Renaud Garcia-Fons was born in 1962 near Paris to Catalan parents, and was introduced to music at age 5, taking up piano and classical guitar. As a young man, he studied double bass at Paris Conservatory of Music. He became the private student of François Rabbath, and as a member of “le Big Band Roger Guerin” he performed side-by-side with some of the most renowned of jazz drummers, including Kenny Clarke and Sam Woodyard.
Once he was awarded his Professorship at age 21 he started working independently, allowing his adventurous spirit to liberate him from the technical limitations of his instrument in favour of greater freedom to improvise, and to explore music at the crossroads of jazz, traditional, and contemporary music.
10 years into this journey, he decided to add a 5th string to his bass, enabling possibilities well beyond the idea of the double bass as an accompanying instrument. Combining this innovation with his exceptional technique, he reached an unprecedented level of performance, and the art of improvisation became a central element in his artistic vision.
He has collaborated with artists from all over the world and continues to record and tour prolifically. A fruitful relationship with Matthias Winckelmann, producer and founder of the German label Enja Records, has resulted in ten albums.
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Fri 29 June, 8pm, Anstruther Town Hall | c. 75 mins | £12 / £5
Renaud Garcia-Fons bass | Derya Türkan kemençe
ARVO PÄRT Magnificat Antiphons | ARVO PÄRT Fratres for 8 celli | RENAUD GARCIA-FONS Improvisation | ARVO PÄRT Magnificat | STEVE REICH Cello Counterpoint | RENAUD GARCIA-FONS Improvisation | ARVO PÄRT Nunc dimittis | KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Agnus Dei for 8 celli | ALLEGRI Miserere
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