Mathilde Renault is a young pianist, singer and composer. She was born in Malmedy in 1986, both her parents are musicians. Her main passion has always been composition and creation; as a kid she played music, painted and photographed. But she only really began to study the piano at the age of 16 even if she already played and composed before.

She began to sing with bulgarian singers and then went away of that kind of singing to create her own style. She always did free improvisation,every time she met a new musician on her way,and she’s still doing it…

The Band Overoceans was born from the meeting between Mathilde and American violonist Caroline Shaw (classical) . Now added to the duo are percussionist Stephan pougin and bass player Arne Van Dongen. In june 2006 Overoceans recorded Mathilde’s compositions and the album ALIANA LUDA on the Label Carbon 7.

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She studied piano with Nathalie Loriers,Pierre Thomas and is currently studying with Diederick Wissels. She Studied singing with Radka Ivanova,Maria Pia De Vito… And did masterclasses with Dave Liebman, Roberto Cippelli, Maria Pia De Vito, Mario Laginha… Zanga is her new band with Janos Bruneel on Double Bass and Stein Cools on drums.

She has a duo with the swedish saxophonist Jonas Knutsson and they have recording a new album on label Igloo call “Louana”.

« What strikes me most about Mathilde’s compositions are the strong melodies. Maybe my deep interest in folk music from all over the world is one reasonwhy her music really speaks to me. Her harmonies often sound more like what I would expect from a guitar player than a pianist and I find that very inspiring. Mathilde, with her refined rhythms and soulful performance, creates music with a luminosity and warmth that is rare. I am very happy to be a part of it. Thank you Mathilde! »
Jonas Knutsson

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