Clotilde Rullaud

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Clotilde Rullaud
Background information
Born Reims, France
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Voice, flute
Years active 2003-present

Clotilde Rullaud is a French singer, songwriter and composer.


Clotilde began studying flute and singing at the conservatoire at the age of five. Clotilde went on to complete her studies in jazz and improvised music at the IACP and EDIM schools. She also explored world music vocal techniques and developed an original approach to the voice as a multifaceted and narrative instrument.

In 2007, Clotilde released the Live au 7 Lézards album, on which she was accompanied by guitarist Hugo Lippi. This self-produced album was acclaimed by Jazzman, Jazzmag and Jazzhot magazines.

In 2008, Clotilde started a new and ambitious project, In Extremis, with Olivier Hutman (piano), Dano Haider (seven-string guitar) and Antoine Paganotti (drums). Her concept was a bass-less quartet, inspired by various musical cultures including improvisation, pop and world music, mainly from Africa and South Africa. Released in 2011, this album was ranked No. 5 on the Sunday Times list of the Top Ten Jazz Albums of the Year, and received great reviews particularly from TÉLÉRAMA and France Musique.

Since 2010, Clotilde has developed a fruitful collaboration with bandonéonist and composer Tristan Macé. Their first project was Le Diable à froid (2010), a trio with horn-player Albin Lebossé, revolving around the musical and literary styles of surrealism, Dadaism and tango. Next came Tristan Macé’s jazz opera Etrangement Bleu (2011). Their most recent project is Fleurs Invincibles – Invincible Flowers (2012), also involving Emmanuel Bex (piano/organ), Yann Cléry (flutes), Laurent Salzard (bass) and Gautier Garrigue (drums). This bilingual project is based on original compositions by Tristan Macé, and inspired by texts from American poets of the Beat Generation, and black French poets of the 40s and 50s.


Clotilde Rullaud’s artistic approach stands at the crossroad of various musical influences. She blends together Latin, African, pop and jazz sounds, attesting to the wonderful melting pot that is jazz. Poetry and the inner music of words also hold a key place in her artistic world. Clotilde aims above all to challenge what can be done with song and with the voice in order to reach her full expression, escaping from standard configurations to express her love for freedom.


As Leader[edit]

  • 2007 - Live au 7 Lézards (produced by Clotilde Rullaud with the support of the Paris Municipality): guitar/vocals, duo with Hugo Lippi.
  • 2011 - In Extremis (Tzig’art / Nota Bene Productions): with Olivier Hutman (piano), Dano Haider (guitar) and Antoine Paganotti (drums).

As flutist[edit]

  • 2007 - La flemme parisienne - Léonore Boulanger
  • 2009 - Papillons de Paris - Jean Daniel Botta

  • 2009 - Contretemps - Léonore Boulanger

  • 2011 - Bestiaire - Philippe Crab"

Awards and Reviews[edit]