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Ian Ritchie

sax, rec, GB
Producer of Rock and Alternative

Ian Ritchie is a producer and multi-instrumentalist based in the UK. While working on a chemistry degree at Liverpool University in the late 1970s, Ritchie played saxophone in Deaf School, a theater-rock group that was signed to Warner Bros until disbanding in 1979. He then played in glam rock and techno-pop groups (Fame, Haze, The Shunters, African High Life Band), and played sax on tour with Jane Aire and the Belvederes. In the early 1980s, together with vocalist Berenice "Miss Bee" Nally, he released three electronic disco singles on CBS under the name Miro Miroe. The rest of the decade saw him working in studios as an arranger, programmer, producer, and session musician for many artists, including Steel Pulse, Godley & Creme, Gary Numan, The Beach Boys, Dead Or Alive, Murray Head, Steve Hillage, Howard Jones, Wham!, Robbie Nevil, David Sylvian, Roger Waters, Laurie Anderson, Soho, and dozens of others. While dabbling in techno in the early 1990s, he developed an interest in ambient styles, which led to his current, part-time career as composer of commercial and television themes. In 1994 he created the title theme for the Lonely Planet/Pilot Guides/Globe Trekker adventure travel series, establishing a signature sound for the long-running program, which continues to feature his original compositions. He also plays live ambient gigs on occasion, and plays saxophone in a contemporary jazz group called Ian Ritchie's SOHO Project, as well as in his wife's band, The Holly Penfield Quintet. In 2006-2008 he toured as saxophonist on Roger Waters "The Dark Side Of The Moon" world tour. He was part of the Roger Waters group that played at the Sandy Relief concert at Madison Square Garden in 2012 and Desert Trip in 2016. In 2017 he toured with Waters again as part of the ongoing "Us + Them" shows.

     
Instruments
  • Saxophone
  • Recorder
Genres
  • Rock
  • Alternative
  • Electronic
  • Dance
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Globe Trekker Theme on Globe Trekker: Original Journeys by Various Artists
Globe Trekker - Extended Mix on Globe Trekker - World Jam by Various Artists
Pool on Globe Trekker: Original Journeys by Various Artists
Valiha - Madagascar on Globe Trekker - Music From the TV Series, Vol. I by Various Artists
Lace Maker on Globe Trekker: Original Journeys by Various Artists
Lost People - Australia on Globe Trekker - Music From the TV Series, Vol. I by Various Artists
Herbergsvater (Tri Tra Trullala) [Mix 90 Extended Version] - 2023 Remaster on Herbergsvater Mix 90 by Joachim Witt
Old Man of Crete - Crete on Globe Trekker - Music From the TV Series, Vol. I by Various Artists
Blue Chill on Paradiso by Ian Ritchie
Herbergsvater (Tri Tra Trullala) [Mix 90 Single Version] - 2023 Remaster on Herbergsvater Mix 90 by Joachim Witt

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
South Of HoustonIan Ritchie2014Album
Ian Ritchie's Soho ProjectIan Ritchie2007Album
Lonely Planet Volume 1 (Music From The Lonely Planet)Michael Conn, Ian Ritchie, West India Company1997Compil.
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