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CIAN BOYLAN


 

PIANIST | COMPOSER | ARRANGER | PRODUCER

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CIAN BOYLAN


 

PIANIST | COMPOSER | ARRANGER | PRODUCER

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Incredible musicianship, energy, and humour...a fantastic virtuosic performance, subtly presenting the contrasts in styles of jazz, classical and contemporary music *****
— Hot Press
 
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Pianist


VERSATILE RECORDING ARTIST AND SESSION MUSICIAN

 

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Pianist


VERSATILE RECORDING ARTIST AND SESSION MUSICIAN

 

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ABOUT

Cian has over twenty years experience as a professional session pianist and keyboardist. He has performed and recorded with many leading Irish and International pop and rock artists, including: Van Morrison, Duke Special, Camille O'Sullivan, Sinead O Connor, Jerry Fish, Juliet Turner, Imelda May, Declan O’Rourke, Cathy Davey, Mary Coughlan, Ella Henderson, Aslan, Paddy Casey, Vyvienne Long, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Riccardo Cocciante, Westlife, Robin Gibb, Sister Sledge, and LeAnn Rimes.

One of the most exciting, intelligent and structured musicians working in Ireland today
— BBC Radio Ulster

He has performed in many prestigious venues and concert halls around the world, including Europe, USA, Russia, China, Japan, South America and the Middle East.

He is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist and has recorded three albums under his own name, '"Soulful Days", "Something We All Know", and "Making Other Arrangements”. He is the band leader and vocalist in his eight-piece New Orleans funk outfit “Toot Sweet and The Shadow Man” described by Jazzwise Magazine as “The Perfect Festival Band”. He is also the musical director and arranger for "Velvet Lounge" band featuring jazz vocalist Cormac Kenevey and performs regularly with his jazz quartet featuring UK saxophonist Ben Castle.

STUDIO, LIVE SESSIONS AND EVENTS

  • Studio session work: Get Cian to record a live Steinway piano or vintage keyboards (Hammond, Rhodes, Wurly, Moog, etc) on your track.
  • Live session work: Cian regularly tours with established and upcoming artists
  • Event Bookings: Festivals, corporate events, bespoke gigs
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Arranger


From string arrangements to symphonic scores and jazz combos to big band arrangements

 

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Arranger


From string arrangements to symphonic scores and jazz combos to big band arrangements

 

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ARRANGING

From string arrangements to symphonic scores and jazz combos to big band arrangements, Cian’s versatility as an arranger has enabled him to work across many genres from rock and jazz to theatre and film.

Recent work includes Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner "The Lobster" starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weitz and John C Reilly, Amazon Prime/BBC TV Drama "Ripper Street",  Discovery TV show "Harley & The Davidsons", orchestral and brass arrangements for traditional Irish supergroup "Project West" featuring the Sofia National Orchestra and the San Diego Brass ensemble, string and brass arrangements for Bronagh Gallagher's acclaimed  album, arranging and producing the Irish Junior Eurovision winner's  song in both 2015 and 2016 and arrangements for the RTE concert orchestra for both album and live concert broadcasts.

Cian is the musical director and arranger for the stage shows "Women Of Ireland" and "Celtic Angels"  which continues to tour in the USA, South America, Europe and Asia. At home, he has been musician director in prestigious venues such as The Helix, The Gaeity Theatre, The National Concert Hall, and the Cork Opera House.

 

ARRANGING FOR ALL STYLES AND LINEUPS

These are some of the arranging services Cian can provide.

  • Bespoke/original arrangements
  • Transcriptions
  • Professional scores provided for all arrangements for live or recording use if requested
  • Price of arrangements vary according to complexity
  • Lead Sheets and String Quartets to Big Band and full Orchestral scores.
  • Versatile in all styles from pop, jazz, irish, rock, film, etc...
  • Arrangements can be tailored for live musicians or sample libraries or a combination of both
  • Can source string sections, brass sections, rhythm sections and vocalists.
  • Synth mock-ups available on request
  • World-class sample libraries used
  • Discounts available on bulk ordering of arrangements

As every project has different needs, Cian can discuss this with you in detail and tailor a quote according to your specific budget and requirements. 

