ME (Matthias Muche/Etienne Nillesen) at Stadtgarten Cologne May 14th


Thursday, May 14th, the premiere of ME! A duo with the great trombone player Matthias Muche. Although we have been playing together for several years in different projects (Elisabeth Coudoux EMISZATETT, Carl Ludwig Hübsch ART BLAU and the trio T.ON w/ Constantin Herzog on double bass) this is our first duo concert!

Really looking forward to play with Matthias and in front of a live audience again!!!

Concert starts at 20h,  Stadtgarten Cologne




EN album releases May 1st on bandcamp



Weston Olencki and I are digitally releasing our first record as a duo EN on May 1st on bandcamp! Eva Jeske made the beautiful cover for this project.

Three panels of friction, breath, and sustained action.
Etienne Nillesen – extended snare drum.
Weston Olencki – trombone.

releases May 1, 2020

All pieces recorded live May 2019 at studio 501, Chicago, IL.

Mixed/Mastered by Weston Olencki.
Album art and design by Eva Jeske.

short ‘tonal’ improvisation


Here’s a short ‘tonal’ improvisation on my extended snare drum recorded with my phone at home. This is something I am very interested in right now. Playing melodies on a snare drum without extra tuning or pitching by pressing the drumhead. Just letting the snare drum sing. Everything you hear are the natural acoustics of the drum + drumhead with no electronics used.

POM Good Virus Sessions with T.ON


Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek invited me to participate in the POM Good Virus Sessions with a 1 minute improvisation.

Here is the idea of POMs Good Virus Sessions: The musician records a one minute improvisation which ends in such a way so that another musician can pick this as a start of his 1 minute improvisation.

And here is my contribution:


I thought it would be nice to send my video to two of my favorite musicians; Matthias Muche and Constantin Herzog! The three of us also happen to be the ensemble T.ON!  Matthias developed his improvisation out of my ending and Constantin developed his improvisation out of Matthias ending.

Here are their versions:

Cajlan/Wissel/Nillesen + Anna Lytton

Musik die hören will / Music that wants to hear.

Amazing new short video by Anna Lytton!

Dušica Cajlan – prepared piano
Etienne Nillesen – extended snare drum
Georg Wissel – prepared alto sax

Mastering: Gerald Schauder

End of 2020 we have planned several concerts with this project. Anna will join Georg Wissel, Dusica Cajlan and me with live visuals/ drawings. Very excited to play with these amazing people again!

More information and tourdates of this project soon.



Three concerts with Axel Dörner and Sebastian Gramss in Germany + a workshop at the conservatory in Maastricht (NLD)


This weekend I am playing three concerts with Axel Dörner and Sebastian Gramss in Germany. Very excited to play with this trio!

  • January 24th Weikersheim / Club W71
  • January 25th München / Offene Ohren
  • January 26th Karlsruhe / Jazzclub Karlsruhe

After these concerts I will go to The Netherlands to give a workshop at the conservatory in Maastricht on Tuesday (January 28th). Looking forward working with the students there!

photo credits: Günter Horn



Solo set at Frim på Fylkingen, Stockholm! December 12th 2019


After three very intense but rewarding weeks, playing with EMISZATETT in Germany and Switzerland + a solo set, duo with Claudio Pena and a project with Sebastian Gramss, Rudi Mahall, Valentin Garvie, Ernesto Jodos and Martin de Lassaletta in Argentina, I am back home now for a few days.

Practicing a bit for my solo set at Frim på Fylkingen in Stockholm on December 12th!! Judith Hamann is playing the other solo set that evening.



Other concerts coming up in December:

  •  dec 2nd Essen (GER), NRW Soundtrips w/ Uwe Oberg, Silke Eberhard and Gunda Gottschalk.
  •  dec 6th Berlin (GER), AUFSTURZ w/ Sebastian Gramss and Rudi Mahall
  •  dec 7th Wuppertal (GER), LOCH w/ Sebastian Gramss, Rudi Mahall and Shannon Barnett
  •  dec 8th Aachen (GER) DUMONT, w/ Sebastian Gramss, Rudi Mahall and Shannon Barnett
  •  dec 12th Stockholm (SWE), Frim på Fylkingen, SOLO
  •  dec 17th Köln (GER) STADTGARTEN, w/ EMISZATETT
  •  dec 19th Köln (GER) LOFT, w/ Stefan Schönegg’s ENSO (CD release)
  •  dec 22nd Moers (GER) BOLLWERK 107, w/ Cloud Chamber (Emilio Gordoa, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Ignaz Schick, Florian Walter, Elisabeth Coudoux, Achim Zepezauer and Etienne Nillesen)