I.N.K. Experiment Duo is a dynamic and creative percussion ensemble, passionate about reinterpreting and mixing classical music with other musical styles - rock, pop, contemporary, traditional and experimental. Their performances are often described as passionate, spicy and colourful.
Since 2014, the duo has appeared at international festivals in France, The Netherlands, Germany, USA, China, Switzerland and Croatia (Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Osor Musical Evenings, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Amsterdam Marimba Weekend, Westfalen Classics, PASIC, IBMW, Kalima, Teng Yu Ning Xin Festival,...).
Through international artistic collaborations they have created exciting projects –
INKarnation (FR) - tango nuevo crossover (with Guillaume Hodeau, bandoneon); Watchers of the Skies (USA,HR) - arrangements of rock classics from the 70-ties for percussion ensemble; ElektroINKeMenT (FR,HR) and Arabesques pour des ombres imMobiles (FR,HR) – electroacoustics (with multimedia artists Mathieu Teissoniere, Mijo Gladović, Réso-nance numérique); multimedia project Orange vs Blue (with composer Olja Jelaska and journalist/producer Toni Volarić).
Following the latest appearances with the jazz rock quartet Chui, INK will be featured on the bands´ upcoming vinyl record.
They regularly commission and premiere new pieces (Lucas Guinot, Teodora Stepančić, Jean-Luc Rimey Meille, Sonja Kalajić, Ksenija Komljenović, Gordon Stout, Gordan Tudor, Olja Jelaska…) and hold masterclasses and workshops worldwide.
Nikola and Ivana have been composing and arranging music for different settings
(Edition Svitzer, Inkoplastika Edition).
The duo is endorsed by Marimbaone.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Nikola is a France based musician of mixed, French and Serbian origins. During his studies of piano, theory and percussion in his home town, he debuted as orchestra percussionist in the Young Philharmony » Boris Pascan » and later with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. At the same time he was participating in projects of various musical styles.
He pursued his further studies in France at the Conservatories of Montpellier (prof. P. Limoges) and Perpignan (prof. P. Spiesser) and the University of Toulouse (prof. M. Vantula) where he has earned his degrees in pedagogy and musicology. Nikola is a versatile musician, his interest in various musical styles from traditional to rock and contemporary, involving both instrumental and vocal expression, led him to multicultural and crossover projects and to the creation of Balkan Project Orchestra where he was the artistic leader.
His intensive creative work is extended to art photography and video and audio editing. Nikola is active as player in different symphonic orchestras as in a chamber music projects all over the world.
He is currently leading the percussion program and holding the class of balkan/jazz music at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental of Evreux, in Normandy. He has been a member of the Board of the French Percussion Association. Nikola is the author of several pieces for percussion ensemble and is regularly arranging works for mixed ensembles (Inkoplastika Edition).
In 2014, with his Croatian colleague Ivana Kuljeric, he has started a new and exciting chapter in his work, by creating I.N.K. Experiment Duo as a platform for developing various artistic ideas, combining instruments, voice, electronics and multimedia
Nikola is a MarimbaOne duo Artist
IVANA KULJERIĆ BILIĆ is an internationally recognized marimba virtuoso and a versatile percussion artist. She regularly appears as soloist with European orchestras (Danish Radio Symphony, W. Lutoslawski Philharmonic, Pannon Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Dohnany Symphony, Presidential Symphony orchestra (CSO) Ankara…) and on international music festivals (Music Biennale Zagreb, Musicora Paris, Tempus Fugit Tel Aviv, Melos Ethos Bratislava, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Julian Rachlin and Friends…)
Her concert activities include recitals and chamber music projects in halls such as as the Merkin Hall in New York, Palacio de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest. Ivana has received all the major Croatian performers`awards and two discographic awards for best performance. For many years she has been the solo timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision. Ivana regularly gives marimba clinics and masterclasses (Manhattan School of Music, Stuttgart Hochschule fur Musik, Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz, Royal Northern College of Music etc) and serves as jury member at international competitions ( Linz, Salzburg, Stuttgart and Paris Marimba Competitions, August Everding Competition Munich etc).
In 2008, in cooperation with the Samobor Autumn Music Festival she has founded an annual international percussion festival called Ivana Bilic Marimba Week (IBMW).
A pupil of Igor Lešnik she currently teaches at the Zagreb Academy of Music. Ivana performs, arranges and co-edits new works for percussion and she is the author of several pieces published by Edition Svitzer, Malletworks, Cantus and Inkoplastika Edition. Ivana is a Marimba One artist with her own signature line of mallets.
In 2014, with Nikola Krbanyevitch, she has started a new and exciting chapter in her work, by creating I.N.K. Experiment Duo, a platform for the development of various artistic ideas, combining instruments, voice, electronics and multimedia.