Clotilde Rullaud

CLOTILDE RULLAUD is a French singer, songwriter and composer (born Remis, France).

Clotilde began studying flute and singing at the conservatoire at the age of five. Clotilde went on to complete her studies in jazz and improvised music at the IACP and EDIM schools. She also explored world music vocal techniques and developed an original approach to the voice as a multifaceted and narrative instrument.

In 2007, Clotilde released the Live au 7 Lézards album, on which she was accompanied by guitarist Hugo Lippi. This self-produced album was acclaimed by Jazzman, Jazzmag and Jazzhot magazines.

In 2008, Clotilde started a new and ambitious project, In Extremis, with Olivier Hutman (piano), Dano Haider (seven-string guitar) and Antoine Paganotti (drums). Her concept was a bass-less quartet, inspired by various musical cultures including improvisation, pop and world music, mainly from Africa and South Africa. Released in 2011, this album was ranked No. 5 on the Sunday Times list of the Top Ten Jazz Albums of the Year, and received rave reviews, part icularly from TELERAMA and France Musique.

Since 2010, Clotilde has developed a fruitful collaboration with bandonéonist and composer Tristan Macé. Their first project was Le Diable à froid (2010), a trio with horn-player Albin Lebossé, revolving around the musical and literary styles of surrealism, Dadaism and tango. Next came Tristan Macé’s jazz opera Etrangement Bleu (2011). Their most recent project is Fleurs Invincibles – Invincible Flowers (2012), also involving Emmanuel Bex (piano/organ), Yann Cléry (flutes), Laurent Salzard (bass) and Gautier Garrigue (drums). This bilingual project is based on original compositions by Tristan Macé, and inspired by texts from American poets of the Beat Generation, and black French poets of the 40s and 50s.

DANO HAIDER, born on 21.11.1975 in Stuttgart, grew up in the south of France, near Montpellier, and began playing the guitar when he was 12. Inspired by his uncle, Joe Haider (one of Germany‘s great jazz pianists and former Principal of the Swiss Jazz School in Bern), he was interested in jazz right from the start. He modeled himself on Wes Montgomery and George Benson. He started studying music at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern at the age of 16, graduating in 1997. He then began playing as a sideman in a variety of line-ups and musical styles in France, Germany and Switzerland. He has appeared at the Jazz à Seté, Mulhouse, and Bern jazz festivals, among others. Following his stay in New York, he took a job in the musical “Lila Rosen” in 2001 and toured with it throughout Switzerland. He has lived in Paris since 2002 and is very active in the jazz scene there. He is a member of the Philippe Duchemin Trio, alongside Pierre Boussagnet and Kelde Knight. He has recently started leading his own quartet, whose CD appeared in January 2007. In the spring of 2006 he recorded a CD with Jeff Hamilton in Barcelona. He recorded the CD “Episodes” with the Jürgen Hagenlocher Quartet in the summer of 2006.

OLIVER HUTMAN, born 12 November 1954 in Boulogne-Billancort, pianist, composer and arranger French. It starts from the age of four years studying classical piano. He obtained a doctorate in 1978 for a thesis on urban music from Ghana , conducted under the direction of cinematography and ethnologist Jean Rouch . The discovery 'of Oscar Peterson who decides to devote himself to jazz . It begins in 1975 with the Moravagine group he formed with Denis Barbier and Mino Cinelu . From 1975 to 1977 he participated in the formation of jazz rock Freefall with Cinelu brother. Later (1980-1982), he plays keyboard in a quartet of Christian Escoudé . He later participated in many musical projects. Among his collaborators include Tony Scott , Art Farmer , Didier Lockwood , Clifford Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Turk Mauro, Pepper Adams, Harry Edison, James Moody, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Eddy Louiss, Eric Le Lann, Joe Lee Wilson, Mundell Lowe, Ted Nash, Jimmy Gourley, Junior Cook, Frank Wess, Marc Bertaux, Claude Barthélemy or Tony Rabeson. In 1984 the Jazz Academy awarded him the prize Boris Vian for his first solo album, Six Songs . He has also worked in other areas as jazz, as the Creole and African music and films, he has also won several awards for his work composing several soundtracks.

ANTOINE PAGANOTTI a French singer and drummer. He is the son of Bernard Paganotti and brother of singer Himiko Paganotti.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT In Extremis is a kind of milestone to help me remember what has been and what will be. Each song is a very personal emotion, a “me-motion” if you will!

I wanted it to be a reflection on the surreal collages I love so much. An overlaying of eclectic matters and materials, deeply rooted in my musical tradition: a blend of jazz, improvised, classical and popular music, but one that is resolutely turned toward the future I am creating.

It is a mille-feuille, to be savored first one way, then another, like walking a tightrope, always unbalanced, never quite where one believes oneself to be.