Janko Nilović

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Janko Nilović
Background information
Also known asAlan Blackwell, Andy Loore, E. Orti, Tonton Roland Et Ses Pianos À Moustaches
Born (1941-05-20) 20 May 1941 (age 83)
Istanbul, Turkey
GenresLibrary music, classical, jazz, psychedelic, funk, samba, bossa nova, pop, rock
Instrument(s)Piano, double bass, guitar, oboe, percussion
Years active1955–present

Janko Nilović (born 20 May 1941)[1] is a pianist, arranger and composer of Montenegrin and Greek descent who was born in Turkey and has lived in France since 1960.[2][3] He has published many works, most of them on library labels not available for sale to the public. His oeuvre stretches from classical, jazz, and funk to pop, psychedelia, and easy listening.[4]


Born in Istanbul to a Montenegrin father and Greek mother, he studied piano, oboe and percussion as a child, and set up his own rock and roll band in the late 1950s. He moved to Paris in 1960, and played piano in nightclubs before joining a trio of Greek musicians, Les Doussis, with whom he played bass, guitar and keyboards. The group recorded for Barclay Records, and Nilović then began to find work as an arranger and orchestrator for pop musicians and TV shows, as well as continuing to perform in jazz clubs.[5]

In 1967, he joined with French-based singer Davy Jones (unrelated to the Monkees' singer) to set up Ju Ju Records, writing and producing a series of singles by the singer. His arrangements brought him to the attention of André Farry, the founder of library music label Éditions Montparnasse 2000 (MP 2000), who signed him as a producer. Nilović started to release a series of LPs for the label, including Psyc Impressions, a commercially successful collaboration with Dave Sucky (real name Louis Delacour), described as "a heady stew of funky drums, gnarly fuzz guitar, and big band horn arrangements."[5]

At the same time as producing a succession of albums on MP 2000 under the collective title of Impressions, widely used in TV documentaries, he worked as organist in the Paris production of Hair, using cast members on some of his recordings. He also released records on other labels, using pseudonyms including Andy Loore and Johnny Montevideo, and in the mid-1970s started working in Belgium where he produced the album Funky Tramway, one of his most successful recordings.[5] He arranged the songs of Michel Jonasz and Gérard Lenorman.[1]

After leaving MP 2000 in the late 1970s, Nilović set up a music publishing company and focused on composing music. His reputation and influence grew, and his music began to be sampled by hip-hop and other musicians. The producer Dr. Dre sampled much of Nilović's piece "Underground Session" for his track "Loose Cannons" from the album Compton. Producer No I.D. sampled Nilović's song "In the Space", for Jay-Z's "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)", on the album The Blueprint 3;[citation needed] A year prior to this Danny!, who Jay Z would later endorse,[6] sampled "Tapatapa" for "The Groove". In 2010 Nilovic was nominated for a Grammy award for the rap song "D.O.A.(Death of Auto-Tune)", along with Shawn Carter, Ernest Wilson, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka, and Dave Sucky.[7]

As of 2019, Nilović continues to work in Paris.[5]


  • 1968 Maya Casabianca (Festival 66)
  • 1968 Hommage a Monsieur Charlie Chaplin (Trema)
  • 1968 Janko Nilović & Herve Roy (Telemusic)
  • 1968 Janko Nilović, Raymond Guiot & Hervé Roy (Telemusic)
  • 1969 Psyc Impressions (MP 2000)
  • 1969 International Circus Band - Rande Parade de Cirque (Neuilly)
  • 1969 Los Patos - Voodoo Ju Ju Obsession (Festival)
  • 1971 Vocal Impressions (MP 2000)
  • 1971 Janko Nilović & Pascal Auriat - Power (Briand)
  • 1972 Pop Impressions (MP 2000)
  • 1973 Supra Pop Impressions (MP 2000)
  • 1973 Jazz Impressions 1 (MP 2000)
  • 1973 Jazz Impressions 2 (MP 2000)
  • 1974 Chorus (MP 2000)
  • 1974 Rythmes Contemporains (MP 2000)
  • 1974 Jouets Musicaux (MP 2000)
  • 1974 Classical Phases (MP 2000)
  • 1975 Soul Impressions (MP 2000)
  • 1975 Percussions Dans L'espace (MSP 2000)
  • 1975 Funky Tramway (Vogue)
  • 1976 Un Couple Dans La Ville (MSP 2000)
  • 1976 Super America (MSP 2000)
  • 1976 Pop Shopin (MSP 2000)
  • 1976 Star Cat Local Band directed by Janko Nilović (Cat Music)
  • 1977 Concerto Pour Un Fou (MP 2000)
  • 1977 L'ensemble de Trombones de Paris performs Suite Balkanique & Double Concerto by Janko Nilović (Crystal)
  • 1978 Un Homme Dans L'Univers (MP 2000)
  • 1979 Histoires Sans Paroles (MP 2000)
  • 1979 Un Piano Dans L'Ouest (MP 2000)
  • 1979 Balkans Impression (Selection)
  • 1981 Concerto pour Trombone et Cordes'
Michel Becquet 'Trombone Extraordinaire' (Symphony Land SLC181)

Also includes 'Suite Balkanique' and 'Double Concerto'

  • 1986 Musique Pour Films Muets (Crea Sound)
  • 1990 Néobaroque Luxuriant (FEF)
  • 1990 Amoureux De Paris (1990)
  • 1991 Extra Strong (FEF)
  • 2016 Supra Hip Hop Impressions (Broc)
  • 2020 Maze of sounds (as Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers) (Broc)[8]


  1. ^ a b "Qui est Janko Nilovic ? du 06 janvier 2015 - France Inter". France Inter (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  2. ^ Discogs. "Janko Nilovic". Discogs. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ Pitchfork (20 May 2014). "The Strange World of Library Music". Pitchfork.
  4. ^ b92FM. "Janko Nilovic".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b c d "Martin Ruddock, "Rhythmes et Blues", Shindig, no.90, 2019, pp.42-46". Archived from the original on 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  6. ^ Thompson, Ahmir (2012-01-22). "Jump Early". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards: List of Winners". The New York Times. 2010-01-31. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  8. ^ "Maze of sounds, by Janko Nilovic & the Soul Surfers".

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