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Clearlight Symphony

by Cyrille Verdeaux

Classic Progressive symphonic Rock internationally acclaimed for 32 years so far. Figures in the billboard guide for progressive music´s list of best 100 classics ever released.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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The Clearlight symphony is the first example of Cyrille Verdeaux as a composer. Richard Branson signed Clearlight, along with Tangerine Dream, Gong , Klaus Schulze, etc. as the first wave of bands on the newly formed Virgin records, hot on the heels of Mike Oldfield's worldwide success with Tubular Bells. Led by the classically trained master keyboardist, Cyrille Verdeaux chose to work with additional artists to flesh out his musical visions including guitarist Christian Boule and Gilbert Artman on drums. The sound is rich, full and colorful, truly symphonic, with psychedelic guitar flare-ups. Recorded in 1973, it continues to sound timeless with its melodic blend of classical, rock and free jazz. Guitarist Steve Hillage, Saxophonist Didier Malherbe and Synthesist Tim Blake were borrowed from Gong to produce a classic progressive symphonic work present on the first side of the LP, clocking at over 20 minutes. The resulting album proved popular with both European and American progressive music fans with its mixture of Symphonic keyboard orchestrations, courtesy of Mellotron, Arp 2600, Piano and Organ, as well as Hillage's Lead Guitar, Malherbe's sax flourishes and Blake's forward sounding analog synthesizers. Clearlight Symphony is an essential recording for fans of progressive music.

Cyrille "CLEARLIGHT" Verdeaux

CYRILLE VERDEAUX, native of France, was born July 31, 1949 in Paris. In 1963 at the age of 14, he entered the prestigious French National Conservatory of Music in Paris studying composition, harmony, and piano. From 1966 to
1968 he won first place in student composition three successive times.
During the student uprisings of 1968 he decided to leave Paris. He then attended the Nice Conservatory earning a Masters diploma, returning to Paris to form the band Babylone with guitarist Christian Boule.

In 1974 Virgin Records released the first album of Cyrille Verdeaux compositions titled CLEARLIGHT SYMPHONY. Clearlight became the first French progressive rock band signed to a major British record label. Gathering
accolades for its unique compositions and keyboard stylings, the music spanned from classical romanticism to lush experimentation. Cyrille Verdeaux and CLEARLIGHT toured England and Europe with the legendary band

Virgin Records released the second Clearlight album, FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES in 1976. Featuring an ensemble cast of stellar players the album added jazzy
touches to the heady mix of Rock, classical and psychedelic sound paintings.
Simultaneously, Cyrille Verdeaux composed and recorded the musical score to the film VISA DE CENSURE # X by Pierre Clementi. EMI Records subsequently released the resulting soundtrack album entitled DELIRED CAMELEON FAMILY.
The movie and its score were considered important artwork. They were purchased by the French Museum of Modern Art and were often shown.

In 1977 RCA Records in Europe released the CLEARLIGHT album, LES CONTES DU SINGE FOU also known as the "mad monkey" record. Psychedelic and visionary currents explode with visionary lyrics throughout courtesy of British
vocalist Ian Bellamy. Once again the pure sound of Cyrille Verdeaux's piano is accompanied by an army of synthesizers to create a work that is considered a progressive rock masterpiece, thanks also to the part
played by the incredible but real violinist Didier Lockwood.

The fourth CLEARLIGHT album, CLEARLIGHT VISIONS was released in 1978 by Polydor Records. Featuring virtuoso Didier Lockwood on violin, Cyrille Verdeaux took the reins of production for the first time, fusing his
classical and rock strains with the Sitar and Tabla. CLEARLIGHT VISIONS with successful tours of England and Europe, appearing in prestigious concert halls such as the Olympia Music Hall and the Cathedralof Saint Etienne du Mont in Paris.

The tragic death of his 4-year-old son, Jonathan became a catalyst for Cyrille to study and travel the World. He visited India where he studied indian music, yoga and meditation in various ashrams. The practice of these
disciplines has had a large influence on his life and his music since then.

In 1980 Cyrille traveled to the United States and released the albums OFFRANDES and NOCTURNE DIGITALES on Fortuna Records. He spent the next eighteen months in India perfecting his studies of yoga and music. When
he returned, he released PROPHECY on Fortuna Records with Bernard Xolotl and also the albums MOEBIUS and SHAMBALA on the Record Company "Soundings of the Planet".

In 1982 Cyrille teamed up with producer/engineer/manager Josh Goldstein to help reenergize his musical career. In 1983 the albums FLOWERS FROM HEAVEN, PIANO FOR THE THIRD EAR, MESSENGER of the SON and JOURNEY TO TANTRALAND
were born.

In 1984, these albums were used to create the KUNDALINI OPERA, released only
on cassette tape by Eurock.

In 1985 the album MESSENGER OF THE SON was released on Catero Records, an independent label of the famed CBS producer and engineer Fred Catero.
record company declared bankruptcy four months after the release, preventing it from getting proper distribution and promotion. One track from this album did receive wider exposure, a piano solo composed by Cyrille as a
Requiem for his son Jonathan. Released by Windham Hill Records on their PIANO SAMPLER album, it also was part of the video WINTER.

In 1987 Cyrille returned to France, embarking on a career teaching music while continuing to compose and produce music. RHAPSODIES POUR LA PLANETE BLEUE was released on Emen Records in 1988.

In 1994, Cyrille returned in California, especially in Santa Cruz, the native town of his children. During the summer 1994, he recorded with Santa Cruz based singer-keyboardist Gunnar Amundson a modern remake of LES
CONTES DU SINGE FOU, entitled IN YOUR HANDS. Legend R record in Europe released the resulting Clearlight record.


From 1995 to the present, Cyrille Verdeaux has continued to work on new material, experimenting with new composition techniques, utilizing samples,
computer software and modern technology. Several new albums are ready for release:

Z ethnic electronic album, recorded with ethnological sample specialist now RIP Pascal Menestreyl. Combining Cyrille Verdeaux's symphonic abilities and Pascal's creative samples, they selected ethnic voices and instrumentation used with music and chants of over thirty different tribes from all around the World. These peoples share many things including the tragedy of facing extinction and the destruction of their natural space. THC allows the listener to discover these ancestral shamanic sounds, transporting you through the planetary web of light.
This music truely hits you in the heart in the head and through your feet. A techno progressive masterpiece.

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