Tord Gustavsen

Musically, I have the very clear feeling that my stretching out and being creative has a much better chance of happening organically, avoiding
alienation and stiffness, when done in energetic connection with my roots with the sensuality and groundedness of the hymns and the spirituals and the lullabies.
 
 
Tord Gustavsen was born in Oslo in 1970 and grew up in the Norwegian countryside. He began playing the piano aged 4, and was composing and improvising before he learned to read music and perform classical pieces. He recalls: I played in churches and local settings of different kinds, combining classical training with writing my own songs and performing gospel.
 
At the age of 19, he began his studies at the University of Oslo and his [...]
Musically, I have the very clear feeling that my stretching out and being creative has a much better chance of happening organically, avoiding
alienation and stiffness, when done in energetic connection with my roots with the sensuality and groundedness of the hymns and the spirituals and the lullabies.
 
 
Tord Gustavsen was born in Oslo in 1970 and grew up in the Norwegian countryside. He began playing the piano aged 4, and was composing and improvising before he learned to read music and perform classical pieces. He recalls: I played in churches and local settings of different kinds, combining classical training with writing my own songs and performing gospel.
 
At the age of 19, he began his studies at the University of Oslo and his interest in jazz started to flourish. He was accepted into the jazz department at the Conservatory of Music in Trondheim in 1993, where he formed several bands and toured all over Scandinavia.
 
Changing Places, Gustavsens 2003 recording debut with his trio, was ECMs most successful debut in a decade. Michael Tucker wrote: Nothing is forced, or rushed: a variety of quietly memorable, essentially poetic themes unfold, every one of them caressed rather than clipped by pianist Gustavsen this is superb stuff. 2005 saw a second trio album, The Ground, which reached No. 1 in the Norwegian pop charts and in 2007 they completed the trilogy with Being There.
 
In 2009 Gustavsen launched a new, more flexible ensemble, which released the album Restored, Returned. The line-up included Tore Brunborg on saxophones and Kristin Asbjørnsen on vocals. This was followed in 2012 by an instrumental quartet album called The Well, which John Fordham praised in the Guardian for its gospel playing, acres of open space, memorable melodies and a glistening delicacy of touch.  Gustavsen says: Taken together, the bands and projects represent my quest for a deepening of my own playing. Gustavsens most recent line-up sees him on piano and electronics collaborating with Simin Tander (vocals), Jarle Vespestad (drums).
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YEAR DATE Artist VENUE LOCATION
2024 September 19 Tord Gustavsen Trio Lantaren/Venster Rotterdam, Netherlands Event
2024 September 20 Tord Gustavsen Trio Paradox Tilburg, Netherlands Event
2024 September 21 Tord Gustavsen Trio Bimhuis Amsterdam, Netherlands Event
2024 October 26 Tord Gustavsen / Simin Tander Jazzclub Stort, Norway
2024 October 28 Tord Gustavsen / Simin Tander Christuskirche Leverkusen, Germany
2024 November 15 Tord Gustavsen Trio Cadogan Hall London, United Kingdom Event
2025 January 21 Tord Gustavsen Trio E-Werk Erlangen, Germany
2025 January 22 Tord Gustavsen Trio Kammgarn Kaiserslautern, Germany
2025 January 23 Tord Gustavsen Trio Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg, Germany
2025 January 24 Tord Gustavsen Trio Industrie36 Rorschach, Switzerland
2025 January 26 Tord Gustavsen Trio Jazzhaus Freiburg, Germany
2025 January 28 Tord Gustavsen Trio Porgy & Bess Vienna, Austria
2025 January 29 Tord Gustavsen Trio Unterfahrt Munich, Germany
2025 January 30 Tord Gustavsen Trio Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany Event
2025 February 01 Tord Gustavsen Trio Nova Jazz Festival Yverdon, Switzerland
2025 March 28 Tord Gustavsen Trio Casino Basel, Switzerland
2025 March 29 Tord Gustavsen Trio Stadttheater Landsberg a. Lech, Germany