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Gaita (Galician bagpipes)

Raphaël De Cock

The gaita galega may in fact be seen as a kind of compromise between the softer sound of the northern bagpipes and the more powerful tone of the Scottish and Asturian bagpipes. Thanks to Carlos Nuñez, Susana Seivane and others the instrument has come to be well known to us in recent years.

Our teacher Raphael De Cock will teach you the basics of the instrument, first through exercises using the chanter and then progressing to the gaita. Once the basics are under your belt you can begin an interesting journey through the extensive repertoire of Galician music with such rhythms as the muñeira, jota, rumba, pasodoble...

Advanced learners will learn to play the repertoire of A Contrabanda. After their lesson they can join in this group’s weekly rehearsal.

The teacher

Raphaël De Cock plays and sings with, among others, Griff, Osuna, Northern Lights, Muntagna Nera (Graindelavoix), NadiSuna, the Collectif Muzikaciné (Odna), Néboa, Waira, Tenore Monte Arvu and A Contrabanda. Raphaël began to play the Irish flute (tin whistle and low whistle) when he was 16 years old. The following year he started playing the uillean pipes (Irish bagpipes) and since then Raphael has not stopped collecting and playing traditional musical instruments. This musical millipede went on to specialize in a variety of ethnic singing styles, perhaps the most remarkable among them being Tuvan throatsinging. Meanwhile he has blossomed as a multi-instrumentalist and among other things he plays all sorts of flutes, bagpipes (gaita galega, Irish uillean pipes, Swedish säckpipa, Picard muchosa, Bulgarian gaida), Jew’s harp, stringed instruments (Siberian chatkhan, Tuvan chanzy, Chinese guqin), fiddles (Tuvan igil, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle Bulgarian gadulka) etc.


The course takes place on Thursdays at the MABO (Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Brussels).

- 18:50-19:30 gaita beginners
- 19:30-20:30 gaita (intermediate, advanced).

During this course half-an-hour will be devoted to learning new numbers to be tried out later with the musicians from A Contrabanda.


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Attention ! The preliminary class will take place on 5 October 2017 from 18h30 tot 20h.

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