Eric Vincent
            The artist
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.

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...).

Today,  Eric Vincent is performing on the five continents, from the Opera of Hanoï (Vietnam) to the Opera of Manaus (Brasil). 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 Haitian fans, thanks to his song Haïti Kimbe fo, a hit in Haïti. Just before the terrible hearthquake in Haïti,  he was in Jacmel, singing for 5000 persons, place Toussaint Louverture, and  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 Saint Domingue
Si c'est un calypso fais un saut   
À Trinidad ou Tobago 
Ça sent bon, ça sent beau, ça Samba
San Salvador da Bahia...

LP Lula - CD Survol

Eric'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 contemporary French poetry and modern music. Eric exhibits an extraordinary presence on stage, his charisma dazzles his public. With a beautiful voice, he is personable and dynamic and his universal themes touch deeply the young as much as adult people. He has such an extraordinary presence on stage. His charisma dazzles everybody. They always ask for an encore...
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...                     CD Un Pays quelque Part
Eric VINCENT's concerts leave us in a heightened state of emotion. His electrifying performance charges  the audience. His virtuosity, as a guitar player, is impressive. 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

"Eric Vincent's return to New York a success. His Music is universal"

"Composotor francès ultrapassa fronteiras da linguagem"
"Music for a world without borders"
"Eric Vincent : Canciòn sin barreras"
"French singer Eric Vincent overcomes the language barrier"
                    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
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. Eric helped them to write the song Jamais plus de violence, directed it's recording and then, promoted the project all around the world.

The program  Sous les Etoiles exactement  on the French National Radio (France Inter) gave Eric Vincent a "Carte Blanche" to host his friends artists from the world, 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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