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Large Unit (Paal Nilssen-Love): New Map (PNL)

One of a pair of albums--New Map and Clusterfuck--recorded in the studio in Oslo, Norway by percussionist and composer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit, a 15-piece, incredibly flexible and open-minded ensemble, here performing a work where the improvisers are provided with a series of open-form "cells"--concrete ideas, notes and directions--to which they must respond.
 

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Marthe Lea-penny whistle, tenor saxophone

Klaus Ellerhusen Holm-Bb clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Kristoffer Berre Alberts-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Richard Koster-trumpet

Mats Aleklint-trombone

Per Ake Holmlander-tuba

Ketil Gutvik-electric guitar

Lotte Krueger-harp

Kalle Moberg-accordion

Tommi Keranen-electronics

Jon Rune Strom-double bass

Christian Meaas Svendsen-double bass

Celio De Carvalho-percussion

Andreas Wildhagen-drums, percussion

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums, percussion, gongs, cymbals


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UPC: 7041886100906

Label: PNL
Catalog ID: PNL054
Squidco Product Code: 32983

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Paradiso, in Oslo, Norway, on September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2021, by Christian Engfelt.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"In the autumn of 2021 a 15-piece strong Large Unit reunited at Studio Paradiso in Oslo to record two new albums: New Map and Clusterfuck. These two albums can be seen as twin releases, recorded and released in conjunction with each other, yet they are also different to each other.

Both albums follow the previous More Fun Please album from 2018, with Nilssen-Love working within the field of new music composition, taking inspiration from composers like John Cage, Morton Feldman and Cornelius Cardew.

For New Map Nilssen-Love provided the band with open-form "cells" of concrete ideas/notes/directions that the musicians had to respond to.

On Clusterfuck the approach was graphic notations. Both approaches gave the musicians more responsibility on how to shape the music. The compositional guidelines are balanced with blocks of improvisation, with the band veering from subtle passages to bursts of explosive blowouts. Two exciting new additions to the Large Unit catalogue at the end of 2022, which sets the tone for the band's ten- year anniversary in 2023."-PNL


Artist Biographies

Marthe Lea is a Norwegian improviser and jazz musician, performing primarily on saxophone and guitar, but also on flute, piano, as a percussionist and vocalist. She is know for her own group the Marthe Lea Band, and also Andreas Røysum Ensemble, Vilhelm Bromanders Initiativ, Yūgen, a trio with Ayumi Tanaka and Thomas Strønen, and work with Axel Dörner and Alasdair Roberts.

-Squidco 7/10/2024

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"Klaus Ellerhusen Holm was born in Oslo on July 30, 1979. Currently living in Trondheim and working in the field of improvised music and the outer regions of jazz. Enjoying and feeling at home in a number of different settings within this environment.

Started playing the cornet at age six, but soon after changed to the saxophone. He has a bachelor degree from the jazz department at the Trondheim music conservatory and has studied composition at the Norwegian academy of music. Currently the most active projects are: Honest John (cd Canarie - Rudi Records, 2014), Large Unit, led by drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (cd/vinyl/cassette/flexi disc: First Blow, Erta Ale and Rio Fun - PNL records 2014/15) and Ballrogg with Roger Arntzen and Ivar Grydeland (cds: Ballrogg - Bolage, 2008; Insomnia - Bolage, 2010; Cabin music - Hubro, 2012). He is also working in a duo format with Swedish guitarist David Stackenäs. As well as large formats with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, where he is a steady workhorse playing works by young Norwegian composers. Among others: Kim Myhr (cd Stems and Cages - MNJ records, 2010), Øivind Brække (cds: Migrations - MNJ records, 2011), Motorpsycho with Ståle Storløkken (cd The Death Defying Unicorn - Stickman Records, 2012) and Espen Reinertsen in 2015. In addition there are also some occasional solo performances.

He has performed music in 17 countries, and recent performances include Moers festival, Music Unlimited Wels, Art Acts St Johan, Earshot festival and Montreal Jazz festival, as well as most of the major Norwegian jazz festivals.

