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Moers Festival Interviews: Paal Nilssen-Love

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Paal Nilssen-Love" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love was set to bring his Large Unit to the long-established Moers Festival on Saturday 30th May. Tim Isfort, the artistic director of this German weekender, has just presented a press conference on the morning of 22nd April, revealing the now-transformed aspect of the event. To quote the Moers Festival's handy 2020 slogan, they will find 'new ways to fly.' The altered plan is to continue without an audience, as a live-streamed programme which will be ...

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Mats Aleklint/Per-Ake Holmlander/Paal Nilssen-Love: Fish & Steel

Read "Fish & Steel" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

PNL Records was started in 2007 by Norwegian jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love to release his recordings as a solo artist, with his big band Large Unit, and in collaborations with other artists. Fish & Steel is the self-titled debut from the trio of trombonist Mats Åleklint, tuba player Per-Äke Holmlander, and Nilssen-Love. All three are part of Nilssen-Love's twelve-member Large Unit and its spin-off units, Extra Large, and Small. The two extended tracks were recorded live at the Blow Out ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola: Bota Fogo

Read "Bota Fogo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are secrets revealed and the true identities of musicians often emerge, not under the guidance of a music producer, but within the allegiances they form as they freelance around the world. Take Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, for instance. Early (very early) in his career he (and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten) backed players like Bugge Wesseltoft, Zim Nqawana, and Peter Wettre. But then his noisier free jazz propensities began to be revealed. The pair went on to form the jazz/garage ...

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Paal Nilssen-Love, Bruce Brubaker, Muzsikás & The Glasshouse Orchestra

Read "Paal Nilssen-Love, Bruce Brubaker, Muzsikás & The Glasshouse Orchestra" reviewed by Martin Longley

Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit First Unitarian Congregational Society June 13, 2015 There aren't many churches where a believer can purchase Large Unit underpants upon entrance. Brooklyn's Issue Project Room experimental music venue is currently undergoing even further renovations, so they've been promoting gigs at various temporary haunts around the city. A reverberant Brooklyn Heights space such as this one might be viewed as an uncertain proposition when housing a fully engorged band such ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Close Encounters Of The Skronky Kind

Read "Close Encounters Of The Skronky Kind" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the hardest-working musicians in the European free jazz and free improvisation scenes. Amongst his near-countless activities, the Norwegian drummer collaborates on a regular basis with Chicago reed multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark, in their ongoing duo, in the Double Cement trio and Lean Left quartet, as a member of Peter Brötzmann's Hairy Bones quartet and Roma Trio, and the now-defunct Chicago Tentet. He's also a member of the Swedish-Norwegian power trio The Thing and Atomic quintet, and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Kumiko Takara/Massimo Pupillo/Paal Nilssen-Love: Raids On The Unspeakable

Read "Raids On The Unspeakable" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This limited edition, 12" vinyl album features a rare meeting of threeof-a-kind powerhouse musicians who blur the boundaries between contemporary improvised music, avant-rock and shifting grooves. Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Italian electric bassist Massimo Pupillo (founding member of punk-jazz trio Zu) are the driving rhythm section behind saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's Hairy Bones quartet, and collaborated before in the trio OffOnOff with The Ex guitarist Terrie Ex, among countless other collaborations. Japanese percussionist Kumiko Takara plays contemporary music and collaborates ...

Paal Nilssen-Love: Transforming the Boundaries of Creative Music

Read "Paal Nilssen-Love: Transforming the Boundaries of Creative Music" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

He learned to play the drums before he could walk, battled cancer before the age of thirty, and is a driving force behind several of today's most innovative and progressive bands (Atomic, The Thing, Ken Vandermark, Frode Gjerstad and the Peter Brotzmann Tentet) just to name a few. He has taken the drums to new creative levels, has been a part of thirty-three recording projects, and that's just in the last two years. If there is a common ...


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