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Paal Nilssen Love Large Unit launch North American debut tour

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 11. Jun, 2015

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit (photo: Kim Hiorthøy)

Drummer par extraordinaire Paal Nilssen-Love brings his energetic ensemble Large Unit to US and Canada for its debut tour of the territory.

Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit to carve its 14-date debut tour across the US and Canada in June.

Paal Nilssen-Love is an essential player on the Scandinavian avant-jazz scene, and widely regarded as one of the most innovative, versatile and dynamic drummers in modern jazz. His curriculum vitae includes stints with abstract jazz titans Ken Vandermark, Pat Metheny and John Butcher as well as outfits such as Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band and FME.

Paal Nilssen-Love and his fellow ensemble members are set to give an unique insight into life on the road, as they’ve agreed take over Music Norway’s Instagram account for the duration of the tour. Keep track of what’s going down HERE.


With Large Unit, Nilssen-Love has put together his biggest and most ambitious ensemble to date, certainly in terms of sheer size — the group boasts two drummers, two bassists, two saxophonists, a three-piece brass section, a guitarist and an electronic musician.

Large Unit’s compositions serve its ambitious mission, creating situations likely to bring out their collective strengths. More than an all-ballast white-knuckle ride, the music ranges from out electroacoustic sound work to driving modern European jazz. The unit, when playing all together, generates a powerful noise, but the ensemble often subdivides into smaller, self-governing groups to connect fields of open space, swinging between stoutly built riffs spring-loaded for soloing.

June 13th marks the start of Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit’s 14-date North American tour which includes live appearances in NYC, Baltimore, Raleigh, Columbia, Lexington, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Vancouver and Seatte.

Ahead of the upcoming tour, Paal Nilssen-Love talked to Indy Week earlier this week about what seems to be his infinite supply of musical enthusiasm.

Free Times are also fronting a nice feature on the upcoming tour.

Full tour schedule, venue info etc. in Music Norway’s Calendar Section.

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit North American tour is supported by Music Norway’s Tour Support Programme.