He has also collaborated with, or played in ad hoc settings with: Mats Äleklint, Johan Berthling, Xavier Charles, Clare Cooper, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner, Michael Duch, John Edwards, Sidsel Endresen, Sture Ericson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Frode Gjerstad, Giuseppe Giufree, Ivar Grydeland, Anders Hana, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Terje Isungset, Anita Kaasbøll, Håkon Kornstad, Ola Kvernberg, Ole Henrik Moe, Matthias Muche, Lars Myrvoll, Kim Myhr, Kjell Nordeson, John Russell, Fredrik Rundqvist, Kari Rønnekleiv, Ignaz Schick, Raymond Strid, Mattias Ståhl, Christian Wallumrød, Stian Westerhus, Joe Williamson, Ingar Zach and Per Zanussi."

-Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm Website (http://www.klausholm.no/about/)
7/10/2024

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"Bachelor of performing jazz from Jazz Academy, Trondheim, NTNU, 2008.

Master of performing jazz/improvised music from Norwegian Academy of Music, finish 2016.

Written about Kristoffer Berre Alberts

"Alberts' hearty saxophone is a center piece of the music. Both brash and agile, he switches from post-bop lines to caterwauls in a moment's notice." av Paul Ascquaro. Freejazzblog

"Saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts has mastered a personal tonal language" - Eyrel Hareuveni, All about jazz"

-Kristoffer Alberts Website (https://kristofferalberts.com/about/)
7/10/2024

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Richard Köster is a German trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He is known for the groups Doomsday Preppers, Extra Large Unit, Kammerer OrKöster and Synesthetic Octet.

-Metason Artist Info (https://music.metason.net/artistinfo?name=Richard%20K%C3%B6ster)
7/10/2024

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"Mats Aleklint is a freelance trombone player, born 1979, that lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

I work mostly in the fields of improvisation and jazz, but also blues, soul, theater music, pop and rock. I have been working as a freelance since the year 2000, and touring in Sweden, Norway, Canada, Slovenia, Portugal, England, Germany, and many other countries. Toured with/Recorded with: Alberto Pinton Quintet, YunKan10, Torbjörn Zetterberg Octet, Norrbotten Big Band, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, The Thing XXL, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Brus Trio+2, Big Band Splash, Per-Henrik Wallin, Harmonica Henry, Lisa Ullén Quartet, Blacknuss, Angles, Je Suis!, All Included, LED, and many many others. I also have a band of my own, Mats Äleklint Kvartett."

-Mats Aleklint Website (http://www.matsaleklint.com/?page_id=7)
7/10/2024

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"Per-Åke Holmlander...

...born in 1957 in Skellefteå in the very north of Sweden. Holmlander received his diploma in classical tuba in 1983 at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with Michael Lind as a teacher. Holmlander has always worked simultaneously with improvisation, jazz and rock music as well as classical and contemporary music.

As an improviser Holmlander has worked with - Eje Thelin, Marilyn Crispell, Paul Lovens, Folke Rabe, Phil Minton, Sten Sandell, Sven-Åke Johansson, Mats Persson, Gunter Christmann, Kjell Westling, Keith Rowe, Jan Allan, Georg Riedel, Position Alpha, DJustable, Jon Vanderlander Trio, The Swedish Radio Jazz Group, Ken Vandermark - Territory Band & Resonance Ensemble, The Frontroom Ensemble, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Torden Kvartetten & Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet...among many others.

Holmlander works a lot with theatre music, sometimes he plays solo and he regularly works with Fire! Orchestra, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Barry Guy New Orchestra, Fredrik Ljungkvist and his Yun Kan 5 & 10 and recently with Parti&Minut, Swedish azz, Inner Ear & Mats Gustafsson NU-Ensemble.

Per-Åke has participated in more than 100 records and 1800 theatrical performances. He has given concerts in 38 countries and he is since December 2008 a member of the government run - Musikalliansen."

