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 (Quebec 2005), ERKAN OGÜR & MISIRLI AHMET (The Search Tour, Turkey, 2005), SAÏD CHRAÏBI (2008), and participated in TONY GATLIF’s European tour VERTIGES (2007). He has recorded for original soundtracks such as French documentary ‘Le Destin De L’Inde’ by Laurent Jaoui (ARTE 2012), Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film TIMBUKTU (2015), FAHIM (2019) with GERARD DEPARDIEU, animation film THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS (2021), and he has worked in collaboration with Oscar-winner Ludovic Bource (The Artist). In 2021, Guillaume recorded with the BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé (Silva Screen Records) at Flagey, and subsequently performed with the TONHALLE ORCHESTRA ZÜRICH under the baton of Frank Strobel and in the presence of composer and Oscar-winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pie) at the ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL.
In India, Guillaume had the privilege to perform with drummer 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 january 2020, shortly before the pandemic, he was invited to perform with his own quartet 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. His first album “AZAR” (Buda Records, 2013), co-produced with pianist Mathieu Bélis, showcased his skills as a composer. And 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 RIVERBOAT RECORDS (UK) in 2018, has received excellent revues from the 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 (Quebec 2005), ERKAN OGÜR & MISIRLI AHMET (The Search Tour, Turkey, 2005), SAÏD CHRAÏBI (2008), and participated in TONY GATLIF’s European tour VERTIGES (2007). He has recorded for original soundtracks such as French documentary ‘Le Destin De L’Inde’ by Laurent Jaoui (ARTE 2012), Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film TIMBUKTU (2015), FAHIM (2019) with GERARD DEPARDIEU, animation film THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS (2021), and he has worked in collaboration with Oscar-winner Ludovic Bource (The Artist). In 2021, Guillaume recorded with the BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé (Silva Screen Records) at Flagey, and subsequently performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich under the baton of Frank Strobel and in the presence of composer and Oscar-winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pie) at the ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL.
In India, Guillaume had the privilege to perform with drummer 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 january 2020, shortly before the pandemic, he was invited to perform with his own quartet 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. His first album “AZAR” (Buda Records, 2013), co-produced with pianist Mathieu Bélis, showcased his skills as a composer. And 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 RIVERBOAT RECORDS (UK) in 2018, has received excellent revues from the 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

UNESCO — Philharmonie de Paris — Institut du Monde Arabe — Cabaret Sauvage — New Morning
Studio de l’Ermitage — Jamel Comedy Club — Sunset-Sunside Jazz Club — le triton — Baiser Salé

Auditorium Saint-Germain — Festival Sons Neufs — Théâtre du Soleil — La Reine Blanche
(Paris)
Opéra de Lille — Pannonica — Festival Les Nuits d’O — La Pamparina — Poët-Laval Jazz Festival
Les Escales Saint-Nazaire — Théâtre Toursky — Estivales de Perpignant — Les Suds à Arles
(FR)
Flagey
(Brussels) — Zurich Film Festival — Tonhalle (Zurich) — Aubes Musicales — AMR (Geneva)
Krutushka International Ethnic Festival
(Kazan RU) — Poznan Festival (PL) — Richmix (London)
Festival Internazionale di Villa Adriana
(Tivoli, Roma IT) — Quebec City Summer Festival (Qc. CA)
National Gallery of Modern Art — Prithvi Theatre — Kala Ghoda Arts Festival — NCPA
(Mumbai)
The Piano Man Jazz Club — The Piano Man Gurugram — Hriday Drishyam Music Festival
(IN)
Yani Mlek Gosteri Merkezi
(Istanbul) — Metu Kemal Kurdas Hall (Ankara) — AKM (Izmir) (TR)
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