Clotilde is a French singer, flutist, improviser, song-writer, performer and educator. She entered the Conservatoire aged five and studied music for fifteen years, focussing on flute and singing.
Her artistic approach stands at the crossroad of various musical influences. She blends together Latin, African, pop sounds and jazz improvisation, attesting to the wonderful melting pot that is jazz.
Poetry and the inner music of words also hold a key place in her artistic world. Clotilde aims above all to "challenge what can be done with song and with the voice in order to reach her full expression" - Obari Toshio, JazzCritics (JP), escaping from standard configurations to express her love for freedom.
“To sing is to contribute to the world’s happiness”, murmurs Clotilde in her dulcet tones.
“I want to be a singer or a psychoanalyst when I grow up,” Clotilde Rullaud wrote in her diary as a child. While studying for a Masters in Management, she wrote and directed her first musical, Georgia, which played to packed houses at the Bataclan (Paris). This was when Clotilde realized that music and the stage were much more than a crazy fancy, but a real, vital necessity for her.
“Her nimble mezzo voice is seemingly raising from some faraway place, like the essence of the soul’s breath, a pure necessity to sing.” Laurent Valéro - France Musique Radio (FR)
So she made a dramatic change in direction.
The most striking thing when you first listen to Clotilde Rullaud is the rich, deep timbre of her mezzo voice, “She has a gripping voice, with a certain wonderful gravity, putting us in mind of Nina Simone.” Jean-Marc Gelin, Jazzman (FR).
Next, you realize the fascinating, stupefying, singular fluidity of her voice, and the agility with which she transforms it according to her inspiration. She turns her voice into an adaptable instrument to communicate what she wishes to convey.
“She has such great control of the voice and her material that she holds you, fascinated, in the palm of her hand (or, more accurately, vocal cords). […] Rullaud is an extraordinary talent.” Lynn-René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine (USA)
“A most wondrous thing takes place when Clotilde Rullaud sings — wordlessly, sometimes… then using a given lyric. She seems not to beam her ‘vocalastics’ through the electronics of a modern microphone, but rather through a gigantic prism that in turn rotates on an imaginary axis, controlled it would appear, by the power of her will.” Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network (CA)
Discography as a leader :
* A Woman's Journey (Tzig'Art / Promiseland) 2016
by Madeleine & Salomon with Alexandre Saada (piano)
Pick of 2016 by France Musique, JazzMagazine, CitizenJazz
CHOC Jazzmagazine, ELU CitizenJazz, INDISPENSABLE JazzNews
* In Extremis (Tzig’art / Nota Bene Productions Ltd.) – 2011
Quartet with Olivier Hutman : piano, Dano Haider : guitar and Antoine Paganotti : drums
#5 NPR annual Jazz critics poll 2013 – Debut album category
CMJ Week 1300 Top Adds #5 (2013)
#5 ‘Best Jazz’ music category 2011 by the Sunday Times
‘Pick of the week’ on FIP radio show on France Musique – Summer 2011
* Live au 7 Lézards (produced by Clotilde Rullaud with the support of the City of Paris) – 2007
guitar/voice duo with Hugo Lippi