T.ON new album nominated for the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”


The new T.ON album –T.ON plays La Berge, Greenstone, Pluta, Wooley– got nominated for the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”.

T.ON- Matthias Muche, Constantin Herzog, Etienne Nillesen

+ these amazing guests, Anne La Berge, Madison Greenstone, Sam Pluta and Nate Wooley

You can hear and /or get the album here:


“I will keep drawing circles until it becomes a picture”. Performance on May 28th in Cologne.


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.

Artwork by Eva Jeske, http://www.evajeske.com

new T.ON album / release concert + new snare drum!


I am excited to share some things that I have been working on the last months that are finally ready to hear and see!

First of all there is a new T.ON album that is released on March 20 2022 on Impakt Records.

T.ON plays La Berge | Greenstone | Pluta | Wooley and it is already available as a pre-release so if you are interested just follow this link:


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:


(2 more videos will be uploaded in the coming week)


Another big thing that happened is that Adrian Kirchler (AK-drums) build me a new snare drum with all the extensions I dreamed of. I am so incredibly looking forward to start playing it!

Concerts with Nate Wooley, Marcus Schmickler, Emiszatett, Big ENSO and Bonecrusher


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)

New release on col-legno: Bonecrusher

Matthias Muche - Bonecrusher
BONECRUSHER plays music that ranges from sound-sculpture noise drones to walls-of-Jericho-collapsing blasts to delicate webs of air and tone, resonating overtones with layered articulations. Pushing the acoustic properties of the instrument and the physicality of the players to their limits and beyond, the musicians put their archaic contraption through the bone mill, pulverizing it, sublimating it, and breathing new life into it, all in the spirit of Vinko Globokar’s remark that a musical instrument is not a sacrosanct object, but merely an extension of the body.
You can order it directly at COL-LEGNO

Matthias Muche, Matthias Müller, Daniel Riegler – trombones

Rie Watanabe & Etienne Nillesen – percussion

Trombone Ensemble feat. Anke Lucks, Moritz Anthes, Adrian Prost, Maximilian Wehner, Matthias Schuller, Till Künkler & Moritz Wesp.

N-LÖK Variations // live recording


October 14th 2021 – 8:30pm at LOFT COLOGNE

Ignaz Schick – turntables, sampler, comp
Elisabeth Coudoux – violoncello
Marlies Debacker – grand piano
Etienne Nillesen – snare drum, percussion
Melvyn Poore – tuba, preparations

At the beginning of 2021 Ignaz Schick received a Carte Blanche from Winterjazz to put together a desired line-up of Cologne musicians for the festival. On the occasion of this invitation he created N-LÖK Variations, a composition consisting of graphic score cards, which was written especially for this occasion and this instrumentation. For this, Schick uses his own specially developed drawing and notation language, which formally structures improvisation and sequences clearly, but is nevertheless open and permeable enough for the various performers to contribute their own sound material and design ideas. These graphic sheets are played in their sequence in an open form and combined with completely free improvised parts. All musicians involved are stylistically and technically very flexible and have developed their own individual long language, which they bring into the process.
The premiere concert was musically so fresh and exciting that now two versions of the piece will be played live in concert again.

Ignaz Schick, Elisabeth Coudoux, Marlies Debacker, Etienne Nillesen, Melvyn Poore, N-LÖK Variations, LOFT, live recording
© Cristina Marx


Produced by Zangi Music/Zarek Berlin in co-operation with LOFT Köln + initiated by Winterjazz 2021



I am very excited for the upcoming concerts and performances the next couple of months (end of August till mid December)!

Amazing projects with T.ON (w/ Matthias Muche and Constantin Herzog), ENSO (w/ Judith Hamann, Stefan Schönegg, Toma Gouband, Kari Rønnekleiv, Michael Thieke, Leonhard Huhn, Nathan Bontrager, Sandra Weiss), Fossile 3 (w/ Rudi Mahall and Sebastian Gramss), Cloud Chamber (Emilio Gordoa, Ignaz Schick, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Billiana Voutchkova, Elisabeth Coudoux, Achim Zepezauer and Florian Walter), BONECRUSHER (w/ Matthias Muche, Matthias Müller, Daniel Riegler, Anke Lucks, Moritz Anthes, Adrian Prost, Maximilian Wehner, Matthias Schuller, Till Künkler, Moritz Wesp and Rie Watanabe), EMISZATETT (w/ Elisabeth Coudoux, Philip Zoubek, Robert Landfermann and Matthias Muche), DUO with ZOE EFSTATHIOU and more SOLO concerts coming up.

I will keep you up to date about these projects (dates, venues, cities etc.) here and on my facebook and instagram sites.

But first there are two concerts coming up the next two weeks with PHONORAMA music & drawings. A project with Georg Wissel (prep. alto sax), Dusica Cajlan (extended piano) and Anna Lytton (animated drawings). We already played some performances before the summer but luckily we have some concerts left.

20.08.21 – 20:00 – Saxstall, Pohrsdorf/Tharandt

27.08.21 – 20:00 – Alte Feuerwache Köln (Saal)

PHONORAMA combines the astonishing richness of sound of the trio CAJLAN-WISSEL-NILLESEN with the clear drawing world of the artist Anna Lytton in an audio-visual concert experience.
The protagonists complement, comment on and inspire each other by means of free improvisations and associations.
Projected through a transparent screen, animated drawings and sound merge into a joint ephemeral work that opens up new perspectives.

These concerts are funded by
-Musikfonds e.V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen des Sonderprogramms Neustart Kultur,
-Kunststiftung NRW
-Kulturamt der Stadt Köln



In November 2020, stuck in cologne, Elisabeth composed this pieces – more close to her own intuition. These ideas are a direct result of a conceptual processes that matured over the span of many years, shaped by the individual sound and the personalities of the musicians involved. 12 short sonic islands teem with abstract, experimental sounds that don’t shy away from melody or formal play. EARIS – The ear behind the iris – the idea of seeing without words, of forming a musical poem from the inner emotional landscape, which needs no words.

Pegelia Gold – Voice
Elisabeth Coudoux – Violoncello
Matthias Muche – Trombone
Robert Landfermann – Double bass, Electric bass
Philip Zoubek – Prepared piano, Synthesizer
Etienne Nillesen – Extended snare drum


released May 14, 2021

All compositions by Elisabeth Coudoux (GEMA)
Recorded December 2020 at Fattoria Musica, Osnabrück
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonophon Aufnahmen
Additional mixing by Ludwig Wandinger
Cover art and design by Markus Dorninger
Artwork in band picture by Eva Jeske
Photos by Johan Coudoux and Evelin Reinholz


Available here: https://impakt-koeln.bandcamp.com/album/emiszatett-earis