Sundance 2021 Composer Spotlight: Pierre Guerineau & Alex Zhang Hungtai

Pierre Guerineau, Alex Zhang Hungtai
Top: Pierre Guerineau // Bottom: Alex Zhang Hungtai

Film: I Was a Simple Man

Pierre Guerineau is a French composer and producer living in Montreal. Besides his critically acclaimed work with Essaie pas and partner Marie Davidson, he has produced over 30 releases on international labels such as DFA, Ninja Tune and PAN Records, and collaborated with artists such as Bernardino Femminielli, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Yair Elazar Glotman. Described as “a stunningly varied and layered masterclass in wordless storytelling” 2020 saw the birth of Feu St-Antoine, his first solo effort, on Éditions Appærent, a promising new imprint co-founded by Guerineau.


After retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Alex Zhang Hungtai has been focusing on explorations of improvised music and free jazz. His newer work predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion and piano, furthering his research on ritualistic music of liminality. Besides his solo work, he is also a member of a free jazz/experimental trio with Portugese minimalist/architect David Maranha, and free jazz drummer Gabriel Ferrandini in Lisbon.


Long-time collaborators, Zhang and Guerineau are currently scoring independent films, as a duo team of composers.


Pierre Guerineau Linktree: linktr.ee/_pollen

Alex Zhang Hungtai Linktree: linktr.ee/lastlizard808

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