-Carliot.Org (http://carliot.org/)
7/10/2024

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"Ketil Gutvik, jazz- guitarist/composer/improviser, born in Norway 1972. His style of playing and writing is inspired by the sixties American jazz, but also contemporary European jazz and impro-music has been a major influence to him. He is also a huge admirer of Sonny Rollins recordings from the fifties.A native of Trondheim, but moved to Oslo in 1992. During the mid nineties he formed what would become his major artistic project for many years, the quartet Presence. At this time he also joined vocalist Marvin Charles' trio with bassist Eivind Opsvik. In 1994 Ketil was introduced to the young pianist Håvard Wiik. From 95 to 98 they worked together regularly in different constellations. In 1996 Ketil formed the trio, plusthree, together with bassplayer Eivind Opsvik and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. A private recordingsession of this trio with guests, summer 98, resulted in the sensational and critically acclaimed impro-group, The Quintet. From 97 to 99 Ketil run the weekly jazzclub concept, Drazztic Acoustic, at Oslo's hippest scene for DJs and club music, Jazid Club. Drazztic Acoustic evolved into the most important venue for free music in Norway at the time . The quartet, Walkie Talkie, with alto saxophonist Frode Nymo, was formed summer 2000. The group's repertoire has been based upon (bassist) Per Zanussi- and Gutvik-compositions, and it's activity includes several festival- and club-concerts. Together with other improvising musicians from different musical genres Ketil started the impro concert series, Fritt Fall (means: free fall), at the club Blå in the beginning of 2001. After this Ketil has performed regularly at Blå with free improvised music in many different constellations. A Fritt Fall-concert in 2001 led into the impro-ensemble, Gutvik/Vinaccia/Wallumrød/Kornstad. This group did a number of successful club- and festival-concerts in both 2001 and 2002. In 2002 Ketil met Klaus Ellerhusen Holm for the first time, and this meeting sparked their strong and lasting duo (Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2005, Oslo Jazzfestival 2005). At the beginning of 2003 Ketil also formed a duo with saxophonist Kjetil Møster. The duo toured Norway in 2003 and 2004. After avoiding the classic guitar-trio-fomat for many years Ketil formed a trio with drummer Per Oddvar Johansen and bassist Per Zanussi back in 2001. Playing trio again inspired him to write and play music in a different way and after hearing Jack deJohnette's first Special Edition album from '79 in 2003, he got new ideas to the concept of combining written and free form music within the same group. He decided to start a group with the guitar trio sound at the core, sorrounded by strong saxophone voices. Ketil Gutvik F E M did it's first concert at Ketil's summer concert series, Gutvik Ukentlig, in 2003. By 2005 this was Ketil's major project having toured Norway and Sweden, played at Oslo Jazz Festival in 2004 and Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2005. Also to be mentioned is the Gutvik&Hana Drum-ensemble. This group, with guitarist Anders Hana and two drummers, did a number of concerts from summer 2004. Other groups and projects include the duo with Klaus Ellerhusen Holm. Duo with Kjetil Møster. Trio with Atle Nymo and Mats Monstad. Quartet with Øyvind Brække, Eivind Opsvik, and Andreas Bye. Trio with Stig Rennestraum and Bjørn Thevik. Quartet with Kjetil Møster, Niklas Korssell, Johan Berthling. Duo with Tanja Orning. Quartet with Frode Gjerstad. Duo with Niklas Korssell. In 2007, after working on and off with a big number of projects for several years, Ketil decided to focus on just a one impro-group besides a few duo-collaborations. With noise-tuba-wizard Børre Mølstad and the amazing drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen the trio NO, GUTVIK performed several concerts in 2007. NO, GUTVIK works in the field of improvised texture music with noise- and freejazz-elements. Other activities the latest years includes duo with Michael Francis Duch, duo with Harald Fetveit, duo with english percussionist Patrick Farmer, duo with Frode Gjerstad, duo with Espen Reinertsen, duo with Axel Dörner, duo with english guitarplayer John Russell.

Through his permanent groups and different projects Ketil works/has worked with musicians like; Paal Nilssen-Love, Nils-Olav Johansen, Knut Riisnæs, Carl Magnus Neumann, Bjørnar Andresen, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Vidar Johansen, Eivind Opsvik, Christian Wallumrød, Håkon Kornstad, Johan Berthling, Kjetil Møster, Paolo Vinaccia, Frode Nymo, Håvard Wiik, Per Oddvar Johansen, Petter Wettre, Mats Eilertsen to mention a few."

-Ketil Gutvik Website (http://www.gutvik.com/info.html)
7/10/2024

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Lotte Krueger. harp:

"Right in the middle of turning passion into a profession

Most of the time I'm sitting hugging my gigantic instrument and, through a not so complex process, I rarely bring the 47 strings into hoola-hoop movements all at the same time.

Sometimes I also sit next to them while another person hugs their harp. Then I have the great pleasure of making an impressive change of perspective through the small geographical variation of approx. 50cm. In the best case, we both learn something new or at least have the fun of our lives.

