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Alan Simon (born 3 July 1964) is a French folk-rock musician and composer, best known for his rock operas performed with noted rock musicians guesting. Simon has also branched out into film-making. Simon was born in Nantes, spending his early years in the moorlands of Goulaine. He left school at 15 to travel the world, supporting himself in a variety of trades.
A year later, Alan Simon produced Roger Hodgson's album 'Open the door' for which he composed the last track 'For every man'. In 2003, he conceived 'Gaia' (200,000 copies sold in 23 countries), a concept album charity dedicated to Earth, dealing with preservation of the environment and for which artists from different backgrounds responded: Midnight Oil, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Zucchero, Jane Birkin, Cesaria Evora, Billy Presto. Gaia' is then played in front of 60,000 people during the 'Art on Ice' festival, early 2004
ALAN SIMON is a hard bop post bop music artist. Pianist and Composer Alan Simon is known in the jazz world as a "musician's musician"; a skilled, inventive player with an impressive command of both the traditional and modern jazz idioms. Alan Simon first attracted national attention during his years with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He recorded and toured extensively with the band, eventually playing all the major jazz festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States.
Episode 1 Sola Scriptura. Cap'taine Kid - Angel Tears. Gaïa - Where Is The Way. 03:21. Interview with John Alan Simon. Excalibur - Circle of Life. Songwriter Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon. Cap'taine Kid - Vivants. La danse des Anges, Les Enfants Du Futur, Alan Simon, reprise par DANA. Excalibur - Castel Rock.
Alan Simon wrote his first songs at the age of twenty; L’enfant rebelle (which received the Grand prix de la Société des Artistes de France) and then SOS World (performed by Murray head). In 1995 he composed his first musical called Le petit Arthur (Polygram) which was subsequently used in Denmark as part of a method for learning French. Gaïa was performed in front of 60,000 people in Zurich at the beginning of 2004. The album reached the Top 5 in Australia. In 2005 Alan Simon made his first full length film O Gengis which follows the journey of the last nomads, descendants of Gengis Khan. The film was shot in Russia and in Asia with the participation of Jean Reno and Omar Sharif. To date, O Gengis has been released in 20 countries and has been broadcast many times by Canal +.
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