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 intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages. The group also includes members from Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. In other words, Nordic music at its most powerful. 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 evident, but there is no doubt that with Large Unit, Nilssen-Love aims to create group with sound of its own. Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival in 2013 and since then has toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe. In 2014, Large Unit released their debut album ”Erta Ale” (followed by “Ana”) where the power of the whole group is felt the strongest with all musicians in full blast.
22 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 22:00