There are violinists, and then there's Gilles Apap. "He seems incapable of playing a single note in a way that isn't fascinating," raved American Record Guide. The legendary Yehudi Menuhin called Apap "a true violinist for the 21st century," the reason being that not only can he play anything on the planet but he does. There's probably no realm that the Algerian-born fiddle wizard hasn't explored with gusto. And although he's a supreme classical artist, he loves bluegrass, jazz, Gypsy and Celtic music. If there's a beat he doesn't like, we've yet to find it. Apap's particular talent is integrating various musical styles with classical works, in essence expanding classical music into a whole new genre Ñ as Menuhin observed, for the 21st century. You can get a taste of the "new" classical this week, when Beach=Culture presents Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys. In this refreshingly inventive evening, Bartok meets bluegrass, de Falla dances with Django Reinhardt and Faure; acquires a Gypsy flair. We dare you to yawn. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica; Tues., Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m.; free. (310) 458-4904, annenbergbeachhouse.com.
Tue., Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., 2012
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