Renard Poché
                   SONGWRITER                           PRODUCER                          MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST

Renard on HBO’s “Treme”

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Renard Poche Band @ New Orleans French Quarter Fest

“...Mr. Poché's guitar solo wailed the blues…” —New York Times


"...some fine trombone work by Renard Poché." —Dallas Morning News

  

  “…bona fide guitar hero…” —Gambit Weekly

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Renard Poché is a songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist whose extensive track record has earned him the reputation as one of the most inventive and multi-talented musicians to come from the city of New Orleans. He has worked with over 30 Grammy Award winners and has written, collaborated, recorded and/or performed on guitar, trombone, percussion, flute, recorders, bass or vocals with artists including Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Bono, Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr., Paul Shaffer, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Kid Rock, Michael McDonald, The Indigo Girls, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Wilson Pickett, Professor Longhair, N’Dea Davenport (of The Brand New Heavies), Glen Campbell, Fred Wesley, George Porter, Jr., Zigaboo and others.


Poché’s body of work in film and television includes a featured guitar performance that appeared on the 2010 season finale of HBO’s “Treme”. Poché’s guitar work is also featured on composer Terence Blanchard’s soundtracks for the films “BarberShop” and “Dark Blue”. His percussion work can be heard on the film “This Year’s Love”.


As a songwriter/producer, Poché’s original compositions have found their way to places as diverse as BET's Movie of the Week and the TaeBo Workout Video, as well as on select cable TV soundtracks. Part of Poché’s songwriting/producing experience goes back to his 30-year-long working relationship with fellow New Orleanian songwriter/producer, Allen Toussaint. He has produced and written for Toussaint’s MTV artist, Crystal Fire, and has co-produced with Toussaint for one of his NYNO record label artists.


Poché’s CD 4U 4Me further demonstrates his range of talents, including arranging/engineering/spoken word and performing on his non-stage instruments…drums, trumpet and keyboards. On the CD and in his live performances, Poché puts his old school, new school, no rules approach into practice. Although his music is primarily in the funk/soul genre, he does integrate his sound with other genres to create a fusion of funk with Latin, rock, hip-hop and jazz. With forty years of experience in the music arena, Renard Poché is the embodiment of the past and present, and plays an important role in the future of funk/soul music and the New Orleans sound.

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