On 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. The Singer-Songwriter who began his career in Paris at the famous cabaret Le Port du Salut, with Coluche, has a special passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe, and, as the world press affirms, he is probably one of the best contemporary French Singer-songwriter, in the pure tradition of la chanson française, in the line of Jacques Brel, Claude Nougaro, Georges Brassens, Georges Moustaki...
Born in a small village, next of la Mayenne (Western France), Eric began playing banjo and violin. After years of classical studies, attracted by the rock, he gets his first guitar, composes his first songs and becomes the guitarist of a local rock band, then of a Jazz quartet. His main passion, however, remains to sing and his only goal is to become a professional singer. Winner of one song-contests, he gets the award to open a Jacques Brel concert during his farewell tour. Jacques Brel compliments the young singer which decides him to try his luck in Paris. A few days after his arrival in the capital, he signs his first arstist contract with Eddie Barclay, a Major French record company. His parisian life begins by singing in the cabarets rive gauche and by opening shows with French Stars like Johnny Hallyday, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, etc... on tour in the country. Then a few years later, he is hired for a concert-tour in the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, La Réunion, les Comores... This tour turns out to be such a success that he becomes a big star in this part of the world and it’s the beginning of an amazing international career…
Today, Eric VINCENT has appeared on marquees in more than 140 countries... From the Opera of Hanoï (Vietnam) to the Opera of Manaus (Brasil), he has performed, in prestigious venues, on the five continents… In the USA, where he is touring, two months every year, in Universities, High and Middle schools, he has performed in every State (except Hawaï and Alaska), invited at several congresses (ACTFL in Boston, MA, National AATF congresses, MAFLA, etc...). He has filled, several times, the Brooklyn Auditorium in New-York City, with a public composed in majority, of Haitian people, thanks to his song Haïti Kimbe fo’, a hit in Haïti, as well as on Haitian radios in the USA. A few weeks before the terrible hearthquake in Haïti, he was singing in front of 5000 persons, place Toussaint Louverture, in Jacmel and, the following day, in Port-au-Prince, where his fans had filled the gardens of the French Institute, to sing his tunes with him....
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...
Set your sight on Santo Domingo
If it's calypso that turns you on, jump right over
To Trinidad or Tobago
It feels good, it smells good , it Sambas
San Salvador of Bahia...
Eric's appearances elicit uniformly 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, dealing with universal themes, offer audiences direct contact with contemporary French poetry and modern music and are flavored by his world travels. Eric exhibits an extraordinary presence on stage, his charisma dazzles his audiences. With a beautiful resonant voice, he is personable and dynamic and his universal themes touch deeply the young audiences as much as adult people. he exhibits an extraordinary presence on stage. His charisma dazzles his audiences. 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
My country will be
Wherever you feel free and at ease
Where I can be myself
Where you will be seen as beautiful as you are
My country will be
Wherever my songs
Don't have to die
Without knowing why.
On Stage, Eric VINCENT always leaves his audience 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 and, when he performs a one man band show, he makes us forget that he is alone on stage.
|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...
|We need three notes to make a chord
Three chords for a tune
A bit of earth fire and water
Seven colors for a rainbow
If we need everything to make a world
If from differences we get harmony
Our lonelinesses are mingling
By the epicenter of life...
The program "Sous les Etoiles
exactement" on the French National Radio
(France Inter) has given 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…
Some years ago, Eric VINCENT met James TAYLOR, and after a friendly contact with the american singer, he decided to record the album Faut-il Encore 2000 Ans ?, French
adaptation written by Eric on the music of Carolina in my mind. This eleven songs album includes eight tunes composed by James TAYLOR and written, into French, by Eric.
Other Eric VINCENT's CDs and LPs: 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....
In the last CD, L’or de l’Instant, we feel, for this eponym title, the inspiration of Albert Camus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe). Alfred is a tribute to Alfred Jarry, Les bosses dans le Jardin
to Dino Buzatti, Peinture Hongroise to the Hungarian painter Tivadar Csontvary. Etrange Mélancolie has been written with the collaboration of his friend Georges MOUSTAKI,
who has composed the music on his lyrics.
Musicians: Pierre Chérèze, Sylvin Marc, Tony Rabeson, Vincent Hamamdjian, Patrick Huard, Jean-Philippe Audin, Billy Drewes, Eddy Louiss, Roland Romanelli, Justin Vali, Christophe Guiot...