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A barge moored right downtown Paris...  When he is not touring around the world, this is where you might have a chance to meet Eric Vincent, one of the best French Singer-songwriter, in the pure tradition of la Chanson Française, in the line of Jacques Brel, Claude Nougaro, Georges Brassens, Georges Moustaki... Eric Vincent who began his career in Paris at the cabaret Le Port du Salut, with Coluche, has a passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe. He has performed in more than 140 countries.

Eric Vincent à la barre
Born in Forcé (Mayenne), Eric Vincent began playing banjo and violin. After years of classical studies, he gets his first guitar, composes his first songs and becomes the guitarist of a local rock group, then of a Jazz quartet. His main passion remains to sing and his only goal is to become a professional singer. Winner of a song-contest, he gets the award to open a Jacques Brel concert in Quiberon (Brittany). Jacques Brel compliments the young singer and encourages him to try his luck in Paris. A few months later, he decides to settle in the capital where he is invited by France Inter, for a live performance, with Claude Nougaro. Eric signs his first contract with Eddie Barclay, a Major French record company and, to live, he performs in cabarets rive gauche, like Le Port du Salut. He gets also gigs all around France, by opening the shows of stars like Johnny Hallyday, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, etc... A first record is released and his songs are broadcasted on the French radios.


A concert-tour in the Indian Ocean Islands (Madagascar, Mauritius, La Réunion, les Comores...) turns out to be such a success that he is requested to come back, a few months later... It's the beginning of an amazing international career... first, in the French speaking countries, and soon, everywhere in the world, proving that there is no language barrier for his songs. In France, we can hear his songs on the radios and see him on TV (Le Grand Echiquier/Jacques Chancel, Philippe Bouvard, etc...).

To day, Eric Vincent is performing on the five continents, from the Opera of Hanoï (Vietnam) to the Opera of Manaus (Brasil).Opéra de Manaus
                                            (Brésil) In the USA, where he is touring every year, he has given concerts in universities, high and middle schools of every state (except Hawaï and Alaska), as well as in congresses (ACTFL, AATF,  MAFLA, etc...) He has filled, several times, the Brooklyn Auditorium in New-York, followed by his New-York Haïtians fans. His song Haïti Kimbe fo, a hit in Haïti. is also a great success among the american haïtian community. Just before the terrible hearthquake in Haïti,  he was performing in Jacmel in front of 5000 persons, place Toussaint Louverture, as well as in Port-au-Prince, where  a crowd  had filled the gardens of the French Institute...
 
Si du méringué tu es dingue
Pose ton flingue à St Domingue
Si c'est un calypso fais un saut
A Trinidad ou tobago
Ca sent bon ça sent beau ça samba
San Salvador da Bahia...  
LP Lula CD Survol
  Opéra de Manaus (Brésil)
Eric Vincent
                                                Morris, MN concertEric's appearances elicit enthusiastic responses. The language barrier is overcome by his showmanship and by the lively spirit of his music. His songs, a blend of jazz, rock and ethnic rhythms, flavored by his world travels, offer audiences direct contact with modern music and  French contemporary songs and poetry. His concerts leave us in a heightened state of emotion. His electrifying preformance charges  the audience.
His style, personal and unique is surprisingly sophisticated, but, in no way, interferes with the warm and relaxed atmosphere he creates. Even when he performs a one man band show, he makes us forget that he is alone on stage. His songs touch everyone regardless of their language, as  the International press points out:
" Éric Vincent's  return to New York  a success. His Music
is universal (NewYork Times)
  Compositor francès ultrapassa fronteiras da linguagem
(Diaro Damanhia - Brésil)
  Music for a world without borders 
(Singapour Times)
  Eric Vincent : Canciòn sin barreras
(Cultura - Mexico)
  French singer Eric Vincent overcomes the language
barrier (Bangkok Post) "
       
     
 



    
                  
Mon pays ce sera
Là où tu seras bien 
Là où je serai moi 
Là où tu seras belle 
Mon pays ce sera 
Là où mes ritournelles 
N'ont pas peur de mourir
Sans avoir dit pourquoi... 

