Active bands

(in alphabetic order)

 
 
 

Arashi

Established in 2013, this trio performs free improvised music of high energy where all three members push themselves and the music beyond traditional boundaries.

photo by Dagge Lundquist   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Akira Sakata : alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, vocals /  Johan Berthling : double bass

photo by Dagge Lundquist

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Akira Sakata: alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, vocals / Johan Berthling: double bass

 

Arto Lindsay / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE duo

This duo met for the first time in Rio, 2013 when performing their first concert at Audio Rebel. Since then they´ve performed at the Guggenheim Museum, all major festivals: Moers, Roskilde, Skopje, Big Ears and more. The duo has one album out, Scarcity, released on LP and CD on PNL REC.

photo by Kim Hiorthøy   PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE : drums & percussion /  ARTO LINDSAY : electric guitar and vocals

photo by Kim Hiorthøy

PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE: drums & percussion / ARTO LINDSAY: electric guitar and vocals

 

Ballister

This free-wheeling trio first came together at a closed session in 2009, and as any fan of improvised music can imagine, the band hit hard from the first note and hasn’t looked back since. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70's and 80's featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, and the early-70's explorations of Miles Davis' electric bands.

photo by Lasse Marhaug   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Fred Lonberg-Holm : cello & electronics /  Dave Rempis:  alto, tenor and baritone saxophone

photo by Lasse Marhaug

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello & electronics / Dave Rempis: alto, tenor and baritone saxophone

 

Boneshaker

Established in 2011, the trio’s music remains free improvised, but with clear roots to the American tradition of free jazz. Although all three members are influenced by European improvised music as defined by the English, Dutch and German players of the mid sixties, the three share broad interests in music traditions from all over the world and appreciate when influences are let loose.

photo by Marek Lazarski   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Kent Kessler : double bass /  Mars Williams : reeds & toys

photo by Marek Lazarski

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Kent Kessler: double bass / Mars Williams: reeds & toys

 

Fish & Steel

This trio got together first time during a short tour of fall 2018. All three know each other from Large Unit but in this smaller unit it was clear that the three had more grounds to explore. Free improvisation, risk taking, surprising decisions, together and against, all over the place! CD to be released on PNL in early 2019.

photo: Inge Schreuder-Lindløv   Per Åke Holmlander : tuba /  Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Mats Äleklint : trombone

photo: Inge Schreuder-Lindløv

Per Åke Holmlander: tuba / Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Mats Äleklint: trombone

Frode Gjerstad TRIO +

Frode Gjerstad is a pioneer of free jazz in Norway and has since the very beginning of his career taken upon younger musicians on his shoulders. This is proved through the long time collaboration with Nilssen-Love which goes back to 1992(!). The two are joined by two bass players who push each other very far. The music is free improvised and takes inspiration from both the American and European tradition of free jazz and free improvisation.

photo by David Zuchowski   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Øyvind Storesund : double bass /  Jon Rune Strøm : double bass /  Frode Gjerstad : alto saxophone, alto flute and Bb-clarinet

photo by David Zuchowski

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Øyvind Storesund: double bass / Jon Rune Strøm: double bass / Frode Gjerstad: alto saxophone, alto flute and Bb-clarinet

HUNGRY GHOST

The trio met first time and did an extensive tour of Southeast Asia during the fall of 2018 and will have it´s first album released on Namaka early 2019. Free improvised music in the somewhat European tradition.

photo: Christian Meaas Svendsen   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Yong Yandsen : tenor saxophone /  Christian Meaas Svendsen : double bass

photo: Christian Meaas Svendsen

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Yong Yandsen: tenor saxophone / Christian Meaas Svendsen: double bass

Joe McPhee / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE duo

The two met for the first time when Joe joined The Thing in 2002. The two have done one off´s and tours since 2008 and released a 8 CD box set “Candy” showing the great history of the duo.

photo by Pedro Moreno   Joe McPhee:  reeds and brass /  Paal Nilssen-Love : drums & percussion

photo by Pedro Moreno

Joe McPhee: reeds and brass / Paal Nilssen-Love: drums & percussion

 

Ken Vandermark / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE duo

Nilssen-Love and Vandermark began this collaboration when they recorded their first (of now 10) album in 2002. Since then, they've performed on an international basis every year- in Europe, North America, and Japan. Their approach to the duo context is ferocious in its intensity, combining extreme rhythmic velocity with formal deconstruction and re-assembly, and a freedom to use any genre at any time.

