Paal Nilssen-Love Circus
HURRAY! I want to dance, and preferably while Paal plays drums, wrote a reviewer after experiencing this band last fall.
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Paal Nilssen-Love "Circus" is the Molde-born musician's latest project. He has gathered people from different camps with experience from styles such as ethnic, classical, contemporary, jazz, free jazz, noise, pop etc. to a great band that only the pandemic has prevented from immediately becoming world known. Due to travel restrictions, the circus has given few performances, and the first album will release this fall. However, those who have had the opportunity to experience the group are ecstatic.
Paal Nilssen-Love gives us a dance party, and its hard to sit still with such music from the stage. Riff from ethion jazz and Brazilian rhythms bathe in a free, wildly improvised nude bath. Up float inspired soloists, writes Torkjell Hovland in Ballade, while Audun Vinger on JazziNorge says that "The cheer was on the roof along the way, and it is a miracle that we did not succumb to civil disobedience, kicked the tables and danced".
Paal has written music where the themes appear as maps where the musicians can choose weather and wind. In recent years, the bandleader has spent a lot of time in Ethiopia and Brazil, which makes its mark on the music, in addition to his long-standing fascination with music from Mali and Senegal. Together with jazz and improv tradition, this makes Paal Nilssen-Love Circus an unpredictable and colorful ensemble with a wide range. Paal says he wants music to trigger a lot of emotions in people; rhythmic, emotional, energetic, mysterious, both naked and grandiose.
Juliana Venter vocals, Thomas Johansson trumpet, Signe Emmeluth alto saxophone, Oddrun Lilja electric guitar, Kalle Moberg accordion, Christian Meaas Svendsen counter and electric bass, Paal Nilssen-Love drums & percussion, Stig Gunnar Ringen -sound