18-22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL
Monday 23 March
Friday 1 May
Saturday 2 May
Although solo work has played a significant part in achieving the renown he enjoys today, he has thrived on collaborative projects that allow him to explore various styles of music. Over the course of his 20-year career, he has played with well over 20 different bands, ensembles, trios and duos and this spring, two of his projects – Ballister and Large Unit – come to East London’s alternative-music hub Café Oto.
On 23 March, the trio project Ballister sees the drummer take to the stage with two other masters of their craft: Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and sax virtuoso Dave Rempis. Together, the three create a textured, high-energy soundscape of overlapping complementary rhythms and sliding grooves interspersed with snatches of melody.
Coming to the café for a two-day residency on 1 and 2 May, Large Unit is one of Nilssen-Love’s most recent projects. Formed last summer, the 11-piece ensemble comprises the latest generation of Norwegian musicians, playing a selection of the drummer’s own compositions – allowing space for their own improvisational contributions, of course.