Niels, also known by his artist name "Khasilen", was born on a specific day within 1994, in one of the most beautiful natural parks of the Netherlands.
He now lives in Utrecht; a historic yet modern and progressive city, where he studies music composition at the Utrecht Conservatory.
Niels was introduced into the world of (melodic) percussion by Wibrand van Norel, who taught him the trades of playing the marimba and vibraphone, while also
teaching him the fundamentals of writing music. At the time of writing Niels studies composition with Caroline Ansink and Jeroen D'hoe. Niels feels at home writing for percussion ensembles, symphonic orchestras or any kind of other ensemble.
Apart from writing music Niels thoroughly enjoys long and pointless walks, graphical design, observing people, cinematography and envisioning the world as a
"How I think up my music and art? I'm not content until it feels like I'm simply writing the unwritten. It has to feel complete, like it was already there in
thin air, but no one wrote it down before. A great example of this is the Opera I'm currently writing with Elea Bekkers; every letter we write, every note we
put down feels like it should have been there, and in a way already was. It simply didn't exists in an absolute form yet until it crossed our minds.
Keep your eyes and ears open; the world both exsists in, and revolves around art.
Niels can be contacted through this email adress, or any of the social networks mentioned in the footer of this page.
OPHELIA - full feature opera
Together with soprano and writer Elea Bekkers Niels is writing an opera based on the character "Ophelia" as depicted by Shakespeare. The girl, the water, the dream.
DE MAN DIE AFDREEF OP DE ZEE monodrama
The Man Who Drifted on the Sea; based on a libretto by Elea Bekkers, this compact opera for one actor/singer tells the story of a man who wakes up on the open sea on a floating matress. The opera will premiere on June 12th 2017 as part of Niels's final Bachelor exam.
TOETSEL Dutch animated feature film
Based on the book written by Mike van Rossum, this feature film is currently in production by Mike van Rossum
himself and his Animation studio: Holland Animatie. Niels has the honor of writing the full-length soundtrack.
Mike keeps a blog on which he describes the production process here.
BLANKET Animated short
Written and animated by Nigh Lievaart/N-Toons, the story
is about a blanket which falls out of a car stopping at a gas station. Niels will provide the soundtrack and sounddesign.
REQUIEM FOR A DYING PLANET Commemoration for planet Earth
A non-traditional requiem, reflecting on a planet we can no longer live on at some point in the (near) feature. A musical work for the departing, in every sense imaginable.
LUMINUM Ambient album in production
Luminum is the title of Niels' next album in production. After Chimera, his first album which was based around orchestral cinematic music, Niels goes down a slightly different path.
Luminum will contain multiple works focussed on other-worldly ambiences and inspiring sounds.