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CHARDEAU
The Magical Musical Man

NEWS

Unclassifiable artist, prolific singer-songwriter, quirky art-pop dandy, the character is unique, atypical and intriguing ... The irreducible doesn't give a damn about labels and for three decades has pursued his creative deliriums off the beaten track, at the antipodes of the marketing and trendy buzz.

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ATTERRISSAGE DU NOUVEL ALBUM  !

Ombres & Lumières, c’est le titre du nouvel album de Chardeau, enfin disponible.  Le Magical Musical Man y poursuit son tour du monde onirique et musical entamé avec le précédent In Terra Cognita? en 2019. Ce second volet (sur 4 volumes prévus) est dédié à l’Europe occidentale en 14 titres, en grande partie instrumentaux, servis par une cinquantaine de musiciens, vocalistes et invités. La réalisation de ce nouvel album a duré trois ans, dans des conditions quelque peu perturbées par le Covid et ses incidences.

Ont notamment participé à cet album : Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Mark Andes (Spirit), John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Jason Scheff (Chicago), John Jorgenson (The Hellecasters), Eric Troyer (Electric Light Orchestra), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Dave Gregory (XTC) ainsi que Christian, Francis et Tristan Décamps (Ange, Gens de la Lune).

Ombres & Lumières - disponible sur ce site en prévente exclusive depuis le 7 juin (en CD Digisleeve 3 volets avec livret 36 pages, et en téléchargement) - a fait l'objet d'une sortie internationale le 14 juillet, via Cherry Red Records et est référencé sur toutes les plateformes de musique en ligne. Enjoy !

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THE MAGICAL MUSICAL MAN ?

Pourquoi ce surnom ? C’est tout d’abord l’intitulé du projet fou de Chardeau, un rock opéra intergalactique et déjanté né de sa rencontre avec Alan Simon (Excalibur) qui en a signé le libretto et la mise en scène. Un événement improbable auquel ont participé notamment John Helliwell (Supertramp), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Michael Sadler (Saga), Christian et Francis Décamps (Ange, Gens de la Lune), John Van Eps (Chicago, Robert Lamm), Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, Jean-Claude Drouot (dans le rôle de Dieu), Kohann… Bref, un casting d'exception pour un show hors-normes présenté en novembre 2019 à l’Oceanis de Ploemeur (près de Lorient, Morbihan). Une représentation jusqu'ici unique (Covid oblige) qui a fait l'objet d'une captation vidéo publiée en DVD. Depuis, le nom de Magical Musical Man colle à son personnage et résume tellement sa musique qu’il en fait son pseudo.

NEW ALBUM ON NOVEMBER 15

Chardeau's new album In Terra Cognita? - which is also the music for his crazy rock opera The Magical Musical Man - has just been released, on November 15, for international distribution on Cherry Red Records. It includes 15 tracks, served by a host of artists and friendly musicians, including Brian Auger, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Danny Seraphine and Jason Scheff (Chicago), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Mark Andes (Spirit), John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Michael Sadler (Saga), Alex Ligertwood (Santana), John Van Eps, Christian Décamps (Ange), Francis Décamps, Kohann…

GUARANTEED MUSICALITY!

If his references are on the other side of the Atlantic, Chardeau sings in French on a flamboyant and powerful retro-futuristic music, rich and colorful, somewhere between Chicago, Magma, Spirit, Genesis (Peter Gabriel era), Steely Dan and Stravinsky, but not only. This does not prevent some media from hearing, here and there, touches of Michael Franks, Williams Sheller, Higelin or Polnareff… Curious trans-genre alchemy then.

So goes Chardeau. Progressive, rock, baroque, jazz, pop, classical…, the free electron draws from all sources as long as they are good. We cannot remain indifferent to the quality of his compositions, to the nakedness without artifice of his voice and to his jubilant orchestrations.

CHARDEAU, COMPOSER ...

Beyond the artist and his generous discography, also discover the composer, his cinematographic writing full of winks, his sumptuous orchestrations and his potential for music in images. In this area, Chardeau is represented by the Sound of Talent agency .

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DISCOGRAPHY

Chardeau's musical odyssey is already marked by ten albums, 2 EPs and various singles. Immerse yourself in its original universe and explore all its colors. Its horizon opens up on all possibilities ... For each album, you can listen to all the titles in full (see Discography page). Only the last two, Sanguines and Fauves & Pastels, can be listened to as extracts. You can buy everything as a download on this site. For CDs and vinyls, see the Shop page.

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CHOICE OF MUSICIANS ...

In the studio, Chardeau is served by an exceptional line-up. The French musicians who accompany him throughout his albums are named Michel Gaucher, Basile Leroux, Didier Malherbe, Dominic Miletti, Bernard Paganotti and Claude Salmieri among others, on the French side. But it is above all across the Atlantic that he has brought together outstanding musicians, who have become - for some - friends: Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Hank Linderman (Chicago, America, Timothy B. Schmitt), John Van Eps (Robert Lamm, Chicago), Mark Andes (Spirit), Robert Lamm (Chicago), Drew Hester (Foo Fighters), Brian Auger (Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Lee Thornburg (Supertramp, Tom Petty) , Chris Pinnick (Chicago), Nick Lane (Chicago, Etta James), Reggie Hamilton (Seal, Tina Turner) John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Jason Scheff (Chicago) or Lenny Castro (Stevie Wonder, Toto, David Sanborn), to which are added John Helliwell (Supertramp), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Michael Sadler (Saga), Christian and Francis Décamps (Ange) ... The list, if you do not yet know Chardeau, can only encourage you to find out!

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