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Ferdinand Richard

Ferdinand Richard

Ferdinand Richard


Hervé Richard (born 25 June 1950), better known as Ferdinand Richard, is a French avant-rock bass guitarist and composer. Richard was a founding member of the French avant-rock group Etron Fou Leloublan in 1973, and remained with them until they broke up in 1986. While still with Etron Fou Leloublan, Richard also released two solo albums, En Forme!! and En Avant in 1981 and 1983 respectively. En Avant, subtitled Huit Chansons en Huit Langues (Eight Songs in Eight Languages) Read more on Last.fm
Hervé Richard (born 25 June 1950), better known as Ferdinand Richard, is a French avant-rock bass guitarist and composer. Richard was a founding member of the French avant-rock group Etron Fou Leloublan in 1973, and remained with them until they broke up in 1986. While still with Etron Fou Leloublan, Richard also released two solo albums, En Forme!! and En Avant in 1981 and 1983 respectively. En Avant, subtitled Huit Chansons en Huit Langues (Eight Songs in Eight Languages), is scored by Richard for two bass guitars and a cello (played by Tom Cora), and consists of eight songs sung in English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Polish, Dioula, Spanish, French and German. On En Avant Richard explored his interest in language and culture, and wrote the lyrics for, and sang seven of the eight songs (the German song was composed and sung by Urs Engeler). Near the end of Etron Fou Leloublan, Richard joined Alfred Harth's multinational avant-rock group Gestalt et Jive in 1984.

They performed regularly in Europe and North America for four years, during which time they made two albums, developed their "instant composition" technique, and gave their farewell concert at the 6th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Victoriaville, Quebec in Canada in October 1988. In 1984 Richard also formed a duo, Bruniferd with saxophonist Bruno Meillier from Etron Fou Leloublan that was dedicated to "precise and condensed musical poetry". Bruniferd made three albums and toured Europe and Japan. In May 1986 Richard founded the Movement International des Musiques Innovatrices (MIMI), a spring festival that takes place each year in the south of France "dedicated to showcasing new and unknown musique actuelle acts from [...] around the world. MIMI is seen as a "spring companion" to the annual Victoriaville festival in Canada, and has featured such acts as After Dinner from Japan and Les 4 Guitaristes de L'Apocalypso-Bar from Quebec.

In 1989 Richard formed his own band, Ferdinand & Les Philosophes, a trio of Richard, guitarist Alain Rocher and drummer Dominique Lentin. Les Philosophes performed at the 9th Victoriaville festival in October 1991, and went on to record two albums. Richard also collaborated with English experimental guitarist Fred Frith from the English avant-rock group Henry Cow in 1989, as Fred & Ferd, to record Dropera (1991), a "twisted rock opera". Read more on Last.fm.

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