Friday, 3 April 2009

A bluegrass band meets a philharmonic orchestra


Gilles Apap with BRT members Lombardi, Redon, and Lecoq, and the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

Jean-Marie Redon of Blue Railroad Train (F) reports:

French violinist Gilles Apap enjoys a distinguished reputation in the world of classical music. But he is also passionate about bluegrass music. Lately he has taken to ending some of his European concerts by inviting to the stage members of the band Blue Railroad Train: Thierry Lecocq on mandolin, Jean-Marie Redon on banjo, and Sharon Lombardi on bass. Gilles and his guests perform bluegrass classics arranged for bluegrass band and orchestra.

Just recently, Apap appeared with the members of Blue Railroad Train at the Neueskonzert of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. The group then reconvened at Paris’s famous Théâtre du Châtelet to perform with the Pasdeloup Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. This was a return engagement, following the warm reception garnered by Gilles Apap and his bluegrass friends at their original symphonic performance in October of 2006.

A series of concerts to be held in Amiens, France, with the Regional Orchestra of Picardie has already been slated for December of this year.

Jean-Marie's report can be read in French and English here. For the October 2006 performance, see the European Bluegrass Blog of 26 December 2006.