World Sacred Spirit Festival


Mathias Duplessy and the Violins of the World
featuring Sabir Khan, sarangui

India – Mongolia- China – Sweden -France

Mathias Duplessy, guitar
Guo Gan, erhu
Aliocha Regnard, nyckelharpa
Nara Kargyraa, morin khuur
Sabir Khan, sarangui

Reinventing the Silk Road, these strings that can evoke the frenzied galloping of a horse, will take us through the nomadic steppes of Mongolia, the heights of the Great Wall of China, the palaces of the Maharajahs, as well as the frozen fjords of a northern immaculate desert.

In love with traditional music, Mathias Duplessy, the guitarist, learnt how to play musical instruments from all over the world, at a very early age: morin khuur, igil, fiddles, mouth harp, berimbau, flutes, saz, oud, banjo, etc. He likes to deviate, mix, and reinvent the artistic universe of instruments miles from their original paths. Enriched with extra-European influences he slowly assimilated this vast melodic repertoire in order to learn how to combine such heterogeneous musical backgrounds using his strong sense of rhythm and his talent as a peerless orchestrator. His repertoire comprises hints of sounds from the Celtic lands and echoes of the Mongolian wide-open spaces where crazy horses gallop.

The idea of the unclassifiable transcultural musical exchange called “The Violins of the World” came to him in 2009 during a visit to India where he met Sabir Khan, son of the legendary Ustad Sultan Khan, representing the 9th generation of sarangi players from Rajasthan. The curiosity about the musical language and instruments of others is shared by the other three virtuoso musicians invited to this project, searching for new melodies at the crossroad of their sensitivities: Guo Gan – son of Guo Junming – who in ten years’ time became the ambassador of the Chinese violin in Europe, called erhu which literally means “barbaric instrument with two strings”; Aliocha Regnard, who shapes his musical universe with the nyckelharpa, a string-instrument of Swedish origin; and Nara Kargyraa, who plays the morin khuur, a Mongolian horsehead fiddle, and is one of the most brilliant performers of khuumi throat singing. Along with this musical voyage conjuring up endless imaginations, the vocalists’ voices get magically interwoven into the fabric of the strings producing a luxurious effect. Bridges get formed among the nomadic fiddles and new sound horizons rise to present captivating universal music.


Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur - Rajasthan