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Sylvain Barou, from Brittany is considered as one of the best flute players of his generation. Playing mainly Irish and Breton traditional music, Sylvain has been part of some of the most exciting projects of the genre and played with the foremost bands and musicians such as Guidewires, Donal Lunny, Padraig Rynne, Comas, Sualtam, Guichen, Alain Genty, Denez Prigent, Jacques Pellen-Celtic Procession, Erik Marchand, Gildas & JB Boclé, Dan Ar Braz, Gilles Le Bigot, Soig Siberil, Yvan Cassar, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Paddy Glackin, Seamie O'Dowd, Laoise Kelly, Fred Morrisson... he has been seen playing at some of the major festivals and venues such as Glasgow Celtic Connections, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Festival de Cornouaille, Festival des Vieilles Charrues, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Transmusicales, Paléo Festival, Ennis Trad Festival, FMM Sines, Théatre de La Ville, Jazz à Vienne, Bercy, Stade de France, Musiques Nomades in Nouakchott, Tanger Festival, Dranouter Folk Fest, etc...
Today, Sylvain travels the world with the irish group Guidewires and with a new trio with irish legendary musician Donal Lunny and Padraig Rynne and apart from touring with his own band, Sylvain is also participating to several projects with breton jazz guitarist Jacques Pellen, and also with musicians from other musical realms such as french-iranian percussion wizard Keyvan Chemirani, indian musicians Prabhu Edouard (tabla) Sandip Chatterjee (santoor) and Sukdhev Misra (violin) and Cretan genius Stelios Petrakis (lyra, saz, laouto) also with Istanbul based oud player Smadj.
He is still very active in the breton "fest-noz" scene (the famous dance nights of Brittany!) especially with a duo with ex-Ar Re Yaouank guitar player Jean-Charle Guichen.
Sylvain also experiments regularly with other musical styles that he has been studying (indian classical music, sufi music from Turkey, persian music, greek folk...) and plays other instruments such as indian bansuri, balaban (similar to duduk) and last but not least he is also a very accomplished uilleann-pipes player and also biniou kozh (traditional bagpipe of Brittany)