Francis Rimbert

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Francis Rimbert
Born (1952-10-03) October 3, 1952 (age 62)
Origin Val d'Oise, France
Genres Electronic music,
Instrumental music,
New Age,
Ambient,
Lounge music
Occupation(s) Pianist,
Keyboardist,
Composer,
Musician,
Artist
Instruments Piano,
Synthesizer,
keyboard
Labels C.ZEN PROD,
Atomic Quill Music
Website www.francisrimbert.com

Francis Rimbert (born October 3, 1952 in Val d'Oise, France) is a French musician and composer.

Biography[edit]

Francis Rimbert started playing classical piano when he was 5 years old. At the conservatory, he studied harmony, counterpoint, the fugue and orchestral leading. He won first prize in piano and moved onto Paris where he become a salesman, working in a music store which by chance imported synthesizers, at a time when nobody has sold such before.

He became interested in those electronic instruments. In collaboration with Korg, they created a new concept which had not existed ever before: Francis took the stage (Theatre des Champs ElyséesParis) solo, surrounded by all his synthesizers (Bionic Orchestra, 1979). He will be the go-to man for both Roland and Ensoniq trades.

A talented musician, Francis wasted little time getting to meet another master of the synthesizer: Jean Michel Jarre, through their mutual friend Michel Geiss. Meeting in 1979 for the concert in Place de La Concorde, Paris, they began a long collaboration. Since the 1986 Rendez-vous Houston concert, Francis has been at Jarre’s side on grand stages.

Aside from his work on various albums for Jarre, Francis has created several works of sonic illustration. Synthesizers are the prolongation of the fingers of a sensitive musician who uses electronic instruments to articulate his melodic talent, a talent which helped him win first prize at the international festival of electronic music in Tokyo in 1988 (chaired by Isao Tomita).

In 1994, Francis Rimbert created music for some video games.

In 1995 and 1996, Francis did some master classes but he was distracted by his involvement with Jarre’s concerts.

In 2003, Francis took on a new challenge: a new album, entitled Double Face. In this album, Francis explored a mystique world, full of duality, in which each title has something to be discovered. Gaelick, for example, is an homage to Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance (musical)) and the lightness of the Irish dancers in a highly physical choreography.

Musical colors evoke a parallel universe of duality in things and culture, most strongly realized in Dorian Gray. Conceived as a tableau with touches of Magritte or a poem with multiple meanings.

Follow the path of the artist through his reflections, his sensibilities. Visualize our double face; everyone is free to conceive their open and hidden side, their duality. The duality of the soul (Devil Soul), the duality of emotions (What is Love), the duality of death (Adagio); each title delivers its double message.

In 2005, an American distributor discovered Double Face online and proposed a contract of distribution for the United States of America.

The contract was signed with Atomic Quill Music and 10,000 units of Double Face were pressed. Francis Rimbert performed a showcase during the Fuse-In festival in Detroit and held a release party at Record Time, Detroit’s premier shop for electronic music. He also conducted interviews that were aired various stations (KLCC, ETN, Echoes). Various titles were remixed by American Djs, including Kenneth Thomas and D:Fuse and distributed by Moist Music.

During September 2005, Double Face was released in France and throughout Europe. In November, Francis held a showcase at Le Divan de Monde, in Paris.

In 2006, Francis signed distribution contracts in Scandinavia and with digital distributor Wild Palms Music. His music is now available around the world. Concerts, showcases, interviews, the release of a single, Mecanique du Temps, a duet with his friend, the hard rock guitarist, Patrick Rondat. This single was a limited edition release, to coincide with a performance at Salon de la Musique in September. In spite of all this, Francis found the time to release a compilation: Sound of Vintage Volume 1.

March 2007 saw the release of Sound of Vintage Volume 2, followed by Snap Shots in October. During 2007, Rimbert and his band performed live concerts featuring some of the titles of this record. In these concerts he has shared the stage with LOL, and his friend Sylvain Durand. Also on board are a percussionist Victor Paillet and a sound designer in the person of Nicolas Mills. Angy, singer and diva, makes interventions on several of songs.

Invited by his distributors, first in Spain and then the Netherlands before taking on the rest of Europe, Francis pursued a promotional tour, complete with private concerts.

After these performances, Francis was solicited to perform a concert in Lyon in November 2007, to benefit Handicap International.[1]

During 2008, Francis toured with Jean Michel Jarre, performing the full Oxygene suite in several European cities. During 2009 and 2010, he has toured again, this time in the IN<>DOORS and 2010 tours of Jarre.

Personal life[edit]

Francis has two daughters named Amandine and Ambre.

Live concerts[edit]

June 21, 2007 in Suresnes, France - outdoor concert

June 23, 2007 in Croissy-sur-Seine, France - outdoor concert (2500 people attended this live concert)

A DVD of these two outdoor concerts was released from C.ZEN PROD on February 14, 2008 with the title: LIVE IN 2007.

November 16, 2007 in Lyon, France - indoor charity concert for Handicap International. A DVD of this concert was released in 2008.

