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FERDINAND RICHARD

RIO/Avant-Prog • France


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Ferdinand Richard was born in Moracco under the given name of Hervé Richard; he is a prolific French bass player, vocalist and composer. Richard studied Medieval Literature and Law at Grenoble, and then the bass formally at the Conservatoire Régional de Musique de Grenoble. In 1973 he abandoned his studies, adopted the name Ferdinand in lieu of his given name, and became a founding member of the (proto) R.I.O. band Etron Fou Leloublan, with whom he stayed until they finally split in 1986. Richard was also a member of Alfred Harth's band Gestalt et Jive in the mid 1980s, and he collaborated with Fred Frith on the record Dropera (1991). In 1984 Richard formed a duo of his own, Bruniferd, with saxophonist Bruno Meillier from EFL. Bruniferd were dedicated to creating precise and condensed musical poetry. They released three albums and toured Europe and Japan. While still with EFL he recorded two solo albums also - En Avant, subtitled Huit Chansons en Huit Langues (Eight Songs in Eight Languages), which he scored for two bass' and a cello (played by Tom Cora); it comprises eight songs which are sung in English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Polish, Dioula, Spanish, French and German. He then formed his own group in 1989 after the break up of EFL whose name has varied under their different incarnations - the band was 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. As Ferdinand et Les Philosophes they released Enclume in 1990 and Ensableur de Portugaises in '94; as Ferdinand et les Diplomats they released E-Pop in 1991.

In May of 1986 Richard founded the Movement International des Musiques Innovatrices (MIMI), a festival that takes place each Spring in the south of France. Festival MIMI is dedicated to showcasing new and unknown musique actuelle acts from around the world. MIMI has featured such acts as After Dinner from Japan and Les Quatre Guitaristes de L'Apocalypso Bar from Quebec.

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En Forme !!
1980
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En Avant
1983
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Bruniferd / Bruniferd
1986
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Bruniferd / Un Putch Kitch
1991
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Ferdinand Et Les Philosophes / ... Enclume
1991
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Ferdinand Richard / Vladimír Václavek / Helmut Bieler-Wendt / Takumi Fukushima - Arminius
1993
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Ferdinand Et Les Philosophes / Ensableur De Portugaises...
1994
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Bruniferd / Pas Sages, Secrets
1997
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Ferdinand Et Les Diplomates / E-Pop
2001

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