On Friday October 14th I will play a concert with T.ON feat. Madison Greenstone at Night of Surprise at Stadtgarten, Cologne. I love Madison’s playing and the piece they made for T.ON was already absolutely great but to play it with them is going to be special. Besides their piece we will also play the piece that Sam Pluta made for us. Both pieces are on our last album “T.ON plays La Berge | Greenstone | Pluta | Wooley“
Wednesday, Oct 12th I am playing a duo concert with the amazing pianoplayer/ composer Eric Wubbels at Salon de Jazz in Cologne.
The first time I heard Eric was with the Wet Ink Ensemble in Chicago and his playing just blew my mind. After that concert I followed his work and found out that he is also an amazing improviser besides his artistic work as a composer and player of contemporary music. So you can imagine how excited I was when he wrote me that he was going to come to Europe and if I would be interested to play together. Luckely, dispite our busy calendars, we managed to find a date and I can’t wait to play!
Gefördert durch den IFM e.V. | Initiative Freie Musik in Köln, unterstützt mit Mitteln der Stadt Köln.
I just came back from the great Fattoria Musica Studios in Osnabrück. I had such a great time recording with Christian Wallumrød and Sebastian Gramss there the last two days. Some very exciting and interesting music and I can’t wait to share some of it with you all! Soon more on that…
Christian Wallumrød – piano Sebastian Gramss – space bass Etienne Nillesen – extended snaredrum
I am really looking forward to play several solo concerts in Europe again in the coming months. It is definitely something I want to do and focus on more. I love playing solo concerts! I have been working on new musical material and different concepts lately. Focussing more on the essentials and the simplicity of movement which creates this beautiful full and complex sound. I can’t wait to share this with you all!
A collaboration between Viola Yip & Etienne Nillesen
“i will keep drawing circles until it becomes a picture” is an installative composition and performance for an electronically augmented snare drum and spatially distributed quadraphonic snare drum speakers.
The sound artist Viola Yip develops new instruments and new musical interfaces that give rise to new forms of music. In some projects she develops these instruments for herself as a performer. In other projects, she develops conceptual compositions and instruments for other musicians to perform unusual relationships between media, materiality, space and their musical bodies.
Percussionist Etienne Nillesen has long been developing the sonic materiality between his snare drum and preparations of the same, as well as the resonant properties of the resulting system, realising them in his improvisations and compositions. In this collaboration, Nillesen and Yip develop a performative installation that aims to expand musical possibilities through the development of electronic extensions of the snare drum. With this piece, they question how a snare drum can become an interface for acoustic and electronic sounds, blurring the line between these two seemingly opposing sound worlds.
Concert on May 28th 2022, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne/ 8pm *** Admission Free! ***
Supported by Musikfonds e.V. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the special programme Neustart Kultur.
I am really happy with the music that came out! We play pieces by and with Anne La Berge, Madison Greenstone, Sam Pluta and Nate Wooley.
The release concert will be on April 1st 2022, St. Gertrud Cologne and the week after that, April 10, we will play in Amsterdam at Splendor. At both concerts we will be joined by the amazing Anne La Berge!
As an extra to this release we had 4 videos made by the great artist Eva Jeske and you can check them out on T.ON’s YouTube channel:
After a very spontanious and great concert of T.ON feat. Nate Wooley last week in Stadtgarten Cologne + a concert 2 days ago with Emiszatett + Pegelia Gold feat. Marcus Schmickler in Schorndorf, a lot of other interesting projects/concerts are coming up this week. First, we are in the studio now with Emiszatett, Pegelia Gold and Marcus Schmickler recording the next Emiszatett album! It is such a joy to play with these incredible musicians! After that I will travel to Berlin on wednesday to rehearse with Ignaz Schick, Achim Zepezauer and Florian Walter as part of Emilio Gordoa’s Cloud Chamber. Friday I willl play a concert with Stefan Schönegg BIG ENSO in Essen and after that a rehearsal + concert with Matthias Muche Bonecrusher is happening. In other words, Autumn couldn’t be better musically!
Nov 9th recording with Emiszatett + Pegelia Gold and Marcus Schmickler
Nov 12th Stefan Schönegg BIG ENSO, Essen (GER)
Nov 14th Matthias Muche BONECRUSHER, St. Gertrud Church, Cologne (GER)