Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sylvain Barou - Sylvain Barou [2012 France] @320

FY: Fantastic album, Enjoy it!!

"Sylvain Barou is undoubtedly one of the greatest flute players of his generation. He has recorded his first solo release in 2012 on which he invites some of the biggest names in traditional music today. An album at the crossroads between Celtic (irish & breton) and oriental music. Finally a more personal work after having worked with the top musicians of the scene and participating to about 50 albums as a guest soloist. 
A promising album, an outstanding crew !"

"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."

01 - The Naga Jigs
02 - Horos
03 - Margaretig (intro)
04 - Ton Doubl Plinn
05 - Mare Nostrum
06 - The Windy Set
07 - Ridées
08 - Esfahan
09 - Alborada
10 - Mélodie Kozh
11 - Shah Kokojaan
12 - JD's reels
13 - Kreiz an douar

Sylvain Barou: flute
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 

Donal Lunny's liner notes on the CD:
"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

produced by Jérôme Nédélec/Aremorica Records 

Recorded and mixed by Sylvain Barou  
Mastered by Marco Migliari - Realworld Studios, UK


Jon said...

Was impressed with Hightail. It certainly transferred fast. Took less than 3 minutes total.

Anonymous said...

thanks !
gift, Sylvain with Mairéad

CrimsonKing said...

Thanks Anonymous

Jon said...

I also thank anonymous. A most pleasant surprise!

CrimsonKing said...


Sylvain Barou


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