Winga Wonga!  This site is about  Neslort, Neslorchestra and the music of Rick Trolsen,  Find information here on the bands that Rick leads, the music he has composed, the special projects in which he is involved as well as the story of Rick and his music.

Neslort is organic alternative jazz / rock featuring the compositions of trombone wizard, Rick Trolsen. Four dimensions make up the space-time continuum.  If music is the fifth, then the realm of thought around the band Neslort is an example of the sixth.   The group is so essential to Rick’s inner vision that music lovers will notice: Trolsen is Neslort spelled backwards.  Like the recurrence of a bright star that gathers energy between appearance, Neslort’s 25 year history includes three albums and multiple gigs at the hippest New Orleans music festivals and venues.  Now the Star of Neslort has returned in its boldest and brightest apparition to date as Neslorchestra.

Starting in 2018, Neslort was reborn as the inspiration for an exciting new 17 piece ensemble known as  Neslorchestra.  For more news on this latest and greatest gathering of Primordial Fusionists, please follow this link to the Neslorchestra page

Within his compositions for Neslort and Neslorchestra, Rick shares influences from across his life within the modern jazz, rock and funk era.  There is Big Band and Bebop and yes, also Zappa.  The music has symphonic, intricately composed layers.  Added to the blend are a few Eastern European Folk tunes plus a dash of Circus music.  And all those genres are underscored by a 21st century combination of both purposed and improvised jazz defined as Primordial Fusion.

The best way to “get” Neslort is to experience Rick compositions live as total aural immersion. The music is fun, exhilarating, challenging, and new. It’s certainly not meant to be background music!


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