photo Peter Gannushkin
Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit
Niklas Barnö – trumpet
Julie Kjær – alto saxophone and flute
Marthe Lea – tenor saksofon i flauta
Per Åke Holmlander – tuba
Kalle Moberg – accordion
Ketil Gutvik – električna gitara
Jon Rune Strøm – kontrabas i bas gitara
Christian Meaas Svendsen – kontrabas i bas gitara
Andreas Wildhagen – bubnjevi i udaraljke
Paal Nilssen-Love – bubnjevi i udaraljke
Paal Nilssen-Love (1974) grew up in Stavanger, where his parents ran a jazz club: that's how he was "caught" by jazz from an early age, and he chose the drums, which his father played, as an instrument. He had his first experiences with free jazz already in Stavanger, playing with more experienced musicians, including Didrik Ingvaldsen and Frode Gjerstad. He then studied jazz in Trondheim and formed his own quartet, Element. In 1996, he moved to Oslo, where his career kicked off with numerous ensembles on stage. Three years later, he held his first solo drumming concert, continuing to hold such recitals and recording solo albums to this day.
So far, he has recorded over two hundred albums as a leader or sideman. Main collaborations: Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Nils Henrik Asheim, Joe McPhee, Lasse Marhaug, Sten Sandell, Håkon Kornstad, Arto Lindsay... Selected bands: Townhouse Orchestra, Atomic, School Days , ADA, The Thing, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, Boneshaker, The Quintet, Chicago Tentet...
The Large Unit ensemble was formed in 2013 as an orchestra of variable format with numerous Scandinavian jazz avant-garde heroes and ten albums under their belt. The unique feature of the band is the "amplified" rhythm section in numerical balance with expressive brass players. The listener discovers the inspiration in the "total jazz" of Charles Mingus and Carla Bley, crossed with inspirations from the folklore of Brazil and Ethiopia, combining disciplined playing in the rhythm of tribal rituals with sharp digressions of daring individuals.