Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the Norwegian jazz scenes most influential and hard working drummers. Through his work in several bands and ensembles and through corporation with several of the giants in free jazz and improved, he’s been one of the spear points of the raw and energetic Scandinavian free jazz scene. Since the mid 90s Nilssen-Love has figured on more than 260 albums – 50 on his own label! He has been a central part of bands like Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Atomic, The Thing, The Quintet, Scorch Trio, Frode Gjerstad Trio among a dozen others and an important musical collaborator for musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Akira Sakata, Arto Lindsay, Dave Rempis, Otomo Yoshihide, Michiyo Yagi.
Ole Morten Vågan is one of Norway’s most sought after bass players. Running his own quintet MOTIF since 1998 he has performed his own music all over the world, from Japan to Australia, Canada/US and Europe. In May 2014 he premiered his new work with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at Trondheim Jazz Festival. The project was invited to the international jazz conference Jazzahead in Bremen in 2016. In 2017 TJO & Ole Morten Vågan will appear on several festivals both in Norway and Germany.