Guillaume Gargaud

French musician


Recording in October 2017 at Le Havre (FR) with a guitar "000". 
This is an improvisation.



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.

«Guillaume Gargaud’s style of improvisational guitar and electronics is intriguing and absorbing; jumping back and fourth between harsh glitches and soothing soundscapes and visiting everything inbetween. Gargaud conjures up sounds like you’ve never heard before; combing a rich and full melodic Americana style of guitar playing with huge walls of fierce electronic noise and delicate droning, creating mammoth and highly varied textures. His music will lift you to enormous euphoric highs via twisted glacial landscapes and then leave you breathless in a black hole of psychedelia». Dead pilot records UK


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 2007 he decided to stop his tours to devote himself to his solo music and to get more involved into teaching by creating some improvised music workshops. Many trips, projects, live performances and recording will follow. Work with Loïs Laplace (Cycling 74), Federico Barabino (Buenos aires), Yumi Fujitani (danse butô, Paris), Les Conserveries mémorielles (Québec), Marc Roques (Zooloop, Paris), Sequana Deux (Contemporary Art from Le Havre to Paris "ABRUIT"), Jannick Schou (Denmark), Raphaël Maze and Francois Lebègue (“Light Cone " experimental cinema Paris), Nozal cube (Le Havre), The Future Ethnic Comparative Research Lab. (Paris), La cité de la musique (Paris), Jean Luc Petit,(FR) Sandrine Lascaux (Lecturer, Le Havre University), JP.Gomez, JP Buisson (Le Havre) M.Thouseau and V.Sauve (Paris), Blaise Merino (London), Mangane (Senegal), P.Sigmoon (Cambodia), Jack Wright (US), Raymond Alan Kaczynski, Mike Majkowski,(Berlin), Zachary Darrup (US) .

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.

«On his latest record, 2011’s Lost Chords, Gargaud has created an essential piece of music for the
electronic avant-garde, a masterwork that ranks alongside Fennesz’s Black Sea in regards to its sophistication, attention to detail, influence and brilliance. While being an electronic record, it also stands as a beautiful solo guitar record, recalling elements of Steffen Basho-Junghans or Nick Drake
Groovenime Reviewed by Neil Leven


New Collaboration

Marc Edwards WebSite 







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.

Marc Edwards from New York
Free Jazz/Noise Rock Drummer  


New Creation Zwann eï Collective



endiosada.jpg 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 transcendenc

News Collaborations 2017







12/05 Latina-Solo-Modern art museum MADXII
11/05 Naples-Solo-L'Asilo
10/05 Milano-Solo-
30/04 To 04/05 Le Catelier-Residency Zwann eï
26/04 Poland-Solo-MOZG
01/03 Barcelona-Solo & with Nùria Andorrà
25/01 Turin-Solo
24/01 Paris-With Fred Marty
25/11 CreativeFest#11 Solo-Lisbon
18/11 Museum art-Muma-Le Havre
02/11 Recording with Marc Edwards New York
31/10 Recording B-Bennett & J-Wright -Philly
30/10 H0l0 with Marc Edwards- New York
18/10 Festival Ciné Salé-Fendre Les Flots-C.Guérin
12/10 CSW Znaki Czasu in Torun- Pologne
25/09 Copenhague-Solo
16/09 Prague- Festival -Zkraap
15/06 Evreux L'Atelier-Solo

19/05 Gonfreville l'orcher (Live & Master class)
06/05 Elastic Festival- Oxford UK
18/03 Sonoscopia - Porto
17/03 (we wait a confirmation) - Coïmbre
16/03 Ler Devagar - Lisbon
02/02 With ZKRAAP- PiedNu Le Havre FR
13/12 Tetris Le Havre with Zwann eï Collective
22/10 Creating music for the film " Fendre les Flots " by Christophe Guérin
19/10 Le Havre PiedNu with Ztext
10/10 Essen Germany Denkodrom with Ztext
19/09 Ostrava "Plato" with Zwann eï Collective
25/10 to 30/10 Art Residency With Zwann eï at "Tetris" Le Havre
18/06 Amsterdam "de Ruimte" with Ztext
06/05 Prague "Skolska28"
05/05 Ostrava "Dům Umění"
22/04 Caen "Festival Sauvage de Chambre"
15/03 Colchester Arts Centre
12/02 New Album with "Patrice Grente" Fiasco Records
22/01 Le Havre PiedNu "Solo"
03 04 & 05 décember, Recording session at the bunker AMH (le Havre) with Patrice Grente

