Renaud Garcia-Fons

Renaud Garcia-Fons (born December 24, 1962) is a highly accomplished French upright-bass player and composer.

Renaud Garcia-Fons
Renaud Garcia-Fons in concert.
Renaud Garcia-Fons in concert.
Background information
Birth nameRenaud Garcia-Fons
Born (1962-12-24) December 24, 1962 (age 57)
OriginParis, France
GenresJazz, World music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsUpright bass
LabelsEnja Records
Associated actsDavid Dorantes, Jean-Louis Matinier, Nguyen Le, Kudsi Erguner



Garcia-Fons started his musical studies at an early age. At five years old he picked up playing the piano, switched to classical guitar at eight, then turned to rock in his teens, and finally settling for the upright bass when he was 16. He got formal musical training at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied with François Rabbath, who taught him his special technique of playing arco.

Garcia-Fons is known for his melodic sense and his viola-like col arco sound; he is sometimes referred to as "the Paganini of double bass."[1] Garcia-Fons has been deeply influenced by his mentor, the bassist François Rabbath.[1][2]

He started playing jazz with the band of trumpeter Roger Guérin, and thereafter had many collaborators, including symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and a trio. In 1987-93, he was part of the French all-double bass ensemble 'L'Orchestre de Contrebasses'. He remained with them for six years, also appearing with the 'Orchestre National de Jazz' directed by Claude Barthélemy during some of this time. Enja Records released his debut solo album Légendes (1992). Alboreá (1995) was his next album release, featuring his quartet including Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion), Jacques Mahieux (drums), and Yves Torchinsky (bass).

His third album, 1998's "Oriental Bass," featured his own compositions and was well received in the press. Next he combined with accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier on the album Fuera (1999). On many occasions he is accompanied by a variety of instruments, including guitar, lute, derbouka, flutes, trombone, and accordion. Garcia-Fons has collaborated with jazz musicians like Jean-Louis Matinier, Michael Riessler, Sylvain Luc, Nguyên Lê, and Michel Godard, and contributed to recordings of Gerardo Núñez and to Middle Eastern players such as Kudsi Erguner, Dhafer Youssef, and Cheb Mami.[3]



Solo albumsEdit

  • 1992: Légendes (Enja Records)
  • 1995: Alboreá (Enja Records)
  • 1995: Suite Andalouse (Al Sur), with Pedro Soler
  • 1997: Oriental Bass (Enja Records)
  • 1999: Fuera (Enja Records), with Jean-Louis Matinier
  • 2000: Acoustic Songs (Label Hopi), with Gérard Marais
  • 2001: Navigatore (Enja Records)
  • 2004: Entremundo (Enja Records)
  • 2006: Arcoluz (Enja Records)
  • 2009: La Linea Del Sur (Enja Records)
  • 2010: Méditerranées (Enja Records)
  • 2012: Solo - The Marcevol Concert (Enja Records)
  • 2013: Beyond The Double Bass (Enja Records)[5]
  • 2014: Silk Moon (e-motive Records), with Derya Türkan[6]
  • 2017: La Vie Devant Soi (E-motive Records)


With Dhafer Youssef
Within Gianluigi Trovesi Nonet
  • 2000: Round About A Midsummer's Dream (Enja Records)[7]
With Antonio Placer, Paulo Bellinati and Jorge Trasante
  • 2000: Nomades D'Ici (Le Chant du Monde)
With Nguyên Lê
  • 1997: Three Trios (ACT Music)
  • 2000: Bakida (ACT Music)
  • 2008: Fragile Beauty (ACT Music)
With Gerardo Núñez
  • 2000: Jazzpaña II (ACT Music)
With Kudsi Erguner
  • 2001: Islam Blues (ACT Music)
With David Peña Dorantes
  • 2015: Paseo A Dos (E-Motive Records)


  1. ^ a b Dillon, Charlotte. "Renaud Garcia-Fons Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  2. ^ Lesemann, T Ballard. "Renaud Garcia-Fons plucks across the boundaries on his five-string bass - Beyond the Bass Line". Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  3. ^ "Renaud Garcia-Fons Artist Profile". Enja Records. Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  4. ^ "German ECHO JAZZ 2013 Winners Announced". Londonj Jazz News. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Bruce (2014-09-14). "Renaud Garcia-Fons: Beyond The Double Bass (2014)". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  6. ^ Lindsay, Bruce. "Silk Moon : New Album - Release Nov 11th, 2014". Musical reviews. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  7. ^ "Renaud Garcia-Fons". Discography. Retrieved 2014-11-10.

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