April 28th, 2020 8:30pm Stage 3
Swedish born Flute player Elsa Nilsson’s music is profoundly playful and widely influenced. She believes that the beauty of music is how it transcends cultural boundaries, and Nilsson accentuates this in her music by mixing cultures. Nilsson believes that all folk music has a common thread, (she considers jazz to be a folk music as well) and that by mixing them a deeper understanding between cultures is reached. The Elsa Nilsson Quintet plays jazz like Vikings who ventured out of the cold and fled to Brazil. Their shows are a tour de force featuring arrangements of Swedish folk music, complex funky originals with odd meters that feel good. In her playing Nilsson takes the flute to its fullest potential employing everything from folk styles to extended classical techniques creating a sound that is lyrical and warm.