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Popakademie Department Chief Anika Nilles on Tour with Jeff Beck

22. April 2022

Anika Nilles is the new drummer in Jeff Beck's band. On the occasion of his UK and European tour 2022, she will play more than 20 shows with the legendary guitarist, touring all over Europe.

In recent years, Anika Nilles has established herself as one of the most important drummers on the international scene. Her distinctive sound and playing style as well as her own compositions, which move between pop/rock, funk and jazz, inspire drummers worldwide. With several million clicks on her social media channels, she opened the "modern age" of the next generation of drummers.

Since the winter semester 2021/2022, Anika Nilles is Department Chief Drums at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. She has taken over the role as Department Chief from Prof. Udo Dahmen, Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Jeff Beck is a British rock guitarist and multiple Grammy Award winner. Beginning in the 1960s as a session musician, he played with the Yardbirds and other guitar heroes such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Since the late 1960s he has been on the road mainly with his own band, but also in other groupings. Jeff Beck is one of the most influential, style-forming guitarists of all time.