Romain Pilon feat. Walter Smith III
Line-up: Romain Pilon - guitar, Walter Smith III - tenor sax, Yoni Zelnik - bass, Fred Pasqua - drums
Romain Pilon grew up in France and started to play the guitar at the age of 10. He studied with various private teachers in his hometown before entering the Jazz Conservatory of Chambery in 1997. After auditioning for the Berklee College of Music, he was awarded a scholarship and moved to Boston for five years where he studied with world class musicians including Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Joe Lovano and Peter Bernstein.
During his studies, Romain was presented with three Berklee College music awards and in 2002 his quartet opened for Pat Metheny, representing the entire school guitar department of over 1,000 students. Whilst in Boston Romain performed Christian Scott's debut CD. After receiving his degree in Jazz Performance, Romain moved to New York where he lived for one year. There he played with, among others: Ferenc Nemeth, Lionel Loueke, Seamus Blake, Matt Brewer, Carlos Henriquez, Jerome Sabbagh... Aside from performance and his own artistic projects, Romain teaches jazz improvisation, composition and guitar.