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Michel Legrand

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“Ever since I was a boy, my ambition has been to live completely surrounded by music. My dream is not to miss out anything. That’s why I’ve never settled on one musical discipline. I love playing, conducting, singing and writing, and in all styles. So I turn my hand to everything — not just a bit of everything. Quite the opposite. I do all these activities at once, seriously, sincerely and with deep commitment.” Michel Legrand

French born composer and pianist Michel Legrand has been writing, arranging   and performing music for over half a century. Some of his most famous compositions and collaborations, with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman,   created modern standards such as   ”The Windmills of Your Mind”, “The Summer of ’42"³, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”, “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and “The Summer Knows”.

Michel Legrand has scored musical soundtracks for countless movies across the globe. Among the most famous of these are the Oscar winning “Summer of ’42"³, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Ice Station Zebra”, “Yentl”, “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” (English translation : “The Young Ladies of Rochefort”) and “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (English translation: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”).

Michel Legrand’s incredible musical craftmanship has enabled him to work with some of the music world’s biggest stars. Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Andy Williams, Lena Horne, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Liza Minelli, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Nana Mouskouri, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Alison Moyet, Stephane Grappelli, Phil Woods, Sting, George Benson, and Natalie Dessay   are some of the world famous names that Michel Legrand has made beautiful music with. In late 2011 Michel Legrand recorded an album of Christmas songs with artists such as Mika, Iggy Pop, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Coeur de Pirate, Rufus Wainwright, Jamie Cullum, Madeleine Peyroux, Emilie Simon, M, Ayo and Olivia Ruiz.

Michel Legrand has also written the scores for a number of musicals for theatre. “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort”, “Amour”, “Marguerite” and most recently “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”   have variously graced   stages in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Helsinki and London.

In 2010 Michel Legrand celebrated 50 years in showbusiness with a star-studded tribute concert at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.   Michel played onstage with special guests Dionne Warwick, George Benson, Frank Sinatra Jr, Andy Williams, Melissa Manchester, Patti Page, Mario Pelchat, Jon Voight, Jerry Lewis and Jennifer O’Neill, as well as his partner, the harpist Catherine Michel.

Michel Legrand reached his 80th Birthday in February 2012. Instead of slowing down, Michel decided to embark on a commemorative world tour. Throughout 2012 he will perform concerts in France, UK,   Japan, Armenia, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, Oman and   USA.

Michel Legrand at Gazarte on  April 12, 13, 14, 2013 - Voutadon 32-34- Gazi - 210 3460347 -     www.gazarte.g

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