Philippe Beer Gabel

w/ capture, Mitsuo Morooka, Kazuhiko Sakaguchi
date : Feb 14th, 2015 (Sat)
open : 19:00 / start 19:30
ticket : 1500 yen

Philippe Beer Gabel

Philippe Beer Gabel

(quoted from Gabel's web site)

I am born and raised in Paris, France.

I graduated with a Diploma in Swedish and in Film studies in 2004. I got my certification as a yoga teacher in 2014 in India and I also did a training in Canada. I studied different healing modalities such as Body Talk System and Reiki. Above all I do music, my first love.

I didn’t study music but I have been composing and performing for the last ten years in several bands I launched. My background is in rock music that said my direction, style and vision was significantly influenced in 2007 after discovering an ancient instrument called the Kantele, an electric harp made of thirty-eight strings. Acoustically it sounds ethereal and magical. When amplified it sounds as though an orchestra resonates through each string. The Kantele’s unique sound gives a timeless and spiritual color to the Avant garde/pop music I am performing. The instrument chose me. I have attended some Kantele camp getting lessons from world-renowned Kantele players including Eva Alkula, Vilma Timonen and Anna Karin Kohonen. Since 2011, I have the pleasure to be endorsed by Koistinen Kantele, the primary developer of the instrument.

I released three albums and three EP’s. I have toured the U.S and Europe several times. General Bye Bye, my primary project is recognized by music critics as being a leader in well adopting the “do it yourself” model; producing, promoting, managing and touring on their own. Independent and institutional recording studios such as Radio France (Paris), Memphis University Recording Studio (Memphis) and The Church (Tulsa, Oklahoma) have sponsored me to record at their facilities. I was awarded a grant to train with French music school Manufacture Chanson.

My music has been defined as a graceful turbulence combining indie pop, classical and experimental music giving birth to an innovative sound. My compositions paint an enchanting and thrilling musical landscape. A dramatic fusion of guitar, bass, drums, strings led by the soothing sounds of the Kantele. My music with the Kantele provides new sonic possibilities for the development of the instrument both in terms of exposure and in terms of research. Philippe is an asset for the kantele community and the expansion of the instrument. (Hannu Koistinen)

I started playing solo at the end of 2013. My music focus now on integrating pictures and videos on stage into a performance on the Kantele, vocals, tibetan singing bowls and some mallets instruments. It is an intimate work which aims to merge intimacy and universal matters.


capture :
Yuji Nakamura (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet) / Kenji Koshide (sounds) / Yasunori Fukuda (guitar)


Mitsuo Morooka

Kazuhiko Sakaguchi