Nicolas Chkifi (1981) is a drummer, composer and educator living in Brussels, Belgium.
He is currently leading FNUSSJEN, a quartet with pianist Christian Mendoza, violonist Ananta Roosens and harpist Ann Eysermans.
Beside having a particuliar line up, the focus with this band is to explore the possibilities of shorts compositions in interactions with controled improvisations keeping in mind the almost inherent meditative charactere of each compositions. The music is in between chamber jazz music and improvised minimalism. FNUSSJEN first official recording will come out in 2019.
Nicolas Chkifi is co-leader of EDI OLVITT, a bass less trio formed by soprano saxophone Mathieu Robert and guitarist Quentin Stokart. Their first album called LOLO came out on Creatives Sources label in 2016. The second one will be released early 2019.
He is co-leader of a adventurous duo called DOKO with saxophone player Gregor Siedl. They ve been playing a lot in Belgium and Germany and a second recording is coming out in 2019. The music is totally improvised and included electronics and editing works.
Nicolas Chkifi is also a member of MUSIC OF CHANCES, an ensemble who emerge from the duo collaboration of saxophonist Pierre Vaiana and MAthieu Robert. The others members of the quintet are, Ananta Roosens on alto violin and Nils Vermeulen on double bass.
He is also playing the drums with FENNA, ANTOINE GUENET TRIO, MINATA FASO GROUP, AISSATOU DIOP, …
Nicolas Chkifi played in many venues and festivals in Belgium and toured in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden.
Since 2009, he is teaching drums and jazz combo in the Music Academy of Brussels.
FNUSSJEN « Not one, not two » – tbr 2019
EDI OLVITT « Old heaven » - tbr 2019
DOKO – tbr 2019
FENNA – tbr 2019
BAMBEEN GREY « Harry » - Champ d’action Records 2012
CITTA COLLECTIF - 2010