Ars Nova Workshop Presents…
PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE LARGE UNIT
This powerhouse Norwegian large ensemble makes its very first appearance in Philadelphia to tear the roof off of Boot & Saddle.
Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians to out of Norway. With thousands of performances and hundreds of recordings, Nilssen-Love is known for his extraordinary work in The Thing, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, and many others.
In 2013 Nilssen-Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensem...ble. 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 is also fortunate to include members from the other Nordic countries; Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In other words, Nordic music as it's best! Traces of Nilssen-Love's work with groups like Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band and Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra are of course evident.
Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival July 2013 and has since then toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe. A small taste of what to expect came with the two-track EP ”First Blow”, but during autumn 2014, Large Unit unleashed its full load with the massive debut album called ”Erta Ale” – which was released in four different formats totalling more than two hours worth of new music. Large Unit was expanded to 14 members (including two Brazilian percussionists) in August 2015 and recorded live and studio which resulted in the CD named “ANA”. The album combines Brazilian rhythms, free blowing and big band riffing in a highly successful way. Nilssen-Love had a new book of tunes for their European fall-tour of 2015 and these were recorded successfully in the spring of 2016 and appear on the latest album titled “Fluku”. The band was also expanded to include 20 music students from Oslo in connection with Ny Musikk, Oslo´s festival Only Connect. This concert, which is a live recording of the commissioned piece “More Fun, Please!” will be released spring of 2018.
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147