Anders Nilsson – Guitarist/Composer/Teacher

NYC-based guitarist/composer Anders Nilsson’s website – contact: earraticart (at), albums are in  the discography section above, Big Thanks for reading & listening!

“Anders Nilsson, a guitarist & composer comfortable with everything from free improvisation to avant-garde metal, traverses ghostly mood-setting, bluesy twang and overdriven riffage” - Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York

“Swedish-born and New York-based experimental guitarist Anders Nilsson produces music that is at once bracingly direct and utterly unclassifiable.” - Matt Miller, tuneOUToptIN

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3/10/15 3 NEW ALBUMS RELEASED recently:

1: “Triangulation” by Fulminate Trio released on Unseen Rain! (download only) This is our second trio release following our 2008 self titled debut, and the Swedish-American septet album “Anders Nilsson’s AORTA Ensemble” from 2009 (see discography)  

2: Mr. Elliott Sharp asked me to contribute a solo recording for volume 3 of XXI century solo guitar music. In his studio I recorded my solo piece “Variazioni su un monologo Funambolico”. The cd “I never MetaGuitar III”, jam-packed with solo guitar pieces by various guitarists, is now out on Clean Feed Records!  

3: “Lady Boom Boom” with music by Jeremy Danneman-reeds played with Anders Nilsson-electric & alto guitars, William Parker-bass & kora, Tim Keiper-drums, percussion & ngoni on Ropadope!

3/1/15: Barbes, a bar in Brooklyn, offered me the opportunity to do a weekly gig every Saturday in February. It resulted in 4 performances with different people I know. 2/7 debut of a duo w. alto saxophonist Michael Attias (mainly new duo compositions of mine), 2/14 Exposed Blues Duo w. singer Fay Victor, a collaboration since 2007, 2/21 solo guitar, new and old pieces composed and improvised, 2/28 Anders Nilsson Group w. Peter Apfelbaum, David Ambrosio and Satoshi Takeishi. In spite of cold weather we had a warm reception and an attentive listening crowd each time. Fun!    

1/12/15 “KALABALIK II” – guitarists Raoul Bjorkenheim & Anders Nilsson & drummer Gerald Cleaver teamed up once again to play and make album #2 last week, it was also videotaped at Downtown Music Gallery in front of a devoted crowd. It was a smokin’ set of freewheeling spontaneous composition so stay tuned about this product!  altgitarr silo 2

Upcoming album releases 2015:

-Two more discs coming out on Ropadope from a recording session with music by Jeremy Danneman-reeds played with Anders Nilsson-electric & alto guitars, William Parker-bass & kora, Tim Keiper-drums, percussion & ngoni

- “Exit Strategy” – a trio consisting of Anders Nilsson on electric guitar, Francois Grillot on bass, Jay Rosen drums recorded an homage album to Rod Serling this June for C.I.M.P Records. We are also a party band! Watch our video in the “Videos” section for some fun! Here is our flyer, and our GigMasters page:

Exit Strategy e-card

4/17/14 A juicy interview, or dialogue rather, conducted by my old friend/colleague Matt Lavelle:

4/10/14 AORTA played its first gig in 3 years April 9th @ Fasching, Stockholm: New music, same gang, hope to play more frequently with these titans! During a brief visit to Sweden I also had the opportunity to give a Master Class at Fridhems Folkhögskola to 8 really good guitarists, and appear in an ad hoc improv group, at a gig arranged by FRIM-syd, lots of fun!

12/1/13 Interview in Prepared Guitar ://

7/20/13…the solo guitar performances are developing into combinations of improvised and composed pieces of epic proportions

7/1/13…Nilsson/Fonda/Nilsson’s cd “Powers” is out on Konnex Records! guitar trio record (in discography)

Watch a video! more of them in “Videos”


In the pieces I’ve heard from Night Guitar, Anders Nilsson has managed to find something truly original left in the much pillaged vaults of country blues guitar- something of the ghosts that have haunted it since the beginning. Think Blind Willie Johnson meets Bernard Hermann. Excellent  stuff.” - Marc Ribot

“Anders Nilsson has fashioned a set of beautifully mysterious guitar music that seamlessly blends a  wide range of influences into a unique sound: brooding, dramatic, and filled with surprises.”  – Elliott Sharp

November 26, 2011