Large Unit To The Artist Roster
By Kato Bookbird
The ensemble consists of 12 musicians from the Nordic countries:
Klaus Holm – Alto saxophone & clarinet
Kristoffer Alberts – Alto & tenor saxophone
Thomas Johansson – Cornet & flugelhorn
Mats Äleklint – Trombone
Per Åke Holmlander – Tuba
Ketil Gutvik – El-guitar
Tommi Keränen – Electronics
Jon Rune Strøm – Double bass
Christian Meaas Svendsen – Double bass
Andreas Wildhagen – Drums
Paal Nilssen-Love – Drums, bandleader
and regularly features guest appearances from around the world.
Watch the Large Unit in action, performing "Culius" — a composition documented on releases such as "First Blow" and "Erta Ale" — live at the Moers Festival in June 2014:
Ensemble consciousness was key, though, in this performance, grounded by the strong and quietly charismatic presence of the leader. Nilssen-Love proved himself a unique ensemble sound painter and in-the-moment organizer at Moers, sensitive to issues of space, yet also offering potent displays of beautiful, virtuosic rage. As exciting and quixotic as many of the whole ensemble that prevalled and impressed most deeply. For a fascinating hour at Moers, the Large Unit lived large, and artfully. — Concert Report by Josef Woodard in Downbeat
"It’s about everyone on stage," Nilssen-Love says. "It’s not just about me. It’s not a show-off group for me, this group, in the sense that you have a guy who’s writing the compositions, conducting it, leading it. I want the other guys to shine. Sometimes, you do more by not playing."
To learn more about this ensemble and its availability, head over to the Large Unit artist page.