Inspiration can be anything. Music studies with Prof. Maria Stange. Body percussion in Berlin. Celtic Harp with Cheyenne Brown and Loreena McKennit. Jazz harp with Park Stickney, classical harp with Frédérique Cambreling, orchestral projects conducted by Peter Tilling and Peter Eötvös, Erasmus in Oslo with Isabelle Perrin. Uninhibited dancing at a small techno festival somewhere in Franconian Switzerland."

-Lotte Krueger Website (Translated by Google) (https://lottekrueger.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Kalle Moberg (*1994) has excelled as one of Norway's most promising musicians of his generation. His groundbreaking work with unconventional extended techniques on his main instrument - the accordion, is increasingly gaining international attention. Moberg performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician in classical and contemporary music, and as an improviser ranging from freely improvised music to jazz, and has been touring in America, Mexico, Japan and Europe.

Besides his bachelor degree studies in classical music at the Norwegian Academy of Music from 2013-2017, Moberg held the position as kapellmeister at The Norwegian Royal Palace. He left Norway in the fall of 2017 for a master's degree at Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland, studying classical music performance under Teodoro Anzellotti (IT). After graduation in 2019, Moberg returned to his hometown Oslo and is now employed at the Norwegian Academy of Music in a research position (Ph.D. in artistic research) continuing his technique centric research.

Moberg collaborates with several well established musicians, like Jim O'Rourke (US) whom among other things recorded Moberg's solo album in 2019; Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) whom brought Moberg into his band Large Unit in 2017, as well as the septet Circus later on, and in a trio with reedist Frode Gjerstad (NO); Paul Lytton (EN) and Philipp Wachsmann (UG) in the trio The Punk and the Gaffers; Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (NO) in his quintet Honest John; Moberg is also playing in Oslo Jazz Ensemble, a project based ensemble working with artists such as Maria Schneider (US), Ola Kvernberg (NO), Håkon Kornstad (NO) among others. Moberg has performed alongside well established musicians like: Mat Maneri (US), Marshall Allen (US), Joe Talia (AU), Akira Sakata (JP), Eiko Ishibashi (JP), Okkyung Lee (SK), Alison Blunt (KE), Mazen Kerbaj (LB), Ab Baars (NL), Kresten Osgood (DK), Per-Åke Holmlander (SW), Ingebrigt Håker Flaaten (NO), and with London Improvisers Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta amongst other large ensembles.

Moberg actively compose and arrange music. He wrote the piece "Oraklet i Delfi" / "The Oracle of Delphi" to Oslo Jazz Ensemble per commission for the opening of Oslo Jazz Festival 2020, amongst other projects. In 2018 he premiered Arthur Akshelyan's accordion concerto Lichtfarben III, with the orchestra Vertigo, at Dampfzentrale in Bern, Switzerland."

-Kalle Moberg Website (https://www.kallemoberg.com/about)
7/10/2024

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"Tommi Keränen is a noise maker from Helsinki. Active since the late 1990s, he performs and records as a solo artist, and is a member of Testicle Hazard, Large Unit, Köttskogen, Gentle Evil and the Truckfuckers. He primary uses primitive electronics and non-standard digital synthesis - the resulting music is rugged slabs of vivid swirling noise. His discography consists of over two dozen entries ranging from cryptic tapes to critically acclaimed releases like the bats in the attic cd (among the wire's rewind picks in 2010). He has collaborated with many artists including Florian Hecker, The Incapacitants, Lasse Marhaug and Phill Niblock."

-Murmer (http://www.murmerings.com/tag/tommi-keranen/)
7/10/2024

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"Strøm grew up on an island in the north-west of Norway. Influenced u. A. By Gary Peacock and Frode Gjerstad , with the first shots were (East of the West, 2011), he plays in the Norwegian free jazz scene with Paal Nilssen-Loves Group Large Unit, Petter Wettre and Mats Gustafsson Nu Ensemble, also with musicians like Mats Äleklint , John Dikeman , Martin Kitchen , Thomas Johansson and Tollef Østvang in formations such as SAKA Trio, Universal Indians, All Included and Friends & Neighbors. 2013, it issued a solo album Jøa.

