October 28

Join us for a jazz concert with musician Eric Vincent, presented in partnership with Alliance Française de Frederick and the Embassy of France.

Eric Vincent was born in a small village of Mayenne (Western France) and began the music by the violin. After years of classical studies, attracted by rock music, he started to play guitar Still a teenager, he began to play in a rock band and, then, falling in love with the Jazz, in a Jazz quartet. But, since his childhood, he always got a passion for singing and admired poets, songwriters such as Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Claude Nougaro… So, with his guitar, he began, soon, to sing and compose songs, participating in various song contests. Once, as the winner of one of these « radio-crochets » he got the award to perform with Jacques Brel in Quiberon (Brittany). The famous singer listened to the young one and encouraged him warmly to carry on… Eric, who already had nothing else in mind than to be a professional singer, decided to go to Paris. There, right away, he signed his first contract with the French record company Barclay and got his first contract at l’échelle de Jacob, left bank Cabaret, where Jacques Brel had debuted. A few month later, his first single was released and we could hear his songs on many TV and radio programs. He got, at this time a lot a gigs with stars like Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Hallyday etc… and we could hear him also in an other famous left bank place Le Port du Salut, where he has performed, during one year, with Coluche. After a few years, he made his first tour in the Indian Ocean Islands and, from this time, he got a special passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe.

Eric Vincent who is living downtown Paris on a « péniche » has performed in more than 140 countries and in every state in the US, except Hawaï and Alaska. He has appeared on radio and television and made very successful tours of colleges, high schools and universities, which brought him to be invited at several
congresses (AATF, ACTFL, MAFLA…). This modern troubadour does not like to be classified. A unique singer-performer-songwriter, as well as a poet and an amazing guitarist, Eric Vincent, with his extraordinary presence on stage, overcomes the language barrier. His showmanship and the lively spirit of his music are simply great, universal. You can feel, in his performance, the inspiration of his world travels. His songs deal with universal themes and touch deeply everybody. No generation barrier, his charisma dazzles his audiences, young as well as adult people, and his electrifying performance leaves them in a heightened state of emotion. They always ask for an encore!