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Renaud-Gabriel Pion is a composer, clarinetist and improvisational musician. Classically trained but also largely self-taught, he plays augmentedinstruments (bass & contrabass clarinets, Turkish clarinet, saxophones, bass flute, English horn, nyckelharpa, e.w.i and piano, also using real-time electronics). He divides his time between Paris and Berlin.

As a composer, he has released a number of recordings and he is currently working on a contemporary opera, which is supported by an award from the Fondation Beaumarchais. 

He collaborates with artists from different areas and countries. He performs in concert and has worked for the cinema, the theatre and for contemporary dance.

He studied the clarinet, saxophone and English horn with Norbert Bourdon and Guy Bordier in France, and with Alexandra Knoll in New York. He studied composition in Paris. Pion is influenced by western contemporary music and the modal music of the East (Turkey, Iran, India), as well as ancient and non-tempered music, which are partly constitutive of his instrumental gesture. As an instrumentalist he develops a language which for him could compare to calligraphy.

His successive albums are born out of inspiration from an urban soundscape (New York Sketches, 2016), or a western perspective on eastern modal music (Qalandar, 2014, on Turkish poems), a reflection on improvisation within an orchestral score (Paradise Alley, 2008, Radio France), on spirituality in the contemporary (1529, for 8-piece ensemble and countertenor voice, Radio France, upcoming 2018), or an immersive, hedonistic voyage (Voices in A Room, 2015, and Hinterwelt in silico – upcoming, 2018) or inward of the sonic matter (First Meeting, also for Radio France; and Atonalist, 2017).

Sh. L. J.

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Renaud-Gabriel Pion plays Selmer instruments with Vandoren and Rico Reserve reeds and Rumberger pickup systems. Portraits of RGP by Jérôme Sevrette. Other photos by RGP © control. Webmaster: Guillermo Vargas Quisoboni.