2018-06-08 / Arts & Entertainment

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents Paal Nilssen-Love

Contributed by 701 Center for Contemporary Art


Paal Nilssen-Love Paal Nilssen-Love 701 Center for Contemporary Art will present Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit Thursday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m.

Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians who came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark,

Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi, and many others.

In 2013, Nilssen- Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensemble. Consisting of mostly younger Norwegian musicians, Large Unit manifests as an intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages. The group also includes members from Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In other words, Nordic music at its most powerful.

Traces of Nilssen- Love’s experience from groups like Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, and Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra are evident, but there is no doubt with Large Unit Nilssen-Love aims to create a group with a sound of its own.

Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival in 2013 and has since then toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe. In the autumn of 2014 Large Unit unleashed its full load with the massive debut album “Erta Ale”—which was released in four different formats totalling more than two hours worth of music—a bold move for a debut release, but the album was met with positive reviews throughout the music scene.

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