B i o g r a p h y
Phelan Burgoyne (1994) is a British drummer and composer currently based in the U.K.
He grew up in a musical family in the cultural county of Suffolk on the east coast of the U.K taking part local orchestras and bands. At age 13 he was accepted onto the Royal Academy of Music’s junior Jazz programme where he was taught by and performed with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and Dave Holland. Age 16 he began attending the prestigious Purcell school for young musicians in London where he studied composition, conducting and percussion, then going on to study a full time bachelors degree at the Royal Academy of Music for 3 years with Jeff Williams and at the Jazz Campus Basel, Switzerland for a further 2 years with Jeff Ballard and Guillermo Klein.
Burgoyne has been gained an international reputation playing many festivals and clubs all over Europe with musicians including Jorge Rossy, Bill McHenry, Kit Downes, Emanuele Maniscalco and
The Phelan Burgoyne Trio (featuring British jazz legend, saxophonist Martin Speake and rising star guitarist Rob Luft) have released two records featuring all original compositions; Unquiet Quiet (2015) and Verdasio (2019) to critical acclaim.
“It’s plan to see why Burgoyne’s reputation has reached its current momentum” - The Guardian
Phelan makes up one fifth of the collective band “Rebop” featuring Jorge Rossy on Vibraphone, Sam Braysher on Saxophone, Linus Eppinger on Guitar and Tilman Oberbeck on Bass who released their debut album “Introducing” at the London Jazz Festival 2018 on the Swiss Unit Label.
For several years, Phelan has enjoyed a warm collaboration between the U.K and Italy with ECM Artist, Pianist Emanuele Maniscalco who recorded their first Duo venture entitled “Divertimento” on the Berlin Based Hout Label.
He is also a member of “First Rain” a Zürich based piano trio featuring Chris Wiesendanger and Xaver Rüegg and “Downhill”-
a free improvisation combo featuring Israeli musicians Anat Fort, Oded Gheizhals and Nadav Erlich . He also has a drum / spoken word duo with Palestinian poet Farah Chamma.
His new project “Slaughden” features British pianist and organist Kit Downes and bassist Fred Thomas whom in April 2019 opened the first of a series of concerts to be curated by Burgoyne in Aldeburgh.
He is also a member of the Yumi Ito orchestra, Icelandic Saxophonist Gardar Edvaldssons Quartet, Ursula Bachmann’s “Bewildered Hearts”, the François Lana trio, and The Fred Thomas Quintet.
Outside of Jazz, he is a keen photographer working in documentary, fine art and portraiture and player of the Rubab - a traditional lute from Afghanistan which he studies with eminent British Ethnomusicologist John Baily and Usad Daud Khan Sadozai.