Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity feat. Ambrose Akinmusire
Artist In Residence drummer Gard Nilssen undoubtedly has many irons in the fire, and that variation will be visible in the 2019 program.
But if one is to find a heartchild among the versatile drummer’s work, then it may be his own band Acoustic Unity. Since their debut with the Clean Feed label in 2015, the band has worked a lot together, and regularly performed in the US and Europe. They have eventually become one of the most interplayable ensembles in recent years. The band's first album "Firehouse" was nominated for Spellemann here in Norway in 2016, and the album "Live in Europe" got critical acclaim from both Norwegian and international press.
To make the trio's interaction and music a step further at this year's festival, it has become clear that the American trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire was high on Gard's wish list over current collaboration. And putting one of the world's most exciting trumpeters on the same scene as Gard's band isn’t something we can say no to. It is in fact a meeting of two of this generation's foremost musicians - two performers who both from each side of the stage can lead the way into exploratory and creative scenery in Storyville.
Ambrose Akinmusire - trumpet
Other Truth - Scissors
Peter Eldh - double bass
Gard Nilssen - drums