Emre Gültekin, singer and player of the Turkish saz (a long-necked lute) unites the sounds of his instrument with the voice and percussion of the Indian duo BrahmaKhyapa. Malabika Brahma (vocals) and Sanjoy Khyapa (dubki, dotara) originate from India and have become the musical ambassadors of Baul culture. The Bauls, a marginal Indian community from Bengal, are nomadic and are deeply spiritual, seeking the sacred in human beings rather than in heaven.
The Bauls share a similar way of life with the Alevites of Turquie, for whom Emre Gültekin, as a modern troubadour, has made himself the spokesman. In uniting these two cultures and their musical traditions, Baul Meets Saz create a strangely modern music, at one and the same time powerful and mystical.
Malabika Brahma (vocals), Emre Gültekin (saz).
Guests : Levent Yildirim, Vardan Hovanissian, Robbe Kieckens, Nathan Daems, Tristan Driessens, Asad Qizilbash, Ruben Tenenbaum, Aren Dolma