Eric exhibits an extraordinary and amazing presence on stage. With a charming and beautiful voice, as well as an impressive virtuosity, as a guitar player, he is dynamic and personable.  his universal themes touch deeply the young as much as adult people. His charisma dazzles everybody. They always ask for an encore...
Mesquite
                              Eric Vincent concert

Some years ago, He has been involved in the world-wide project Opération Boule de neige,  initiated by school French children who thought  that violence on TV was a very bad exemple for the kids and they wanted to demonstrate that all the kids in the world were on the same wavelengh. Eric helped them to write the song Jamais plus de violence, directed its recording and, then, carried and promoted  the project all around the world.

                      Chapel Hill
                                                    concert






Faut trois notes pour faire un accord
Trois accords pour une chanson
Un peu de terre, d'eau et de feu
Sept couleurs pour un arc-en-ciel
S'il faut de tout pour faire un monde
Si des différences naît l'harmonie
Nos solitudes se confondent
À l'épicentre de la vie...
 
CD Harmoniques

The program  Sous les Etoiles exactement  on the French National Radio (France Inter) gave to Eric Vincent a Carte Blanche to host his friends artists from the world, on the show e.g. Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Georges Moustaki, Chéri Samba, Lokua Kanza, etc…
Eric Vincent is featured in several  textbooks:
Discovering French Today: Blanc (Level 2) by Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt © 2013),
SAM Contacts: Langue et Culture Françaises
, 9th edition, by Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage, © 2014)
C'est Comme ça, by Valette and Valette (D.C Heath and Co)
Sans Bornes (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)
Si on chantait avec...Eric Vincent (Hatier/Didier),
and in a video:
Reflets Français,  (Bernard Petit Prod), promoted by AATF...

The following Eric Vincent CDs can be found on line at CD Baby:


Faut-il Encore 2000 Ans ? recorded after his meeting with James Taylor. This album includes eight James Taylor tunes written into French, by Eric Vincent.   Survol, Un Pays Quelque part (featuring Haïti Kimbe Fo  and A la Claire Fontaine), Lula, Harmoniques, Il n'y a de nouveau que c'qui est oublié....L’or de l’Instant (his last CD) features the eponym song, inspired by Albert Camus  (Le Mythe de Sisyphe). Alfred (Alfred Jarry),  Les bosses dans le Jardin (homage to Dino Buzatti), Peinture Hongroise  (tribute to the Hungarian painter Tivadar Csontvary) and... Etrange Mélancolie, written with his friend Georges Moustaki, is the last music composed by the author of Mylord and Le Métèque.


Éric Vincent is published in:

Les Arrangeurs de la chanson française   Serge Elhaïk (Editions Textuel © 2018)
Petit abécédaire d'un amoureux de la chanson
Georges Moustaki (Éditions de archipel-2012)
SAM Contacts: Langue et Culture Françaises, 9th edition, by
Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage © 2014)
Discovering French Today: Blanc (Level 2) by
Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ©2013)
La Chanson de Paris 
Jean Lapierre (Aumage editions)
Georges Moustaki La Ballade Du Métèque
Louis-jean Calvet (Fayard/Chorus)
Îles 
Centre Georges Pompidou (Gallimard)
J’aime Chéri Samba Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Actes Sud)
Florilège de la chanson de mer  Jacques Yvart (EMOM)
C'est Comme ça  by Valette and Valette (D.C Heath and Co),
Sans Bornes (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)
Reflets Français  (Bernard Petit Prod.)
Si on chantait avec... Eric VINCENT (Didier/Hatier)
On the  Ricardo Vilas CD Mon cher ami,  featuring Bernard Lavilliers, Francis Hime, Wagner Tiso,
Anna Torres, Kay Lyra...  Eric sings in duet with Ricardo the song Les mots en Té

 

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