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Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters

Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters

Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917358223
Catnr: CR 73582
Release date: 26 April 2024
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Challenge Records
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0608917358223
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CR 73582
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26 April 2024
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About the album

Hunting for rhythm, as if our lives depended on it, as if, without rhythm, we’d starve to death. Can body and soul live without rhythm? Seizing its different forms, dissecting it, ingesting it, digesting it, could very well be akin to the Rhythm Hunters’ creative process. What are the rhythmic principles that lead us to develop its polyphonic, groovy and trance-like aspects (Africa), or mathematically complex ones (India), or irregular pulsations that transcend asperities (Balkans), among others? To go on a rhythm hunt, why not explore all these places, appreciate the infinite diversity of rhythms and, back home, try to understand and experiment with enriching your own rhythmic vocabulary with the basic principles underlying each musical tradition. What can these principles contribute if you transcend borders and begin to adapt your musical knowledge and experience to the new ramifications of the rhythm you’ve just discovered? The music of The Rhythm Hunters is one of the answers.

A few years ago, the musicians in this band and I began a specific practice on unusual mixes of rhythmic ideas, inspired by traditions from various parts of the world, with the intention of integrating them until they became a personal vocabulary and means of expression. The result is on this album.
Auf der Jagd nach dem Rhythmus, als ob unser Leben davon abhinge, als ob wir ohne Rhythmus verhungern würden. Können Körper und Seele ohne Rhythmus leben? Seine verschiedenen Formen zu erfassen, ihn zu sezieren, zu verschlingen, zu verdauen, könnte durchaus dem kreativen Prozess der Rhythmusjäger entsprechen. Welches sind die rhythmischen Prinzipien, die uns dazu bringen, mehrstimmige, groovige und tranceartige Aspekte (Afrika) oder mathematisch komplexe (Indien) oder unregelmäßige Pulsationen zu entwickeln, die über die Grenzen hinausgehen (Balkan), um nur einige zu nennen? Warum nicht all diese Orte erkunden, die unendliche Vielfalt der Rhythmen schätzen lernen und zu Hause versuchen, das eigene rhythmische Vokabular mit den Grundprinzipien der einzelnen Musiktraditionen zu verstehen und zu bereichern, wenn man auf Rhythmusjagd geht? Was können diese Prinzipien bewirken, wenn man Grenzen überschreitet und beginnt, sein musikalisches Wissen und seine Erfahrung an die neuen Verzweigungen des gerade entdeckten Rhythmus anzupassen? Die Musik von The Rhythm Hunters ist eine der Antworten.

Vor einigen Jahren begannen die Musiker dieser Band und ich mit einer spezifischen Praxis für ungewöhnliche Mischungen von rhythmischen Ideen, die von Traditionen aus verschiedenen Teilen der Welt inspiriert sind, mit der Absicht, sie zu integrieren, bis sie zu einem persönlichen Vokabular und Ausdrucksmittel wurden. Das Ergebnis ist auf diesem Album zu hören.

Artist(s)

Stéphane Galland (drums)

