bring your friends!


NEWS | Tour of Poland November 2006

Tord Gustavsen Trio will be touring in Poland in November, with concerts in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Bielsko, Chorzów, and Kalisz. The dates and places are mostly set, cf. the Live section -- although a few minor changes may occur.


NEWS | Australian Jazz Awards - "The Ground" best international cd of the year

Tord Gustavsen Trio's release "The Ground" won the Australian Jazz Award for best international album of the year. More info: http://www.jazz.org.au/features/95


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Trio with Trio Mediaeval in Harstad, Norway

Tord Gustavsen Trio will perform with the three sopranos of Trio Mediaeval in a world premiere collaboration concert in Harstad, Northern Norway, June 28.


NEWS | Rave live reviews from Australia

Back home from an inspiring encounter with Australian and Korean audiences January 2006, we are very pleased to find some really moving reviews following our concerts. Several quotes are presented in the Critics section (live reviews are placed at the bottom of the page, cd reviews at the top). Or: click to read the full-length piece from Melbourne daily The Age by journalist Jessica Nicholas.


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Trio and the Trondheim Soloists in Stavanger February 22nd 2006

Tord Gustavsen Trio and internationally acclaimed string orchestra TrondheimSolistene (Trondheim Soloists) will perform together for the second time in Stavanger, Norway, February 22nd 2006, at Stavanger Konserthus. The collaboration was initiated at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival September 2005, with all new arrangements by Tord Gustavsen. We're really looking forward to doing it again..

--> Click to read a presentation of the project in Norwegian.


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Trio at Rockefeller in Oslo February 21st 2006

After playing an almost packed Oslo Concert House main hall November 2005, we are pleasantly surprised that another major Oslo venue has invited us to perform already in February 2006: The trio will perform at "Rockefeller" February 21. Full listing of confirmed concert dates for spring 2006 will be available very soon...


NEWS | Tord Gustavsen Trio and the Trondheim Soloists - open for bookings

Tord Gustavsen Trio and internationally acclaimed string orchestra TrondheimSolistene (Trondheim Soloists) played together for the first time at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival September 2005, using arrangements and compositions by Tord Gustavsen. Both the trio and the orchestra are eager to repeat this project -- and we are open for bookings. Scandinavian bookings are made through Musikkprofil -- world wide bookings through the appropriate booking agent for your territory or directly via Tord Gustavsen Music (cf. Contact Info).

--> Click to read a presentation of the project in Norwegian.


NEWS | Back down under...

Tord Gustavsen Trio will be back in Australia January 2006 for concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. Our first encounter with Australian audiences at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2004 was really great -- hope to see some of you again! 

We will play in City Recital Hall for the Sydney Festival January 15, and in the Melba Hall in Melbourne January 17. On our way home we will probably also play in Seoul and Tokyo. More information about concerts in 2006 will be published soon on the "Live" section of this web site.


NEWS | The trio to perform with string orchestra Trondheim Soloists in September

Tord Gustavsen Trio will do its first performance ever with a string orchestra at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in Norway September 28th 2005. The Trondheim Soloists (TrondheimSolistene) is among the finest chamber ensembles in Norway; we're really looking forward to hearing their sound with our music. Arrangements will be by Tord Gustavsen.


NEWS | Rave review in The Independant

The trio's concert at the Lichfield festival (UK) July 2005 received an exellent review in The Independant.


NEWS | The Trio to play the Oslo Concert Hall November 7th

Tord Gustavsen Trio is scheduled to play the main philharmonic Concert Hall in Oslo, Norway (Konserthuset) November 7th 2005. Numbered seats; be sure to order in advance -- tickets are already available.


NEWS | Summer festivals 2005

The Tord Gustavsen Trio can be experienced live at a number of European festival 2005, along with the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, SC June 4th. Among the European performances are Istanbul (Turkey); Vienna (Austria), Manchester, Brecon, Snape and Lichfield (UK); Kongsberg, Bodø, Bergen and Lillehammer (Norway). Turn to the Live section for details.


NEWS | More reviews quoted

Several new album reviews in English, French, and German have been posted on the web site today -- cf. Critics. The Ground has been really well received in publications like Süddeutsche Zeiting, New York Times, Time Out New York, Oxford Times, Jazzman France, Stereophile USA, JazzTimes, Billboard Magazine, etc.. -- and slaughtered in the Danish Jazz Speciel..


