Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra (NO / SE / DK)

Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra (NO / SE / DK)

Hanna Paulsberg – tenor saxophone, percussion 
Kjetil Møster – saxophones, percussion 
André Roligheten – saxophones, bassclarinet, percussion 
Per “Texas” Johanson – tenorsaxophone, contrabass clarinett, clarinet, percussion 
Maciej Obara – altosaxophone, percussion 
Mette Rasmussen – altosaxophone, percussion 
Eirik Hegdal – saxophones, clarinet, percussion 
Thomas Johanson – trumpet, percussion 
Goran Kajfes – trumpet, percussion 
Erik Johannesen – trombone, percussion 
Petter Eldh – doublebass, percussion 
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – doublebass, percussion 
Ole Morten Vågan – doublebass, percussion 
Hans Hulbækmo – drums, percussion 
Håkon Mjåset Johansen – drums, percussion 
Gard Nilssen – drums, percussion

“Look: this year has been a tornado of emotions; often, it was tempting to just shut down altogether—to let the fight bleed right out of you. But sometimes you just need to feel something, and to be reminded that feeling something is actually a good thing. This live set, which captures Gard Nilssen’s 16-piece Supersonic Orchestra at the 2019 Molde International Jazz Festival, is here to help you you recharge. This music is fire—beauty come to life, under volatile conditions. It’s a big sound with a huge presence, and a voice that shouts to the heavens.”Bandcamp Best Of 2020

Fasten your seat belt, please. Get ready for the full tilt, barely tamed, beautiful monster that is Gard Nilssen’s sixteen-piece Supersonic Orchestra. Audacious and experimentalist, Supersonic flouts convention and, in particular, realigns the longstanding relationship between pre-composition and improvisation in orchestral jazz. If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours, its debut, was recorded live at the adventurous Molde International Jazz Festival in 2019, where Nilssen was Artist in Residence. The band’s uniquely configured, all-star lineup features three drummers, three double bassists and ten horn players, most of them saxophonists. It is a big band, Jim, but not as we know it.