The uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) discovered Raphaël in 1989 after hearing a broadcast of Liam O Flynn and Donal Lunny's concert at the Dranouter Folkfestival 1988. A few years later Raphaël became involved in jam sessions with musicians who later formed the band Shantalla. He also learned a lot from Tommy Keenan (Paddy's brother). In 1991 he started a duo called Cú Chullainn (Irish music), together with Sacha Van Loo. Later on the duo Cú Chullainn became the trio Crónán with Greet Garriau (Fluxus) as a third musician. In these bands Raphaël played the uilleann pipes as well as whistles, kantele (Finnish harp), jews harps, kaval (bulgarian flute) and sälgeflöt (swedish overtone flute). At the same time Raphaël discovered the Siberian 'throat singing' vocal styles from Tuva and the Khakass zither chatkhan.
In august 1998, he taught a 'throat singing workshop' at the Gooik Folk Music course. From then on, Crónán became the new sextet Keukkojoen. This band is specialised in many different vocal traditions from Europe and beyond. From 2001, he became one of the gaiteros in A Banda, and later on in A Contrabanda. In 2003 he replaced Jowan Merckx in some concerts with the project Profielen/Perfiles with Wannes Van De Velde, Amparo Cortes and Ialma.
Since 2004 he has been experimenting with vocal techniques from Sardinia (hopefully resulting in a new band called Tenore e Cuncordu de Marinis Santu Seminis TeCuMaSaS), and in 2006 with Chinese woodwind instruments Bawu and Hulusi. He also took up and promotes the Muchosa, one of the old style Belgian bagpipes with some microtonal possibilities which is being revived. OSUNA is a flexible project depending on the demand or personal feelings, ranging from a duo project to a quintet performing meditative listening or dance music based on tradititional vocal and instrumental music styles and improvisation.
Recently the "OSuna project" grew into a marriage between Anatolian and Siberian music, exploring the rich harmonies and dialogues between saz, tanbur and chatkhan, with surprising trips ranging from Tuvinian overtone singing, vocals from the "Mediterranean Zone", Nordic cattle calls, sean-nós songs, medieval ballads.... with sublte accompaniment of the persian drum tombak and double bass
As a band we are:
Berlin, "Haus der Sinne" 24.04.2008
OSUNA Emre Gültekin (saz, tanbur, vocals), Thomas Baeté (viola da gamba, medieval fiddles), Raphaël De Cock (chatkhan, khöömeï, vocals), www.myspace.com/musicosuna
KEUKKOJOEN (vocal traditions): Griet De Taeye, Marijke Visterin, Mieke Evenepoel, Maarten Decombel, Sacha Van Loo, Raphael De Cock
BIAZANTES (Italian and Sardinian poetry and world music): Bruno Lombardi (poetry, voice), Vladimiro Porcu (classic guitar), Raphael De Cock myspace.biazantes
NORTHERN LIGHTS (Fusion between traditional GAELIC and SCANDINAVIAN songstyles and music. Lorcán Mac Mathúna (sean-nos singing), Raphaël De Cock (uilleann pipes, whistles, säckpipa, hardanger fiddle, kveding style songs, ...)
Tapping saz "Gutgut" (Throatplays). Excerpt from the OSUNA & VLADISWAR NADISHANA concert in Berlin, "Haus der Sinne" 24.04.2008
Irish (Uilleann pipes: Seamus Ennis, Liam óg Ó Flynn, Paddy Keenan, Davy Spillane, John Mc Sherry, Ronan Browne, etc./Sean nós song: Iarla Ó Lionaird, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Sorcha) // Scottish // Welsh songs (Julie Murphy, Ceri Rhys Matthews) // Northumbrian small pipes (Kathryn Tickell) // Breton Kan ha Diskan (Yann Fañch Kemener, Erik Marchand)
Sardinia A Tenore polyphony (Tenores de Bitti Mialinu Pira & Remunnu 'e Locu, Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei, and Tenore de Lodé, Orune, Orgosolo, Fonni, Oniferi, Dorgali, Silanus, etc.) / A Cuncordu polyphony (Cantores di Cuglieri, Cuncordu di Santu Lussurgiu e Orosei) // Corsica A Paghjella songs (Tavagna, A Filetta) // Occitan Lo còr de la Plana
Siberian throat song or khöömeï and khaï styles from Tuva, Khakassia, Altai (groups: Huun-Huur-Tu, Chirgilchin, Sabchilar, Tuva ensembl, khovalyg Khunashtaar-ool, etc.), Khakass Chatkhan zither (Sergey Charkov, Evgeniy Ulugbashev, Vyacheslav "Slava" Kuchenov, Liesbet Nyssen) // Baglama saz, ney and songs from Turkey (Lütfü Gültekin, Emre Gültekin, Talip Özkan, Mustafa Karaçeper)
Bulgarian kaval, g'dulka, gaida, song (Trio Bulgarka, Pirin) // Macedonian
Norwegian drone-fiddle - hardingfele (Knut Buen, Hallvard T. Bjoergum, Vidar lande), kveding (Kirsten Braten Berg), kulning (herding calls)) and Swedish songs (Lena Willemark, Frifot, Triakel), fiddling, cow 'n goat horns and säckpipa (Per Gudmundson, Ola Bäckström, Lena Willemark, Ale Möller, Anders Norudde)
haha, ja inderdaad! dat wilde ik laatst al eens opnoemen, ik was het ook helemaal vergeten. maf of niet? Volgens mij was ik hier eens op zoek gegaan naar mensen uit Belgie/Nederland, en ik dacht die Raphael dat lijkt mij wel een interessante belg
This documentary about overtone singing was published in 2010. Now for the 10 years anniversary it is available in full length here. ENJOY!
Harmonic Singing (also known as overtone singing) has the power to move us deeply. It is an ancient form of…