Kaja Draksler & Terrie Ex (nl) + Nuits feat. Stephane Clor & Thomas Coquelet (fr)


Kaja Draksler & Terrie Ex (nl) + Nuits feat. Stephane Clor & Thomas Coquelet (fr)


The guitarist of The Ex and the talented jazz pianist put everything on the table for their improvised duo performances. ‘Intense, but fabulously rewarding’

Their paths regularly crossed in the improvised music scene of Amsterdam: Terrie Ex, guitarist of the elusive Dutch band The Ex for over 40 years, and Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler, who currently lives in Copenhagen. The self-taught perfromer versus the schooled musician: on paper it might hardly make sense, but on stage they sound perfectly compatible. Together they explore all kinds of timbres through extended techniques on electric guitar and piano, and through the use of tools and toys, as can be heard on their first album Swim, which was recorded at Café Oto in Londen.

‘A celebration of textural possibilities, with instruments as sound generators, used to create manically rotating movements, imitate clattering pots and pans, creaking floors, buzzing radio static and exotic animals. If you thought that the formally schooled Draksler would have a hard time to keep up with a musical anarchist like her partner: think again’ (Guy Peters on Swim).

Nuits uses improvisation with obsessive repetitions in never-ending variations. The music moves from brutal peaks of energy to very minimalist atmospheres, mixing electronic timbres with acoustic textures. The group appears as one body moving through a post-apocalyptic landscape in a one-sequence-shot movie. 
nuits are Emilie Škrijelj, Thomas Coquelet, Tom Malmendier and Stéphane Clor who met each other in the Dreieck Interferences, a collective for experimental music based in the east of France.

Renowned Slovenia-born, Netherlands-based pianist Kaja Draksler brings a wondrous revisionist stamp on homegrown folk, classical modernism, improv and pop. Draksler will perform with none other than Terrie ‘Ex’ Hessels, the high-spirited guitarist and founder of tireless Dutch improv-punks The Ex.


Emilie Skrijelj - accordion, samples and modular mini synthesizer

Tom Malmendier - drums and polystyrenes

Thomas Coquelet - K7 multitrack and synthesizers

Stéphane Clor - amplified double bass and feedback




Nuits gebruikt improvisatie met obsessieve herhalingen in eindeloze variaties. De muziek verschuift zich tussen brutale pieken van energie naar zeer minimalistische sferen, waarbij elektronische timbres worden gecombineerd met akoestische texturen. De groep verschijnt als een geheel dat door een post-apocalyptisch landschap beweegt in een longtake film. Nuits zijn Emilie Škrijelj, Thomas Coquelet, Tom Malmendier en Stéphane Clor die elkaar hebben ontmoet in de Dreieck Interferences, een collectief voor experimentele muziek in het oosten van Frankrijk.

De beroemde in Slovenië geboren, in Nederland gevestigde pianiste Kaja Draksler brengt een wonderlijke revisionistische stempel op homegrown folk, klassiek modernisme, improvisatie en pop. Draksler zal optreden met niemand minder dan Terrie ‘Ex’ Hessels, de opgewekte gitarist en oprichter van de onvermoeibare Nederlandse improvisatie-punks The Ex.


Emilie Skrijelj - accordeon, samples en modulaire mini-synthesizer

Tom Malmendier - drums en polystyrenes

Thomas Coquelet - K7 multitrack en synthesizers

Stéphane Clor - versterkte contrabas en feedback