WEST MEETS EAST - STEPPING FORWARD
a step forward for the seminal project of the world music
A flamboyant painting in colorful Indian raga & tala of famous Romanian and Hungarian tunes, reimagined for violin, sitar, tabla, and bansuri.
Played with punch and joy by a close friend of Yehudi Menuhin (Gilles Apap, "the renegade fiddler"), and a disciple of Ravi Shankar (Udhai Mazumdar) and his apprentices.
HOW IT STARTED
In 2017, in Romania, with a revival of the famous “West meets East” albums of Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin.
The meeting at mid-distance between the Eastern and the Western World, inspired the musicians to find new blends of sounds.
The result was a new music. Songs from Transylvania, Moldavia, and Walachia got new avatars, being recomposed for violin and Indian instruments. Plus, 3 sold-out tours with 2500 spectators each, for 3 years in a row.
A DREAM BAND
the rebel virtuoso FIDDLER
Described by Menuhin as "a true violinist of the 21st century", famous for his virtuosity, his unique approach, and his ability to convey joy through each concert. Beyond his classical repertoire, he combines jazz and folklore from all around the world in convention-defying ways.
the composer, the teacher
Direct disciple of Ravi Shankar, with whom he studied in the old tradition: living with his master. He created a new “East meets West” repertoire with Eastern-European classical tunes recomposed for violin and Indian instruments.
THE young master
A top sitar player, capable of showing his orthodox and magical command over the Ragas, and equally maverick in experimentation in jazz or fusion. Honored by the President of India Award.
young master TOO
One of the finest young bansuri players of India. Descendant of a great family of musicians, Bhaskar received his first flute at four years, from master Bholanath Prasanna, professor of the legendary Hariprasad Chaurasia.
APAP MASALA (2004)
Gilles apap in india
Gipsy tunes (2012)
APAP & Transylvanian Mountains Boys (1996)
Vivaldi's Four Season
with Transylvania Mountain Boys