NEWS | Release concert in Paris May 26 - only concert in France this year

The trio will celebrate the French release of 'The Ground' with a Paris concert at the 'Café de la Danse' May 26. This is the only scheduled France concert this year, so don't miss it! Click for more info and reservations.


NEWS | The Ground on Billboard jazz charts

The Ground entered no. 8 and climbed to no. 7 on the US Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts in its second week; very rare for a European cd..


NEWS | Feature article in JazzTimes

The May 2005 issue of JazzTimes presents Tord Gustavsen in an in-depth feature article. Click to read an excerpt.. The magazine also gave a very favourable review of 'The Ground' (cf. Critics


NEWS | Japan and US tours about to happen

Following release concerts in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, the trio now sets off for two gigs in Japan and a ten days' tour of the USA in April. Several major cities are included in the tour schedules, among them New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo -- you'll find the concert nearest to you if you consult the Live section.


NEWS | German reviews

The new trio album has received overwhelming reviews in several major German magazines and newspapers. Piano News writes: "Mit The Ground, dem zweiten Werk dieses formidablen Trios, wird der 35-jährige Pianist Gustavsen den Ruf als eines der hoffnungsvollsten und eigenständigsten Jazztalente seiner Generation weiter festigen können, so viel scheint sicher." Click to read more German reviews..


NEWS | JazzWise likes "The Ground"

The new trio album receives an excellent review in the major UK magazine JazzWise. Stuart Nicholson writes: "Somehow this group draws you into its music, and each piece is a musical journey within the totality of the album itself. When the album is over you realize the extent to which this group has probed into the very heart of musical meaning. .. There really is not a piano trio in the whole of jazz that sounds like Gustavsen’s." The record has also received praise in The Observer, The Guardian, The Wire, The Indepandant, and several other UK publications. Click to read more English reviews..


NEWS | CHOC in Jazzman, France

As did also the debut "Changing Places", the new trio album "The Ground" has received the "CHOC" critical award in the leading French jazz magazine Jazzman. Click to read more French reviews..


NEWS  |  "The Ground" hits Norwegian sales charts

In its second week, the new trio album "The Ground" climbed to no. 1 on the official Norwegian album sales charts (VG-lista). Quite overwhelming; and very unusual for an instrumental cd.. Great reviews have appeared in major Norwegian newspapers, and now we're also seeing the first reviews from French and British press (cf. Critics).


NEWS  |  Releases are happening

The trio has recorded its second album for ECM Records, called "The Ground". Even though the session was done early in 2004, release is not happening until 2005. Dates are set between late January and early February in the different territories; in Norway we have January 24th. Great reviews have appeared in major Norwegian newspapers this week (cf. Critics). 

The release will be followed by concerts in Norway, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Bulgaria and USA during the spring; and in the UK in July and October (cf. Live)


NEWS  |  The trio to Japan April 2005

Tord Gustavsen Trio will do two concerts in Japan in April; one in Tokyo at the jazz club Pit Inn, and one at the Expo Ground in Nagoya (cf. Live). For tickets and more updates about the Japanese concerts, use the following contact info.


NEWS  |  USA Tour April 2005

Following up the release of the second trio album "The Ground", we will be touring the US from April 20 until around April 30th. New York City is already confirmed for April 21 (Merkin Hall), and we'll probably end the tour in San Francisco. We'll visit Washington DC, Baltimore, Seattle and LA, too (cf. Live). Additional dates dates may still enter the list -- promoters interested in negotiating any remaining dates may address ECM's New York office, attention Sarah Humphries, e-mail: sarah.humphries@umusic.com 


NEWS  |  The trio to Australia || EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE OF SECOND ALBUM

Tord Gustavsen Trio was invited to play at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz outside Melbourne, Australia October 2004. The trio did three concerts; October 29th, 30th and 31st; with great crowds every night. Really responsive audiencess -- thank you all! 

Coinciding with these performances, our distributors in  Australia and New Zealand offered an exclusive pre-release of the trio's second ECM album "The Ground" (cf. above). The rest of the world will have to wait until January/February 2005 -- maybe even a little later for the UK and the USA.


NEWS  |  UK Tour completed & new tour in the making

Following up the 14 gig tour in February 2004 visiting Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria, the trio toured the UK with 9 concerts in April and May, including a concert in London recorded by BBC Radio 3. Several sold out houses, great audiences, and good vibes… Reviews are found on the ’Critics’ section.

Now, our UK agent Olwen Richards is already making plans for a second tour, scheduled for October 2005. The time slot is already starting to fill up, but there may still be available dates -- use the info in the 'Contact Us' section to approach the booking agency.