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NEWS, PROJECTS and WORKS
New album: Barons des Bennes (Pas d'Nom Pas d'Maison, Gypsy/Balkan Music)
WANTED: Booking Agent, Manager, gigs :)
My current musical work focuses on playing Irish traditional music on the clarinet and the development of interactive systems for live performances and film composition.
Ebony Bridge: New Irish Music project with Martin Tourish, Matt Griffin, and Stella Rodrigues, residency founded by "Paotred an Dreujenn Gaol" organisation ("Friends of clarinet") and and their traditional clarinet festival in Brittany
Zetadâm Trio: Smart Balkan/world fusion, unique sound, compositions with influences from jazz/latin/classical music.
Please feel free to propose me gigs, tours, work or collaborative work:
-> Bands -> Film/theatre Composition, or sets for live performances
-> Effects and interactive systems for bands/musician live performances
-> As a performer (Clarinet, sax, kaval, laptop, etc => Gypsy/Balkan/Irish/Jazz/Classical/Improv/Electronics)
Contact: Please send me request trought my email : dyylaan AT yahoo DOT fr, or facebook
or tel: 0033 6 81 69 44 09 ;)
LONG BORING BIOGRAPHY
Dylan Gully was born in Brittany in 1984. He learnt music through both academic studies and travels, as he has always had a passion for traditional musics from Eastern to Western Europe. He plays the clarinet and flutes for about 20 years. He has been involved for the last 10 years in many transcultural projects fusing jazz, world musics, or electronics, as an Engineer in music systems.
He had a gold medal in clarinet performance in 2005 in the 'Conservatoire de Lille' (France), an electronic/computer engineering Diploma in 2007, and a M.Sc. in Music Technology in 2008 in the University of Limerick, specializing in the developpement of plugins and interactive systems for live performances.
From 1998 to 2003 he played classical, jazz and trad pieces with the Belgian pianist and composer Laurent Beeckmans. In 2003 he collaborated with the French composer Geoffrey François, president of ‘Le Sémaphone’ (Contemporary music organisation) for the creation of a piece for two clarinets based on microtonal materials. In 2005 he was chosen as the solo performer for the Stravinsky piece Ebony Concerto by the Wind Orchestra of 'Conservatoire de Lille'.
In 2004 he become part of the ensemble "Tarab Med", fusing Mediterranean musics and musicians from Marocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Liban, Turquey, and Greece. Tarab Med has played about 50 concerts since including Festival les Milles et Une, Festival de la danse orientale, Centre Culturel du monde Arabe, and Het Lindeboom Festival. Tarab Med played a series of concerts in tribute to Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwich, and collaborated several times with the Belgian klezmer band 'Krupnik' to promote peace between Jewish and Arab communities.
Dylan received in 2005 the ‘Best Soloist’ Award in the competition ‘La piposa’ for Traditional music in the North of France. He won in 2006 the Het Lindeboom competition for traditional music with the trio Troad, which then could release the album "Effervescence" under the label Wild Boar Music in Belgium.
In 2007 Dylan founded the band Txütxükan, whose music was a collaborative work of compositions integrating elements of various musics around the world, mainly inspired by Balkan and Gypsy musics. Txütxükan released a first album "Balkan Jig" in September 2008, and played over 170 gigs mainly in France, Germany, and Ireland; including: Sligo Cairde Festival, Dun Laoghaire Festival of world Cultures, Fusion Festival, Dingle Festival Na Beltaine, Sixmilebridge Festival, Festival Wazemmes l'Accordeon, Festival Aurillac, Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Friedrischroda Festival, Cork Midsummmer Festival. The band lived in Ireland for few monthes to record a new album which is now being mixed, and organised in Cork the Gypsy Carnival Nights in the Pavilion.
In 2009 Dylan was chosen as the mascot of the Trek'n Folk Festival for which he created a solo performance with clarinet and electronics. While living in Ireland he was part of the Limerick Jazz Society, and became a member of the cork band Lazik, fusing Irish and Balkan music, which released the album "Far Fetched" in March 2011. Lazik played in many festivals in Ireland, collaborated with the singer Andy Ivrine for Cork Folk Festival and Martin O Connor and band for Dun Laoghaire festival of world cultures.
