BIOGRAPHY

Surprisingly it was the guitar that French flautist Guillaume Barraud started playing at a very young age, and it wasn’t until his encounter with the Indian music legend HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA that he began to find his own voice with the subtle and haunting sound of the Indian bamboo flute. From 2001 to 2006, he devoted himself to the in-depth studies of north-Indian classical music with the maestro at his famous university Vrindaban Gurukul in Bombay and was able to assimilate the spirit and authenticity of the tradition. He’s now a sought-after exponent of the Bansuri flute recital.
A versatile musician, Guillaume has performed with various artists such as Manu Eveno of French pop band TRYO, ERKAN OGÜR & MISIRLI AHMET (‘The Search Tour’, Turkey, 2005), Levent Yildirim, the late SAÏD CHRAÏBI, and participated in the European tour ‘VERTIGES’ directed by TONY GATLIF (2007). He has recorded for the original soundtracks of French documentary film ‘Le Destin De L’Inde’ by Laurent Jaoui (ARTE 2012), 2015 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film ‘TIMBUKTU’, Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s new film: ‘FAHIM’ (2019) with GÉRARD DEPARDIEU, and started working with Academy Award winner Ludovic Bource (‘The Artist’) last year.
In India, he had the privilege to perform with TRILOK GURTU (NCPA, Mumbai, 2006), Sanket Naik, T. S. Nandakumar South-Indian Percussion Ensemble, Arnab Chakrabarty, Babulal Gandharva, and several times with his mentor on the occasion of the annual “Krishna Janmashtami” celebration. In January 2020, he took his own quartet on tour in India. They were invited to perform at the HRIDAY DRISHYAM MUSIC FESTIVAL in Bhopal and some of the most renowned jazz clubs in the country.
It was in Paris where Guillaume began searching for new ways to use the bansuri outside its traditional form, getting involved in various creative projects and collaborations. In 2011, he forms the band KARVAN TRIO featuring Mathieu Bélis on piano and Mossy Amidi Fard on percussion with whom he releases the album ‘AZAR’ (Buda Records – 2013).
By 2015, after countless adventures and musical encounters, the artist launches his own quartet comprised of British guitarist Tam de Villiers, Reunionese bassist Johann Berby and Belgian drummer Xavier Rogé. Their debut album ‘ARCANA: THE INDO-JAZZ SESSIONS’ released in 2018 on WORLD MUSIC NETWORK | RIVERBOAT RECORDS (UK) has received excellent revues from the jazz press.
Guillaume works as a permanent staff artist in hospitals and at the PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS, promoting the bansuri to new audiences through educational programs. He has already performed in various countries such as India, Russia, Turkey, USA—AK, Canada, Tunisia, UK and throughout Europe.
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BIOGRAPHY

Surprisingly it was the guitar that French flautist Guillaume Barraud started playing at a very young age, and it wasn’t until his encounter with the Indian music legend HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA that he began to find his own voice with the subtle and haunting sound of the Indian bamboo flute. From 2001 to 2006, he devoted himself to the in-depth studies of north-Indian classical music with the maestro at his famous university Vrindaban Gurukul in Bombay and was able to assimilate the spirit and authenticity of the tradition. He’s now a sought-after exponent of the Bansuri flute recital.
A versatile musician, Guillaume has performed with artists such as Manu Eveno of French pop band TRYO, ERKAN OGÜR & MISIRLI AHMET (‘The Search Tour’, Turkey, 2005), Levent Yildirim, the late SAÏD CHRAÏBI, and participated in the European tour ‘VERTIGES’ directed by TONY GATLIF (2007). He has recorded for the original soundtracks of French documentary film ‘Le Destin De L’Inde’ by Laurent Jaoui (ARTE 2012), 2015 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film ‘TIMBUKTU’, Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s new film: ‘FAHIM’ (2019) with GÉRARD DEPARDIEU, and started working with Academy Award winner Ludovic Bource (‘The Artist’) last year.
In India, he had the privilege to perform with TRILOK GURTU (NCPA, Mumbai, 2006), Sanket Naik, T. S. Nandakumar South-Indian Percussion Ensemble, Arnab Chakrabarty, Babulal Gandharva, and several times with his mentor on the occasion of the annual “Krishna Janmashtami” celebration. In January 2020, he was on tour in India with own quartet and was invited to perform at the HRIDAY DRISHYAM MUSIC FESTIVAL in Bhopal.
It was in Paris where Guillaume began searching for new ways to use the bansuri outside its traditional form, getting involved in various creative projects and collaborations. In 2011, he forms the band KARVAN TRIO featuring Mathieu Bélis on piano and Mossy Amidi Fard on percussion with whom he releases the album ‘AZAR’ (Buda Records – 2013).
By 2015, after countless adventures and musical encounters, the artist launches his own quartet comprised of British guitarist Tam de Villiers, Reunionese bassist Johann Berby and Belgian drummer Xavier Rogé. Their debut album ‘ARCANA: THE INDO-JAZZ SESSIONS’ released in 2018 on WORLD MUSIC NETWORK | RIVERBOAT RECORDS (UK) has received excellent revues from the jazz press.
Guillaume works as a permanent staff artist in hospitals and at the PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS, promoting the bansuri to new audiences through educational programs. He has already performed in various countries such as India, Russia, Turkey, USA—AK, Canada, Tunisia, UK and throughout Europe.
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MAJOR VENUES

Philharmonie de Paris — Institut du Monde Arabe — Cabaret Sauvage — New Morning
UNESCO — Studio de L’Ermitage — Comedy Club — Sunset-Sunside — Baiser Salé
Théâtre du Soleil —
‘coup de cœur’ du Festival Sons Neufs — le triton (Paris)
Opéra de Lille — Pannonica — Festival Les Nuits d’O — La Pamparina
Les Suds à Arles — Escales de Saint-Nazaire — Théâtre Toursky
Les Estivales de Perpignant — Poët-Laval Jazz/s Festival
(FR)
Krutushka International Ethnic Festival
(Kazan RU-TA)
Festival Internazionale di Villa Adriana
(Tivoli-RM IT)
Kala Ghoda Festival — NCPA — Prithivi Theater
National Gallery of Modern Arts
(Bombay IN)
The Piano Man Jazz Club
(Delhi/Gurgaon IN)
Hriday Drishyam Music Festival
(Bhopal IN)
Poznan Festival
(PL) — Richmix (London)
Yani Mlek Gosteri Merkezi
(Istanbul TR)
Metu Kemal Kurdas Hall
(Ankara TR)
Quebec City Summer Festival
(CA)
Aubes Musicales — AMR
(Geneva)
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September 13, 2020 SOLO PERFORMANCE - Limoges, FR — Festival L'Esprit des Pierres
October 11, 2020 GRFI Annual Day - Paris, FR — Maison de l'Inde
November 15, 2020 SOLO PERFORMANCE - Paris, FR — Mairie du XXe
November 27, 2020 Ceylan Music Band - Gradignan, FR — TBC

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