Baiju Bhatt (1988) picked up the violin at the age of six, and studied Western
classical music at the Lausanne Conservatory (Switzerland) until his early
twenties. He discovered jazz by playing piano as a kid, and soon started to
play swing and other forms of jazz with his violin. He later studied with
jazz violinist Pierre Blanchard, and he joined in 2009 the professional
course of the Conservatory (HEMU) in Lausanne, in the jazz section,
which gave him the opportunity to study violin with Christine Sörensen
and Mario Forte, as well as jazz, composition and arrangement with
established musicians such as Emil Spanyi, Jeff Baud or Robert Bonisolo,
and violin pedagogy with Tina Strinning. Always eager to discover new
musical horizons, Baiju Bhatt has also studied with famous jazz violinists
such as Didier Lockwood and Jean Luc Ponty, and with Indian musicians,
which led him to play in December 2010 for the Princess of Jaipur with his
father, the sitarist Pandit Krishna M. Bhatt. Baiju created in 2011 the Red Moon
Collective, an international project combining jazz, rock, and folk and
traditional music from India and elsewhere (awarded by the HEMU as one of the
"Best Swiss Bachelor projects").
In addition to his concerts with Gypsy swing bands in Switzerland and Paris (Gypsy
Galaxy, Brad Brose’s Cat-a-Strophe, 36 rue du Swing, Gypsy Bop Combo, etc.),
Baiju Bhatt tours the world since 2010 (Montreux Jazz Festival, Cully Jazz Festival
and Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Saptak Festival Ahmedabad in India,
Torino Jazz Festival and Vicenza World Music Festival in Italy, Jazz à
Carthage Festival in Tunisia, Ethno.com Festival in Serbia, Fajr International
Music Festival in Tehran, Iran, RPAH in San Francisco and Brooklyn Raga
Massive in New York, USA, Sunside/Sunset and Les Petits Joueurs in Paris,
France, among many others) with the virtuoso Tunisian brothers
Amine & Hamza - The Band Beyond Borders, the celtic pop-rock band
Anach Cuan, as a featured artist, and with his most recent project, a jazz-
rock quintet called Red Sun (also awarded by the HEMU in 2014). He currently
lives between Switzerland and Paris, where he co-created the bands Gypsy
Galaxy and Cat-a-Strophe, and teaches at the Lausanne Conservatory as well as in the Compagnie Albertine (CH). Baiju was
granted the support from numerous foundations for his artistic projects (Fondation ABpi in 2015, Pro Helvetia, Fondation
Dénéréaz and Fondation Engelberts in 2016), and lead the "Gypsy Jazz Sessions" (first Gypsy swing jam sessions of the Cully
Jazz Festival, CH) in 2017.
« Red Sun burns hot and deep, resplendent expansive multi-genre music making
Since its creation by the Swiss-Indian violinist Baiju BHATT in 2014, rewarded with an excellency award
by the Conservatory of Lausanne (HEMU), the group’s compositions have been played at the Brooklyn
constantly renewed success.
More info on the Red Sun page !
spearheaded by this uniquely talented young jazz violinist with Indian music royalty
in his blood. »
Raga Massive in New York (USA) or the ABPI Foundation in Lausanne (CH), among others, with a
THE BAND BEYOND BORDERS
More info on our website !
A subtle yet powerful mix of genres, a fertile quest for paradoxical identities, a blend of
breathtaking landscapes, sweet melancholy and Tunisian street frenzy
The musical sensation everybody's talking about ! The most recent project by Tunisian
prodigies Amine & Hamza Mraihi, it's a great pleasure and honor to be part of it.
GYPSY JAZZ SESSIONS
A charming, witty and playful kind of Gypsy Swing.
Watch our YouTube video
The ideal band for a joyful event !
Join violonist Baiju Bhatt and his friends for a night of jazz, swing and jam sessions in the
spirit of Django, Grappelli, and Parisian Saint-Germain-des-Prés iconic parties !
He is also mandated by the Conservatoire to create and develop
Baiju obtains his Master's degree in Pegagogy in 2014, and is awarded by
the HEMU with a special prize for his work as an educator. Since 2014, he
teaches at the Conservatory of Lausanne, where he co-directs the famous
youth ensemble "The Ministrings" with Tina Strinning, as well as at the
Compagnie Albertine, a Swiss music school promoting creativity among
students and teachers.
the Miniswings ensemble, the Ministrings' "little brother", which
offers string students aged 6 to 15, at all instrumental levels, to
learn to work together as a group, thus discovering a wide
repertoire ranging from world folk music to swing, pop, rock,
and improvisation. He also coaches the youth ensembles
Miniceltiks and Oct'Opus.
In addition to these collective activities, Baiju has specialized himself in the teaching
of jazz and improvisation on the violin, at the Lausanne Conservatory and the
Compagnie Albertine. Unanimously praised by his students, Baiju is keen to
transmit through his teaching his passion for music and live performance, as well
as to provide young musicians with the specific musical tools (improvisation
practice, ear-training, harmony applied to he instrument, rhythm, pulsation,
repertoire and technical elements characteristic of improvised music) that
will allow them to truly play the music they aspire to, without any limitations to
their musical horizon.
RED SUN :
Alive in Lausanne (live), Fondation ABpi, Lausanne, 2015
GYPSY GALAXY :
INITIALS GG, autoproduction, Paris, 2016
THE BAND BEYOND BORDERS :
Live at Arkhé Festival, Espace 2, Lausanne, 2014
The Band Beyond Borders – Live, MBB, Dommartin, 2015
Fertile Paradoxes, ARC Records, Londres, 2017
ANACH CUAN :
Celtic Park, Escudero Records, 2013
Live au Guinness Irish Festival (DVD), Escudero Records, 2014
Un peu de tenue s’il-vous-plaît, Escudero Records, 2014
The Beast Goes On, Escudero Records, 2016
Curiosity, autoproduction, Paris, 2016
36 RUE DU SWING :
36 rue du Swing, autoproduction, Lausanne, 2015
Eastern Sonata, QFTF, Berlin, 2019
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