Renaud Garcia-Fons in concert
|Birth name||Renaud Garcia-Fons|
|Born||December 24, 1962|
|Genres||Jazz, World music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician & composer|
|Associated acts||David Dorantes, Jean-Louis Matinier, Nguyen Le, Kudsi Erguner|
|Five strings Upright bass|
Renaud Garcia-Fons (born December 24, 1962) is a French upright-bass player and composer, notable for his customised 5-stringed bass.
Garcia-Fons started his musical studies at an early age. At five years old he picked up playing the piano, switched to classical guitar at eight, then turned to rock in his teens, and finally settling for the upright bass when he was 16. He got formal musical training at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied with François Rabbath who taught him his special technique of playing arco.
Garcia-Fons is known for his melodic sense and his viola-like col arco sound; he is sometimes referred to as "the Paganini of double bass." Garcia-Fons has been deeply influenced by his mentor, the bassist François Rabbath.
He started playing jazz with the band of trumpeter Roger Guérin, and there after had many collaborators, including symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and a trio. In 1987-93, he was part of the French all-double bass ensemble 'L'Orchestre de Contrebasses'. He remained with them for six years, also appearing with the 'Orchestre National de Jazz' directed by Claude Barthélémy during some of this time. Enja Records released his debut solo album Légendes (1992). Alboreá (1995) was his next album release, featuring his quartet including Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion), Jacques Mahieux (drums), and Yves Torchinsky (bass).
His third album, 1998's "Oriental Bass," featured his own compositions and was well received in the press. Next he combined with accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier on the album Fuera (1999). On many occasions he is accompanied by a variety of instruments, including guitar, lute, derbouka, flutes, trombone, and accordion. Garcia-Fons has collaborated with jazz musicians like Jean-Louis Matinier, Michael Riessler, Nguyên Lê, and Michel Godard, and contributed to recordings of Gerardo Núñez and to Middle Eastern players such as Kudsi Erguner, Dhafer Youssef, and Cheb Mami.
- 1992: Légendes (Enja Records)
- 1995: Alboreá (Enja Records)
- 1995: Suite Andalouse (Al Sur), with Pedro Soler
- 1997: Oriental Bass (Enja Records)
- 1999: Fuera (Enja Records), with Jean-Louis Matinier
- 2001: Navigatore (Enja Records)
- 2004: Entremundo (Enja Records)
- 2006: Arcoluz (Enja Records)
- 2009: La Linea Del Sur (Enja Records)
- 2010: Méditerranées (Enja Records)
- 2012: Solo - The Marcevol Concert (Enja Records)
- 2014: Beyond The Double Bass (Enja Records)
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