Didier Marouani

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Didier Marouani
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Background information
Born 1953
Monaco
Genres Electronic music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Space, Paris-France-Transit
Website http://www.space.tm.fr

Didier Marouani (born in 1953[1] in Monaco) is a French composer and musician.

Didier started his career as a pop singer and made his first single, "Je Suis Ton Chevalier" with Etienne Roda-Gil as lyricist in 1975. He followed this by touring with Johnny Hallyday, Claude François and Joe Dassin. In 1977, he formed the band Space and composed all the songs on these albums under the pseudonym Ecama. The title track from the first album, "Magic Fly" reached number 2 on the U.K. Singles Chart and was used as the Main Theme of the original Chinese version of Jackie Chan's 1978 film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (蛇形刁手).[2] This was followed by the albums "Deliverance" (1977), "Just Blue" (1978) and "Deeper Zone" (1980). Later, he participated in another electronic venture "Paris-France-Transit" (1982). In 1983, Didier & Space went to the USSR to give 21 concerts for 600.000 people. In 1992, Didier was able to obtain the necessary authorization for a concert in Red Square, some 360,000 spectators attended this free concert.

Throughout the 1980s, Didier Marouani & Space maintained quite a large popularity in France and many European socialist republics (such as Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Soviet Union).

In 1987, Didier composed a new album "Space Opera", the first opera composed for synthesizers and choirs. He was able to obtain the participation of both the Red Army Choirs and the Harvard University Choirs (USA) for his album. The album was relayed to the Soviet space station "Mir", making the album the first compact disc to be heard in space. The CD had been launched into space together with a CD player with the Russian cosmonauts. "Space Opera" went on to achieve great success in Europe.

2001: World Premiere on stage of the new Space album "Symphonic Space Dream" in Kiev at the Ukraine Palace with the participation of the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine (110 musicians).

2002 Performance in Moscow at the Kremlin Theater (6.000 people) with the participation of the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra.

2002 Performance in St. Petersburg attended by over 12,000 people, acclaiming the French band and his leader.

2002: The song "New Direction [Magic Fly Radio Version]" incorporates elements of "Magic Fly" performed by U.K. pop group S Club Juniors on their Together CD.

2009: A huge concert in Moscow at the Olympisky Stadium.

In October 2009, Nang Records in England released a “BEST OF SPACE” CD, completely remastered with 14 tracks, followed by a remix album the following month.

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