Guillaume Gargaud ( Born in France in 1979) is a composer and improvisational guitarist. He's already participated about twenty albums and composed many musics for contemporary dance and movies. He collaborates with musicians and plays "solo" in Europe and the United States. He lives in Le Havre in France where he also teaches music.
He started playing guitar when he was 15, after he was injured in a road accident and forced to stay home for a year.
In 1997, in addition to his cabinetmaking studies where he practiced sculpture, marquetry, restoration of antique furniture and art drawing, he worked on his instrument on his own and performed in different bands. In 1999, after passing his exams he decided to dedicate himself to music and he entered the professional course of IIMA lead by Laurent Rousseau. He then studied composition, musical analysis, jazz, contemporary and improvised music. During his studies he experimented with multiple forms of music (free jazz, bebop...).
In 2003 , he became a permanent member of the artist collective Zwann eï . He composes for performances, installations, sound poetry and movies. He realises visual creations and integrates laptop ( Ableton, Max msp) in his sound research system which was until then made of pedals, analog effects and objects. His implication in the collective will give him the opportunity to discover a new vision of writing and of the interactive relationships connected to picture, body and to literature.
In 2008, he released his first solo album “Le Lieu” produced by Dirty Demos (UK), then in 2009 two CDs “She” with Utech Records (USA) and “Here” with Kvist Records (USA). And in 2011” Lost Chords” with Dead pilot Records UK.
New Collaboration ZKRAAP
ZKRAAP is the latest manifestation of improvisational rock and free jazz drumming. The avant-garde free jazz has a small following, however it has made an impression in the music world. Rock musicians are very knowledgeable about other musical genres. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, for example, has worked with several free jazz artists. Electric guitarist, Guillaume Gargaud takes this concept even further via his long melodic excursions, while drummer, Speet Silex, is exploring via free jazz drumming. ZKRAAP is a highly combustible duo that grabs the audience and doesn’t let go. They maintain the high energy free jazz approach at length, gradually, returning to the earth to more familiar surroundings. For those that like adventurous music, look no further than this exciting duo.
New Creation Zwann eï Collective
Faith «struggles insanely, if you will, for the possibility» as «without possibility it is as though a person cannot draw breath» (Sören Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death) Such is the existential struggle: believing despite inevitable loss and despite the impossibility of any help. Believing is what prevents from perishing.
Drawing from the themes of faith and belief, the performance Endiosada (literally entrusted by God ) explores freely the points of contact between life devoted to the permanent quest for help and transcendence
News Collaborations 2017
US & canada Tour 01 to 20 may with JP Gomez
Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Scranton, Greenfield & Montreal.
Collaboration with Jack Wright in Piladelphia and Scranton
News Collaborations and Live 2014
With Raphaël Maze and F.Lebègue for "LIGHT CONE " experimental cinema " (Paris)
LIVE TOUR 2012