Hariprasad Chaurasia, one of the world’s greatest contemporary musicians, made the Hindustani classical art of the bansuri flute popular in the whole world. His immense talent as a composer allows him to capture the essence of the major genres of music from all continents.
The Maestro feels a particular closeness to the purity of medieval monodies where many connections can be established with the world of ragas. Today, he is confronting the source of all Western classical music: The plainchant evolved in Christian communities of Western Europe during the first centuries, in the form of Gregorian chant and the first polyphonies of the Ecole de Notre-Dame, of which the Ensemble Diabolus in Musica has become an iconic and award winning interpreter. The long bamboo flute, incarnation of the breath, is the ideal instrument for this unprecedented meeting between the two worlds.
“Mystical Breath” explores common fundamentals of these two repertoires: modality, improvisation on a content, virtuosity, rhythmic freedom or constraint, human breathing in the service of the music and the divine breath. The ecstasy of the subtle bansuri flute meets the vibratory power of Diabolus in Musica‘s terrestrial voices in a unique and exhilarating experience.