May 24, 2016

“Memorabilia” was premiered at JazzFest in Trondheim, Norway beginning of May.

With Mats Eilertsen Trio and Trio Mediaeval using elements from traditional mass as well as poems by Norwegian author Tor Ulven. All brand new music and it was a wonderful experience!


Harmen Fraanje, piano

Thomas Strønen, drums

Anna Maria Frimann Henriksen, vocal

Berit Opheim, vocal

Linn Andrea Fuglseth, vocal

Mats Eilertsen, bass

Asle Karstad, sound



December 30, 2015

Dear all!

Thank you so much for the year of 2015! It has been wonderful with a lot of memorable experiences for me.

Musically looking back and suming up:

Skydive Trio  released our album “Sun Moee” on the Hubro-label.

We toured around quite a bit and rounded off the year with a great week in Japan in December.

Rubicon got the opportunity to perform 7 concerts in Norway. Loved it! We also recorded in Rainbow Studio, Oslo, an album to be released now in May by the great ECM-label. Looking forward! We also recorded in Rainbow Studio, Oslo, an album to be released in May on ECM.

Among other things, I got to do several memorable performances around with the fiddle-maestro Nils Økland supporting the release of the album “Kjølvatn”.
Also a trip to Italy with Trygve Seim and his quartet, travelled all the way to South Korea with Bobo Stenson and Jon Fält in september.
To Denmark and Austria with Mark Solborg/Peter Brun as well as some perfromances in Estonia with Kristjan Randalu and Markku Ounaskari. And of course the christmas bonanza with The Source recently!

Got to be part of brand new releases by guitar-maestro Andreas Aase (“Fir”) and also of course Mathias Eick (“Midwest”) earlier this year.

I feel so privileged to be able to travel, meet and make music together with and in front of people and audiences in so many various places, to experience and learn that we all seem to share the same dreams, desires and visions wherever your home is and your religion might be. 

2016 includes some nice surprises and hopefully a lot of good music and good experiences and adventures.
Looking forward!
Take care everybody, and remember:

Support live music! Support your local live music provider! See you all around! 

October 26, 2015

Just had 3 very nice concerts with the Rubicon in Arendal, Bergen and Trondheim.

Looking forward to the continuation and further explorations with this band.

HERE are some very nice photos from our concerts in Trondheim taken by photographer Thor Egil Leirtrø.



October 18, 2015

Proud and pleased that the Rubicon-project has been recorded, mixed and is ready for release in 2016 for ECM!

Originally commissioned by Vossa Jazz-festival in 2014 and recorded in Rainbow Studio Oslo by Jan Erik Kongshaug and mixed with the help of maestro Manfred Eicher.

Trygve Seim, soprano and tenor sax
Eirik Hegdal, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano and barytone sax
Rob Waring, marimba and vibraphone
Thomas T Dahl, guitar
Harmen Fraanje, piano and fender rhodes
Olavi Louhivuori, drums
Mats Eilertsen, bass

Very happy with the result and extremely grateful for the wonderful playing and all the input, creativity and contributions from my good friends in the band.


This coming week, we are performing these places in Norway with the Rubicon:



foto: André Løyning

September 21, 2015


September has been truly fantastic so far.  Been fortunate to perform 7 concerts in Estonia in a trio-format with Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu and finish drummer Markku Ounaskari. I must admit it was one of the most challenging musical experiences I´ve had so far, with (to me, a rubato bassist!) really difficult, fast, but great through-composed music, in odd-meters. But really happy we pulled it of together in a good way and got to learn the music and get on top of it eventually since we had the opportunity to perform the music in Viljandi in addition to 6 sets in Philly Joe´s, Tallinn (2 sets a night 3 days in a row) What a privilege!

Then I traveled to Seoul, South-Korea to play with the swedish maestro Bobo Stenson, pno, and always inspiring Jon Fält , dr. Even though KLM/AirFrance/KoreanAir managed to destroy my bass on the way over there, it was an adventure to be allowed to play with these two marvelous lyrical swedes again.

Some flights, 2 great concerts and a lot of kimchi later, I returned to Norway again only 32 hours after I left Oslo to Seoul, to play concerts with Skydive Trio, with Thomas T Dahl, guitar and Olavi Louhivuori, drums. The music in this trio is really evolving and traveling, I think. We also had a day of rehearsal, 4 concerts and tried out some brand new songs and ideas of ours,  and I even got to finally play the electric-bass again and! So easy to play with these guys and it looks promising for the future!

This week going to Denmark and Austria to play with the dynamic danes Mark Solborg and Peter Brun together with Herb Robertson playing the trumpet.

Good times!

April 30, 2015


Had a very, very nice tour and recording with Rubicon recently.

