|Born||24 December 1974|
Molde, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway. His parents ran a jazz club in Stavanger, and he learned to play drums on the kit owned by his father. As a teenager, he played with free-jazz reedsman Frode Gjerstad, which was the start of a long musical relationship. He did musical studies at Sund folkehøgskole 1993-94. In 1994, during studies on the Jazz program at the Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1994–96), he formed the band Element which musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and pianist Håvard Wiik and led to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter. Nilssen-Love also did a little composing in the mid-1990s.
Later life and career
Relocating to Oslo in 1996, Nilssen-Love took part in the forming of bands such as Håkon Kornstad Trio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio, as well as self-initiated projects. In 1999, Nilssen-Love played his first solo concert.
Continuing, "by the early 2000s, Nilssen-Love had launched an international career, playing alongside Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and American reed player Ken Vandermark, among others." He has worked with his trio Vandermark and Ab Baars, the bands Large Unit (a big band, with about 14 members, which he has led and composed for since 2013), School Days, The Thing, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Peter Brötzmann and Vandermark guitarist Terrie Hessels (The Ex), saxophonist John Butcher, organist Nils Henrik Asheim, and noise experimentalist Lasse Marhaug.
Solo drum recordings
- 2001: Sticks & Stones (Sofa)
- 2005: 27 Years Later (Utech)
- 2010: Miró (PNL)
- 2012: Chiapaneca (Bocian)
- 2015: News from the Junk Yard (PNL)
- "Nilssen-Love, Paal Biography - Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no". (in Norwegian)
- Meyer, Bill (15 March 2018). "Q&A with Paal Nilssen-Love: In a Natural Way". DownBeat. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
- "Friday June 22, [2018,] 9:00 PM: Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit". Elastic Arts. 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
- "Stressa ned med intens kontorkonsert - Kultur og underholdning". NRK.no (in Norwegian)
- Margasak, Peter (July 2015) "Atomic – Lucidity". Down Beat. p. 52.
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