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Raphael De Cock
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About me:
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

NADISUNA fusion project by two virtuoso multi-skilled musicians Nadishana / Raphael De Cock

GRIFF (bagpipe polyphony and new compositions):

NEBOA (Galician vocal tradition)http://www.myspace.com/neboa" target="_blank">myspace.neboa

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

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

Vocal styles: khöömeï and khaï throat song (sygyt, kargyraa, borbangnadyr, kaï, etc.), sardinian tenore & cuncordu, corsican polyphony, cattle calls (kulning), scandinavian (kveding), gaelic sean-nós, galician, balkan, kattajak (inuit throat games), sámi joik

Bagpipes & family: uilleann pipes, galician gaita, bulgarian gajda, swedish säckpipa, belgian muchosa, sardinian launeddas

Jews harps (demir khomuslar): Tuvinian, Altai, Rajastan, Thai, Hungarian, Swiss, German, Sardinian, ... etc.

Strings: khakas chatkhan zither (chadagan, yatagan), Tuvinian igil, doshpulur and chanzy, norwegian hardanger fiddle, bulgarian g'dulka, anatolian saz

Flutes & other wind instruments: low whistles, tin whitsles, chinese bawu and hulusi & ocarina, overtone flutes (sälgjeflöt, tilinko, fujara), bugarian kaval, khakass khobrach and sylass, Norwegian cow and goat horns,

Harmony: shruti box

Other: sansula (kalimba, mbira)), galician pandereita tambourine

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)

"Sámi & Finno-Ugric"
joiks from Sápmi (Mari Boine, Aslak Valkeapää), Karelian Rune songs, Hungarian (Muszikás, Téka)

Galician bagpipe or Gaita (Susana Seivane, old masters), Galician songs (Radio Cos, Ialma, Leilía, Luar Na Lubre, etc.), Asturian (Tejedor, Llan de Cubel), La musgaña, Basque Txalaparta, Flamenco styles (Granaina, Malagueña, Trillera, Fandaguillo)

polyphony from Labë country

Hildegard Von Bingen // Ockeghem // Byzantine

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At 9:23pm on November 29, 2009, Rowan Lee Hartsuiker said…
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
At 8:38pm on August 2, 2009, Ayla Roble said…

I like your song #5 :-) It seems a yoik from Saamiland :-))

And I find this page :-)

Hugs from Spain !! :-)

At 8:34am on April 25, 2009, Marteinn Bjarnar Thordarson said…
I love it!
Many blessings.. Mateinn
At 10:27am on July 14, 2008, Kolja Simon said…
HI! Nice Throatsinging! I love to do these styles to!
At 6:51pm on June 29, 2008, Mark van Tongeren said…
Ha Rafa,
ja Santu Lussurgiu heeft het wel he?~! Ik mis het enorm, ook het zingen > gebrek aan nabije fanatici zoals jij. Maar het gaat ervan komen!
At 3:17pm on June 29, 2008, Sw. Deva Sakshi said…
Hi, really enjoy your music, look forward to see and hear this LIVE!
At 12:39am on June 5, 2008, Max Brumberg said…
hi raphael,

was good to meet you in berlin, i loved your concert with vlad!
see you somewhere dancing with the overtones...

At 10:50pm on May 29, 2008, Hosoo said…
HI Rafu

How are things? Was good to see you, hope we meet again soon. Have I told how I admire youre talents. Take care. Wellcome to Finland one of these days...

At 5:30pm on May 28, 2008, Vladiswar Nadishana said…
Hey brat!
Keukkojoen is nice project!
At 12:46am on April 18, 2008, Vladiswar Nadishana said…
hey man, glad to see you here!
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