This precocious musician took to the stage at the age of eleven. Originally from Haute-Savoie, he made his debut in music at the municipal harmony of his city by learning the clarinet. Despite piano lessons at the Geneva Conservatory and those with his essential accordion teacher for his instrument, his learning and experience will be rather self-taught with more than twenty years spent on the boards practicing music for dance. At the age of thirty, he moved to Paris. He was quickly noticed by jazz musicians on the French scene, such as Louis Winsberg and Jean-Marc Jafet, who hired him in their respective groups. In the world of song, as an accompanist, he performs with artists from all walks of life such as Charles Aznavour, Harry Belafonte, Patrick Bruel, Maurane, Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Lama, Andréa Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Grégoire, Zaz, Julien Clerc and many others... In jazz, we find him in particular with Didier Lockwood, Youn Sun Nah and plays in the quartet of Dee Dee Bridgewater for a tour of more than two hundred concerts around the world for the album "J’ai Deux Amours".
His talents as a composer and renowned melodist led him to write for images, entertainment and song, notably for Claude Nougaro, Richard Bona and Grand Corps Malade. He founded his own jazz group and his first album "Les Couleurs d'ici" (1998) nominated for the Django d'Or, his two albums "Jazz / No Jazz" Volume 1 & Volume 2 (2004) "reveal him as a bearer of 'an originality, of an unusual musicality" (Didier Lockwood). In 2011, he released his album "In Other Words" recorded with Giovanni Mirabassi, Henri Texier and André Ceccarelli. In 2018, an important studio album with no less than 10 artists, a 17-string orchestra, "Le Bal des Mondes". For this album, the collaborations continue with the Moroccan artist Majid Bekkas in particular. Not less than seven video clips will be produced to present this project. We also find a song with the voice of Claude Nougaro, "Fleur Bleue", the fruit of their complicity in the early 2000s. In 2020, the release of an unreleased recording "Les Couleurs d'ici - Live" acclaimed by critics and Internet users finding themselves number one Top Jazz on Mezzo. The latest opus for May 2022 is another unreleased Live "Les Choses de la Vie" recorded in trio with Giovanni Mirabassi and Laurent Vernerey during a private concert in complete privacy.
Always surrounded by first-rate musicians, including very often those of the first hour, through multiple journeys and musical encounters, Marc Berthoumieux has forged his art, always with a strong and instantly recognizable identity.
Influences : Pat Metheny, Sting, Michel Petrucciani, Antonioz Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Astor Piazzola, Marcel Azzola...
1960: Birth in Annemasse in Haute-Savoie
1971: First performances on stage alone or in orchestra.
1980: Creation of his first band
1988: Participation in the La Défense Jazz Festival in Paris
1991 > 1997: Member of the group of Louis Winsberg Quartet with the album "Camino"
1994 > 1997: Member of Jean-Marc Jafet's "Agora" group
1997 > 2000: Member of the group of Louis Winsberg Quintet with the album "La Danse du Vent"
1994: Producer of the album "Petit Déjà" by Louis Winsberg & Sylvain Luc
1995: Artistic collaboration and participation in the album "Express Paris Roma" by Jean Pierre Como
1996: Marc Berthoumieux Quartet, the group's very first concert at the Calvi Jazz Festival
1996: Concerts in Canada with Harry Belafonte & Richard Bona
1997: Producer and musician for the album "La Danse du Vent" by Louis Winsberg
1998: First album "Les Couleurs d'ici" (FIP selection, 4 Jazzman stars and nomination for the Django d'Or)
1998: Participation in the album "Round about silence" by Didier Lockwood
1998: Concert under the Eiffel Tower with the Three Tenors for the 98 World Cup
1999: Two weeks as a guest of Gilbert Bécaud for his last Olympia
2000: Participation in the albums of Michel Sardou and Charles Aznavour
2000: Producer of the album "Tribal Traquenard" by Stéphane Huchard (Django d'Or 2001)