-Wikipedia (translated Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Rune_Str¿m)
7/10/2024

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"Svendsen started his jazz career within Kongsberg Big Band, was a year at Toneheim folkehøgskole and later studied Performing jazz music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. In 2007 he was awarded Kongsberg Jazzfestival's talent scholarship. During the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2010, Svendsen referred to as The festival's busiest musician by Laagendalsposten[1] when he performed seven gigs in different constellations during the festival. In 2011 he received Kongsberg Municipality's Cultural Grant.[2] for sitt arbeid med byens tradisjonelle julejam.

Together with his own quintet Mopti he won the 2012 JazzIntro award.[3][4] After this he has performed among others with the brilliant Japanese pianist and band leader Ayumi Tanaka in the band Nakama with the release Before The Storm (2015) and the exiting Ayumi Tanaka Trio with the release Momento (2016)."-Wikipedia

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Meaas_Svendsen)
7/10/2024

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"Célio was born in Rio de Janeiro on the February 16 - 1959 in a family of classical musicians. As he says he doesn't remember when he started to play drums "ever, since I remember it has always being a drum around me".

At the age of ten he studied clarinet in the music corps the Colegio Salesianos Santa Rosa under the direction of Mestre Afonso dos Reis. Playing Capoeira and Samba on the streets he got the contact with some of the Brazilians rhythms. At the age of 16 he started to join local groups at the trap drums. He played with numerous local groups in an intense activity carrying his drums in the busses around Rio going from rehearsal to rehearsal, from gig to gig in an exhausting marathon.

Three years later started a classical percussion studies at Instituto Villa Lobos under leading of Edgar Nunes Roca and Hugo Tagning, five years in the conservatorium ended up in a meeting with Hermeto Pascoal...he abandoned school five months before getting his diploma. "Hermeto gave me, in a couple of months, much more then what I got in five years in the school".

In 1983 he was invited to teach samba in Oslo for the Norwegian Carnival. He was planning to stay one year in Norway but he stayed since then. More than seventy records recorded in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, USA, Germany, Brazil, Denmark and Russia. Five of these records have got the Spelemans Pris, the Norwegian Grammy.

Celio has performed/ recorded with numerous groups and artists, to name some: The Talisman Group, The Hammocks, Trio de Janeiro, Jørn Hoel, Jan Eggun, Øystein Sunde, Nuku, Jon Christensen's Bestillingsverk, Tone Holbækmo and Hans Frederik Jakobsen, Kalenda Maya, Håkon Grafs Grafitti, Geir Lystrup, David Chocron, Kringkastingsorkesteret, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Oslo Gospel Choir and more, (Norway), Mezzoforte, Gaia (Iceland), Phip Hamilton, Full Circle ( USA), Artur Maia, Robertinho Silva, Ju Cassou,Carlos Negreiros, Catia de Franca, SESC ( Brazil), Bye Bye Brazil ( Netherlands) Oleg Kireyev, Arkady Kilkloper ( Russia)and many more.

Celio has a duo with the most celebrated drummer of Brazil, Robertinho Silva and take part in this groups: Combonations, Zanza, Philip Hamilton's band, A Primal Spirit, Oleg Kirevs band Claudio Dauelsberg Quartet, to name a fell.

He has got a big reputation in Russia where he has performed couple of times with his own group, A Primal Spirit.

Courses, clinics or workshops: Music Høyskolen - Oslo, Summer Jazz - Finland Slagverk Festival - Stockholm, Bergen Harmonien ( Philharmonic Orchestra) - Bergen, Førde internationale folk music festival, Lørenskog musikkskole, Kringkastingsorkesteret and much more.

In 1996 he released his solo album Avenida Brasil sponsored by Norsk Kassett Avgifts Fond and Fond For Utøvende Kunstnere. In the latest 8 years has Célio started a cultural project involving Brasil and Norway, until now has he taking Norwegian musicians for tours in Brasil 7 times with a great success. Celio's project has touring around Brasil for an organization called SESC and is the first time in SESC's history that an artist do more than one "whole country" tour, more tours is to come. Célio has been working for the Norwegian state organization Rikskonsertene since 1986, travelling the whole country playing for children and adults."

-Celio De Carvalho Website (http://celiodecarvalho.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Andreas Wildhagen was raised in Oslo and attended the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2012, earning his Masters degree in 2014. He is a sought-after jazz drummer and participates on a series of records with bands like like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Nakama, Lana Trio, Momentum, Jonas Cambien Trio, and Mopti. He has released a solo drum album in 2016 on the Nakama Records label, No Right No Left"

7/10/2024

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"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.

