As part of our exploration into traditional and sacred musical forms, the Reethaus welcomes Crystal Winds, a duo playing Carnatic music, one of two Indian classical music genres that evolved from ancient Hindu texts and traditions, particularly the Samaveda. The duo consists of Loup Barrow, one of the few musicians to play the Cristal Baschet, a chromatically tuned instrument invented in 1953, and a young virtuoso named Flute J. A. Jayant on the bansuri flute, an instrument dating back to the Vedic period. The glass rods of the Cristal Baschet are played with the fingertips to produce acoustic waves that comix with the sounds of the bansuri flute as the duo follows the strict rules of Carnatic music, including the rhythmic tala system.
The performance takes place in the inner room of the Reethaus, an intimate space where audience and artist are in close communion. The performance will be followed by a moderated conversation with the artists, as well as the curators of the performance, Alexandra de Cadaval and Alain Weber, the world music advisor to the Philharmonie de Paris. Together, Cadaval and Weber direct and curate the Sacred Spirit Festival of Jodhpur and Nagaur, the Fez World Sacred Music Festival and Les Orientales d’Anjou Festival in Saint-Florent le Vieil and Angers.