Andŕe Løyning took these pictures of us at Victoria and Rainbow Studio in Oslo:


April 15, 2015

Almost exactly 1 year after the premier of Rubicon at VossaJazz, we will perform the music again!

Looking so much forward!


16.april Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo 

17.april Hålogaland Teater, Tromsø

18.april Stormen Kulturhus, Bodø

25.april SoddJazz, Inderøy


Eirik Hegdal, clar/sax

Trygve Seim, ten/sop sax

Rob Waring, vib/marimba

Thomas T Dahl, guitar

Olavi Louhivuori, drums (Oslo, Bodø)

Per Oddvar Johansen, drums (Tromsø, Bodø and Inderøy)

David Solheim, sound

Mats E, Bass


January 18, 2015

Pleased and proud to announce that Skydive Trio will release a brand new album “Sun Moee” on Hubro feb 20th!

Here is a little teaser


Skydive Trio is:

Thomas T Dahl, gitar

Olavi Louhivuori, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass


December 5, 2014

The song Floating from our performance at Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo, oct 2014.




Mats Eilertsen Trio

Harmen Fraanje, piano

Thomas Strønen, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass

November 11, 2014

So grateful! After 6 years and around 250 concerts, three wonderful albums for ECM, commisions and performances in clubs, theaters, festivals, hours spent in busses, cars, trains, taxis and planes, great meals, beers and pubs, talks and walks, venues with incredible audiences and experiences almost all over the planet, time has come for me to leave the Tord Gustavsen Quartet.

Being a part of the Quartet has been a fantastic and fruitful journey for me and to be given the opportunity to enter and to affect and to be trusted to be a part of this wonderful world of lyrical sensitive singable compositions together with the incomparable masters and friends Tore Brunborg and Jarle Vespestad has taught me so much on many levels.

I have been playing and sharing a musical journeys with my good friend Tord Gustavsen for more than 15 years so far, in various musical settings throughout the years, with a wide register of artists and I feel that throughout these collaborations Tord and I have developed a special way of playing together and I am certain that we will play more together sometime soon again, somewhere! I am already missing it! 

Sometimes it is needed and necessary to look under new stones, around different corners, take a diversion and a risk just to see and pursuit what else is to be found around in the wide world and within myself and what that would give to creativity.
Plans are made and being processed and dived into as we speak!
October 26, 2014


Mats Eilertsen Trio live at Nasjonal Jazzscene/Victoria, Oslo 24th oct 2014.

Harmen Fraanje, piano, Thomas Strønen, drums, Mats Eilertsen, bass

August 26, 2014

Performances  with the trio with Harmen Fraanje and Thomas Strønen this fall. Really looking forward to that! Hope to see you around.

25.sep Sendesaal, Bremen, D

24.oct Victoria, Oslo, N

19.nov Paris, Fr

22.nov Lakeside Arts Center, Nottingham, UK


Mats Eilertsen Trio

April 14, 2014

Rubicon was premiered last weekend at Vossajazz. It was totally fantastic and soo much fun.




Rubicon‘s premiere took place in the Vossasalen on Saturday evening. From Eilertsen’s solo bass introduction to the final few seconds of Harmen Fraanje’s solo piano the composition moved through passages of great power, solid 4/4 grooves, dynamic rhythms and reflective, meditative interplay. The piece lasted for around 75 minutes but held the attention to such an extent that time seemed to pass much more quickly.


Eilertsen had chosen a strong group of musicians to work with and gave each one the chance to stamp his own character on the music.


Avisa Hordaland:

Frå dei vakraste godnattsongar til fullt vaksenøs og attende, her var det noko for alle aldrar, begge kjønn – og vel så det.

Eigentleg var dette filmmusikk på sitt aller beste, fordi det var så assosiasjonsskapande og laga slike vedunderlege bilete i hovuda våre. Heilt frå oppvakninga i den fyrste låten, og til stormen la seg etter at synte tone døydde ut,

Viss ikkje dette tingingsverket kjem på plate, må ein eller annan gå på rommet sitt og tenkja seg vel om.


…eit kanonband musikarar som tok oss gjennom ei berg og dalbane-reise mellom det mektig og lyriske, det individuell og kollektive, med Eilertsen sjølv som i majestetisk ro ikkje berre hadde full kontroll, men som spelte si eiga bassrolle utsøkt, nesten beskjedent, og som i ånda til den Charles Mingus han set høgt både som arrangør og musikar, heile tida heldt bandet i age, ikkje minst i det stillferdige, før ein heilt overlegen slutt.–Heilt-unikt-i-norsk-musikkliv-3098804.html#.U0pRa4VZEm4 



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


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