Guillaume Gargaud ( Born in France in 1979) is a composer and improvisational guitarist. He's already released about ten albums and composed many musics for contemporary dance. 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 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), 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).
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.
He shares European and American stages with Dustin O’Halloran, Adam Wiltzie, Bernard Parmegiani, Will Guthrie, idm theft able, Marco Marini, Black Sifichi, Jean-Luc guionnet, Seijiro Murayama, Heddy Boubaker, Matthew Silver, Sébastien Cirotteau, Patrice Grente, Sebastien Bouhana, Yannis Frier...
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
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
With Raphaël Maze and F.Lebègue for "LIGHT CONE " experimental cinema " (Paris)
LIVE TOUR 2012