Stéphane Galland was born into a musical family and received his first drum set at the age of three. He decided to take lessons in classical percussion when he reached the age of nine, at the conservatory at Huy (Belgium) and started playing jazz with his fellow pianist Eric Legnini two years later. At the age of 13, having had the opportunity to play with the best jazz musicians in Belgium, he developed a growing interest in this musical field. Always in search of new musical experiences, he met Pierre Vandormael, Fabrizio Cassol and Michel Hatzigeorgiou, and later with the last two, formed the band called AKA MOON. The band, which recorded over 25 CDs and performed worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, South America, India…),...
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Stéphane Galland was born into a musical family and received his first drum set at the age of three. He decided to take lessons in classical percussion when he reached the age of nine, at the conservatory at Huy (Belgium) and started playing jazz with his fellow pianist Eric Legnini two years later. At the age of 13, having had the opportunity to play with the best jazz musicians in Belgium, he developed a growing interest in this musical field. Always in search of new musical experiences, he met Pierre Vandormael, Fabrizio Cassol and Michel Hatzigeorgiou, and later with the last two, formed the band called AKA MOON. The band, which recorded over 25 CDs and performed worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, South America, India…), has been a unique and invaluable field of development and experimentation with different musical traditions. This led Stéphane Galland to record and perform with the Malian star Oumou Sangare, Senegalese master Doudou N'diaye Rose (Miles Davis, Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel...), the Great and undisputed South Indian master of Mridangam Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, the Turkish master of percussion Misirli Ahmet, and many different artists from Africa, India, Asia, Europe and America. They also played at the Beijing Nine Gates Festival.
In the summer of 2011, he founded his first project as a leader called “LOBI”, exploring multiple ancient musical traditions in a modern, futuristic and alchemistical approach. Stéphane Galland’s “LOBI” is a meeting of some of the most sought-after musicians today, coming from different traditions: Magic Malik on Flute and Vocal (Guadeloupe/Ivory Coast), Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia), Petar Ralchev (Bulgaria), Misirli Ahmet on percussion (Turkey) and Carles Benavent on bass (Spain).
In 2018, he released an album and tour with his second new personal project called “(the Mystery of) KEM” featuring musicians from the new generation as well as one of the greatest Carnatic flute player today, from Bangalore (India), Ravichandra Kulur (Ravi Shankar, Anouschka Shankar).
Other than that, Stéphane Galland has been playing and recording with numerous famous artists from different horizons including Joe Zawinul (Zawinul Syndicate), Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robin Eubanks and singers Ozark Henry, David Linx, Axelle Red, Zap Mama, Novastar as well as many different groups using new developments in rhythm and harmony such as Dhafer Youssef, Nguyên Lê, Nelson Veras, Malcolm Braff. Stéphane was the drummer for many special projects including African Voices (with Oumou Sangare, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Baba Sissoko), Aka Moon & 600 children (with a unique gathering of a 600 Children choir), Homage to Jaco Pastorius (with Toots Thielemans, Othello Molineaux, Felix and Julius Pastorius, etc....), to Jeff Buckley (with Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Kris Dane & David Linx), Homage to Friedrich Gulda with Martha Argerich, Alexander Rabinovitch and Gautier Capuçon, Philippe Boesmans’ opera “Wintermärchen” (on Deutsche Grammophon), Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker Rosas Dance Company “In Real Time” and more than 260 shows with Alain Platel’s widely acclaimed “VSPRS” and “Pitié!”. In January 2014, Stéphane Galland joined Ibrahim Maalouf for his worldwide tour “Illusions” for which Maalouf received the “Victoire de la musique” for best world music album. Then participated in his unique project around “Alice in Wonderland” together with French rapper Oxmo Puccino, followed by the album “Red & Black Light” for which he also participated in the arrangements of the songs, and that has been awarded best music show at “Victoires de la musique” 2017 in France, and made a huge tour ending at the famous Accord Hotel Arena (ex-Bercy) in Paris recorded live for an upcoming album and DVD, in front of 17.500 people. He was part of the creation of a brand-new project called “Levantine Symphony” premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, which featured also the orchestra from the Washington DC opera house, as well as a children choir from New-York city. He is the drummer on his latest album “S3NS” featuring Cuban influences and artists Harold Lopez Nussa, Alfredo Rodriguez and Roberto Fonseca amongst other, and touring worldwide in 2020 and 2021.
In 2019, Stéphane Galland was selected by the French magazine “Batterie Magazine” as one of the top 10 drummers of 2018 worldwide.
He has composed three pieces for solo piano entitled Jeux (1.Unisson, 2.Waves and 3.Transe) that were released on Isil Bengi’s album “Hikaye” on Fuga Libera in 2020.
The latest personal projects of Stéphane Galland are ‘The Gallands’, a duet with his son Elvin Galland on keyboards and ‘Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters’, where he integrates rhythmic principles from his travels to different parts of the world into a personal musical language. For this project Stéphane embarks on a musical journey with Shoko Igarashi (Japan) on tenor saxophone, Sylvain Debaisieux (Belgium) on alto saxophone, trumpet player Pierre-Antoine Savoyat (France), Wajdi Riahi on piano (Tunisia) and Louise van den Heuvel on electric bass (The Netherlands).
He is teaching Master degrees in drums, rhythm and ensemble at KCB Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Antwerp and is regularly invited to give seminars, Clinics and Master classes worldwide. And is currently doing a PhD on cultural roots and interactions of contemporary rhythm in jazz.


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Sylvain Debaisieux (alto saxophone)

Shoko Igarashi (tenor saxophone)

Wajdi Riahi (piano)

Composer(s)

Stéphane Galland (drums)

Stéphane Galland was born into a musical family and received his first drum set at the age of three. He decided to take lessons in classical percussion when he reached the age of nine, at the conservatory at Huy (Belgium) and started playing jazz with his fellow pianist Eric Legnini two years later. At the age of 13, having had the opportunity to play with the best jazz musicians in Belgium, he developed a growing interest in this musical field. Always in search of new musical experiences, he met Pierre Vandormael, Fabrizio Cassol and Michel Hatzigeorgiou, and later with the last two, formed the band called AKA MOON. The band, which recorded over 25 CDs and performed worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, South America, India…),...
more