LIVE 2014-2015

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

24/09 Rouen "Le 3 pièces"
03/10 Rouen "Semaine de la musique improvisée"
20/10 Cranberry Lane @Arch1
25/06 Bank Street Arts Sheffield UK
24/06 London @Apiarystudios
23/06 Birmingham @Fizzle
24/06 London @Apiarystudios
23/06 Birmingham @Fizzle
19/06 Quartet Venous System with Nicolas Lelièvre : Percussions
Thomas Collin : Karlax Guillaume Laurent : Saxophones
06/06 Tatwerk Berlin with Zwann eï collective
07/06 Workshop in Berlin at Tatwerk
23/05 Centre Culturel Bolbec with Yumi Fujitani
25/05 Micadanses Paris with Yumi Fujitani


--/--  Germany @Denkodrom

23/04 Barcelona @Festival MIXTUR 2015
29/03 Festival Caen With Patrice Grente
13/02 Prague @Školská 28 Art Gallery
12/02 Ostrava @ The house Art
05/02 Le Havre @MuMa "Museum of Modern Art"

16/01 Basel @oslo10

15/01 Besançon @ Atelier de l'étoile

20/12 Toulouse @ La Maison Peinte

13/12  Lille@CCL

12/12  Amesterdam@Paume 4bid Gallery OT301 Overtoom 301

11/12  Amesterdam@Dokhuis Gallery

10/12 The Hague@Stichting Centrum at Villa K
14/10 "Rothko Art centre" Lithuania
16/10 "Kaunas in Art Festival" Lithuania
02/09 "Art Stalker" Berlin
03/09 "Panke Culture" Berlin
14/05 "Quiet Violence Festival"Berlin
11/02  Prague @Školská 28 Art Gallery

16/01 Suisse @Plattfon
15/01 Besançon @ Atelier de l'étoile

20/12 Toulouse @ La Maison Peinte

22/11 Caen @Le Doc

15/11 Porto @Sonoscopia

07/11 Zürich @Win

04/11 Berlin@art-stalker with Raymond Alan Kaczynski "drummer"

03/11 Berlin@Madame Claude
---/10  Jerusamel @Uganda

---/10  Haifa @Syrup Sonoscopia Drumer
09/09 United Kingdom @Colchester arts centre
05/07 Le Havre @Festival TourneSon
04/05 GLITCH @ Recording a new album to Le Havre
01/05 Paris @Treize le NonJazz (+MV Carbon+H&M)
22/02 Le Havre PiedNu with Jean-Luc Petit "clarinette"
15/04/14 L'Atelier- Evreux with Guillaume Laurent
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muma.jpgNews Collaborations and Live 2014 

26/05 Théâtre de Verre
26/05 Théâtre de Verre Paris withCorpus in Act. 21/05 Plateforme
21/05 Plateforme Paris 4eme édition " Résurgences"
20/04 IRL Paris
16/02 Live with Nozal Cube Trash Vortex "Paris"  
28/11 Gargaud Gomez PiedNu "Le Havre" 
Composition of an audio track of a sound installation
SEQUANA TWO ART Contemporary Art from Havre to Paris "ABRUIT"










With Yumi Fujitani and Sandrine Lascaux Merleau-Ponty project.
09/04 Maison de l’étudiant
25/10 Théàtre Des bains Douches
27/10 Théàtre de l'Hotel de ville (Le Havre)


 Apnée performance "body, video, music" Zwann eï Collectiveapnea.jpg


With Raphaël Maze and F.Lebègue for "LIGHT CONE " experimental cinema " (Paris)



19/03/     Cahors                  Festival headphone
23/04      Rennes                  La Bascule
17/06      Le Havre                Pied NU
17/09      Le Havre               Tourneson Festival
18/09       ////                          ////////
22/10      Le Havre               PiedNu 2 part Will Guthrie
06/12      Caen                     Patrice Grente, idm theft able .... «preaubis»
12/01      Paris                     Cirque électrique  Nozal Cube, Bernard Parmegiani, 
                                                                     Marco Marini, Black Sifichi.......
27/01      Paris                     TRASH VORTEX  jean-luc guionnet and seijiro  
                                                                   murayama extrasystole
28/01      Paris                     Olympique Café  Bolus_Miho_Minkkinen
                                           non jazz jendrek  Fred Nipi  Hiroyouki.......
11/02      Nantes                  APO33                 ZWANN EI,  Nozal Cube
26/02      Bruxelles               LE LOCAL            Gong Extentions/////
26/04      Peyrelevade           Au Croulag
27/04      Burgaud                Café du Burgaud
28/04      Toulouse                la Maison Peinte
29/04      Albi                       Au Frigo
30/04      Montpellier             à venir /////
06/05      Paris //Montreuil     aux « Dimanche de l’impro»
12/05      Rennes                   L’éLaBoratoire     Nozal Cube, ZWANN EI,
13/05        //////
24/05      Crest                      Les concerts (pas) trop forts
25/05      St Etienne               «la Cour»
26/05      Lyon                        GrrZero




























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