“One of the most dynamic bandleaders in the New York jazz scene.”

-Nick Dunston, Hot House Jazz Magazine


“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


“(Salt Wind) is skillfully executed in all ways, well formulated with a clear vision”

-Peter Sjöblom, Mono Magazine

“A genuinely personal and original album”

Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan


“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


“With an under current of healing music running through it that you don’t realize is not only good but good for you, this sprightly, winning set goes the distance with gas to spare.”

Midwest Record

“She can play the flute, and has a wonderful band that follows her all the way”
Jan Granlie- Salt Peanuts


“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

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Member Profile for the New York Flute Club