Discography[edit]


1979
Bionic Orchestra
(Synthesizer)
01. La Comete (3:51)
02. Voices of paradise (3:29)
03. The last day (5:10)
04. Eire (3:26)
05. Games (3:57)
06. Bionic (4:36)
07. Flying away (5:55)


1980
Sponsor Spots
(featuring Jean Pierre Savelli)
01. Sponsor 1 (3:56)
02. Sponsor 2 (3:41)
03. Sponsor 3 (3:36)
04. Sponsor 4 (4:27)
05. Sponsor 5 (1:52)
06. Sponsor 6 (6:24)
07. Sponsor 7 (2:45)
08. Sponsor 8 (5:02)
09. Sponsor 9 (3:03)


1980
Synthesizer
(April Orchestra 36)
01. Gift for you (3:35)
02. L'Arlequin – part 1 (2:07)
03. L'Arlequin – part 2 (3:12)
04. Eire (3:15)
05. Vocoderman (3:10) Daniel Borreau
06. Voices of paradise (3:15)
07. Space in velum (3:50)
08. Loco-Motif (3:50)
09. Games (3:40)
10. Old flipper reggae (3:40)
11. Comete (3:30)
12. The last day (4:55)
13. Bionic (4:20)


1980
Passing Shot
01. Smash (4:16)
02. Transat (3:35)
03. Dreams (2:53)
04. Benzon's way (4:35)
05. Spleen (2:37)
06. Free Space (3:30)
07. Passing Shot (3:44)
08. Shimes (3:10)
09. Sensitive (3:46)
10. Lovely (2:50)
11. Pictures (3:15)
12. Crazy melody (3:43)


1982
Duty Free
(April Orchestra 45)
(featuring Jean Pierre Savelli)
01. Retro building (3:12)
02. Danse des ordinateurs (3:48)
03. Terre de jade (3:38)
04. Marcory love (3:46)
05. Coeur sur glace (3:32)
06. Sucre d'orge blues (3:31)
07. Studio campus (3:40)
08. Fabrienne song (3:07)
09. Séquence des ondes (4:00)
10. Aventure non-stop (3:34)
11. Bandama story (2:20)
12. Piano sue l'herbe (3:13)


1982
FR2
(April Orchestra 48)
(featuring Frederick Rousseau)
01. Overture Mob (3:22)
02. L 'attache Coeur (3:18)
03. Le Lutin Oméga (2:20)
04. Création Alfa (2:33)
05. Quai de L'Enigme (4:28)
06. Stress Delta (2:06)
07. Matinée de Lune (4:30)
08. Piano Crash (2:54)
09. African Délirium (3:05)
10. Marguerite Degarne (3:00)
11. Top Machin (2:37)
12. Computer Study (2:30)
13. Trafic à L.A. (3:13)
14. First Emotion (3:02)
15. Last Spot (2:00)
16. Pontault-Combault (3:05)


1983
Synthesizer II
(April Orchestra 51)
01. Olympus one (3:01)
02. Le vent par la fenetre (4:42)
03. L'eau lourde (4:04)
04. Les grands horizons (4:24)
05. Samba Diba (2:53)
06. 100% de risques (2:30)
07. L'oiseau lyre (2:15)
08. Robot Alpha (3:07)
09. Le gagnant (3:13)
10. Le tounois (2:59)
11. Armaguedon (3:12)
12. La Colombienne (3:16)
13. Petite Maud (2:56)
14. L'automate (3:20)
15. Ballade à Gemenos (3:30)
16. Industrie 2002 (2:51)


1984
Synthesizer III Gym-music
(April Orchestra 54)
01. Jany Jog (4:15)
02. Happy Jog (4:37)
03. Atomic Jog (3:28)
04. Dancing Time (3:10)
05. Jenny Generic (3:32)
06. La Niut de l'Oiseau (4:40)
07. So Funky Break (3:25)
08. Jogging Bahia (3:27)
09. Lady Gym (5:44)
10. Joker Break (3:24)
11. Body Beguine (3:42)
12. Lilyan's Melody (3:52)


1984
Compilation jingles
(April Orchestra 56)
01. Rocking Chair (2:48)
J. Kinegan / Izanelli
02. Le Manege de Lucifer (3:14)
03. Fish Race (3:28)
F. Talgom
04. Mes Parents (3:14)
R. Passero / Ch. Ducolombier
05. Petite (3:14)
R. Passero / Ch. Ducolombier
06. Francesco Folies (2:48)
07. E344(+) (2:48)
J. Kinegan / Izanelli
08. Various Jingles (3:14)
L. Attard


1986
Synthesizer IV Electric Feeling
(April Orchestra 64)
01. La Dame de Coeur (5:26)
02. Mister Giorgetti (3:45)
03. Cool Max (3:32)
04. La Fille du Moulin (6:56)
05. B comme Cayenne (2:37)
06. Le sens des saisons (3:31)
07. La course du cerf (2:50)
08. Industrie Industrie (3:17)
09. 77 blues (3:45)
10. Pour l'Irlande (3:09)
11. Amandine R. (4:10)
12. Les mots secrets
/ Honey Tears (3:33)
13. Cinemas d'autrefois (3:25)