Stéphane Galland was born into a musical family and received his first drum set at the age of three. He decided to take lessons in classical percussion when he reached the age of nine, at the conservatory at Huy (Belgium) and started playing jazz with his fellow pianist Eric Legnini two years later. At the age of 13, having had the opportunity to play with the best jazz musicians in Belgium, he developed a growing interest in this musical field. Always in search of new musical experiences, he met Pierre Vandormael, Fabrizio Cassol and Michel Hatzigeorgiou, and later with the last two, formed the band called AKA MOON. The band, which recorded over 25 CDs and performed worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, South America, India…), has been a unique and invaluable field of development and experimentation with different musical traditions. This led Stéphane Galland to record and perform with the Malian star Oumou Sangare, Senegalese master Doudou N'diaye Rose (Miles Davis, Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel...), the Great and undisputed South Indian master of Mridangam Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, the Turkish master of percussion Misirli Ahmet, and many different artists from Africa, India, Asia, Europe and America. They also played at the Beijing Nine Gates Festival.
In the summer of 2011, he founded his first project as a leader called “LOBI”, exploring multiple ancient musical traditions in a modern, futuristic and alchemistical approach. Stéphane Galland’s “LOBI” is a meeting of some of the most sought-after musicians today, coming from different traditions: Magic Malik on Flute and Vocal (Guadeloupe/Ivory Coast), Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia), Petar Ralchev (Bulgaria), Misirli Ahmet on percussion (Turkey) and Carles Benavent on bass (Spain).
In 2018, he released an album and tour with his second new personal project called “(the Mystery of) KEM” featuring musicians from the new generation as well as one of the greatest Carnatic flute player today, from Bangalore (India), Ravichandra Kulur (Ravi Shankar, Anouschka Shankar).
Other than that, Stéphane Galland has been playing and recording with numerous famous artists from different horizons including Joe Zawinul (Zawinul Syndicate), Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robin Eubanks and singers Ozark Henry, David Linx, Axelle Red, Zap Mama, Novastar as well as many different groups using new developments in rhythm and harmony such as Dhafer Youssef, Nguyên Lê, Nelson Veras, Malcolm Braff. Stéphane was the drummer for many special projects including African Voices (with Oumou Sangare, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Baba Sissoko), Aka Moon & 600 children (with a unique gathering of a 600 Children choir), Homage to Jaco Pastorius (with Toots Thielemans, Othello Molineaux, Felix and Julius Pastorius, etc....), to Jeff Buckley (with Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Kris Dane & David Linx), Homage to Friedrich Gulda with Martha Argerich, Alexander Rabinovitch and Gautier Capuçon, Philippe Boesmans’ opera “Wintermärchen” (on Deutsche Grammophon), Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker Rosas Dance Company “In Real Time” and more than 260 shows with Alain Platel’s widely acclaimed “VSPRS” and “Pitié!”. In January 2014, Stéphane Galland joined Ibrahim Maalouf for his worldwide tour “Illusions” for which Maalouf received the “Victoire de la musique” for best world music album. Then participated in his unique project around “Alice in Wonderland” together with French rapper Oxmo Puccino, followed by the album “Red & Black Light” for which he also participated in the arrangements of the songs, and that has been awarded best music show at “Victoires de la musique” 2017 in France, and made a huge tour ending at the famous Accord Hotel Arena (ex-Bercy) in Paris recorded live for an upcoming album and DVD, in front of 17.500 people. He was part of the creation of a brand-new project called “Levantine Symphony” premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, which featured also the orchestra from the Washington DC opera house, as well as a children choir from New-York city. He is the drummer on his latest album “S3NS” featuring Cuban influences and artists Harold Lopez Nussa, Alfredo Rodriguez and Roberto Fonseca amongst other, and touring worldwide in 2020 and 2021.
In 2019, Stéphane Galland was selected by the French magazine “Batterie Magazine” as one of the top 10 drummers of 2018 worldwide.
He has composed three pieces for solo piano entitled Jeux (1.Unisson, 2.Waves and 3.Transe) that were released on Isil Bengi’s album “Hikaye” on Fuga Libera in 2020.
The latest personal projects of Stéphane Galland are ‘The Gallands’, a duet with his son Elvin Galland on keyboards and ‘Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters’, where he integrates rhythmic principles from his travels to different parts of the world into a personal musical language. For this project Stéphane embarks on a musical journey with Shoko Igarashi (Japan) on tenor saxophone, Sylvain Debaisieux (Belgium) on alto saxophone, trumpet player Pierre-Antoine Savoyat (France), Wajdi Riahi on piano (Tunisia) and Louise van den Heuvel on electric bass (The Netherlands).
He is teaching Master degrees in drums, rhythm and ensemble at KCB Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Antwerp and is regularly invited to give seminars, Clinics and Master classes worldwide. And is currently doing a PhD on cultural roots and interactions of contemporary rhythm in jazz.


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