Gard Nilssen

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Gard Nilssen
Gard Nilssen at the Moers Festival 2015
Gard Nilssen at the Moers Festival 2015
Background information
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 36)
Skien, Telemark, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Associated actsBushman's Revenge, Puma
WebsiteGard Nilssen on Myspace
Gard Nilssen performing with Trondhjem Jazz Orchestra at Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2017

Gard Nilssen (born 24 June 1983 in Skien, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (drums) and composer, and member of the bands Bushman's Revenge and Puma.[1]


Nilssen was educated on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (2003).[2] He was voted this year's young jazz musicians in 2006 with the group Puma. Otherwise Nilssen is very active in bands like Bushman´s Revenge, Lord Kelvin, and Heidi Skjerve Kvintett.[1]

Nilssen was chosen to represent Norway in the artist development program Take Five, a music developer program promoted by the London-based concert promoter Serious.[3]


  • This year's young jazz musicians 2006, with the band Puma by Rikskonsertene and Norsk Jazzforum


Solo albums[edit]

Gard Nilssen´s Acoustic Unity, including with André Roligheten and Petter Eldh
  • 2015: Firehouse (Clean Feed Records)

Band releases[edit]

Within Puma trio including Øystein Moen and Stian Westerhus
  • 2007: Isolationism (Bolage Records)
  • 2008: Discotheque Bitpunching (Bolage Records)
  • 2009: Fist Full of Knuckles (Knuckleman Records), with Lasse Marhaug
  • 2010: Half Nelson Courtship (Rune Grammofon)
Within Bushman's Revenge trio including Rune Nergaard and Even Helte Hermansen
  • 2007: Cowboy Music (Jazzaway Records)
  • 2009: You Lost Me At Hello (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2010: Jitterbug (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2012: A Little Bit Of Big Bonanza (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2012: Never Mind The Botox (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2013: Electric Komle – Live! (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2016: Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen (Rune Grammofon)
  • 2016: Bushman's Fire (Rune Grammofon), live LP with Kjetil Møster and David Wallumrød
Within Lord Kelvin trio including Eirik Hegdal and Erik Johannessen
Within Cortex quartet including Ola Høyer, Kristoffer Berre Alberts and Thomas Johansson
  • 2011: Resection (Bolage Records)
  • 2012: Göteborg (Gigafon Records)


With Marita Røstad
  • 2007: Silent Sunday (Magica Records)
Within Team Hegdal quartet including Eirik Hegdal, André Roligheten and Rune Nergaard
Within Scent Of Soil quintet including Tore Brunborg, Kirsti Huke, Petter Vågan and Rune Nergaard
  • 2011: Scent Of Soil (Hubro Music)[4]
With Obara International
  • 2013: Komeda (For Tune)
  • 2013: Live At Manggha (For Tune)
  • 2015: Live In Mińsk Mazowiecki (For Tune)
With Elvira Nikolaisen and Mathias Eick
With Arild Andersen and Helge Lien
  • 2016: The Rose Window (Deutsche Media Productions), live at Theater Gütersloh
With Maciej Obara Quartet
  • 2017: Unloved (ECM Records)


  1. ^ a b "Gard Nilssen Biography -". Archived from the original on 2012-05-14.
  2. ^ "Jazzlinja". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  3. ^ "To norske musiker i Take Five: Europe". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  4. ^ "Gard Nilssen Discography". Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  5. ^ Wicklund, Erling (2013-10-03). "Nikolaisen/Eick – I Concentrate On You - Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-05.