Paal Nilssen-Love’s LARGE UNIT coming to 701 CCA, June 16!



When: Tuesday, June 16, 8 pm

Where: 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St. Columbia, SC 29201


  • Members, $10; Non-members, $15 (general admission) – Price goes up $5 at 5 pm, 6/15

  • Individual for priority seating – Members, $20; Non-members, $30 (Sales end 6/15)

  • 4 top table – (priority seating – includes a bottle of wine), $150 (Sales end 6/15)

  • 6 top table – (priority seating – includes 2 bottles of wine), $250 (Sales end 6/15)

Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others.

In 2013 Nilssen-Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensemble. 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!

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 is released in four different formats totalling more than two hours worth of new music.

”Erta Ale” is a combination of live and studio recordings of the pieces Large Unit has played in the last 12 months. All compositions are by Nilssen-Love, but the musicians are given great freedom to contribute their own flavours to the music. The band is stripped down to single players, duos etc and at times split into several groups. The power of the whole groups is of course a treat in itself when in full blast. 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 of course evident. There is no doubt that Nilssen-Love has taken inspiration from his years in these bands but still with the aim to create a new group with a sound of it´s own.

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Large Unit is:
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 & percussion
Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) – drums & percussion
Christian Obermayer (NO) – sound engineer
Tour dates in 2015 are: Europe: 28th April – 10th May; USA and Canada: 13th-30th June; Europe: 26th October – 8th November.
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