Sylvain Leroux is one of the world’s notable Fula flute players. He has brought traditional West African music to Zankel Hall with the “Fula Flute Ensemble,” curated the "Griot Summit” series that featured 25 New York City area griots from five countries, and has been noted in performances and recordings with Billy Martin, Emeline Michel, Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph, and Karl Berger.
Maker and seller of flutes around the world, he invented and patented the “chromatic tambin” which brought the traditional Fula flute into full chromatic functionality. This led him to initiate “l’Ecole Fula Flute,” a music literacy Project in Guinea. Beginning in 2013 this effort has stimulated a revival of the flute in Conakry and by now, a new crop of excellent young flutist/musicians are emerging from the program.
In this concert, he will be taking a further step in his approach, delineated in the 2012 critically hailed release “Quatuor Creole,” to integrate his jazz roots with West African music featuring his invention, the “chromatic tambin,” which makes the incredible sounds of the Fula flute available to any music.