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Double bassist of Finistère origin, Gildas Scouarnec regularly frequents the Breton scene and in 1998 won the first jazz competition in Rennes in a duet with guitarist Jean Luc Roumier.
He moved to Paris in 1989 and performed alongside the best musicians in the area: Alain Jean-Marie, Jean-Michel Pilc with whom he recorded his first CD (JM Pilc “Big One”), Jef Sicard (2 albums ), Ronnie Patterson, Sylvain Beuf, George Brown ....
Full, generous sound and in-depth knowledge of the repertoire establish Gildas as one of the best instrumentalists on the French jazz scene.
He has performed or accompanied, in France or on international tours, musicians such as: Jim Pepper, Antony Ortéga, Eddie Henderson, Sunny Murray, Sonny Simmons, James Spaulding, Chris Potter, Buddy Collette, Archie Shepp, Steve Grossman and many others.
In 1995, he published his first CD “Faïence” with Peter King, Jean Toussaint, Alain Jean-Marie and Tony Rabeson. In 1998, a second album “Charade” followed in duet with Jean Luc Roumier.
The third album: Gildas Scouarnec Jazz Unit 186, “Evolution,… Circonvolutions…”, in tentette, was released in April 2002. The national critics reserve it a very warm welcome!
The orchestra has performed at the Duc des Lombards in Paris, at the Maison de Radio France (April 2004), as well as at the festival, "Jazz à Beaune".
Gildas recently performed in London with pianist Jean Marie Machado (at the invitation of saxophonist Andy Shepard) and thus continues his encounters in the vast universe of jazz and improvised music.
He toured Europe with saxophonist S. Simmons and the Cosmosamatics. (Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, England) and performed with Frank Lacy's Big Band in Limours.
Last release "Fresh Sound" a double album recorded live at the Maison de Radio France in 1994 and 96 as a quintet with Peter King, Jean Toussaint, Alain Jean Marie, Tony Rabeson, Georges Brown, Sylvain Beuf.