The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.

Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.

All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."

-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/biography.php)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. New Map 22:25

2. Circles 21:04

3. Gong Piece 6:17

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"Smash", "Even More Smashing" and "Grab" sums up the intense energy that the Ballister trio brought to their 2022 performance at Elastic Arts in Chicago as part of the Catalytic Sound Festival, impelled by Paul Nilssen-Love's powerful drumming and Fred Lonberg-Holm's demanding cello work, with Dave Rempis roaring on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; wow!
Swell, Steve
Dances with Questions [3-CD SET]
(Not Two)
Recorded during the 2019 Kraków Jazz Autumn Festival, NY trombonist Steve Swell leads a series of small groups and a large ensemble, recording at Radio Kraków and at Alchemia with some of Europe's most active improvisers: Gebhard Ullmannm, Elisabeth Harnik, Niklas Barno, Paal Nilssen-Love, Jon Rune Strom, Carlos Zingaro, Mikolaj Trzaska, Signe Emmeluth, Hanne de Backer, Elisabeth Coudoux, & Per Ake Holmlander.
Ahanes (Kokkoli / Arapis / Aleklint / Zethson / Zetterberg / Agnas)
Petrichor
(Clean Feed)
Stockholm pianist Alexander Zethson invited Greek saxophonist Nicky Kokkoli and guitarist Giannis Arapis to take part in his 13-piece Thanatosis festival ensemble VÖ; they then asked drummer Nils Agnas, bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg and trombonist Mats Äleklint to join them for this sublimely flowing sextet studio session, which includes works by Mingus and Coltrane.
Bromander, Vilhelm
In This Forever Unfolding Moment [VINYL]
(thanatosis produktion)
Drawing on ideas from the 60s and 70--Ornette Coleman, John and Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and Charlie Haden--bassist Vilhelm Bromander assembles an accomplished ensemble of Stockholm improvisers to perform three works of warmth and spiritual power, incorporating jazz, world and contemporary music in a stunning and rich album that exudes a wealth of experience and musical clarity.
Bromander, Vilhelm
In This Forever Unfolding Moment
(thanatosis produktion)
Drawing on ideas from the 60s and 70--Ornette Coleman, John and Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and Charlie Haden--bassist Vilhelm Bromander assembles an accomplished ensemble of Stockholm improvisers to perform three works of warmth and spiritual power, incorporating jazz, world and contemporary music in a stunning and rich album that exudes a wealth of experience and musical clarity.
Large Unit (Paal Nilssen-Love)
Clusterfuck
(PNL)
One of a pair of albums--New Map and Clusterfuck--recorded in the studio in Oslo, Norway by percussionist and composer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit, a 15-piece, incredibly flexible and open-minded ensemble, here improvising over a work of graphic notation where the composed structures are balanced with blocks of improvisation, allowing for quick dynamic shifts in direction.
Ahanes (Kokkoli / Arapis / Aleklint / Zethson / Zetterberg / Agnas)
Petrichor
(Clean Feed)
Stockholm pianist Alexander Zethson invited Greek saxophonist Nicky Kokkoli and guitarist Giannis Arapis to take part in his 13-piece Thanatosis festival ensemble VÖ; they then asked drummer Nils Agnas, bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg and trombonist Mats Äleklint to join them for this sublimely flowing sextet studio session, which includes works by Mingus and Coltrane.
Angles
A Muted Reality
(Clean Feed)
The chameleonic configuration of Angles is here an octet, in a powerfully building and passionate set of three recordings performed by Martin Kuchen (alto sax), Magnus Broo & Goran Kajfes (trumpets), Mats Aleklint (trombone), Mattias Stahl (vibraphone), Alexander Zethson (piano & synth), Konrad Agnas (drums) and Johan Berthling (double bass); exemplary.
Talp, Linnea
Arch Of Motion [VINYL]
(thanatosis produktion)
Performed with Stockholm musicians including pianist Alexander Zethson, wind player Martin Küchen and trombonist Mats Äleklint, organist Linnéa Talp explores the areas of sound that emulate breathing, push/pull or back & forth motion, in eight beautifully paced recordings led by the organ's rich and microtonal vibrations & timbre and imbued by the contributor's subtle additions.
Talp, Linnea
Arch Of Motion
(thanatosis produktion)
Performed with Stockholm musicians including pianist Alexander Zethson, wind player Martin Küchen and trombonist Mats Äleklint, organist Linnéa Talp explores the areas of sound that emulate breathing, push/pull or back & forth motion, in eight beautifully paced recordings led by the organ's rich and microtonal vibrations & timbre and imbued by the contributor's subtle additions.
