Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit

ISSUE Project Room is pleased to present the Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights. For the last 20 years, Norwegian free jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love has built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most energetic and prolific musicians, known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians including Arto Lindsay, Jim O’Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, and many others.

In 2013 Nilssen-Love launched his own big band ensemble, Large Unit, pulling together an international ensemble of 11. Large Unit manifests as an intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages. The group includes members from Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In other words: Nordic music at its most powerful.

Thomas Johansson (NO) – cornet and flugelhorn
Mats Äleklint (SE) – trombone
Julie Kjær (DK) – alto saxophone and flute
Klaus Holm (NO) – alto and baritone saxophone
Per Åke Holmlander (SE) – tuba
Ketil Gutvik (NO) – electric guitar
Tommi Keranen (FIN) – electronics
Jon Rune Strøm (NO) – double and electric bass
Christian Meaas Svendsen (NO) – double and electric bass
Andreas Wildhagen (NO) – drums and percussion
Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) – drums and percussion
Christian Obermayer (NO) – live sound

"As exciting and quixotic as many of the parts were, it was the architecture and mystique of the whole ensemble that prevailed and impressed most deeply.”
– Josef Woodard, Downbeat