Nicole Renaud is a French soprano accordionist songwriter and film composer. After learning classical guitar as a child, she studied chanson at the "petit conservatoire de la chanson de Mireille" in Paris and opera with Canadian soprano Constance Lambert in New York.
Some of her videos are on our website https://www.capridiem.net/umbertodaniello as well as https://www.capridiem.net/mariobindi
She is an active performer at the crossroads of chanson/opera and performance art. She accompanies herself on a transparent luminous accordion designed for her by British artist Paul Etienne Lincoln Her last multimedia show "Couleurs" an original cycle of songs - a love story seen through colors - was featured at the Limoges Opera (France), the Biennale de la Chanson in Brussels (Belgium), the Goetland Poetry Festival (Sweden) etc …
Nicole has sung regularly on national television ARTE and on French national public radio France Culture for journalist and future minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand. Franco-German
As a film composer, Nicole has had, over the years, a long-standing collaboration with celebrated film animator Bill Plympton. Many of her songs were featured in his short films "Eat", "The Cow Who Wanted To Become a Hamburger", "The Fan and The Flowers" and his feature films "Mutant Aliens" and "Idiot and Angels". "Cheatin" is her first assignment composing and scoring the music for a full-length feature and she just got an Annie Award nomination for it.
Nicole's ethereal voice has also been heard in commercials such as an award-winning Super Bowl Volkswagen ad and a Chrysler commercial directed by actor Adrien Brody.
She sings at high-end events around the world for brands such as Bulgari, Vuitton, Panerai etc …
Whether live or on a soundtrack, Nicole's music is unearthly and haunting, with a sound that spans from a retro feel to a more futuristic vibe, her voice lifting the listener to a sublime space.
She shares her time between New York, Paris, and Capri and sings in French, English, Italian, and German.
Press Capri Review 2015:
A love expressed in music
From prose to poetry and from painting to music, all the arts have sought to describe Capri and its marvels, each through their own exclusive language. So naturally there has to be an album dedicated to the azure isle, and Sogno di Capri, by Nicole Renaud, is more than just a collection of songs: rather, it is an homage that songwriters and performers of different nationalities have paid to Capri in different periods and that the soprano has decided to bring together in her own collection to celebrate a place that has welcomed her with open arms. The songs on the disk form part of the musical tradition of different countries and different periods, all performed by the polyglot Nicole, who can speak and sing fluently in French, English, German and Italian. “No collection of songs about Capri has ever been produced, outside the Neapolitan culture, that also included revivals of
musical productions from other countries and linguistic contexts,” the singer explains. “And I really love the retro atmosphere that emanates from the songs chosen for this album, dating from the 1930s onwards.” Nicole’s angelic voice adds an even more distinctive quality to the melodies, accompanied by her inseparable accordion, designed by Paul Etienne Lincoln. In some tracks, she sings together with Mario Bindi, a Capri tenor, who brings with him the musical tradition of the island. “Everyone on Capri sings their native songs,” says Nicole, “and Mario’s folk music training comes directly from his Capri roots. That’s what really struck me about him.” Nicole was born in Paris but moved to Algeria in her early years, later returning to France, first to Normandy and then Paris again. And finally, she came to Capri: “What I love about the island is its Mediterranean atmosphere and the view of the gulf, which I think is the most beautiful in the world,” she says. “And then, of course, I fell in love on Capri...” Now Nicole spends her time between Capri, New York, and Paris, composing songs and film soundtracks. But she’s always on the island in the summer, entertaining guests at the Capri Palace hotel with her songs. And she’ll be there again this summer too. http://files.salsacdn.com/press/1302_Capri_Review_35_2015/misc/1_default.pdf