1987
Keyboard Songs
(Music for Media)
01. Keyboard Song (3:54)
02. Les Portes d'Atlantide (3:36)
03. Up to Rio (3:35)
04. Last Driver (3:18)
05. Les Annees Carosse (3:00)
06. Miniko (3:21)
07. AL (3:07)
08. Magnetic Circus (3:18)
09. La 13e Enigme (2:48)
10. Jumping Roller (3:40)
11. Sad Monday (3:59)
12. Le Regard d'Amandine (3:03)


1988
Digital Faith
(Music for Media)
01. Piste Noire (4:08)
02. Goeland (2:26)
03. Legendes de Boissy (2:50)
04. Sacre Matt (3:05)
05. Salon Christa (3:39)
06. Space Hammer (2:57)
07. Aurore et l'oiseau (3:39)
08. Truckers (3:14)
09. Annie Malices (2:57)
10. Le Temps des machines(3:22)
11. Neige (3:56)
12. Entrecha-cha (3:53)
13. La dame de Croissy (3:56)
14. New adventures (4:12)
15. Etrange historie (3:20)
16. Le loup (2:37)


1989
A.L.I.V.E
01. Le Loup (1:41)
02. Frantic (2:42) Ennio Morricone
03. Arlequin (3:01)
04. Kiss (2:45) - Square
05. 100% de Risque (2:44)
06. Blade Runner (4:04) Vangelis
07. Water Music (4:06) Händel
08. Belmondo Medley (5:20) Ennio Morricone
09. Cayenne (3:08)
10. Honey Tears (3:23)
11. Jean Michel Jarre Medley (8:11) Jean Michel Jarre
12. Entrecha-cha (3:53)
13. Crazy Song (2:06) Francis Rimbert/J. Brown/P. Duhteil


1991
Scenario
01. Infogram (2:31)
02. Saxy Boy (2:37)
03. Michele H. (3:28)
04. Deauville (3:42)
05. Silicium (3:43)
06. Atlantide (3:36)
07. Speedway (3:21)
08. Showcase (3:18)
09. Arlequin (4:08)
10. Northern Lights (2:58)
11. Trailing (3:16)
12. Leather (3:18)
13. Isabelita (3:49)
14. Walking Blues (3:57)
15. Exotic Sherif (3:03)
16. Penguin March (3:00)


2005
Double Face
(studio album)
01. Devil Soul (4:03)
02. The Wave (5:06)
03. Gaelick (4:06)
04. What Is Love (3:20)
05. French Kiss (4:23)
06. Across The Fogg (4:02)
07. Woodoo (5:33)
08. Dorian Gray (3:22)
09. Elfe's Race (5:00)
10. Women's Land (5:33)
11. Adagio (4:40)
12. Strange Spirit (4:24)


2006
Mecanique du Temps
(maxi CD)
(featuring Patrick Rondat)
01. Mecanique Du Temps (3:41)
02. Woodoo (5:33)
03. Dorian Gray (3:22)
04. Across The Fog (4:02)


2006
Sound of Vintage - volume 1
(compilation 1983, 84 & 86)
01. Happy Jog (4:41)
02. Mister Giorgetti (3:41)
03. Le Gagnant (3:10)
04. Cool Max (3:29)
05. Petite Maud (2:52)
06. Sweety Journey (3:26)
07. So Funky Break (3:27)
08. Les Mots Secrets (3:27)
09. Pour L’Irlande (3:03)
10. Robot Alpha (3:04)
11. Sens Des Saisons (3:29)
12. Olympus One (3:00)
13. La Dame De Coeur (5:25)
14. 100% De Risque (3:24)
15. Jenny Generic (3:24)
Bonus Track: Lonely (8:21)


2007
Sound of Vintage - volume 2
(compilation 1983, 84 & 86)
01. Le Tournois (2:44)
02. B Comme Cayenne (3:23)
03. 77 Blues (3:33)
04. La Nuit De L’Oiseau (4:39)
05. L’Eau Lourde (3:55)
06. L’Automate (3:13)
07. Le Cinema D’Autrefois (3:17)
08. Atomic Jog (3:26)
09. L’Oiseau Lyre (2:04)
10. Amandine R. (3:58)
11. Lilyan’s Melody (3:50)
12. La Fille Du Moulin (3:13)
13. Industrie 2002 (2:40)
14. Jany Jog (4:11)
15. Lady Gym (5:43)
Bonus Track: A Simple Story (3:38)


2007
Snap Shots
(studio album)
01. Dawn of Light (5:10)
02. Victory (4:33)
03. Hidden Movie (3:26)
04. Somewhere in July (3:54)
05. Viva La Revolucion (3:21)
06. Twin Dam Do (4:12)
07. Memory of Love (4:06)
08. Apocalypse (4:39)
09. Mecanique du Temps (3:41)
10. Sleeping Beauty (4:02)
11. R.B.F (4:11)

Francis Rimbert CD-ROM soundtracks
1994

Payuta
(Ubisoft CD-ROM soundtrack)

1996

TIM 7
(Ubisoft CD-ROM soundtrack)

Source: The Official Francis Rimbert Site

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