WHEN NOBODY IS WATCHING: MARION
In conversation with musician, Marion Ruault.
I like going from one environment to another. It’s something I want to explore all my life, not to determine everything. To keep this part of improvisation, of madness, and of meeting.Anaïs Poulet
Born in the South of France in 1991, Marion Ruault decided to start playing music in high school. Beginning with the piano, then the drums, she finally devoted herself to the electric bass and the double bass.
In 2010, she joined the Conservatory of Toulon, followed by the National Conservatory of Lyon, studying Classical music, World music and specializing in Jazz music under the tutelage of the renowned French bass player, Jérôme Regard.
In 2016, she graduated with “mention très bien à l’unanimité du jury », the highest attainable academic honors in French educational system.
Navigating between several styles of music such as Jazz, Blues, Pop, Folk, Oriental music, Tango, French chanson, Balkan music, Marion created projects and collaborates with prestigious artists and improvisers such as Scott Hamilton, William Galison (Baghdad Coffee / Sting), Sandy Patton (Lionel Hampton ensemble), Denise King, Daniel Huck (Eddy Louis), Marc Thomas (Claude Luther Big Band) and performs in many venues and festivals such « Jazz à Vienne », « Un Doua de Jazz », « Festival des Nuits de Fourvière »,
« Auditorium Lumière », « Théâtre Jacques cœur »,
« Karavan Théâtre », » Le Transbordeur », « l’Opéra de Toulon » and many others.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to play in different countries, including Algeria, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium, Suisse, Morocco and Germany as well as across the Atlantic in the United States where she studied at the University of Kentucky (Northern University of Kentucky) and participated in Jazz Conferences (JEN).
This experience allowed her to attend multiple masterclasses with great names of jazz such as Jamey Aebersold, Victor Wooten, Steeve Bailey, John Clayton and other great musicians.
Since 2018, she maintains a strong link with the Berlin scene. She decided to launch her solo project, accompanied by her double bass, her voice, sound effects and a loop pedal to interact with artists from different horizons: musicians, dancers, performers, visual artists…
“I want to expand the Double bass as an instrument, to go beyond its role as an accompanist, to create music and to find, explore and stretch the limits of the wood, the bow, the strings and the sound. I want to use the double bass to express feelings, to explore freedom and improvisation.”