photo by Dawid Laskowski   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums & percussion /  Ken Vandermark : tenor saxophone and Bb clarinet

photo by Dawid Laskowski

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums & percussion / Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone and Bb clarinet

 

Large Unit

Large Unit had it´s debut concert at Molde Jazzfestival 2013. Since then the band has toured and done concerts all around the world. Ethiopia, Brazil, Japan, North America and Europe. There´s a total of 7 different releases; CDs, LPs, book with CDs, EPs etc etc. For more info and booking, contact agent Danielle Oosterop here.

photo by Peter Gannushkin  Julie / Kristoffer / Ketil / Jon Rune / Paal / Christian / Thomas / Klaus / Per Åke / Tommi / Kalle / Mats / Andreas / Christian

photo by Peter Gannushkin

Julie / Kristoffer / Ketil / Jon Rune / Paal / Christian / Thomas / Klaus / Per Åke / Tommi / Kalle / Mats / Andreas / Christian

 

Lean Left

This meeting of two duos, crashes along sometimes creating a cacophonous racket but always musical and always ready to change direction or turn a new corner.

photo by Petra Cvelbar   Ken Vandermark : reeds /  Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Terrie Hessels : electric guitar /  Andy Moor : electric guitar

photo by Petra Cvelbar

Ken Vandermark: reeds / Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Terrie Hessels: electric guitar / Andy Moor: electric guitar

 

New Brazilian Funk

-imagine a meeting between Ornette Coleman’s electric band and Hermeto Pascoal. Very electric, quite danceable, wild and rapid-changing grooves with clear links and references to samba and samba rock. For more info and booking contact Danielle Oosterop here.

photo by Christian Brynildsen Obermayer   Paulinho Bicolor:  cuica /  Kiko Dinucci:  electric guitar /  Paal Nilssen-Love:  drums /  Frode Gjerstad:  alto saxophone  / Felipe Zenicola:  electric bass  /

photo by Christian Brynildsen Obermayer

Paulinho Bicolor: cuica / Kiko Dinucci: electric guitar / Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Frode Gjerstad: alto saxophone / Felipe Zenicola: electric bass /

Otomo Yoshihide / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE duo

The two met first time when Otomo was a guest with The Thing in 2004. Since then the two have met several times for various concerts in Japan and Europe and have by now released two albums from live concerts. Quite intense music, free improvised but with clear links to noise, blues and free jazz.

photo by Lasse Marhaug   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Otomo Yoshihide : electric guitar

photo by Lasse Marhaug

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Otomo Yoshihide: electric guitar

Paal Nilssen-Love SOLO

has performed solo since 2000 and regards it as something almost unpleasant but also important as defining a status quo of where you are, who you are and where you go as an improvisor. Several albums have been released by various labels. SOFA Music, PNL, iDEAL and Bocian.

photo by Petra Cvelbar

photo by Petra Cvelbar

Peter Brötzmann / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE duo

One of their favourite combination of instruments; sax & drums, sees the two in a challenging setting. This duo will provide an energy outlet out of the ordinary where grounding in generation and tradition ceases. This is music of today where life experience and youthful energy against each other in respect, trust, and a risky challenge of each other's expressions and stamina.

photo by Matias Corral   Paal Nilssen-Love : drums /  Peter Brötzmann : reeds

photo by Matias Corral

Paal Nilssen-Love: drums / Peter Brötzmann: reeds

Sten Sandell / Paal Nilssen Love duo

Sten and Paal met first time in 1999 when they formed a trio with bassist Johan Berthling. After some years of silence they decided to go duo. Two percussion instruments. Piano and drums. Music is improvised and takes the listener on some long journeys on unfamiliar paths. Extreme dynamics and contrasts but also patient work on simple ideas gives this duo it´s own character.

photo by Peter Gannushkin   Sten Sandell : piano /  Paal Nilssen-Love : drums & percussion

photo by Peter Gannushkin

Sten Sandell: piano / Paal Nilssen-Love: drums & percussion

Terrie Ex / PNL duo

The two met first time 2004-2005 and from then on it´s been full on with many different collaborations and projects all over the place. The two decided to explore the duo format in 2008 or so and has since then released three albums. The music is improvised with a strong element of and references to rock, metal, noise, and in fact, African music.

photo by Matias Corral   Terrie Ex : electric guitar /  PNL : drums

photo by Matias Corral

Terrie Ex: electric guitar / PNL: drums