In New Brazilian Funk, Paal Nilssen-Love's connection with the Brazilian music scene gets a free and fierce outlet.
In the drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's musical universe, only one thing bears comparison with the evolution of free jazz in the USA in the sixties. That is the explosion happening in Brazilian music right around the same time. The shock waves from the first of those two seismic shifts can be heard in almost everything he does, from solo performances on gong and drums to the big band PNL Large Unit. The second part is felt here and there, but in New Brazilian Funk, Nilssen-Love's connection with the Brazilian scene gets a free and fierce outlet.
He is joined by the brazilian musicians Felipe Zenicola on el-bass, Paulinho Bicolor on cuica and Negro Leo on guitar and vocals. The Stavanger based alto saxophone legend Frode Gjerstad adds another layer to the meeting of Brazilian percussion and free form music from two continents. Gjerstad has known Nilssen-Love since the drummer was eight years old. Their collaborations stand out like a high voltage mast in the Norwegian jazz landscape. Bass player Zenicola can be heard in several different genre crossing settings, and has also worked with the drummer in other projects. The guitarist Negro Leo has his own band, drawing inspiration on musicians like Jorge Ben and Hermeto Pasqual. He will be replacing Kiko Dinucci from the original line up on this gig. Together with Bicolor on cuica, Nilssen-Loves percussion creates another more direct link with the original inspiration from Brazil.
New Brazilian Funk was put together when Nilssen-Love got a commission for three concerts from the Roskilde Music Festival in 2018. The concert was recorded, and the record clearly shows why the band wanted to do more. Paal was also one of the artists featured on last year's Oslo World festival, with the new band Circus, composed of Norwegian musicians. This year, the theme of the festival is rebellion, and we are booking an international program. It only feels natural to ask him back with this intense meeting of musical contrarians from two continents.
Paulinho Bicolor (BR) – Cuíca
Felipe Zenicola (BR) – Electric bass
Negro Leo (BR) – vocals, electric and acoustic guitar
Frode Gjerstad (NO) – Alto saxophone
Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) – Drums