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Eric Vincent

Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Eric Vincent is an amazing performer who began his career in Paris at the famous "Port du Salut" with Coluche. Living downtown Paris on a beautiful "péniche", he has a special passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe. His name has appeared on marquees in more than 140 countries, and he is probably one of the best contemporary singer in the tradition of the chanson française. In the USA, where he is touring every year, he has performed in every state except Hawaï and Alaska. He has appeared on radio and television and made a number of very successful tours of college, high school and universities. He has filled the Brooklyn Auditorium in New-York City several times as well as many other prestigious venues in the world.... World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA...Opera of Hanoï (Vietnam), Opera of Manaus (Brasil)...
He has recorded several CD's and videos with outstanding musicians, such as Pierre Chérèze, Sylvin Marc, Tony Rabeson, Jean-Philippe Audin, Billy Drewes, Eddy Louiss, Vincent Hamamdjian, Patrick Huard, Roland Romanelli, Justin Vali...

Eric's appearances elicit uniformly enthusiastic responses. With a powerful resonant voice, he is personable and dynamic, as well as an outstanding musician and a true poet "des temps modernes". During his concerts, the language barrier is overcome by his showmanship and by the lively spirit of his music. His songs, a blend of folk, jazz, rock and ethnic rhythms, dealing with universal themes, offer audiences direct contact with contemporary French poetry and songs, and are flavored by his world travels. Eric exhibits an extraordinary presence on stage. His acute sense of timing and charisma dazzles his audiences and makes them beg for more. His songs wed words of substance with sensitive, modern music.

PEINTURE HONGROISE (Hommage à Tivadar Csontvary)
(Paroles & Musique: Eric VINCENT)

L’œil du peintre s’illumine
Quand le soleil déchire
D’un coup de rayon magique
La cataracte du ciel
La croupe de la colline
Belle à le faire rougir
Lascive et impudique
Se drape de tons pastels

Le cèdre solitaire ranime en ma mémoire
L’allégorie sublime du majestueux vieillard
Qui vient à la fontaine où les enfants vont boire
Y déverser la cruche remplie de son savoir

Tivadar Csontvary
Etait un marginal
Un génie schizophrène
Un fou illuminé
Panthéiste incompris
Comme Malcolm de Chazal
Qui payait un éphèbe
Rien que pour l’écouter

Aujourd’hui il se dresse sur un socle de pierre
Face au Musée de Pecs où je l’ai découvert
Il pose son regard sur les tuiles bleutées
Qui abritent son art autrefois méprisé

L’œil du peintre s’illumine
Quand le soleil déchire
D’un coup de rayon magique
La cataracte du ciel
La croupe de la colline
Belle à le faire rougir
Lascive et impudique
Se drape de tons pastels

On Stage Eric VINCENT always leaves his audience in a heightened state of emotion. His electrifying performance charges the audience . The world press affirms this:

"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"

An excellent musician, Eric Vincent 's virtuosity as a guitar player is impressive. His style is surprizingly sophisticated but in no way interferes with the warm and relaxed atmosphere he creates and which 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...)

Eric Vincent is featured in various textbooks : "C'est Comme ca", 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...

In addition to his busy concert schedule, Eric VINCENT has become involved in a world-wide project "Opération Boule de neige" started by school children in the small French town of Bonchamp to oppose violence in children's programming on television. He wrote the music for the song Jamais plus de violence and directed it's recording.
Éric Vincent is appearing in the following books :
« La Chanson de Paris » Jean Lapierre (Aumage editions)
« Georges Moustaki La Ballade Du Métèque » Louis-jean Calvet (Fayard/Chorus)
« Î les » 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)