paal nilssen-love

Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark duo at The Sugar Maple

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 8 PM – 11 PM

The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Paal Nilssen-Love – percussion
Ken Vandermark – reeds

The high impact duo of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ken Vandermark (reeds) has been working together at an accelerated rate since 2002, and they have put out seven eight of exceptional and wide ranging improvised music since then. Though they have both worked in many critically acclaimed groups- from the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Lean Left (with Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor of The Ex) to Double Tandem (with Dutch saxophonist, Ab Baars)- they have continued to return to their duo for more than a dozen years because it remains crucial to their creative output. Their concert at the Sugar Maple on January 25th will follow three days of recording at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

Paal Nilssen-Love’s LARGE UNIT (Norway)

From Norway, Paal Nilssen-Love’s LARGE UNIT will be performing at The Sugar Maple!


Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00pm

The Sugar Maple

441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Jon Rune Strøm – double and electric bass;
Andreas Wildhagen – drums;
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums;
Mats Äleklint – trombone;
Christian Meaas Svendsen – double and electric bass;
Klaus Ellerhusen Holm – alto and baritone saxophone;
Kasper Værnes – alto saxophone;
Thomas Johansson – cornet;
Børre Mølstad – tuba;
Ketil Gutvik – electric guitar;
Lasse Marhaug – electronics and turntable.

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit was established summer of 2013 and consists of Norway´s younger generation of improvising musicians. First release is “First Blow”, a live recording from Molde Jazz festival 2013; both on vinyl 12” EP and CD that are both sold out (!). Second out is a 4-LP box set and 3-CD box with material recorded during a tour of Norway in January/February 2014, which was released in October 2014, called “Erta Ale”. Summer of 2014 saw the band busy at Moers Festival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival and the Blow Out festival in Oslo. Reviews from Moers claimed PNL Large Unit as one of the highlights of the festival. The band will also be touring Europa and North America in 2015.