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 bamboo flute. From 2001 to 2006, he devoted himself to the indepth studies of North-Indian classical music with the maestro at his famous university Vrindaban Gurukul in Bombay. Within a few years, he was able to assimilate the spirit and authenticity of the tradition, and has become a notable 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 (2008), and participated in TONY GATLIF’s European tour VERTIGES (2007). He has recorded for the original soundtracks of French documentary film ‘Le Destin De L’Inde’ by Laurent Jaoui (ARTE 2012), Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film TIMBUKTU (2015), Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s comedy-drama: FAHIM (2019) with GERARD DEPARDIEU, and the upcoming animation film THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS (2021). In addition, by 2019, he started to work in collaboration with Academy Award winner Ludovic Bource (known for ‘The Artist’).
In India, Guillaume 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 during the annual ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ celebration. In jan 2020, shortly before the pandemic, 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 sub-contiment.
It was in Paris (2007) where Guillaume began searching for new ways to use the bansuri outside its traditional form, getting involved in various creative projects and collaborations. The album AZAR (Buda Records, 2013) with pianist Mathieu Bélis and percussionist Mossy Amidi Fard, showcased his skills as a composer. By 2015, the artist launched his own quartet comprised of British guitarist Tam de Villiers, Reunionese bassist Johann Berby and Belgian drummer Xavier Rogé. Their debut album ‘ARCANA’, released on WORLD MUSIC NETWORK | RIVERBOAT RECORDS UK in 2018, has received excellent revues from jazz critics; a second opus is in development.
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, 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, haunting sound of the bamboo flute. From 2001 to 2006, he devoted himself to the indepth studies of North-Indian classical music with the maestro at his famous university Vrindaban Gurukul in Bombay. Within a few years, he was able to assimilate the spirit and authenticity of the tradition, and has become a notable 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 (2008), and participated in TONY GATLIF’s European tour VERTIGES (2007). He has recorded for the original soundtracks of French documentary film ‘Le Destin De L’Inde’ by Laurent Jaoui (ARTE 2012), Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film TIMBUKTU (2015), Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s comedy-drama: FAHIM (2019) with GERARD DEPARDIEU, and the upcoming animation film THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS (2021). In addition, by 2019, he started to work in collaboration with Academy Award winner Ludovic Bource (known for ‘The Artist’).
In India, Guillaume 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 during the annual ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ celebration. In jan 2020, shortly before the pandemic, 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 sub-contiment.
It was in Paris (2007) where Guillaume began searching for new ways to use the bansuri outside its traditional form, getting involved in various creative projects and collaborations. The album AZAR (Buda Records, 2013) with pianist Mathieu Bélis and percussionist Mossy Amidi Fard, showcased his skills as a composer. By 2015, the artist launched his own quartet comprised of British guitarist Tam de Villiers, Reunionese bassist Johann Berby and Belgian drummer Xavier Rogé. Their debut album ‘ARCANA’, released on WORLD MUSIC NETWORK | RIVERBOAT RECORDS UK in 2018, has received excellent revues from jazz critics; a second opus is in development.
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, 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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UPCOMING EVENTS

September 28, 2021 w/ Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (rehearsals) - Zürich, CH — Tonhalle
September 29, 2021 w/ Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (rehearsals) - Zürich, CH — Tonhalle
September 30, 2021 International Film Music Competition - Zürich, CH — Tonhalle
October 1, 2021 tonhalleLATE w/ Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Zürich, CH — Tonhalle
October 3, 2021 GRFI Annual Day - Paris, FR — Maison de l'Inde
November 6, 2021 Barraud&Bélis - La Varenne Saint-Hilaire, FR — Studio 5
December 4, 2021 Ceylan Music Band - Gradignan, FR — MJC

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