René Aubry

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René Aubry is a multi instrumentalist and a composer for dance and theatre performances as well as for the cinema. He is a creator of unique sound atmospheres, a lone composer who can design ambiances as well as inspired melodies with an insatiable thirst for freedom. His work radiates true originality and an unmistakable singularity.
Born in les Vosges (France) in 1956, he is an admirer of, among others, Leonard Cohen, Philip Glass and Manos Hadjidakisa, and a self-taught guitarist. His meeting with Carolyn Carlson in 1978 was a turning point for his artistic career. He fell in love with Dance as an artform, with the dancer herself and became her regular composer. Inspired by her work, he composed his first pieces for Ballet.
The collaboration, which is still on-going, gave birth to many performances including « Blue Lady » (1983), « Steppe » (1990) and « Signes » (1997), and was crowned by a victoire de la Musique in 1998. He recorded his first album in Venice where he lived from 1981 to 1984. 20 other albums have followed, recorded between 1988 and 2013.
These albums include hints of his collaboration with C. Carlson and with the puppet master Philippe Genty, film soundtracks, but also his personal sound experiments ranging from raw and minimalist acoustic melodies (« Plaisirs d’Amour » « Invités sur la Terre »), to darker and more intimate works (« Seuls au Monde » « Mémoires du Futur » « Refuges »). They are the result of a unique chemistry between unplugged instruments, electronic sounds and computer programming music.
World-renowned choreographer Pina Bausch even used some of his melodies for three of her performances : « Ten Chi (2004)», « Vollmond (2006) » and « Sweet Mambo » (2008), as well as Wim Wenders for the soundtrack of his feature film ‘Pina’.
Since 1999 he has also started a stage career and performs a repertoire of mostly acoustic melodies across Europe with his Septet ensemble. Between 2009 and 2012 he also composed soundtracks for 3 films commissioned by the BBC and produced by Magic Light Pictures: « The Gruffalo », « The Gruffalo’s Child » and « Room On The Broom ». All 3 films were awarded the “Crystal” for the best TV production at Annecy Film Festival. « The Gruffalo » was nominated for the Oscars in the category Short Animation Film.
In 2013, his latest album, « FORGET ME NOT » – the soundtrack of Philippe Genty’s new play – was released.

Albums

Now

Distribution in France: Rue Stendhal
Release date: October 09, 2015

The album presents the music composed by René Aubry for the American, French based choreographer Carolyn Carlson, who likes to refer to her creations as visual poetry. This new dance creation, “Now” premiered in Paris at the end of last year, was a big success here and will certainly be touring internationally in the future. René Aubry is a multi-instrumentalist and a composer for dance and theatre performances as well as for the cinema. He is a creator of unique sound atmospheres, a lone composer who can design ambiances as well as inspired melodies with an insatiable thirst for freedom. His work radiates true originality and an unmistakable singularity, and his music has been featured amongst others, in dance pieces by Pina Bausch and in the Wim Wenders documentary ‘Pina”.

René Aubry - Now

Days

Distribution in France: Rue Stendhal
Release date: January 26, 2015

“Days” is a mini CD of 7 pieces composed and performed with the Guitalélé which is a very small nylon strings guitar from the Yamaha production. A piano comes and goes along this one week journey. René Aubry’s melodic and often rousing compositions are easily recognizable; many of them were created for the cinema, dance and theatre and are frequently used by the audiovisual media.

René Aubry - Days

Forget Me Not

Release date: June 17, 2013

René Aubry - Forget Me Not