23 May 1939, Lyon, Rhône, France, d. 14 November 2004, Santa Monica, California, USA. From the age of six, Colombier was taught piano, harmony, counterpoint and conducting by his father. Before he reached his teens he had begun to improvise and was soon playing in jazz groups for which he wrote arrangements. Meanwhile, he continued studying with his father, in particular church organ and Gregorian chant. Service in the French Army did not interrupt his music, and he continued to perform in a wide range of groups and also to pursue his interest in composing and arranging. In 1961/2 he studied with avant garde composer Michel Magne and then became musical director of Barclay Records, where he arranged Charles Aznavours first English-language album. He was also active in writing jingles for numerous television commercials. From the mid-60s onwards through the rest of his life, Colombier was best known for his work in films. First in France and then in the...
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