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The composer for movies and media
Michel Herr has composed and arranged music for numerous films and all kinds of media.
His flexibility and his imagination allow him to contribute to contrasting projects without ever loosing his own touch.
From simple and moving melodies to more abstract musical atmospheres, from acoustic instruments to synthesizers, from the solo to the large ensembles, including strings, woodwinds, brass, big bands, etc... his wide musical palette covers many grounds with professionalism, creativity, taste and sensitivity.
He also is active as an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and producer.

Movies
  • Smilin' (Graphicology : Philip Paquet / Brussels Jazz Orchestra) (2014)
    Michel Herr composed original music for this short animation film using cartoons by Philip Paquet in the program "Graphicology". The music was always performed live on the pictures by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra in many countries (a.o. at the Lincoln Center in New York).

  • Christmas in Paris, by Hans Royaards (2008) (B)
    Michel Herr wrote a string arrangement for the song by N8n (featuring Toots Thielemans) used in this Belgian movie. The song "Don't want to waste more time" (excerpt on Amazon.com) is included in the CD of the soundtrack.

  • Odette Toulemonde, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (comedy, 2006 / out in February 2007) (F/B)
    Michel Herr worked here as an arranger/orchestrator of important additional reconstructed music used in this French/Belgian movie.

  • Just friends, by Marc-Henri Wajnberg (1993) (B)
    Michel Herr wrote a very jazzy soundtrack for this award-winning movie, with a.o. the participation of US saxophonist Archie Shepp.
    The soundtrack has been released on
    CD & DVD.

  • Belgique 1980, by Christian Debruyne & Christian Monty (documentary movie, 1980) (B).
    A documentary film made for the "Exploration du Monde" series on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Belgium.

  • Open other end, by Paul Leeman (short animation film, 1970) (B).

    As a pianist, Michel Herr participated in several film soundtracks, a.o. :

  • L'affaire (Sergio Gobbi, 1994) (F), music by Vladimir Cosma recorded with a.o. Toots Thielemans (harmonica). The soundtrackhas been released on CD.

  • Suite 16 (B) (by Dominique Deruddere, 1994), ZAMU award 1994 as best film music. The soundtrack by Walter Hus has been released on CD.

  • Une femme ou deux (F) (by Daniel Vigne, 1985), with Toots Thielemans. The soundtrack has been released on LP.

  • De zware jongens (by Robbe de Hert, 1984) (B) (music by & with Toots Thielemans).

and...

Michel Herr is a member of the World Soundtrack Academy and the Belgian Screen Composers Guild.

He was many times a member of the jury of the Composition contest for young film music composers organized by the Ghent Film festival. He also participated as a panelist in a seminar on film music during the same festival.

In 2005, he was invited to be a member of the official jury of the Namur "Festival du Film francophone".



Television

Fiction

  • Un crime très populaire (Didier Grousset, France 2/RTBF/Jem Productions (F)/BE Films (B), 2007).

  • Le coup du lapin (Didier Grousset, France 2/Super Woman Prod. (F), 1999).

  • Le responsable (from the series Les monos) (Didier Grousset, Prod. Art et Cinéma, Gaumont Télévision, France 2 (F)/RTL TVI, 1998).

  • Eclats de famille (Didier Grousset, France 3/Canal +/Alya Prod. (F), 1994).

  • Les magiciens du mercredi (Freddy Charles, RTBF (B) & A2 (F), 1983)

  • San Francisco (from the "Aéroport" series) (Freddy Charles, coproduction RTBF (B) & A2 (F), 1982)

  • Les fugitifs (Freddy Charles, RTBF (B), 1981)

  • La mésaventure (Freddy Charles, RTBF (B), 1980)

  • Le scoop (Jean-Louis Colmant, RTBF (B), Kammans Prize, 1977)

  • Photo © Jos L. Knaepen


Miscellaneous

  • Django d'Or 2005 (Belgium) (RTBF La 2, 2005) (B) (+ video clip).
    Musical director and leader of the band (tentet) for a 2 hour show, recorded live at the Botanique, Brussels. A selection was broadcasted by RTBF tv La 2.
    Composition of the theme music, of several jingles and some other instrumental pieces.
    Live band.

  • Mic Mac (ARTE TV, 2002) (+ video clip).
    Theme music for Mic Mac, a cultural magazine, ARTE TV.
    Studio band.

  • VTM grand opening show (VTM TV, 1989) (B)
    Arrangement of the theme music for the grand opening of VTM tv.
    Live Band.

  • Antennes de cristal (RTBF TV, 1988) (B)
    Theme music and jingles.
    Live Band.

  • Nuit du cinéma, RTBF (RTBF TV, 1984) (B)
    Michel Herr wrote the theme music, some jingles and several arrangements of famous movie themes.
    Live Band.

    As a pianist, Michel Herr participated in other tv film soundtracks, a.o. :

  • L'homme brun (Freddy Charles, RTBF (B), with Toots Thielemans)

  • Wings (NOS (NL), with Toots Thielemans)

  • Passage : participation in the recording of the theme music of the tv show "Passages", on VRT (B), a theme composed by Frédéric Devreese, with Toots Thielemans (harmonica), etc... See a video of the recording session on Youtube.


Radio

Michel Herr wrote numerous theme musics or jingles : Bruxelles Musiques, Radio 21 (RTBF), etc...


Commercials

Michel Herr wrote numerous commercials for radio, television and movie theaters : Brussels Jazz Rally, Tokyo Gas (Japan), Proximus, Creyf Interim, Pizza Pronto, Whiskas, Vins de Moselle, etc...



Link : Michel Herr on the Internet Movie Database site

Michel Herr also has an international reputation as a jazz composer and arranger. Read more here.