Derek Gilligan MD of Kudos Audio and Tord Gustavsen, celebrated Norwegian jazz pianist, announced today a collaboration to celebrate International Jazz Day’s 10th anniversary.

It’s a simple collaboration based on mutual admiration, Tord is now the proud owner of a pair of Kudos Super 20A loudspeakers and to support the collaboration, Kudos has access to Tord’s gigs when conditions permit and an ongoing opportunity to access and promote Tord’s music.

Kudos Audio Collaborate With Jazz Pianist Tord Gustavsen

Jazz Pianist Tord Gustavsen

When asked about the relationship, Tord, one of a limited and exclusive number of Steinway Artists, said, “I have the distinct feeling that Kudos and my music – the music I make, as well as the wide variety of music I listen to – is a match made in heaven. I want warmth yet transparency. Maximum attention to subtle details; and tangible sound textures. And passion as a driving force.”


Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly. International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every 30th of April to celebrate jazz and highlight the music’s important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination, and promoting human dignity.

International Jazz Day has become a global movement reaching more than two billion people annually on all seven continents.


To support International Jazz Day 2021, Derek asked Tord if he would put together a playlist of his music on Qobuz and Tidal for listeners to enjoy on their systems. The relationship started after Tord was in touch with Derek after having chosen the Super 20As during an extensive audition in the Eksakt Hifi showroom in Oslo.

Kudos intend to have some more Tord related or chosen playlists later in the year.

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