Renaud-Gabriel Pion


Renaud-Gabriel Pion is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who uses real-time electronics. He is currently sharing his time between Paris and Berlin. Classically trained but also largely self-taught, he plays bass clarinet, Turkish clarinet, saxophones, bass flute, English horn, e.w.i (electronic woodwind) and piano.

He studied with Norbert Bourdon and Guy Bordier in France, and with Alexandra Knoll in New York.

Renaud Gabriel Pion is also an improviser in a broad sense, who has studied Eastern non-tempered and modal music. He writes and performs with his contemporary trio Solaris/Солярис (minimalist jazz) and his noise-dubstep duo Atonalist.

He studied composition in Paris with Karol Beffa and Edith Canat de Chizy, and has written music for theatre, contemporary ballet, and for films (in France, Germany and the USA). He recently scored Die Indianer kommen!, by Carola Wedel, which was premiered at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival.

He has written orchestral scores for the national radio stations France Inter and France Musique, and documentary music for the TV channels Arte, France 2 and ZDF.

As composer he has released the albums Paradise Alley, for orchestra + improviser; First Meeting, duo for Signature/harmonia mundi (Radio France), as well as Qalandar (Lieder in Turkish for chamber ensemble, for Dux), Voices In A Room (piano performance with the guest artists Jennifer Charles, John Greaves; (digital release / iTunes etc) and recently New York Sketches (with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Iva Bittová, Arto Lindsay, Erik Truffaz… also on Dux Jazz, March 2016).

Upcoming is also the electronica album Hinterwelt.

Renaud Gabriel Pion is a laureate of the Fondation Beaumarchais-SACD (Paris, July 2015) for his contemporary work-in-progress opera, written with the American author and librettist Rikki Ducornet.

His orchestral arranging credits include many pop groups and RGP has been involved in numerous film soundtracks as an arranger and conductor, or as score composer himself (Tadpole by Gary Winick, for Miramax).

As featured instrumentalist he appeared on several Jim Sheridan film soundtracks (In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, In America… for 20th Century Fox), and many other films, during a period he spent between Dublin, New York and Paris.

RGP has played on a large number of albums, and in 2013 he performed and recorded with Antony & the Johnsons. He also worked with John Cale, Dead Can Dance, Gavin Friday, Siouxsie, Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve, the British band Bomb the Bass, Cathal Coughlan, with the jazz pianist Omar Sosa, the collective LoJo, Titi Robin, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Harold Budd, Björk, Arto Lindsay, Elysian Fields…


New York Sketches

Label: DUX Jazz
Distribution in France: Distrart
Release date: March 21, 2016

Renaud-Gabriel Pion is a creative and original French composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and improvisational musician. Classically trained but also largely self-taught, he plays bass clarinet, Turkish clarinet, saxophones, bass flute, English horn, e.w.i (electronic woodwind) and piano. He currently divides his time between Paris and Berlin. The project presents an original style of urban, contemporary jazz, inspired by several periods of time spent working in New York, which gave him the opportunity to invite artist mates like Arto Lindsay (voice and guitar), Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Argüelles (drums, percussion) as well as French trumpeter Erik Truffaz and two lady singers: Iva Bittova and Barbara Louise Gogan.

Renaud-Gabriel Pion - New York Sketches