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Nikitch & Kuna Maze

Wed 18 November

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"Killer dancefloor business from Tru Thoughts that should appeal to fans of house, broken beat and Brazilian jazz-funk legends Azymuth"
-Music Is My Sanctuary

Nikitch & Kuna Maze play the release show of their album ‘Débuts’ at Atelier 210 in Brussels with a full recording of the November concert available exclusively as part of EFG London Jazz Festival. The album was released on Tru Thoughts in July.

The collaboration project between musician Nicolas Morant aka Nikitch and Brussels-based producer Edouard Gilbert aka Kuna Maze began when the duo met at the Chambery Jazz Conservatory in France. Before attending university to study jazz, both artists had trained in classical music. This early musical development from Nikitch & Kuna Maze laid the blueprint for their musicianship today, allowing the duo to gradually explore the new artistic languages of jazz, and later electronic music.

The duo perfectly syncretises their sound – with the vibrant colours of jazz, mixed with the frenetic beats of footwork & juke from Nikitch, combined with the granular synth-cosmic textures of Kuna Maze. This oscillation of jazz, downbeat, and hip-hop produces the duo’s signature sound, a crisp groove-laden output, that offers intimate and irresistible vivid textures to the listeners.

Part of the new wave of musicians, producers and DJs who are heavily influenced by the melting point of jazz and club culture.​ Their album sees the band push their musical and creative development even further, a result of touring extensively around Europe with a live drummer, from high-brow jazz festivals to sweaty basement clubs.

Keyboard & Flute - Nicolas Morant
Bass - Edouard Gilbert
Drums - Victor Pascal