In 2010 he was part of the UCC transcultural project Trasna, directed by Mel Mercier, where he met and played with Eamon Cagney, Liam O Maonlai, Paul O Donnell, Niwel Tsumbu, Mary Hickson, Francesco Turisi, and Niall Vallely. Trasna collaborated with a Moroccan Gnawa ensemble, traditional Irish music Powerhouse Guidewires, virtuoso Basque Txalaparta duo Ttukunak, dancer Colin Dunne, and Miss Ma (Fiddler in the film Tiger Crouch Dragon) representing Ireland in Shangai World Expo.
Dylan then started composing and performing sound tracks for theatres and films. He played the piece "Lake of Shadows" with jazz pianist Justin Carroll and the musicians of the band Kilà, for the film "The Rafters" by John Carney. He toured with actor Damian Punch for the show "Walking Man", a a youth theatre production by Graffiti Theatre Company, directed by Sile Ni Bhroin. He recorded for the sound track of "The School for scandals" produced by Mel Mercier for The Barbican Theatre, London, and composed several pieces for short films by Maciek Klich and Naomi Fein. He is also involved in a new "ciné-concert" project directed by French accordion player Benjamin Macke.
Since 2011 Dylan has toured various bands and artists. He is now setting up a new Irish Music project with Martin Tourish, Matt Griffin, and Stella Rodrigues, part of a residency offered by the traditional clarinet festival in Glomel.
Beside his musician life, he followed last year a course in "Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Change" by Upeace (Universidad para la Paz, Costa Rica), to set up a free web plateform to help artists touring through sharing resources and community development; he was part last year of YPD Indonesia (Young People for Development)
LESS BORING BIOGRAPHY ?
I was born in the waves of brittany, the ocean in the left ear, the harp in rigth one. My parents early made me love nature and travelling.
I like breathing the moist air of the bog, singing under water, travelling to meet new people, new culture, new musics, new trees, taking photos of roots and drops, recording sounds of wood and stones, listening to waves, rivers, forests, and old Irish men singing Sean-Nos in pubs.
I started playing clarinet by chance: my allergologist had adviced me to play a wind instrument, and I couldn't play the flute because I wore braces.
While studying in music conservatory where I had a hard time puting up with academism, I went into other musics with old breton musicians, and started learning tunes from Christian Morin CDs ...
Then I met people who helped me feel music through heart, emotions and energy.... I guzzled down CDs, playing with them looping loud, locking myself in the cellar (lucky parents..). I Started travelling a lot to meet more musicians from various culture and background. I especially appriaciate Ireland where there is a strong sense of sharing out energy in the pub sessions.
Bit by bit, I went into Breton and irish music, Klezmer and then music from Scandinavia, Balkan peninsula, Maghreb, and I am now discovering the fascinating world of Jazz, Gypsy, and electro-acoustic music. I was lucky to meet many great musicians, play many gigs in many countries and share lot's of good vibes with many people.
I like cycling, walking in the moutains, hills, bogs. I like people who share positive energies and happiness. I like freedom, dreams, peace, and love. I like sciences. I like composing, developing softwares, being creative or adventurous, building new worlds, bridging different worlds,... and I try to put everything toguether...! :)
Txutxukan: Surf on the river lee
Tarab Med: 1st Album
Guest participation to albums:
Cian Finn (2013) New Album to be Released
Özgür Karagüneş (2013) - New Album to be Released
Myrdhin: Moving Sands (2011)
Francesca Baines: Uli Alto (Vela, 2012)
La Caravane Electro: Balkan Bootleg (Released April 2011)
Graffiti (Cric Crac Co.): La ptite récrée (2011)
Collaboration to demo recordings:
Zetadâm Trio (2013)
Radio Tchoukanitsa (2012) - Ciganska Igra
Za Ucha (2012)
Kosia Brada (2011)
Rrose Le Tatoué (2011)
Jb Guerrier (2008)
Nedjma (Caroline Kalenciski, 2007)
Tarab Med (2006)
Film/Theatre Sound Track:
Stones and vibes (In process of composition)
The School for scandals (The Barbican London, produced by Mel Mercier, 2011)
Ping Pong (Maciek Klich, 2011)
The Walking Man (By Jody O'Neill, Graffiti Theatre Production, 2011)
Threes by Tree (Electroacoustic piece composed in 2008, used for a film by Maciek Klich
Other non-released work
Pink legs birds Symphony (Electroacoustic piece using 15notes microtonal scales and fractal algorithmes, 2008)
Perouwe (Acoustic world music composition, 2008)
GESS-PHK1 (Live piece using a Gypsy Electro Sound System i developed with MaxMSP, 2009)
Inspiring places around the world: St Jacut (Brittany), Hardanger Vida (Norway), Rila and Stara planina (Bulgaria), Connemara, Kerry, Burren (Ireland), Horefto (Greece), Telouet (Morocco), Buyan Lake (Indonesia)
Inspiring people from all around the world, specially those who break the rules, who make me dream, who build their own world, and build bridges between artforms, between art, nature, and sciences, between people.
