Né non-voyant en Mai 1961, Jean-Philippe Rykiel apprend le piano
en auto-didacte dès son plus jeune âge. Il reconnaît
l'influence prépondérante de Theolonius Monk dans son choix
de devenir musicien et date de sa découverte des œuvres de
Pierre Henry sa passion pour l'électronique.
Born blind in 1961, Jean-Philippe Rykiel taught himself piano from a
very early age. If he recognizes the influence of Theolonius Monk as preponderant
in his decision to become a musician, it was on discovering Pierre Henry
that he became impassioned by the creative perspectives offered by synthesizers.
His technical mastery of the instrument and his musical intuition rapidly
brought him recognition by his contemporaries, which provided him many
experiences and collaborations as programmer (from Vangelis to Vladimir
Cosma), instrumentalist (Steve Hillage, Jon Hassell, Didier Malherbe and
numerous African projects) or arranger (Xalam, Salif Keita, Leonard Cohen,
Youssou N’Dour…). In 1992 he co-composed and co-produced « Eyes
Open » for Youssou N’Dour and their collaboration continued
for the worldwide hit album « Wommat/The Guide »
in 1994 as well as in concert (Europe, Africa, USA). 2002 saw them working
together again for Youssou’s " Nothing’s In Vain "