Ballister (Dave Rempis / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Paal Nilssen-Love)
Chrysopoeia
(Not Two)
Two burning improvisations from the Chicago / Norwegian trio Ballister of Dave Rempis on alto & tenor saxophones, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello & electronics and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums & percussion, performing live at Alchemia in Krakow, Poland in 2019 in an exuberantly assertive concert from three incredibly active artists in the trans-Atlantic community of improvising musicians.
Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang)
The Earth Is #
(Clean Feed)
Referencing 60s free jazz (the band's name is from an Ornette Coleman album) and structuring their tunes with melodic heads that develop into intricate structures giving the players room for impressive soloing, this is the 5th album from the Scandinavian quintet of Andre Roligheten (winds), Thomas Johansson (trumpets), Oscar Gronberg (piano), Jon Rune Strom (bass), and Tollef Ostvang (drums).
Block Ensemble (Ratkje / Joh / Pernille / Ingvaldsen / Rasmussent ...)
Hugs and Bugs
(Clean Feed)
Conceived by saxophonist Kirstoffer Berre Alberts and Lasse Marhaug, who composed this large acoustic work for strings, percussion, blowing instruments, pipes (organ and accordion) and vocals, soliciting solo recordings created in isolation during the pandemic which they layered and blocked in the studio to create these two remarkable works of eccentric timbre, motion & pitch.
Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen)
Nature Hath Painted The Body [VINYL DAMAGED]
(Clean Feed)
Title spine damaged by the album pushing through the sleeve and jacket. Cleverly complex yet melodically embraceable, the trio of Beligan pianist residing in Norway, Jonas Cambien's trio with Andre Rolighete on tenor and soprano saxophone and drummer Andreas Wildhagen perform eleven original Cambien compositions, a mix of astute, joyful and irrepressibly creative approaches to jazz and free improvisation.
Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen)
Nature Hath Painted The Body [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Cleverly complex yet melodically embraceable, the trio of Beligan pianist residing in Norway, Jonas Cambien's trio with Andre Rolighete on tenor and soprano saxophone and drummer Andreas Wildhagen perform eleven original Cambien compositions, a mix of astute, joyful and irrepressibly creative approaches to jazz and free improvisation.
Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen)
Nature Hath Painted The Body
(Clean Feed)
Cleverly complex yet melodically embraceable, the trio of Beligan pianist residing in Norway, Jonas Cambien's trio with Andre Rolighete on tenor and soprano saxophone and drummer Andreas Wildhagen perform eleven original Cambien compositions, a mix of astute, joyful and irrepressibly creative approaches to jazz and free improvisation.
Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson)
Legal Tender [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Seriously joyful and consequential "avant-garde party music" from the Norwegian Cortex quartet of Ola Hoyer on double bass, Gard Nilssen on drums & percussion, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, and Thomas Johansson on trumpet, in their 6th album of irresistible, upbeat free jazz.
Neumann, Calle / Ketil Gutvik / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love
New Dance
(PNL)
After the 2019 retrospective box-set of the late 90s, legendary band The Quintet, and after the sad passing of bassist Bjornar Andresen, saxophonist Carl Magnus Neumann, guitarist Ketil Gutvik and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love decided to form a new quartet, adding bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, commencing their organization with this outstanding 2020 live concert in Oslo.
Fire!
Defeat [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)
An optimistic definition of "Defeat" through the exultantly dark and expressive work of Fire!, here as the quintet of Mats Gustafsson on flute, baritone sax & live electronics, Johan Berthling on electric bass, Andreas Werliin on drums, Goran Kajfes on quartertone trumpet and Mats Aleklint on trombone & sousaphone, in five works of richly creative and modern improv.
Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson)
Legal Tender
(Clean Feed)
Seriously joyful and consequential "avant-garde party music" from the Norwegian Cortex quartet of Ola Hoyer on double bass, Gard Nilssen on drums & percussion, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, and Thomas Johansson on trumpet, in their 6th album of irresistible, upbeat free jazz.



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