|This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable
songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line.
Tord Gustavsen is on a constant search for a fresh and radically
stripped-down honest beauty in music. The band works to explore, integrate
and serve a holy trinity of emotional intensity, elegance, and mediative
Tord Gustavsen has released a trilogy of trio albums that proved both a popular and a critical success (cf. The Critics). The trio toured extensively world-wide, crystallizing its musical approach and developing new compositions.
From 2008, Tord Gustavsen works with a somewhat more flexible line-up - in duo, trio, quartet and quintet 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 spoken words / poetry. A re-worked and transformed vesion of the music from this work was released as "Restored, Returned" 2009/2010.
In 2014, Tord released his sixth album under his own name; "Extended Circle" - in quartet format with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and Jarle Vespestad. The quartet - with its internal duo and trio possibilities added - has been Tord's main touring ensemble up until 2016.
In 2016, Tord released his seventh album; "What was said" with Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and drummer Jarle Vespestad. Norwegian hymns re-interprated and re-worked into the hauntingly beautiful language Pashto formed the basis of this project, in dialogue with original compositions using sufi poems by Rumi and others. Extensive touring through 2016 and 2017 brought this project to the US&Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Norway (cf. Live).
In 2018, while continuing the other ensemble formations and also doing a commissioned work including again Tore Brunborg on saxophone and Cecilie Jørstad on spoken words, Tord releases an instrumental trio album for the first time since 2007. The album is entitled "The Other Side", and will be followed up by touring September through December 2018 to USA&Canada, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, France, UK, Ireland, and Norway - including appearances at London Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival (pre-premiere July 2018) and Madrid Jazz Festival (cf. Live).