Pierre Moerlen’s Biography
Born October 23rd 1952 in Colmar, Alsace, France.
1963-1967 : piano studies with Maurice Moerlen (Pierre’s father).
1967-1971 : full time classical percussion studies with Jean Batigne.
1971-1973 : plays in various bands and works as drummer for french musical theatre production such as
” Le Marathon ” written by Claude Confortès.
1973 : january 73 to infinity….joins Gong at the time based in France south of Paris near Sens.
1975 : guest of ” Les Percussions de Strasbourg ” touring the UK, Greece, Israel and France.
1978 : records with Mike Oldfield (albums : Incantations and Downwind see discography page for more infos).
1978-1980 : goes on tours with Gong and Mike Oldfield on drums, vibes & timps.
1981 : tours South America with ” Les Percussions de Strasbourg “.
1982-1983 : world tour with Mike Oldfield.
1983-1986 : plays and records with swedish symphonic rock band ” Tribute “.
1986-1988 : re-forms PM’s Gong with Hansford Rowe on bass, Benoit Moerlen on vibes & percussion plus many guests.
1989-1990 : joins ” Alsace-Percussion ” , a pool of percussionists&drummers.
1991-1997 : plays drums in Broadway Shows (Evita, J.C.Superstar,Les Misérables,West Side Story)on the road in Europe and in the United States of America.
1997-1998 : joins group ” Brand X ” with Percy Jones on bass, John Goodsall on guitar and captain Dynamite on keys for japanese tour followed by Europe. See live pictures in the gallery.
1998 : also plays with Classic-Gong in the USA , England, Italy & Germay.
1999-2000 : currently teaching and composing.
2002: records “Penatnine” (St-Petersburg , Russia).
2005: Pierre left us on May the 3rd.