Jean Françaix, Myrdhin, Liam O Maonlai, Wissam Boustani, Eddie Daniels, George Gershwin, Francesca Baines, Filip Simeonov, Phillip Glass, Jack Brel, Kol Simcha, Walter Henno, Nicolas Hernigou, Marc Vella, L'ham de Foc, Bratsch, Laurent Beeckmans, Gilles Cagin, Peter Gabriel, Marie Boine, Taraf de Haidouks, Maria Kalaniemi, Thomy Gensollen, Jean Michel Veillon, Jurgen Simpson Niwel Tsumbu, Farmers Market,.... and many more.
Inspiring Books that helped me hope, be myself, and creating my life:
The Glass Bead Game, The Alchemist, The Little Prince, The Papalagi, Siddharta, The Ants trilogy, The Thanatonauts trilogy, Le Pianiste Nomade, 80 men to change the world, Globalia, The Celestine Prophecy, Hubert Reeves, Chomsky, Ervin Laszlo, Mohammad Yunus, Poets, and many more ...
10-25 Jan Residency/concerts Zetadâm Trio, Istanbul
7thFeb->15thMarch Tour with Walking Man, Ireland
(35 shows, including Galway, Ennis, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork,Bandon, Kinsale, Glanmire, ..)
9th to 15th May Ebony Bridge (Irish Quartet), Festival de la clarinette populaire, Glomel
24th May Lazik, Ti Coz, Morlaix (FR, 22)
25th May Lazik, Pixie, Lannion (FR, 22)
29th May Duo Zeina Medjkoune / Dylan Gully (FR, 59)
1st June Pas d'Nom Pas d'Maison, Meli Melo Festival (FR, 44)
2d June Pas d'Nom Pas d'Maison, Broceliande Festival (FR, 35)
10-30 June Duo Nhiila Irish Electro, Ireland
2-11 August Txutxukan - Ireland
16th-22d Sept Za Ucha - Bretagne
Troad (Trio World)
Acoustic Txütxükan (Gypsy music)
Tarab Med' (Oriental music)
Nedzma (French and Polish songs)
Holva trio (Breton music)
Lazik (Irish band, trad music from ireland to balkan )
Wild Boar Music (Belgian Label, Folk and World Music - Many great CDs to Listen/Buy here !!)
CCMCM Limerick (Centre for Computational Musicology and Computer Music)
Wav Mastering (Digital Mastering Studio)
Polyphonies (School of composition, learn at home)
My set up for Live Performances:
- Clarinet Microphone LCM 82
- Audio Interface: M-Audio Fast Track Pro
- Software development: Max/MSP, Ableton LIVE
- Electronics prototyping platform (for sensors) : Arduino
- Midi foot controler FCB1010
“Dylan Gully incarne ce festival folk qui se joue des frontières” ( Aurélie Constant - La voie du nord)
“Around the set move actor Damian Punch, who tells Walking Man’s story with humour and grace, and musician Dylan Gully, who hauntingly plays a specially-composed score throughout. (...) Subtlety and sophistication to both eschew sentimentality and to create a production of magic and wonder.” (Rachel Andrews - Irish Theatre Magazine)
“(Txutxukan) Der musikalische Strom fließt direkt in die Herzen und Beine des Publikums und fordert zum Tanzen auf. Das äußerst modulationsfähige Klarinettenspiel Dylan Gullys verdient besondere Erwähnung, daneben spielt er auch Saxofon und Kaval, eine bulgarische Kernspaltflöte.”(Ilmeneau Tlz)
“(Txutxukan) Zigeuner- und Balkanmusik, aber auch Einflüsse aus der ganzen Welt werden zu einer Weltmusik verflochten, die ausschließlich auf akustischen Instrumenten gespielt wird. [..] Besonders hervorzuheben ist das virtuose Klarinettenspiel Dylan Gully. ” ( Stadt Hidburghausen)
“Une balade musicale aux accents de l’Europe de l’Est et aux sonorités de jazz [..] servi par Dylan Gully, étonnant clarinettiste au phrasé imaginatif et ciselé.” ( Ville d'Halluin - Halluin Magazine)
Lazik - Far Fetched Album Reviews
“Balkan it is, put into a contemporary Celtic soundscape, where the East European dramatic is substituted with a certain Irish lightness. The performance is tight, the whole album a listening pleasure”(Tom keller - Folkworld Reviews)
“These cultural clashes work well together and have resulted in a really exciting album”( Shelley Rainey - Bright Young Folk)
