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The Indo-Jazz Sessions: Guillaume Barraud Quartet Album Launch
Friday 16 March
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In a nutshell
An exhilarating fusion of Indian music and contemporary jazz with some of Paris’ finest musicians.
Refracting the spirit of India through the prism of jazz, Guillaume Barraud launches Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions (on Riverboat) finding a sound that floats timelessly whilst bubbling with restlessly energy; setting the pure tones of the bansuri flutes against hard-edged electric guitar and moody, grooving bass and drums.
Guillaume Barraud first started playing guitar at very young age, but it wasn’t until his encounter with the Indian music legend Hariprasad Chaurasia that he began to find his voice with the subtle and haunting sound of the Indian bamboo flute. Five years under Chaurasia’s guidance awakened the inspiration. Imbued with the sacred colors of India, the album Arcana is composed on guitar, an instrument with which the author has kept a strong bond over the years. Its content is narrative but open to improvisation. In 2015 he founded the Guillaume Barraud quartet, featuring British guitarist Tam De Villiers, Belgian drummer Xavier Rogé (Ibrahim Maalouf) and bassist Johann Berby (Oumou Sangare, Trilok Gurtu) from Reunion Island. Arcana was recorded in just 2 days. This evening they make their UK debut.
What people are saying
'We had Shakti and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 70’s, and more recently Mukta in France, which has mixed jazz and sitar. The Guillaume Barraud Quartet renews and modernizes the Indo-Jazz fusion genre.' - Jean-François Viaud – Jazz Rhône-Alpes
'When Guillaume Barraud’s quartet arrives on stage, we discover yet another face of jazz… The delicate melody of the Bansuri flute wraps around the neck, down the back, soothes, softens. This quartet is a kind of flying carpet.' - Caroline Prévost – La TeamZic
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This event is wheelchair accessible.