During my childhood, my dear uncle Gilles, who was a musician, owned hundreds of records that I could listen to at will. Chet Atkins and Joe Pass, two famous guitar virtuosos, fell in my ears. I liked the idea that a single guitarist could manage to reproduce the arrangement of an orchestra on his own. I dreamed of one day being able to do the same thing ...
I present here my interpretations of a selection of Christmas pieces whose melodies have rocked me since my tender youth.
The creation of this album is greatly inspired by the cherished memories of my childhood for this magical period of the holidays.
I dedicate it to Nicole, Julie, Patrick Gravel, Yvan, Samuel, Philippe Marie-Pier, my granddaughters Charlotte and Florence, Jean and Dany, Papa and Marie-Berthe my Mother and all the children of the earth.
Merry Christmas !
Available on November 2020
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Eric Bernard, Guitar * 1-8
Patrick Gravel * 9
When the music succeeds in moving us inside ourselves, the film of our imagination emerges. Sounds, atmospheres and harmonies evoking a world from before birth, a time when we were immersed in our mothers' water.
When time is no more than a state of being, moved by the beauty of the interior and exterior immensity at the same time.
Rhythmic pattern that repeats endlessly like a constituent molecule of the whole.
Piano, basse et lap steel : Eric Bernard
Mastering : Richard Adison/Trillium Mastering
Oeuvre : Eric Bernard
Graphisme : Samuel J. Bernard
Caligraphie : Marie-Pier Théoret
Eric Bernard musikaria
Lagun euskal hitzetik dator, frantsesez “ami” esan nahi du eta hitz honen bidez sortzen dira lagundu, “aider” eta laguntza, “aide”.
Nicole, nire maitearekin, Euskal Herrian egonaldi bat egiteko zortea izan nuen 2017an. Bere lagun horien etxean bizitzeko aukera izan genuen, artzain familia batean, non bera bizitzen egon baitzen 2001-2002 urteetan Antropologiako bere ikasketen barruan.
Euskaldunekin egote honek sakonki hunkituta utzi ninduen, hainbesteraino non beren hizkuntza ikasi baitut. Hizkuntza hau da bere ingurune naturalean Mendebaldeko Europan oraindik bizirik dagoen hizkuntzarik zaharrena. Album honek adiskidetasunari omenaldi bat izan nahi du, alaitasunari, elkar maite duten lagunen arteko hurbiltasun beroari, besterik gabe.
Itzulpena: Iñaki Zubeldia Otegi
From the Basque word "lagun" which means "friend" and with which we form the words lagundu, "help"(verb)and laguntza, "help".(noun).
With Nicole, my sweetheart, I had the chance to stay in the Basque Country in 2017. We lived with her lagunak (friends), a family of shepherds where she had resided in 2001-2002 as part of her studies in anthropology.
My meeting with the Basques deeply marked me, to the point where I learned their language! This language which is the oldest Western European language still alive in its natural environment. This album is intended as a tribute to friendship, joy, the warm proximity of sharing between friends who simply love each other.
This album is intended as a tribute to friendship, joy, the warm proximity of sharing between friends, who simply love each other.
MesTisSages was created through encounters and influences, where energy and warmth merge humanity in what is most beautiful: the diversity and its potential of MesTisSages, in all the senses suggested by the spelling:
Métissages refers to the tangible aspect of the foundations of the work: the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East ... the travels and the effects of globalization, the experience of otherness embodied and recreated by the composer in the music, this eternal moment when the past and the future merge into a present deeply rooted in being. The roots of the composer and those of the Other merge through difference and similarities, anchored in time, musical structures, rhythms and sounds ...
Mes Tissages brings us back to the emotional fabric of creation, to the complex entanglement of the composer's intuitions, to the fibers and vibrations that make up his experience, sewn over the amalgamations of styles, eras, spaces and places. in contemporary arrangements that are meant to reflect the worlds in which we live: multiculturalization of the West; Westernization of the Orient ... from the local to the global, including the international, the sidereal ... the Ideal ...
Mes Tis Sages addresses the intellectual level of creation and lets hear the voices of masters, muses and other elves of creation whose influences are manifested peacefully in a place where the words of men have no place, where speeches are absent: we don't need them because the music proves that fusion is possible ...
