Facing East

The “Facing East” group is one of the premier music examples of the merger of east and west. Founded by bansuri flutist John Wubbenhorst with his unique history of growing up in the West and becoming an accomplished western flutist in jazz and western classical. Since his teens, John has pursued in-depth studies of Indian classical music under the direction of many Indian masters including bansuri maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia and the obtaining of 2 degrees in World music from the Rotterdam Conservatorium. The result is unique compositions and arrangements that have gained acclaim everywhere. John and “Facing East” have appeared with the likes of Victor Wooten, Jack DeJohnette, Howard Levy, Ramesh Mishra, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Subash Chandran, Ganesh Kumar and others in their unique world music experience.


“By far the most successful merger of Indian and Western music and instrumentation to date.”

-Hinduism Today

“The bansuri flute is one of the most sensual and serene instruments to come out of India. Only a couple of Westerners have mastered its intricacy ……one is John Wubbenhorst.”

-Billboard magazine

“A stunning virtuoso display of the bamboo flute ….. the compositions and arrangements are equally impressive”

-Washington Post

“Beautifully conceived and performed, a fresh new approach to East/West music.”

-Paul Horn


John Wubbenhorst and “Facing East”  performs as a trio ( John with bass and percussion), quartet (John with bass, percussion and piano/keyboard) or quintet (John with bass, keyboard/guitar and 2 percussionists).

Sample these YouTube’s to get a feeling of this meditative and exhilarating music………

“John Beyond” performed by “Facing East”


“Infectuoso Groovatissimo” performed by “Facing East”


“Facing East” trio montage……..


John Wubbenhorst and “Facing East” with special guest Victor Wooten…….