Inès Coville

Double bass / Voice

Age: 32 years old

Country: France

Inès Coville is a French singer and double bass player based in Paris. She started playing the cello at the age of 7. In high school, she also played the trumpet and got passionate about jazz, improvisation and contemporary music with Paul Goncharoff and Roland Guérin at Les Pierres Vives, a musical high school where she participated in many ensemble projects.

After the baccalaureate, she studied literature and visual arts that lead her to a master’s degree in creative writing (University of Paris VIII) and pursued music at the same time. Through an academic exchange in the United States at Hampshire College, a liberal art college with alternative pedagogy, she started her formal learning of jazz with American saxophonist Bruce Diehl (Amherst College) and played with young American musicians and improvisers.

She was introduced to several instruments and then decided to focus on the double bass with Jean Bardy and Marc Buronfosse at the conservatory in Paris. She is currently finishing her studies as a vocalist in the jazz and improvised music class of the CRR of Boulogne-Billancourt where she works with Laurence Saltiel and Vincent Lê Quang.

She had the opportunity to attend North Indian music masterclasses with sitarist Patrick Moutal and in jazz with French clarinettist Louis Sclavis.

She has toured on several shows of the company Avant L’Aube which have taken her on the roads of France and Guinea, created concerts around archive films of Alice Guy, was solo singer of the ensemble La Sirène for a project around Pat Metheny and Jon Lord. She co-founded the Foxies Music & Dance orchestra, mixing dance and music. Today, she composes and writes for her personal quartet borrowing from poetry and various musical genres (pop, groove, jazz).

Inès is a curious and passionate musician, interested in music and art in all its forms, with a strong penchant for creation, actual jazz and free improvisation.

Photo credit: Constantin Alaïmalaïs