Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra Make ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ A Family Affair
Ruban Nielson and Kody Neilson were joined by their father, jazz musician Chris Nielson.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra recently performed for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The band was joined by frontman Ruban Nielson’s father, jazz musician Chris Neilson, who played saxophone throughout the set.
Drummer Kody Neilson – Chris’ son and Ruban’s brother – was also part of the family-forward performance. Longtime UMO bassist Jacob Portrait and keyboardist Christian Li also contributed to the set at Bob Boilen’s workspace in Washington D.C.
In town for a concert at the 9:30 Club in support of their recently released studio album, V, Unknown Mortal Orchestra delivered their Tiny Desk set without playing any songs from the new record. First up was “From the Sun” from their 2012 album II, followed by “Thought Ballune” and “Little Blu House” from their 2011 self-titled debut. Next came “Necessary Evil,” which appeared on 2015’s Multi-Love. The II track “Monki” closed out UMO’s Tiny Desk set.
Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Tiny Desk Concert at NPR below:
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