April 7, 2014


This coming saturday will finally see the premiére of “Rubicon”, commissioned by the VossaJazz-festival.

Very excited and looking so much forward to play and present the material together with

Tore Brunborg, tenor saxophone

Eirik Hegdal, saxophone and clarinette

Thomas T Dahl, guitar

Rob Waring, vibraphone and marimba

Olavi Louhivuori, drums

Asle Karstad, sounddesign

Tord Knudsen, lights/visuals



January 27, 2014

Coming up:

Mini-tour with Mats Eilertsen Trio (Harmen Fraanje and Thomas Srønen) performing @:

jan 31  Paradox, Tilburg, NL

feb 01  Kulturværket, Eidsvoll Verk, N

feb 02  KampenJazz, Oslo, N








January 8, 2014
Presenting and performing with 3 different sounding Trios at KampenJazz, Oslo.


Vigleik Storaas Trio; Vigleik Storaas/Per Oddvar Johansen/ME


SkyDive Trio; Thomas Dahl/Olavi Louhivuori/ME


Mats Eilertsen Trio; Harmen Fraanje/Thomas Strønen/ME



December 1, 2013


I have been given by the Voss Jazz-Festival the wonderful pleasure and privilege it is to write a commissioned work for the next edition of the Festival. Premiére 12th of april2014! A great honor. So many wonderful performers and composers out there, and I humbly thank the festival for choosing me this time. I have chosen these marvelous musicians to join in with their musicality and great personal approach. Looking forward very much! Hope to see you there!





Tore Brunborg, sax

Eirik Hegdal, sax/clar

Thomas T Dahl, guitar

Rob Waring, vib

Harmen Fraanje, piano

Olavi Louhivuori, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass

Asle Karstad, sound



November 18, 2013

Touring in the Uk this week! Beers and beans.

Three concerts with Alexi Tuomarila and Olavi Louhivuori launching our albums “Seven Hills” for Edition Records, then off to Huddersfield for performance saturday with danish Mark Solborg Trio featuring the great Evan Parker.



19 Alexi Tuomarila Trio; Turner Sims, Southampton

20 Alexi Tuomarila Trio; Dempseys, Cardiff

21 Alexi Tuomarila Trio; Pizza Express, LondonJazzFestival

23 Mark Solborg Trio feat Evan Parker, HCMF, Huddersfield


May 24, 2013

Another great review for “Sails Set” JazzWise magazine, june 2013

May 6, 2013

Great review in JazzJournal UK by Fred Grand

5/5 stars!

“I rarely award 5 stars but Sails Set is so intelligently crafted and beautifully destilled that it is nigh on perfect”


April 19, 2013

We´re doing a little tour with SkyDive-band again in beginning of May.

Looking forward very much!


2. May Arendal Jazzklubb, N

3. May Kunstsenteret Kabuso, Øystese, N

4. May Bray JazzFestival, Ireland


Tore Brunborg, sax

Thomas Dahl, guitar

Alexi Tuomarila, piano

Olavi Louhivuori, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass



March 31, 2013

Review of Sails Set in AllAboutJazz by John Kelman.




March 31, 2013


Here are some options if you would like to purchase Mats Eilertsen Trio “Sails Set”



March 15, 2013

Kjempefin anmeldelse i Dag og Tid:

February 10, 2013

Om “Sails Set“:


Kaptein Eilertsen set segl

“Mats Eilertsen har mange jarn i elden, og han leier meir enn eitt av Norges beste jazzband.”

“Utruleg vakre songar…  ….med sterkt resultat.”

R. Helgheim, Dagsavisen


“Denne trioen leverer kollektive improvisasjoner med en uvanleg idérikdom og formsans”

“Plata har knapt ein likegyldig augneblink”

L.Mossafinn, Dag og Tid


“Vi får høre tre glimrende musikere og i flere passasjer når de en høyere enhet som resulterer i vakker, inspirert og energisk musikk”

T. Lundemo, Adressa


Mats Eilertsen Trio, Sets Sail: Bassist Eilertsen has concocted an intriguing album, and he achieves it through some seriously delicate subtleties. He’s joined by pianist Harmen Fraanje and drummer Thomas Stronen (recently a Jazz Pick with his duo Food with Iain Ballamy). For the most part, this is a series of short tracks, almost like a parade of interludes, and each give brief glimpses of restrained beauty. Stronen’s percussion is often unexpected, and it’s his surprising choices that prevents this album from ever getting sleepy. An album that shimmers with emotion, and keeps some of that emotion hidden, which, ultimately, leads to much of this album’s intrigue. Just a beautiful recording. Recommended.           

Dave Sumner, E.music.com


November 5, 2012


Look out for new trio-album from Mats Eilertsen Trio! 

“Sails Set” Out on Hubro in February.

Comprising wizard on the drums and bells Thomas Strønen and dutch pianomaestro Harmen Fraanje.



We will also do a tour visiting venues in Norway, Germany, US and Canada:


3.feb Rjukanhuset, Rjukan, N

5.feb Unterfarth, München, De

6.feb Bergen, N

7.feb Victoria, Oslo, N

9.feb Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Can

10.feb Earshot, Seattle, Us

11.feb Ivories, Portland, Us

13.feb LJ Athenaeum, La Jolla, San Diego, Us


October 3, 2012

September 24, 2012

SkyDive vil turnére i Midt-Norge i begynnelsen av oktober:


4.okt Storyville Jazzclub, Molde
5.okt Ørsta Kulturhus


Tore Brunborg, sax

Thomas T Dahl, gitar

Alexi Tuomarila, piano

Olavi Louhivuori, trommer

Mats Eilertsen, bass



September 7, 2012

September 2, 2012

Traveling to the incredible city of Tokyo to perform with the SkyDive-band 4th – 9th of september.

With the wonderful company of Thomas Dahl, Olavi Louhivuori, Alexi Tuomarila and this time Fredrik Lundin on the saxophone.

Looking forward!


July 11, 2012

had a blast at this years Kongsberg Jazz Festival as a part of the series curated by AllAboutJazz´ John Kelman.

Heres also a review of our show ( in norwegian) 

(photo John Kelman)


June 12, 2012


Performing at Kongsberg Jazz Festival

Friday 6th of July, 1900h





Tore Brunborg, sax

Alexi Tuomarila, piano

Thomas Dahl, guitar

Olavi Louhivuori, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass


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