Avant-garde Music & Multimedia in the Pacific Northwest

Dylan van der Schyff
Percussionist spanning the fields of jazz, free improvisation, sound art, experimental, electronic and ‘new music’.
— from http://www.barkingsphinx.com/musicians/dylan-van-der-schyff/:

Dylan Van der Schyff, born in Johannesburg, South Africa is one of the leading figures on the Canadian improvised music scene. His rhythmic drive and creativity are essential contributions to Vancouver bands such as the Tony Wilson Group, François Houle Trio, and the NOW Orchestra. He has also played with such artists as George Lewis, Eyvind Kang, Evan Parker, Georg Graewe, Myra Melford, Michael Moore, John Butcher, Mark Helias, Vinny Golia, and Andy Laster. He has worked with dance companies (EDAM and Kokoro) and theatre groups. His broad musical spectrum extends to rock, funk and punk. He has recorded with the NOW Orchestra, François Houle, (with Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser and Peggy Lee), and the Brad Turner Group.

— from https://www.capilanou.ca/jazz-studies/bios/Dylan-van-der-Schyff/:

“Mr. van der Schyff spins out essayistic passages of texture.“ 

– New York Times

“…a master manipulator, tests and expands common notions of timbre…”

– Down Beat

- “…van der Schyff exemplified creativity in simplicity, working solely with a traditional drum kit… He remains deeply in the pocket of the great jazz drummers…”

– Musicworks

- “One of this countryʼs finest musicians.”
– Kenny Werner

As a performer and producer, Dylan van der Schyff has appeared on close to 100 recordings spanning the genres of jazz, electro-acoustic, improvised, experimental and new music; he has performed in almost every major centre in Europe and North America including international festivals in Berlin, Lisbon, Stockholm, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Trento (Italy) and Molde (Norway); and he has collaborated in numerous interdisciplinary projects involving theatre, dance and film. A partial list of notable performance and recording collaborators includes: George Lewis, Joelle Léandre, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Peggy Lee, Eyvind Kang, Nicole Mitchell, Brad Turner, Tony Wilson, Wayne Horvitz, Marilyn Crispell, Torsten Muller, Robin Holcolmb, Michael Moore, Ellery Eskelin, Sylvie Courvoisier, Rob Mazurek, Talking Pictures, Ken Vandermark, Paul Rutherford, John Butcher, Tobias Delius, Louis Sclavis, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, and Gary Peacock. Van der Schyff has also performed as a sideman with Roswell Rudd, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Misha Mengelberg, Georg Graewe, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith and the Kenny Werner Sextet with Randy Brecker.

Van der Schyff has served on the music faculty at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada, since 2009. He also served on faculty at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music between 2002-2005, and at the Vancouver Institute for Creative Music in 2006. Additionally, he has given seminars and workshops at the University of Indiana and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Van der Schyff has appeared on Austrian television and Swedish radio as well as NPR, the CBC and Radio Canada. Articles about his work as an improviser have appeared in publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The Wire, Coda, and MUZIK.

— from http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/vanderschyff_dy/:

One of the leading figures on the Vancouver jazz/new music scene, drummer Dylan Van der Schyff works with many locally-based ensembles (Talking Pictures, NOW Orchestra, Brad Turner, Peggy Lee and Tony Wilson among others) and participates in numerous theatre, dance and film projects. He’s a highly sought after player known for his uncanny ability to excel in both traditional and free improv situations. Recent collaborations with international artists as diverse as Louis Sclavis, Barre Phillips, John Butcher, Joe Lovano, George Lewis, Dave Douglas and Georg Graewe (to name a few), reflect the drummer’s multi-dimensional talents and interests.

— from https://oxford.academia.edu/DylanvanderSchyff:

I am a performing musician, music educator, and researcher in systematic musicology. My academic work explores questions related to how and why music is meaningful for human beings through the lenses of phenomenology, '4E' cognition, and dynamical systems theory.