Sylvain Barou

by Sylvain Barou

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"In the course of my musical career - particularly in the earlier
years, I have wandered in and out of many different genres of music.
Looking back on the journey, it feels like just that; a meandering
exploration which lacked a particular direction until one day I
realised that I was more connected with Irish music than any
other.From then on, the itinerary became simpler; a more direct route,
but not without occasional diversions into other regions, which
helped, and still help to replenish my passion for music generally.
Extending the analogy of travel and exploration to Sylvain, I think of
him as a mountaineer. Not only is he avidly interested in music from
every corner of the world, but he also seeks out challenges; peaks of
musical achievement which can normally only be accessed by musicians
who have been born into their particular culture, and who have served
arduous apprenticeships in their chosen disciplines. Reaching these
heights demands a degree of musicality one encounters only
This album is an exotic collection of music by any standards. In the
traditional tunes, the listening experience is all the more intense
and exhilarating because of the depth to which Sylvain has penetrated
the culture from which each piece originates. And in the treatment of
the newly composed pieces, the buoyant dynamic power and fluidity of
the playing is obvious.
The ongoing pursuit of musical knowledge and technique will continue
to inform and improve Sylvain's playing in different ways; most
importantly it will enable him to keep giving joy and pleasure to
those who listen to his unique voice. I feel honoured to share this
part of his great journey."

Dónal Lunny
Jan 2012


released April 4, 2012

Sylvain Barou: wooden flutes, uilleann-pipes, biniou kozh, balaban, bansuri

Dónal Lunny: bouzouki, bodhràn
Jacques Pellen: 12 strings guitar
Ronan Pellen: cittern
Julien Stevenin: double bass
Keyvan Chemirani: percussion (zarb, daff)
Prabhu Edouard: tabla, kanjira
Gilles Le Bigot: guitar
Youenn Le Bihan: bombarde
John Doyle: guitar
Liz Carroll: fiddle
Ed Boyd: guitar
Stelios Petrakis: lyra, lavta
Hamid Reza Khabbazi: tar
Florian Baron: oud
Rubén Bada: bouzouki
Alain Genty: fretless bass
Padraig Rynne: concertina
Paul McSherry: guitar
Méabh O'Hare: fiddle

produced by Jérôme Nédélec/Aremorica Records

Recorded and mixed by Sylvain Barou
pre-mastered by Jacques Yves Lafontaine
Mastered by Marco Migliari - Green Room Studio (Realworld, UK)



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Sylvain Barou Rennes, France

"Sylvain Barou, the breton flute phenomenon, released this solo album in April 2012, he describes it a log book of the work of the last 10 years. Breton and irish music are well represented of course, but Middle eastern influences also bring colors to this magnificent release. A true masterpiece for a debut solo album" ... more

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Track Name: 01-THE NAGA JIGS
Grier's(trad.)/Bold Doherty(trad.)/The hangover(C.McConnell)
Track Name: 02-HOROS
Sandansko Horo (trad. Thrace)/Ronan's Aksak (R.Pellen)
Track Name: 03-MARGARITIG (intro)
Track Name: 04-PLINN
comp. R.Pellen/R.Pellen/G.Le Buhé-Y.Cariou
Track Name: 05-MARE NOSTRUM
Seasick Dee(D.O'Kane)/Mare Nostrum(S.Barou)
Track Name: 06-THE WINDY SET
Humours of Carighaholt(trad.)/The Windy City(C.Lennon)/The Cocus Reel(S.Barou)
Track Name: 07-RIDEES
Track Name: 08-ESFAHAN
Track Name: 09-ALBORADA
Alborada de Veiga(trad.Asturien)/Candanin(trad.Asturien)/Dun Na hInse reel(S.Barou)
Track Name: 10-MELODIE KOZH
Mélodie Montagne (trad.)
Track Name: 11-SHAH KOKO JAAN
(trad. Afghan - after an interpretation of Ostad Mohammad Omar)
Track Name: 12-JD'S REELS
Squares Of Crossmaglen(trad.)/Evening comes early(J.Doyle)
Track Name: 13-KREIZ AN DOUAR
Από τα γλυκά σου μάτια/Apo ta glika sou matia trad.Greece)

Florian Baron: oud
Stelios Petrakis: lyra
Hamid Khabazzi: tar
Keyvan Chemirani: zarb, daff
Sylvain: D wooden flute