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René Aubry

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With compositions for dances by Carolyn Carlson, Pina Bausch and Philippe Genty, film scores and 14 albums to his name, René Aubry is a popular, prolific and discreet composer. This native son of Epinal has forged his own path as a self-taught composer of songs without words.

And yet like other sound artists cast in the same mould (from François de Roubaix to Pascal Comelade or even Ennio Morricone), René Aubry has settled into our musical world.

As a young man, he developed a passion for the guitar but was more attracted to the soft arpeggios of Leonard Cohen than the biting riffs of Led Zeppelin.

Together with his brother, he set out to work “in the footsteps of Catherine Ribeiro and François Béranger”.

However, it was his encounter with Carolyn Carlson that propelled him along a less crowded path. René Aubry became “a composer of ballet music”, while at the same time making it a point of honour to produce albums for the pure pleasure of listening to music.

As a composer, player of numerous instruments, and his own sound engineer, René Aubry works alone on his albums, blending classical harmonies with modern instrumentation, samples of voices or violins “taken from Beethoven, Stravinsky or Puccini”. Archivists tear their hair out in despair because his work has a place on all the record shops shelves: classical, ballet, new age, new music, rock, French variety, and world music.

The urge to appear on stage came to him later and despite himself.

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