Genres: Jazz, Classical, Brazilian, Funk, Pop, World Styles
Elsa N. is a Swedish/American flutist and composer who has been making music in New York City since 2010. She is the winner of the National Flute Association 2018 Jazz flute competition and has released three albums as a leader, most recently a quartet album titled “Hindsight”. Elsa also leads a duo project with pianist Jon Cowherd and is a member of several collaborative groups including South By North East with Bam Bam Rodriguez and Rodrigo Recabarren. The music released by these groups as well as Nilsson’s quartet have gotten widespread positive reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Jazziz, All About Jazz, Hot House Magazine and more. Elsa has performed with established musicians including Robert Dick, Jamie Baum, Jonathan Blake, Sebastian Noelle, Dawn Clement, Jovino Santos Neto and more. Notable performances as a band leader include Blue Note Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe, Nefertiti Jazz Club and Aarhus Jazz Festival. Elsa is also the program coordinator for the women in Jazz organizations mentorship program.
As an ardent music educator, Elsa deeply cares about her students loving music, which is always at the center of her teaching. Her favorite way to approach teaching is to explore what music her students are interested in the most and work with them to show them the skills they need in order to execute the music they love. This leads to fun and engaging lessons, in which students learn their favorite repertoire along with musicality, expression and gain the necessary technical and theoretical skills along the way.