THE BAND

A hurdy-gurdy, a calabash drum, a guitar, and a voice!

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Inspired by an original idea from percussionist Marc Glomeau, French band Hypnotic Wheels brings together three musicians and instruments which have never been associated before: a hurdy-gurdy, a calabash drum, and a guitar.

Hypnotic Wheels creates a singular universe mixing Mississippi blues, Central France music, pop, trance, and electro, uniting elements from electronic and folk music. Its obsessive, mystical and enigmatic sound, like a perpetual trance –hence the name– sets a mesmerizing background for Tia’s magnetic voice.

The trio along with sound engineer Pierre Bianchi have been acclaimed at their first major show at the 7 Nights to the Blues festival in Northern France in 2013 and on all the stages they have performed since.

Their first album, Hypnotic Wheels, was released in the fall of 2014.

They recorded their second album in Mississippi in spring of 2017. Muddy Gurdy (the name of the album) has been released in February 2018.

 

Tia Gouttebel (guitar, vocals)

Tia was first noticed in the late 90s by American guitarist Larry Garner who invited her on several shows between 1999 and 2001. Tia began to develop her own style as a guitarist and vocalist.

In 2002 she formed her own band, Tia & The Patient Wolves, and started performing in clubs in France and in Europe, as well as in the most prestigious festivals: Cognac Blues Passions, Cahors Blues Festival, and Salaise Blues Festival (France), Kwadendamme Festival (Holland), Blues in Bloom (Belgium), opening for international artists like Jimmy Johnson, Louisiana Red, John Mayall…

Tia was awarded the Cognac Blues Passions Grand Prize in 2012 and opened for Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper in front of a crowd of over 6,000 the following year.

She has traveled extensively in the United States several times (Memphis, Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, Los Angeles, Florida). She has been invited on stage by the greatest musicians: bassist Leroy Hodges (Al Green), guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Johnny Moeller (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers), harmonicist Lynwood Slim. All of them have been “amazed” by the talent and the authenticity of the French woman.

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Gilles Chabenat (hurdy-gurdy)

Gilles Chabenat was born in Central France. That is where he started playing the hurdy-gurdy at age 13 with Les Thiaulins, an organization devoted to promote folk arts and traditions. He won several awards and subsequently decided to work on his region’s rich traditional repertoire with already a desire to branch out into other musical styles.

In the wake of Valentin Clastrier, he felt the need to reinvent the instrument and the playing techniques associated with it. Around that time and after several years of research, luthier Denis Siorat developed a contemporary-style electro-acoustic instrument which facilitated the integration of the hurdy-gurdy into the modern musical experience.

In 1992, Gilles Chabenat began a 12-year partnership with famous Corsican band I Muvrini. He later met and worked with Sting, Véronique Sanson, Florent Pagny, Stephan Eicher, Jean-Jacques Goldman, and collaborated with jazz musicians Vincent Mascart, Jacques Mahieux, Alain Bruel, Alain Gibert, and Jean-Marc Padovani in a number of creative works, including a theatrical reading of Enzo Corman. His hurdy-gurdy can also be heard in a movie, Pierre Jolivet’s Le Frère du Guerrier.

Gilles Chabenat’s approach shows the multiple aspects of an instrument which has been evolving for over 1,000 years. Just like he does today with Hypnotic Wheels.

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Marc Glomeau (percussion, vocals)

Percussionnist, writer, and producer Marc Glomeau founded Black Chantilly, which became one of the leading French Afro-Cuban jazz bands. He toured for over 10 years with the band.

Marc Glomeau then worked with numerous artists from the jazz scene, as well as in French and American world music: Bruno Angelini, Thierry Peala, Rosy Bazile, Cheb Bilal, Arthur H.

His meeting with drummer and writer Marlon Simon (nominated for a Grammy Award with his In Case You Missed It album) changed the course of his career. In 2008 the “Black Chantilly invites Marlon Simon” project wins the prestigious French American Jazz Exchange Prize, awarded by Culture France and the Chamber Music of America. The prize was followed by a tour on the East Coast in the U.S.

Extremely creative, Marc Glomeau is at the origin of numerous original projects: Racines (a septet mixing Afro-Venezuelian cultures with those of Central France) along with Marlon Simon and Gilles Chabenat, Mère Grand & The Sound Avengers (a delirious pop concert revisiting TV-show songs with a 70s twist to them), Akrofo System (exploring links between jazz and African rhythms with pianist Philippe Monange). And, recently, Hypnotic Wheels.

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Pierre Bianchi (sound engineer)

Pierre Bianchi started his career as an assistant with Plus XXX studio in 1981, and slowly and surely became a sought after director, producer, and sound engineer, both in studio and live.

Pierre Bianchi toured with musicians of international fame in the U.S. in Canada, Central America, South American Japan, China, Africa, Middle East. He worked with Youssou n’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Sir Yehudi Menhuin, Natalie Dessay, Diane Dufresne, Charly Watts, Jimmy Cobb, Gerry Allen, Tigran Amasyan, Papa Wemba, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Murray Head, Alpha Blondy, Catherine Ringer, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Kellylee Evans, Yuri Buenaventura, and the Kuhn/Humair/Jenny Clark/Portal Quartet to name a few.

His artistic collaborations are very ecletic, covering all genres: pop, rock, classical, jazz, world…

A rich universe he shares today with Hypnotic Wheels.

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