2000: Special guest of Michel Delpech at New Morning - Paris
2001: Production with Louis Bertignac of the album "Corine" by Corine Marienneau
2002: First collaborations with Claude Nougaro
2003: Composition of the soundtrack of the film "Une belle affaire" by Serge Meynard
2004: Albums "Jazz / No jazz" Volume 1 & Volume 2 FIP Selection & 4 Jazzman stars for his
2004: Compositions of "L'Espérance en l'Homme" and "Fleur Bleue" in the album "La Note Bleue" by Claude Nougaro
2004: Co-production of the album and DVD "J'ai deux amours" by Dee Dee Bridgewater
2004 > 2022: Pedagogy & direction of musical workshops at CMDL, Didider Lockwood's Jazz School
2005 > 2009: World tour "J'ai deux Amours" with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2005 > 2010: Soundtrack for the program "Des Chiffres et des Lettres" on France 3 TV
2005: Composition of "O Sen Sen Sen" and participation in the album "Tiki" by Richard Bona
2009: Release of the album "Jazz Accordéons à la Récré" with Ludovic Beier and Sanseverino
2010: Composition of "A l'école de la vie" for the album "3ème temps" by Grand Corps Malade
2010: Musical direction and arrangements for the program “Accordéons-nous” on France 2 TV
2011: Concerts, radios & TV for the album "Fais-moi une fleur" by Maurane
2011 > 2017: Tours with Joel Favreau, guitarist of Georges Brassens
2011: Release of the album "In Other Words" recorded with Giovanni Mirabassi, Henri Texier and André Ceccarelli
2013: Artistic direction and mixing of the album "Boléro" by Jean-Pierre Como
2014: Concerts in Russia, Korea, Italy, France with a new trio with Giovanni Mirabassi and Laurent Vernerey.
2015: Artistic collaboration and mixing of the album "Express Europa" by Jean Pierre Como.
2016: Creation of the new sound identity of the 2nd state radio in Morocco "2M"
2016: As a guest in Mexico of bassist Miguel Chuck Rodriguez (concerts and album recordings)
2016: Musical advice and credits for the film "Tout s'accélère" by Gilles Vernet (Prix Anaï Roger - Figra 2017)
2017: Concerts in New Caledonia with the Monaco Brass
2018: Album "El Cubista" by Miguel Chuck Rodriguez (collaboration, mixing and co-production)
2018: Album "Le Bal des Mondes" (10 artists, 17 strings and the voice of Claude Nougaro)
2019: European summer tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater - revival of "J'ai deux Amours" project
2019: "Le Bal des Mondes" on tour
2020: Album "Acoustic Tales" in duet with guitarist Bruno Bongarçon (album intended for soundtracks)
2020: Participation in the album "Frenchy" by Thomas Dutronc
2020: Release of the album "Les Couleurs d'ici - Live"
2022: Release of the album "Les Choses de la vie", (exclusive live from 2014 with Giovanni Mirabassi and Laurent Vernerey)
Artistic collaboration with:
Louis Winsberg, Stéphane Huchard, Jean-Marc Jafet, Elisabeth Caumont, Khalil Chahine, Sylvain Luc, Jean-Pierre Como, André Ceccarelli, Henri Texier, Giovanni Mirabassi, Baptiste Trotignon, Jacky Terrasson, Minino Garay, Thomas Fersen, Carolyn Carlson, Touré Kunda, Georges Moustaki, Pierre Vassiliu, Monica Passos, René Aubry, Serge Aubry, Patrick Bruel, Enzo Enzo, Harry Belafonte, Alain Souchon, Axelle Red, Johnny Hallyday, Nilda Fernandez, Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Lama, André Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Zaz, Grégoire, Gilles Dreu, Dany Brillant, Sandrine Kiberlain, Isabelle Boulay, Georges Chelon, Didier Lockwood, Pierre Barouh, Angélique Kidjo, Catherine Ringer, Barbara Morrison, Ute Lemper, Régine, Nazareth Pereira, Demis Roussos, Philippe Lavil, Michel Fugain, Michel Delpech, Trio Esperanza, Monaco Brass, Michel Sardou, Raphael, Corine Marienneau, Louis Bertignac, Grand Corps Malade, Céline Dion, Julien Clerc, Joël Favreau, Frédéric Zeitoun, Charles Aznavour, Yvan Cassar, Marc Béacco, Claude Nougaro, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maurane, Mino Cinélu, Majid Bekkas, Vincent Peirani, Richard Bona, Thomas Dutronc…
Biography (short text) :
This precocious musician took to the stage at the age of eleven. Twenty years later, upon his arrival in Paris, he was quickly noticed by jazz musicians on the French scene (Louis Winsberg, