January 15, 2018


New Album to be released in February Hubro


Thomas T Dahl, guitar

Mats Eilertsen, bass

Olavi Louhivuori, drums



Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo, N

NattJazz, Bergen, N
November 27, 2017

New album by guitarist Jo David Meyer Lysne and Mats Eilertsen “Meander” to be released Dec 1st @Øra Fonogram

October 10, 2017
Rubicon playing these Festivals in October!
Deutsches Jazzfestival, Frankfurt
Rotterdam Jazzfestival, NL
Belgrade Jazzfestival, Serbia
August 31, 2017

Upcoming albums and releases!!


Nils Økland Band “Lysning” @Hubro October 2017

Yügen @Jazzland Rec October 2017

Jo David Meyer Lysne/Mats Eilertsen “Meander” @ØraFonogram Nov 2017


Skydive Trio “tba” early 2018 @Hubro

Mats Eilertsen – New Solorecording “tba” spring 2018 @hubro





July 13, 2017

Earlier in June we recorded some beautiful new music Bendik Hofseth has written for a group consisting of Eivind Aarseth, guitar, Helge Iberg, piano, Paolo Vinaccia, drums, Bendik Hofseth sax/vocals.

Plus Jan Erik Kongshaug of course, in Rainbow Studios, Oslo

Here are some photos I took. Photo of me shot by Christer Falck.

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July 13, 2017

Snippet from GaranaJazz, Romania.

Håkon Kornstad, Sigbjørn Apeland, Øyvind Skarbø, Mats Eilertsen.

*momentul meu preferat Din Norvegia la Gărâna #garanajazzfestival #garanajazzfestival2017

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July 11, 2017

Earlier in June this year, Rubicon performed in the Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg.

Here is the recording/broadcasting of the concert!





Trygve Seim, Eirik Hegdal, Thomas T Dahl, Rob Waring, Olavi Louhivuori, Harmen Fraanje, Mats Eilertsen, David Solheim.

April 13, 2017

Our concert and premiere of Memorabilia at Trondheim JazzFest in 2016 will be broadcasted

Nrk P2, Jazzklubben Friday 14.april at 2000h



featuring the wonderful Trio Mediaeval;

Anna Maria Frimann Henriksen, vocal

Linn Andrea Fuglseth, vocal

Berit Opheim, vocal

Harmen Fraanje, piano

Thomas Strønen, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass/compositions

Asle Karstad, sound


January 5, 2017

Rubicon-album nominated for norwegian Grammy “Spellemann” in the Jazz category.

Winners announced Jan 28th.




August 18, 2016



July 30, 2016

the Rubicon-album is out now on ECM!



featuring Trygve Seim, Eirik Hegdal, Harmen Fraanje, Rob Waring, Thomas T Dahl, Olavi Louhivuori


“with Rubicon, Eilertsen steps confidently up to the spotlight as leader, delivering an album that, with lessons learned from his existing body of work, opens his music up to even greater interpretive possibilities than ever before”

Review in AllAboutJazz


“The band swings with a seductive lightness, and the quality of the tunes and the ever-changing tonal interest keep lifting the predominantly low-lit mood”

Review in The Guardian


Get your copy here!






June 22, 2016

Mats Eilertsen Trio will be doing 4 concerts in the US + Vancouver, Canada!

With Harmen Fraanje, piano and Thomas Strønen, drums.


25.June Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Rochester JazzFestival


27.June IronWorks, Vancouver JazzFestival
28.June Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College, Earshot, Seattle
30.June Scandinavia House, New York
June 13, 2016

Here is a video with some excerpts from our performance in Trondheim in May of “Memorabilia”

It was a commission for Jazzfest, Trondheim, a meeting between Mats Eilertsen Trio + Trio Mediaeval.

It was a wonderful pleasure. Enjoy!




Harmen Fraanje, piano

Thomas Strønen, drums

Mats Eilertsen, bass/compositions

Anna Maria Frimann Henriksen

Linn Andrea Fuglseth, vocal

Berit Opheim, vocal

Asle Karstad, sound

André Løyning, video


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!

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