"I do not want my house to be walled up on all sides, nor my windows blocked, but for the breeze that the cultures of all countries bring to me to circulate freely."
Eric Bernard: guitars, electric bass, drums, percussions, recorder, keyboards, mandolin, vocals
Marie-Neige Lavigne: violin
Jean-Félix Mailloux: double bass
Pierre Tanguay: tablas (Chanti Paz), bass drum, additional cymbals (Azur), percussions (Tangorama)
Luzio Altobelli: accordion
Virgo: voice (IndiAmerica)
Eric Gosselin: drums (Chanti Paz)
Compositions and arrangements: Eric Bernard
Production: Eric Bernard,
Artistic Director and executive producer: Nicole Lefebvre
Director: Eric Bernard
Mixing Plus plus and mastering: Stéphane Grimm
Graphic design and conception: Léon Leclerc
Design, photos and texts cover and booklet: Nicole Lefebvre
Recording: Studio Guitare Verte
MesTisSages is the current temporal anchor of what I was, I am and will be with others. Also, I would first like to thank the musicians whose contribution to this album makes it a meeting place where musicians unite their visions of a world still in the making. Thank you...
Marie-Neige Lavigne, for your fluidity, your great sensitivity and the serious joy of your violins with soft eyes ...
Jean-Félix Mailloux, for your friendliness, your exemplary self-assurance and the creative ingenuity of your double bass with a serene belly ...
Pierre Tanguay, for your charming grace, your wisdom, your great spontaneity and the learned naivety of your mischievous percussions ...
Luzio Altobelli, for the warmth of Italy flowing through your veins, your generous availability, your easy smile and the infallibly rich gust of wind of your accordion ...
Virgo, our free electron, for your way of embracing life, your blind trust which has often opened my eyes to my own worth and for the generous friendship of your unique voice ...
Éric Gosselin, for the comforting humanity of your unwavering welcome and the inventive solidity of your drums ....
Thanks also to
Stephane Grimm, for your work as a goldsmith, an alchemist of textures, coordinator of sound tensions more more ...
Hany Khoriaty, for your overflowing and contagious optimism, your unwavering positivism, your time, your energies and your precious and generous advice ...
Niguana, whom I affectionately call that, for your inspiration and the courage you have given me since the start of this project: Nicole, I will always be your Troubadour.
Samuel and Philippe, my dear sons, to dream and animate the rock star in me, but above all for the unconditional love you give to your "papa-pas-comme-les-autres-papas" ...
Angèle Jacques, our Angel of the family, for being the mother of my children, and for your laughter which soothes our worries ... the only beautician I know who has never lost face!
Yvon Potvin, the one who started it all: guardian of fire, gift of creation, president of voluntary simplicity elected by cosmic suffrage by humanity! Thank you Yvon for believing in me and for pushing me to compose ...
Léon Leclerc, for the magic wand of your genius look and the dazzling lighting that your creative hand spreads on what it touches ...
Donald Loignon, my dear cousin, for the inspiration you have always been for me and for always being there when I need you ...
My family, especially mom and dad for the gifts of life and music, my brothers, Jean for his presence and his listening, Dany for his support at different times of our life ...
All the friends who encouraged me by your listening and your support without which this album could never have been created!
B Blues is a road trip of landscapes. along with dynamic and witty themes.
Drum, Hammond B3, Bass, brass and great guitars. Evocation of the 70's rock spirit, B Blues is a celebration for the music lovers.
Eric Bernard - guitars,bass,
Serge Lapointe - drums
Eric Breton percussions
Jean Bélanger Hammond B3
Jean-François Gagnon (Fafoui)
Mixed by Stéphane Grimm and Denis Cadieux
Martering by Richard AddisonTrillium Sound Mastering
High defenition cables : Pierre Gabriel artisan
Photography : Hubert Macé de Gastines
Graphism : Samuel J. Bernard
Produced and arranged by Eric Bernard
Azimut Sud evokes this traditionally warm and sunny music that comes to us from South-America, rich in rhythms and harmonies. Back from travelling to these land, I took the opportunity to put the finishing touches (nothing is final) to this repertoire that I have cherished for a few years now. I now offer it to those looking for the organic warmth inherent in this music.