Nils Økland is an innovative violinist and harding- fiddle specialist who has been active as a musician and composer since the mid 80s. He mainly play concerts with his own music with his band Nils Økland Band (Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Håkon Mørch Stene, Mats Eilertsen, Sigbjørn Apeland) and the impro trio 1982(Øyvind Skarbø, Sigbjørn Apeland) in addition to solo concerts. He also collaborate with a brode range of musicians, from Per Steinar Lie and Ørjan in Lumen Drones, the Engegaard Quartet, Trio Mediæval, Linus+Okland/Van Heertum/Zach and Terje Isungset.
Økland also write music for theatre, ballet and film.
Økland has published four albums on the label ECM, the solo “Monograph", the duo "Lysøen" along with Sigbjørn Apeland, with "Lumen Drones" (2014) and "Kjølvatn" in 2015 with Nils Økland Band. 1982 has published several albums at the label Hubro.
Before this he released two albums on Rune Grammofon and his debut album «Blå harding» on his own label Morild.
Nils Økland's bands last recording «Lysning» published autumn 2017 have got very good reviews.