Vladimir Cosma was born April 13, 1940 in Bucharest, Romania, into a family of musicians. After receiving first prizes for violin and composition at the Bucharest Conservatoire of Music, he arrived in Paris in 1963 and continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, working with Nadia Boulanger.
Armando Trovajoli (also "Trovaioli") (September 2, 1917, Rome - ) is an Italian film composer with over 200 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz scores for low-budget exploitation films. He collaborated with Vittorio De Sica on a number of projects, including one segment of Boccaccio '70.
Jean-Claude Vannier is a French musician, composer and arranger. He was born during a bomb scare in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine in 1943. He was particularly well known as an associate of Serge Gainsbourg and for arranging scores for film in the 1960s, though he later became a solo recording artist in his own right. His musical style was influenced by jazz, baroque, klezmer, Asian and rock forms.
John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III (1951–1987) was a U.S. jazz musician and composer widely acknowledged for his skills as an electric bass player, as well as his command of varied musical styles including jazz, jazz fusion, funk, and jazz-funk.
Serge Gainsbourg (April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) was a French poet-songwriter, singer, actor, novelist, painter and director. Gainsbourg's varied style and individuality made him difficult to categorize.
Leandro Barbieri (born on November 28, 1934 in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) better known as Gato Barbieri (Spanish for "Barbieri the Cat") is an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer who rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and from his latin jazz recordings in the 1970s.
At least three different groups have performed under the name Nouvelle Vague:
1) a project created by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux and a number of female singers
2) a Japanese pop-R&B band
3) a Berlin-based multimedia music project founded by actress Betty la Gachette and musician & video-editor Renault Schubert.
Son of filmmaker Paul de Roubaix, François became interested in both scuba-diving and music as a teen. While working as an assistant on a film by Robert Enrico in 1959, he was given the opportunity to write the soundtrack. This led to dozens of film soundtracks beginning in 1965 with Les Grandes Gueules, mainly of the orchestral variety, but sprinkled in with bits of rock, jazz and funk.
Marc Collin is the man behind Nouvelle Vague - the Parisian composer who single-handedly changed the way we thought about Depeche Mode and Visage by daringly rearranging their songs with bossa nova beats and sultry chanteuses. Now he is chasing a very different ambition: to change the way we feel about 1980s soundtracks.