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Composer


Cian works both as a composer for film and tv and as a songwriter, co-writing with established and UPCOMING artists

 

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Composer


Cian works both as a composer for film and tv and as a songwriter, co-writing with established and UPCOMING artists

 

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composing and SONG-WRITING

Cian works both as a composer for film and television and as a songwriter, co-writing with many established artists including Meteor Award Winners Duke Special and Juliet Turner and a recent collaboration co-writing and producing on Bronagh Gallagher's acclaimed new album "Gather Your Greatness" featuring Brian Eno and Maria McKee. In addition, he has written music for various theatre and concert productions including the world-wide touring stage show "Women of Ireland" and Deborah Warner's "Mother Courage" featuring Fiona Shaw which debuted in the National Theatre London.

He has composed music across a variety of genres from  pop/rock, jazz and orchestral scores to folk and world music most recently composing new music for Oscar winning director Volker Schlöndorff's upcoming feature "Return To Montauk" with a screenplay co-written with multi Booker Award winning author Colm Toibín and starring Stellan Skarsgard. Other recent film and TV work include the Cannes Palme D'Or winner "The Lobster" starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weitz, John C. Really and Olivia Colman, Amazon Prime/BBC production Ripper Street (Seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5)  and The Discovery Channel's "Harley & The Davidsons".

collaborations and commissions

Whether you are a songwriter that needs assistance in taking your song to the next level or a music supervisor or producer looking for a bespoke composition or to license existing music for film, tv, stage or advertisement, Cian has the experience to help you.

  • Bespoke Compositions and licensing Cian's existing compositions for Film, TV, Advertising and Stage
  • Composing feature film soundtracks
  • Co-writing with songwriters to bring their songs to the next level

IF YOU WOULD LIKE CIAN TO COMPOSE FOR YOUR PROJECT OR YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE ON AN IDEA, get in touch

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Producer


CIAN IS THE CO-OWNER OF CAMDEN RECORDING STUDIOS IN DUBLIN, a creative hub for musicians, composers and song-writers

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Producer


CIAN IS THE CO-OWNER OF CAMDEN RECORDING STUDIOS IN DUBLIN, a creative hub for musicians, composers and song-writers

STATE OF THE ART PRODUCTION FACILITIES AND EXPERIENCE

Cian set up Camden Recording Studios with songwriter and TV celebrity "Bressie" and producer and guitar-hero Conor Brady to provide a unique creative hub for musicians, songwriters and producers. Located within walking distance of Dublin’s favourite bars, cafés, music venues and surrounded by International label headquarters, Camden Studios is a historic recording studio at the heart of Ireland’s music and social scene.

The studio has a rich musical history and has played host to a multitude of Irish and international recording stars including Fifty Cent, New Order, Snoop Dogg, Brian Adams, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Leon Bridges, The Thrills, Ronnie Drew, Christie Moore, Declan O’ Rourke, Hothouse Flowers, Kodaline, James Vincent McMorrow, Hudson Taylor, Shane McGowan, Jerry Fish, Bronagh Gallagher, amongst many others.

The studio is equipped with a beautiful Steinway Grand Piano and a host of vintage keyboards, amps, guitars, mics and outboard gear. It also has two large live rooms, a stunning control room and vocal booth to facilitate most recording requirements.

EVERY ASPECT OF PRODUCTION

Whether you are looking for a little advice or help in getting your song recorded or if you need a quote for full production of your album, Cian can assist you in every aspect of the production process from:

  • Initial meeting to discuss the project and direction

  • Pre-production (working on the songs to ensure they are ready to record)
  • Creating polished demos
  • Creating budgets and a schedule for your full project
  • Arranging parts and score preparation
  • Booking musicians and engineers
  • Overseeing recording process
  • Overseeing mixing process
  • Organising mastering process
  • Industry assistance in getting your music out there

 

If you would like any advice on the PRODUCTION process or need assistance on your recording project get in touch here