“Elsa has a beautiful conception of melody and music.”

– Chris Potter


“…so much creativity”

-Hubert Laws


“Elsa Nilsson is my favorite flutist of the Twenty First Century. She just blew my mind playing live with Amanda Ruzza on Som do Brasil at WKCR NY . From Jazz to the Folklore of Northern Europe nothing can stop her; she will go on. Next stop- Brasil!”

-Jassvan DeLima, producer and Host – Som do Brasil WKCR-FM 89.9 NY


“Elsa’s sound is strong and she is expanding horizons as a flutist.”

-Jovino Santos-Neto


“Do you hear that sound from the Northern skies? It’s Elsa Nilsson with something new, passionate and beautiful to say with her flute and her pen. Check out her music and let her light your skies.”

-Robert Dick, Acclaimed Flute player and mentor


“The group plays with tight rhythm and pitch, and Elsa’s music is inventive, mostly spare, and employs extended techniques and interesting ideas.”

–Barbara Siesel, The Flute View.


“Airy, sensual, flute-led, original jazz compositions, and Swedish folk songs updated with the jazz treatment. A kinder, gentler Jethro Tull”

-Edward Burke, Shillelagh Safari with CelticED.


“Elsa’s playing is absolutely gorgeous.”

-Karen Pauley, KSER, Seattle


“Elsa Nilsson throws her hat in the ring of improvising flute players on the scene today. With her beautiful, strong tone (especially on the alto flute) and use of extended techniques, interesting lines and well-crafted Swedish-influenced compositions, she has forged a very personal and unique statement with her exceptional bandmates to create a memorable recording.”

-Jamie Baum, Jazz flutist and mentor


“The CD is absolutely phenomenal. The writing, the soloing, the orchestration, is right on the money. But what makes the recording special is that it sounds like a real band. The choice of instruments and the orchestration is perfect.”

– Tony Moreno, acclaimed jazz drummer and NYU Faculty

IMG_1913 From Aarhus Jazz festival. Read more here

Interview from iRock Jazzi rock jazz interview

Member Profile for the New York Flute Club