MONO ext.


My new project with the great piano player Lan Cao is called MONO ext.!!

MONO ext.

MONO ext. is a duo consisting of one percussionist and one pianist.

The instrumental combination allows the ensemble to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire, modern works and free improvised music in a new and exciting way.

With an instrumental and physical approach, they explore and push the limits of the natural acoustics of the snare drum and grand piano using conventional playing techniques as well as extended techniques and preparations.

Their work involves elements of conceptual and spontaneous composition, structured improvisation, performance and sound poetry.


Lan Cao ___________________________________ extended piano

Etienne Nillesen ______________________________extended snare drum


We recorded our music on december 17th last year and somewhere in the first half of this year (2017) we will release the record. We are finishing selecting the music now and getting it ready to be mixed and mastered…. I´m really happy with the recording and looking forward presenting this music to you all. I will keep you posted about the release date and upcoming concerts on this page and facebook!

If you are interested in booking us, just contact me on my contactpage on this website or call me for more information ||  +49 (0) 172 620 14 08

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new year/ upcoming concerts


Here are some of my upcoming concerts….

  • January 13th w/ Norbert Stein PATA Messengers (Norbert Stein, Philip Zoubek, Joscha Oetz) in Dortmund/ domicil
  • January 14th w/ WISSEL | CAJLAN | NILLESEN in Köln (STADTGARTEN)/ winterjazz
  • January 20th w/ Sebastian Gramss ´FOSSILE3 (Sebastian Gramss, Rudi Mahall) in Essen/ Joe Festival
  • January 21th w/ Sabine Akiko Ahrendt/ Florian Zwissler/ Etienne Nillesen, lunchconcert 13h | Sankt Peter in Köln
  • January 21th w/ Norbert Stein duo in Nohn | Faber Ludens 20h
  • January 26th SOLO in Amsterdam. Livingroom concert at Kaja Draksler her place.

Very exciting projects


After some amazing concerts with Kaja Draksler, Matthias Muche, Matiss Cudars, Georg Wissel, Jasper Stadhouders, Tobias Klein, Robert van Heumen, Anne La Berge, Brad Henkel, Audrey Chen and many others, I am really looking forward to the next concerts coming up!!!!

*A duo with the amazing Lan Cao (prepared piano) where we worked on pieces by Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis and Peter Ablinger + some concepts of our own. All pieces are played on prepared piano and prepared snare drum.

We will do a live recording of the concert at loft, cologne on december 17th, 20:30h

*Cajlan/Wissel/Nillesen will play at the winterjazz festival in Cologne on January 14th at Stadtgarten

*Sabine Akiko Ahrend/ Florian Zwissler/ Etienne Nillesen at Sankt Peter Köln on January 21st, 13:00h

*I will play a solo concert at Kaja Draksler her place in Amsterdam on January 26th

Besides these concerts I will play with Norbert Stein in duo and with his quartet in several locations in Germany and Italy in 2017.

With Sebastian Gramss’FOSSILE3  we have recorded a new album which will be released in 2017 which means a tour with FOSSILE3 is planned for next year.

I will try to keep my website more up to date and if you have questions feel free to leave me a message!


IMPAKT RECORDS label release concert


October 5th the IMPAKT Collective will release their online record label and we are proud of it!!! This means an evening with great music, art and Q&A with the IMPAKT members @ stadtgarten in Cologne on October 5th, 8pm

Line Up:

Omelchuk/Zwißler (Record release)
Florian Zwißler – Synth
Oxana Omelchuk – Synth

Stefan Schönegg “Enso” (Record release)
Stefan Schönegg, Kontrabass, Komposition
Leonhard Huhn – Saxophon
Nathan Bontrager – Cello
Etienne Nillesen – präp. Snaredrum

Eve Risser&Joris Rühl
Eve Risser – Piano
Joris Rühl – Klarinette

Henkel / Hein / Müller (Record release)
Nicola Hein – Gitarre
Brad Henkel – Trompete
Matthias Müller – Posaune

Sliding Scale: 5-15 euro (pay what you can afford) + a free download code! It will be worth it!

IMPAKT Collective is a collective of young profesional musicians in Cologne, Germany focused on improvised and contemporary music.


Cajlan – Wissel – Nillesen, live radio broadcast sept 17th, 10pm WDR 3


Dušica Cajlan-Wissel   –   prepared piano

Etienne Nillesen  – prepared snare drum

Georg Wissel – prepared altosaxophone

Since autumn 2015 CAJLAN-WISSEL-NILLESEN come together to continously develop their ensemble’s improvisational language, which oscillates between soundscapes and pulsating, percussive elements.



dear sound art lovers faraway from Cologne,


we like to invite you to listen to the premiere of our new trio on radio.

Since autumn 2015 CAJLAN-WISSEL-NILLESEN are working together and will now enter stage at WDR in Cologne, on september, 17th.


The concert is part of Kölner Musiknacht and will be broadcasted live from 10pm to 10.40pm on WDR3.