Paal Nilssen-Love + Extra Large Unit


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Paal Nilssen-Love. Foto: Johanna Siring.

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Paal Nilssen-Love
 is one of Norway’s foremost percussionists and a world name in improvisation and jazz. In recent years he has toured the world, both solo, in various constellations and as leader of his own big band Large Unit.

Only Connect will present the premiere of a new commission performed by an extended version of Large Unit. The ensemble’s twelve permanent members are intensified by Intuitive People, students from Rolf-Erik Nystrøm and Håkon Thelin's course at the Norwegian Academy of Music. We can promise an energetic performance in the grand Marble Hall. 

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Large Unit. Foto: Dawid Laskowski.

Drummer and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the most active jazz musicians in the world. He has collaborates with a huge amount of musicians including Arto Lindsay, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, Otomo Yoshihide, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker and Ken Vandermark, is a member of The Thing, was and founder musical director of Large Unit. He is on tour for most of the year. He plays in The Thing trio and is the director of Large Unit consisting of 12 Nordic musicians. Nilssen-Love is also one of the brains behind the improv-festival All Ears and jazz festival Blow Out. He runs his own label, PNL Records.

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 that 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. 

Intuitive People, students from Rolf-Erik Nystrøm and Håkon Thelin's elective at the Norwegian Academy of Music, has for over 10 years mainly been about how to create a greater awareness of their own artistic agenda.

This year's students are:
Julie Helgeland Davidsen - fleut
Markus Dvergastein - guitar
Tatia Chikovani - piano
Martin Kvalø - piano 
Shayila Mahesuti- piano/conductor
Richard Köster - trumpet 
Edo Hayek - horn
Mats Hägerlind - trombone
Kalle Moberg - accordion
Ásta Soffia Thorrgeirsdóttir - accordion 
Mykola Sheremeta - accordion
Torfinn Hofstad - viola
Tor Alvin Wika - violin
Rebekka Eikefet - cello
Håkon Bjørgo - double bass
Torstein Johansen - double bass
Torgrim Halse - percussion
Magnus Breivik Løvseth - tuba
Eirik Sanner - eufonium
Joao Grilo - piano
Maria Quevedo Meloni - cello
Reindert Spanhove - saxophone

Only Connect
18 - 20 May 2017

Sentralen, Oslo
Øvre Slottsgate 3

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