Philippe Darees, singer, musician and composer, started learning the classical guitar the age of 12, then studied and taught himself other styles of guitar playing. He soon started playing with an accordionist and old college friend, Jacques Ferchit. Together they started playing at local shows. Later, Philippe turned professional and worked in various well-known dance bands, among which, the Jacques Hélian orchestra.
Philippe has played on many recording sessions and worked as a sideman for many French singing stars such as, Colette Renard, Juliette Greco, Charles Trenet, Nicole Croisille, Sacha Distel...
Philippe has participated in many concerts in France, be it radio or television. “L’oreille en coin”, “Le Grand échiquier”, “Stars”, “Champs Elysées”. He also played in the musical comedy “Un amour de femme”.
Philippe has toured extensively taking in the following countries: Russia (Moscow, Sotchi), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Kazakhstan (Alma Ata), Azerbaijan (Bakou), Canada (Montreal, Quebec, Rouyin Noranda), Bulgaria (Sofia, Varna), Europe, Italy (Rome, Naples, Florence, Calgari), Belgium...
Philippe worked at the cabaret “Paradise Latin” in Paris for two years. “Paris Musette” with Jacques Ferchit as a duo : Cruises with “Croisières Paquet” to Dubai, Damas. Concerts in Paris France and in Europe (Madrid, Berlin, Bruxelles, Geneva...)
In 2001, Philippe recorded a CD entitled “Bien équitablement”. He composed the 11 tracks of original songs.
In 2011, in honour of his idols, he formed his own band and recorded 16 songs of traditional French songs on a CD entitled “La Chanson Française”.
Coming out July 2016, the new album « From the Atlantic to the Urals ». 10 original songs in a completely acoustic setting blending French songs and gypsy jazz.
A new CD is on the horizon
Philippe Darées and his son accompanied by their loyal collaborators such as Jacques Ferchit, are working on the recording of a brand new CD. This one promises to make us travel as From the Atlantic to the Urals did previously!