WINGS ~ Collector's Edition released
09 décembre 2005

 WINGS ~ Collector's Edition L’édition ‘Collector’ en tirage numéroté est enfin disponible. Le score est enrichi des annotations du créateur et illustré par la collaboration fraternelle de Jean-Michel Folon. Musique en ligne Publications à concrétisé le souhait de Michel Colombier de partager cette oeuvre exceptionnelle avec les musiciens du monde entier.

Cet ouvrage unique est disponible en commande sur : Le materiel musical complet, score et parties pour orchestre est également disponible sur le site, visualisation de quelques pages, écoute d'un extrait ou consultation du contrat de mise à disposition au préalable de la location. [images]

Le concept album 'WINGS', réalisé en collaboration avec Herb Alpert sous le prestigieux label A & M, est réédité par Universal Music Group n°393 503-2, complétée par une œuvre exceptionnelle de Jean-Michel Folon est disponible en boutique. Contenu de l’ouvrage : Score orchestral complet + livret descriptif (fr/gb) avec photos, illustrations et manuscrits de l’auteur et de Jean Michel Folon.

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 WINGS ~ Collector's Edition A limited amount of numbered copies of the Collector's Edition of 'WINGS' are finally available. Enriched by the creator’s comments and illustrated by Jean-Michel Folon after a friendly collaboration Musique en Ligne Publications has made Michel Colombier’s dream come true: sharing his outstanding creation with all the musicians worldwide. You can order this unique masterpiece from: The set is complete, version for orchestra is also available on the same website and you can view some pages, listen to extracts or/and check the terms and conditions before placing the order.

The concept of the Collector's edition of 'WINGS' was realised in partnership with Herb Alpert under the prestigious label A&M, edited by Universal Music Group  n°393 503-2. The Edition contains complete orchestral scores and a descriptive booklet in both languages (fr/en) with illustrations, copies of the author's handwritten letters, and photographs [view images]

Premier album, dernier entretien

En hommage à Michel Colombier, l'équipe de FGL présente une version re-mastérisée de l'album légendaire "CAPOT-POINTU" produit par l'orchestrateur prodige, éminence grise de la variété française. Des textes signés Delanoë ou Gainsbourg, une avalanche pop rehaussée par l’élégance d’une écriture classique...Disponible sous label Austerlitz n° 864 617 2, le 28 février 2005. La partition de "Lobellia"!

First album, last interview
As a tribute to Michel Colombier, the FGL team presents a re-mastered version of the legendary album, "CAPOT-POINTU" produced by the prodigious orchestrator, 'éminence grise' of French pop music. Beautiful lyrics written by Pierre Delanoë and Serge Gainsbourg, a pop avalanche enhanced by elegant classic writing...Available on the Austerlitz label, n° 864 617 2, on February 28, 2005. The music sheet of "Lobellia"!


Famed composer Michel Colombier has passed away of cancer at age 65. He died peacefully at home in Santa Monica CA. He is survived by his wife Dana, their two daughters, Siena and Arabella; daughter Emily, and his sister, Marie-Francoise Hoessler. There are also three other children from previous marriages in France; Christian, Agathe & David.

Michel Colombier scored over one hundred feature, cable and television films. In his native France, he worked with a legendary list of directors including Claude Lelouch, Philippe Labro, Agnes Varda, Vittorio de Sica, Jean-Pierre Melville, Henri Verneuil and Jacques Demi. In the United States, his credits were eclectic and diverse, including the box office hits "How Stella Got Her Groove Back', "New Jack City", "Ruthless People", "The Golden Child", "White Nights", "Against All Odds" and the legendary "Purple Rain". Michel received many film awards throughout his career including two Cesar Awards, a Golden Globe Nomination, a People's Choice Award and an Ace nomination.

In France, he began his musical education at the age of six. By age fourteen, he had discovered jazz and improvisation and was performing with small combos and big bands. At 22, he was hired as Musical Director of Barclay Records, and his freshman assignment was to arrange Charles Aznavour's first album in English for release in the United States. He composed the music for "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" at the Comedie Francaise, his only creation for stage. Michel entered the world of ballet with one of Maurice Bejart's masterpieces, "Messe Pour Le Temps Present, co-written with legendary avant-garde composer, Pierre Henry. He went on to co-write for many years with the legendary Serge Gainsbourg. He collaborated with some of the most prestigious artists in his native France including Charles Aznavour, Jean-Luc Ponty, Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, and Stephane Grappelli.

Petula Clark chose him as her Musical Director and asked him to come with her to the U.S. She introduced him to Herb Alpert of A&M Records, who immediately signed him as an artist/composer/performer. This collaboration gave birth to the legendary album "Wings". It was hailed as the first pop symphony, and it garnered three Grammy nominations and a Genie award winning TV special. In Japan, he became known as "Fusion-sama". He has been referred to as the "Godfather of French Fusion." Michel's music is best described as part classical, part jazz, part visual sonics. . .but always full of beauty. Michel continued to inspire and influence other artists throughout his long and vast career. During the course of his career, Michel worked with an extremely diversified array of artists including the Beach Boys, Supertramp, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, David Sanborn, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Prince, AIR, Mirwais and Madonna.

As a conductor, he led many of the world's great orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Chicago Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Opera, and the English Chamber Orchestra, among others. He wrote numerous classical and symphonic commissions, including works featuring Ernie Watts, Kronos String Quartet, Branford Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Stephane Grappelli, Toots Thielemans and Katia & Marielle Labeque.

Michel Colombier also wrote the music for over twenty ballets, and worked with some of the world's greatest dance companies and choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Daniel Ezralow, Roland Petit and Maurice Bejart.


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