Claude SAMARD POLIKAR is an explorer of musical landscapes. Over the years he has travelled successfully across many diverse musical territories as a musician, arranger, producer and film composer.
"One day a cab driver asks me what I do for a living. I tell him I’m a musician, so he says: “yeah right, but what’s your day job?” I explained how my day job is to play music and that I do this for a living. Looking back at that conversation, and at the unusual way things turned out for me, I sometimes wonder: so what has really been my day job all these years?
How can I even define the musical genre that would characterize me the most? Even the musicians I play with couldn’t put their heads around all the different styles and genres that have become part of my work, part of who I am...
And in truth, the variety of influences, the diversity of instruments I play, the different areas I have worked in or the various collaborations I have had, make it difficult to put a label on me or on what I do. Which is why this website is an attempt to shed a light on the artists I have met and worked with, the very people that have helped me shape the artist I in turn, have become, and that I now need to accept once and for all.
For most musicians the path is pretty straightforward.
Whereas my career was nothing but twists and turns. How could I have imagined that because I got kicked out of my local country band, that I, a self taught “guitarist”, with no master plan, no career strategy, would come to Paris where everything was so incredibly vibrant, simply because an old friend had invited me over and what else did I have to do? In Paris I met other musicians, seized some wonderful opportunities (like the chance to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States), and one thing lead to the other. I played the banjo on a hit song by Jean-Jacques Goldman and performed an opening act on his tour for 2 years, composed another song for the Queen of Reggae Rita Marley, composed the music for a very successful video game produced by UbiSoft, worked for Hans Zimmer with erhu Chinese virtuoso Guo Gan, produced an album for a Mongolian Shaman vocalist, shared the stage with the legendary Billy Preston (Beatles, Stones) and Alan Simon, played pedal steel guitar with Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), played lead guitar backing Chet Atkins and Marcel Dadi, jammed with the Gnawas in Morocco, played and arranged songs for Caribbean superstars, received 2 Best Film Music awards in international film festivals and worked for over 20 years with electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, with whom I co-produced an album nominated for a Grammy just a few years back. This may all sound confusing, but is it really?
So does that make me a guitarist who fell in love with some ethnic/world musics or an electro music nerd? A simple answer lies perhaps in the compositions I wrote for films, the perfect place where I could bring all these influences and genres together. Whatever it is that expresses my different facets and colors, is presented here on this website: the creativity, the experiences, the projects, all the things that I somehow stand for as a musician, composer and producer. If the universe is expanding, the musical world is expanding with it, so let’s move on!
MUSIC BY CLAUDE SAMARD POLIKAR