“An exciting, energetic and enthusiastic combination, ‘Far Fetched’ will take you to the edge.” (Claddagh Records)
“If an eclectic mixture of musical mystery, magnetism, coupled to exciting energy and enthusiasm is your ideal combination then 'Far Fetched' will take you there.” (Tim Carroll - Folkwords)
“The music has a fresh kind of pureness and is without any false pretentions. A pleasure to listen to, with moments of virtuoso play”
Eelco Schilder - Folk World
“Txütxükan are currently one of the most in demand acts on the circuit with an insatiable appetite for staging energetic and spirited nights. Masters of many instruments from the bouzouki to the sax, their frisky and frolicsome original music incorporates influences from Gypsy and Balkan traditional dances, raising audiences to their feet for a whirl of a jig!”
Festival World Culture
“Isn't there something lovely about happening upon an exciting band that comes unencumbered by hype? Last Saturday night, I enjoyed this increasingly rare phenomenon when I encountered Txutxukan, a French gypsy punk combo who were playing the Spinnaker in Dunmore East”
John Meagher - Irish Independent
“these talented Frenchies bring a lively fusion of Balkan and Gypsy music with influences from all over the world. Expect more than a few dents in the dance floor by the time they finish.”
Irish Independent - Irish Independent
“Txutxukan from France took the place by storm with their frantic gypsy beats, their passionate singing, and their wonderful playing. They provided an exciting, fun sound that had the dancefloor hopping. When they played among the crowd [...] we had a festival winner on our hands!”
Fiach McHugh - WMW Review
“Un cocktail sonore (d)'étonnant. Les arrangements novateurs et inédits à travers le mariage époustouflant entre les musiques des Balkans et d'Irlande, font de cet album un véritable coup de coeur musical. Une révélation-découverte inédite et surprenante.”
“If you fancy a lively mix of gypsy, Balkan and klezmer music then you really have to go see Txütxükan (pronounced chu-chu-kan). Txütxükan are an eclectic ensemble of exciting French musicians who seem to have made Ireland their second home.”
Pure Cork Boy - Music Preview
“They were like some crazy gypsies rocking the hell out of some random Irish village. Check them out. Fantastic, booty-shakin' gypsy party tunes.”
Bradley Dale - Blogspot
“Txutxukan made a huge impression during their last visit to the city, wowing local audiences with their particularly vibrant cultured sound. [...] I invited the French band Txutxukan over last September to do three gigs around the town with us. The response we got to the gigs was amazing !”
Julieann campbell - Derry Journal
“C'est romantique, c'est presque mélancolique, je me vois dans la Troika.”
Eric Lange - Radio France
“They proved an intoxicating proposition!”
Don O'Mahony - Cork Evening Echos
Dun Laoghaire Festival of world Cultures, Shangai World Expo, Cork Folk Festival, Het Lindeboom Festival, Festival de clarinettes populaire, Trek n Folk Festival, Festival les Milles et Une, Festival de la danse orientale, Fusion Festival Lärz, Dingle Festival Na Beltaine, Centre Culturel du monde Arabe, Sixmilebridge Festival, Festival Wazemmes l'Accordeon, Festival Aurillac, Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Friedrischroda Festival, Cork Midsummmer Festival, Festival des arts du cirque et de la culture Bèrbère de Telouet (Maroc), Ennis trad Festival ....
Laurent Beeckmans, Geoffrey François, Martin O'Connor and Band, Andy Ivrine, Liam O Maonlai, Niwel Tsumbu, Mel Mercier, Niall O Vallely, Maciek Klich, Kilà, Compagnie du Tire Laine, Collectif Thalweg, Myrdhin, La Caravane Electro, Graffiti theatre, Krupnik, Damian Punch, Francesca Baines ....
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