Armand Amar

Profile:
French composer , Armand Amar spent his childhood in Morocco. Imbued with the sounds of instruments considered exotic at the time, the pull of that “world apart” exercised by extra-European music soon fascinated him. Autodidact, he was constantly searching for physical experiences in the early years of his musical apprenticeship, whereas in the following years his search became a commitment; he learned to play tablas, discovered the zarb and congas, and studied under various masters of traditional and classical music in India, Iran and Cuba.

Armand’s discovery of dance in 1976, following an invitation from South African choreographer and trained anthropologist Peter Goss was another decisive moment. Suddenly what he’d been looking for was right there in front of him – a direct relationship to music, the power to improvise freely, the advantages of authentic, on-the-spot exchanges. Since then he has worked with various choreographers from the different branches of contemporary dance (Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Carolyn Carlsson, Francesca Lattuada, etc.). Two challenging new ventures broadened his scope even further: his involvement in Patrice Chéreau’s actors’ school and his teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur [Higher National Music School] focussed on the relationship between music and dance.

The musical and spiritual influences at play show through in his film scores, such as that of Costa-Gavras’ Amen., nominated for the French César/Best Soundtrack of the Year Award 2003, and The Axe by the same director (2005), The Trail by Eric Valli (2005), Radu Mihaileanu’s Live and Become (nominated for the French César/Best Soundtrack of the Year Award 2006), Rachid Bouchareb’s Days of Glory (Indigènes, nominated for the French César/Best Soundtrack of the Year Award 2007), Julie Gavras’ Blame it on Fidel (all 2006), Laurent Herbiet’s Mon Colonel, Marco Carmel’s Comme ton père, Gilles de Maistre’s The First Cry (all 2007), Gilles Legrand’s La jeune fille et les loups, Diane Kurys’ Sagan (2008).

He is currently working on the music for Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s first full-length film, Home, produced by Luc Besson, Costa-Gavras’ next feature film, Eden est à l’Ouest and Radu Mihaileanu’s Le concert.
His record label naïve recently devoted a first retrospective to his film scores in the form of a double album.

In 1994 in partnership with his friend Alain Weber, he founded the record label Long Distance for traditional, world and classical music; it now boasts more than 60 titles. The CDs of his own music are released by naïve, Long Distance, and Universal.

Nominations and awards:

Amen by Costa-Gavras: nominated for the César/Best Soundtrack of the Year Award 2003
Plus loin by Michelin, directed by Eric Valli: Special SACEM Award 2003 for the best original music
Live and Become by Radu Mihaileanu: nominated for the César/Best Soundtrack of the Year Award 2006
Days of Glory by Rachid Bouchareb: nominated for the César/Best Soundtrack of the Year Award 2007
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Albums

none Armand Amar - Nomad's Dance (Music For Dances Class) album art Armand Amar Nomad's Dance (Music For Dances Class)(CD, Album) Femios Records none France 1996 Sell This Version
3060722 Armand Amar - La Traversée album art Armand Amar La Traversée(CD, Album) Long Distance 3060722 France 1998 Sell This Version
FEMIOS 006, CD006 Armand Amar - Chamanes album art Armand Amar Chamanes(CD, Album) Femios Records, Femios Records FEMIOS 006, CD006 France 1999 Sell This Version
FEMIOS 005 Armand Amar - Nomad's Dance 2 (Music For Dances Class) album art Armand Amar Nomad's Dance 2 (Music For Dances Class)(CD, Album) Femios Records FEMIOS 005 France 1999 Sell This Version
FEMIOS 007, CD 007 Armand Amar - Sekai album art Armand Amar Sekai(CD, Album) Femios Records, Femios Records FEMIOS 007, CD 007 France 2000 Sell This Version
GAL 30 Armand Amar - Images Of Dance album art Armand Amar Images Of Dance(CD, Album) Galerie GAL 30 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
none Armand Amar - Ikat (Music For Dance Classes) album art Armand Amar Ikat (Music For Dance Classes)(2xCD, Album) Femios Records none France 2001 Sell This Version
FEMIOS 009 Armand Amar - Shahar (Percussion For Dance) album art Armand Amar Shahar (Percussion For Dance)(CD, Album) Femios Records FEMIOS 009 France 2002 Sell This Version
3076192 Armand Amar - Amen album art Armand Amar Amen(CD, Album) Long Distance 3076192 France 2002 Sell This Version
GAL 59 Armand Amar - Ethnic Percussion album art Armand Amar Ethnic Percussion(CD) Galerie GAL 59 France 2003 Sell This Version
3078902 Armand Amar - Paroles D'Anges album art Armand Amar Paroles D'Anges(CD, Album) Long Distance 3078902 France 2003 Sell This Version
V 4994 Armand Amar - La Terre Vue Du Ciel (Te Amo) album art Armand Amar La Terre Vue Du Ciel (Te Amo)(CD, Album) Naïve V 4994 France 2004 Sell This Version
Armand Amar - Va, Vis Et Deviens album art Armand Amar Va, Vis Et Deviens (Album) Naïve, Naïve France 2005 Sell This Version
NV 804512 Armand Amar - Live And Become album art Armand Amar Live And Become(CD) Naïve NV 804512 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
K1618, K 1618 Armand Amar - Le Couperet / Amen album art Armand Amar Le Couperet / Amen(CD, Album + CD, Album, RE) Naïve, Naïve K1618, K 1618 France 2005 Sell This Version
Armand Amar - Bab' Azîz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul album art Armand Amar Bab' Azîz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (Album) Naïve France 2006 Sell This Version
984 188-1 Armand Amar - Indigènes album art Armand Amar Indigènes(CD, Album) AZ 984 188-1 France 2006 Sell This Version
WN 145085 Armand Amar - La Piste album art Armand Amar La Piste(CD, Album) Naïve WN 145085 France 2006 Sell This Version
0570205 Armand Amar - Songs From A World Apart album art Lévon Minassian* & Armand Amar Lévon Minassian* & Armand Amar - Songs From A World Apart(CD, Album) Long Distance 0570205 France 2006 Sell This Version
Armand Amar - Le Premier Cri album art Armand Amar Le Premier Cri (Album) Naïve France 2007 Sell This Version
K1636 Armand Amar - La Jeune Fille Et Les Loups album art Armand Amar La Jeune Fille Et Les Loups(CD, Album) Naïve K1636 France 2008 Sell This Version
k1642 Armand Amar - Sagan album art Armand Amar Sagan(CD) Naïve k1642 France 2008 Sell This Version
Armand Amar - Home album art Armand Amar Home (Album) Naïve France 2009 Sell This Version
Armand Amar - Le Concert (Bande Originale) album art Armand Amar Le Concert (Bande Originale) (Album) Columbia, Sony Music France 2009 Sell This Version
K1656 Armand Amar - Moi, Van Gogh album art Armand Amar Moi, Van Gogh(CD, Album) Naïve K1656 France 2009 Sell This Version