In France, there is only one man able to rouse a stadium with a simple harmonica. An outstanding showman, Greg Zlap is not just a harmonica virtuoso. He sings, writes, produces and performs his own music.
Greg Zlap was born in Warsaw, Poland. He arrived in Paris in the late 1980s with a harmonica in his pocket and went on to become one of the most creative players in Europe.
Behind his leather jacket and piercing blue eyes hides a man who has lived and this is reflected in his music. In 2009 Greg Zlap played a historic concert with Johnny Hallyday at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in front of 1 million people. In 2012 this inspired publisher Glénat to release a graphic novel based on Greg Zlap's life, “Harmonijka”.
Greg Zlap has recorded over 6 solo albums, exploring different styles and extending the boundaries of his instrument. Thematically the albums show a wide and varying range of influences, taking in blues, jazz and even modern electro and pop sounds. “Road Movies” was dedicated to the blues in film music while his record “AIR” uses air driven instruments almost exclusively. In his latest record “Blue” (2017), Greg sings in French and combines blues influences with modern folk music.
The man who JJ Milteau affectionately refers to as his “spiritual son” has founded a successful harmonica school in Paris, written harmonica tuition books and run international workshops. As a session musician, he has played with legendary French artists such as Charles Aznavour, Francis Cabrel, and Johnny Hallyday. He has also performed as a spectacular diatonic harmonica soloist in the philharmonic orchestra of film music composer Vladimir Cosma, following in the footsteps of Toots Thielemans.