Manu Katché is a French musician, born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés on October 27, 1958 of ivorian origin. Though he is also a well-experienced and talented songwriter, he is most notably and widely regarded for his passionate, stylish and ultimately unique skill of playing drums.
From 1985 to 1988 Manu Katche formed the band Preface. The band was formed by Manu Katché (vocals, drums), Jean-Yves D'Angelo (keyboards and vocals) and Kamil Rustam (vocals, guitars). Katche and his fellow bandmembers of "Preface" went on to produce many well-known french artists and eventually got awarded Best Producer at the 1985 "Les Victoires De La Musique" for Michel Jonasz's Album "Unis Vers L'Uni"
He was sky-rocketed to stardom in the music world in the mid-1980s mostly thanks to the huge success of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So and his subsequent work with Sting in albums …Nothing Like the Sun & The Soul Cages. After that he has been prominently featured in the pop, rock and world music scene playing with numerous bands and artists, including Afro Celt Sound System, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Tears For Fears, Dire Straits, Jan Garbarek, Manu Chao, Loreena McKennitt, Youssou N'Dour, Robbie Robertson, Joe Satriani, Tori Amos, Richard Wright and the aforementioned Peter Gabriel and Sting, with whom he has also toured extensively. Manu has also worked with Gibonni, a popular Croatian singer, on his albums "Mirakul"(2001) and "Unca Fibre"(2006), he has also toured with Gibonni supporting the two albums.
He released his second solo album on September 12 2005 entitled Neighbourhood, which has contribution from such talents as the aforementioned Jan Garbarek on saxophone, Tomasz Stanko on trumpet, Marcin Wasilewski on piano and Slawomir Kurkiewicz on double-bass. His second ECM release, Playground was released in September 2007 (see below).
From 2003 to 2007, along with producer Dove Attia, composer André Manoukian and singer Marianne James, he was one of the four judges in the TV-show "Nouvelle Star", the French version of American Idol. He was the most feared of them for his wit and his severe judgement about the groove and the rhythm of the singer-wannabes.
Since January 2008, he hosts the monthly program One Shot Not on Arte.
Pallas Theatre 8/12/2008