Mats Eilertsen

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Mats Eilertsen
Eilertsen at Aarhus Jazz Festival 2015 in Denmark with Pablo Held, Helge Norbakken, Christian Vuust, and Jacob Buchanan
Eilertsen at Aarhus Jazz Festival 2015
in Denmark with Pablo Held, Helge Norbakken, Christian Vuust, and Jacob Buchanan
Background information
Born (1975-03-04) 4 March 1975 (age 45)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar, drums
LabelsJazzaway Records
Hubro Music, ECM Records
Associated actsTord Gustavsen Quartet, Food, Dingobats, Rubicon

Mats Eilertsen (born 4 March 1975) is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer.[1] He is known for recording with numerous bands, including the Maria Kannegaard Trio, Ola Kvernberg, Nils Økland, Eldbjørg Raknes, Anders Aarum Trio, Eirik Hegdal, Sverre Gjørvad, Nymark Collective, SKRUK, «Jazzmob», «Dingobats», Håkon Kornstad Trio, Food with Iain Ballamy, Jacob Young Band, Solveig Slettahjell's Slow Motion Orchestra, Håvard Wiik Trio, and «JazzCode».[2]


Eilertsen was born in Trondheim and attended the Trondheim Musikkonservatorium, where he participated in the Jazz program and was part of the Jazz band Dingobats along with fellow students Eirik Hegdal (saxophones), Njål Ølnes (tenor saxophone), Thomas Dahl (guitar) and Sverre Gjørvad (drums), primarily playing Hegdals compositions. He has two band releases as leader of the band Turanga, with band members Fredrik Ljungkvist, Ernst Reijseger, and Thomas Strønen. He also performed with the quartet «Parish», with some of the same members as of «Turanga». In 2006, he released the album Constellations (Jazzaway Records), with the Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila's trio, along with Olavi Luohivuori.[1][2][3]

Rubicon, Eilertsen's commission for Vossajazz 2014, with Thomas Dahl, Trygve Seim, Olavi Louhivuori, Harmen Fraanje, Rob Waring and Eirik Hegdal.
Mats Eilertsen and Per Oddvar Johansen at the 2016 Nattjazz in Bergen, Norway.



Solo albums[edit]

SkyDive Trio
  • 2011: SkyDive (Hubro Music)
  • 2015: Sun Moee (Hubro Music)
Mats Eilertsen Trio including with Harmen Fraanje and Thomas Strønen
  • 2013: Sails Set (Hubro Music)[5]
  • 2019: And Then Comes the Night (ECM)[6]


Within Dingobats
Within Food (Iain Ballamy, Arve Henriksen & Thomas Strønen)
Within Håvard Wiik Trio
  • 2003: Postures (Jazzland Acoustic)
With Jacob Young
Alexi Tuomarila Trio (Olavi Louhivuori)
Within Tord Gustavsen Ensemble/Quartet
With Yelena Eckemoff
Compilation projects


  1. ^ a b "Mats Eilertsen Biografi" (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  2. ^ a b "Eilertsen, Mats - MIC Norsk musikkinformasjon" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  3. ^ "Mats Eilertsen Turanga Review". BBC. 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ "14.12.05 Mats Eilertsen/Turanga won Music Magazine's best jazz album of the year 2005!". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  5. ^ "Mats Eilertsen Trio: Sails Set". Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  6. ^ "Mats Eilertsen Trio: And Then Comes The Night". Retrieved 2014-06-15.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Christian Wallumrød
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Live Maria Roggen