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Michel Portal (born 27 November 1935 in Bayonne) is a French composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist.

Michel Portal
Portal Michel Bruegge Concertgebouw 2006.jpg
Background information
Born (1935-11-27) 27 November 1935 (age 82)
Bayonne, France
Genres Jazz
Avant-garde music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet
Years active 1969 – present

Portal studied clarinet at the Conservatoire de Paris. He also studied conducting with Pierre Dervaux.[1]

During August 1969, Portal played on several of the recordings in Stockhausen's cycle of intuitive works, Aus den sieben Tagen.

Portal might be noted most for scoring music to film, and has won the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film three times. His first win was for the music to The Return of Martin Guerre. He plays both jazz and classical music and is considered to be one of the architects of modern European jazz.[citation needed]

In 1969, Portal co-founded the free improvisation group New Phonic Art with Vinko Globokar, Jean-Pierre Drouet and Carlos Roqué Alsina.



As sidemanEdit

With Jacky Terrasson


  1. ^ Free Improvisation: New Phonic Art 1973, Deutsche Grammophon, 1974, p. 4

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