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Jean-Philippe Goude

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Jean-Philippe Goude came into the world in Paris on July 27th 1952. In spite of a most favorable family context - his mother being a violinist and his father happily devoting himself to the piano -, it wasn’t until the age of ten that Jean-Philippe discovered piano playing when he started his classical music studies. Two years later, however, he was forced to abandon his instrument, after moving house. He started again to practice by himself, another two years later. Yet, he soon lost interest in classics and began to play with bluse rock bands, before going back to classical music once again and discovering the jazz scene by the agency of Paris’ American Culture Centre. Anyway, he quickly considered the jazz world of too little interest.

At the beginning of the seventies, whilst starting musicology studies at the university of Paris 8(Vincennes), he discovered the minimalist movement through the work of its main exponents: Phil Glass and Terry Riley. This gave him insight into unexpected perspectives, encouraging him to work flat out. To that end, he enrolled at the Pantin Acdemy of Music, where he studied harmony, counterpoint, musical analysis and orchestration under the direction of Irene Jarsky.

Parallel to these activities, Jean-Philippe was able to develop his talents as a composer within a group called MADAME BERTRAND, an outfit which at the time was eventually reduced to the duo of percussionist Olivier Cole and Jean-Philippe himself on keyboards, helped out by electronics wizard Francois Gingle, who modified his synthesizers in order to obtain the weirdest sound.

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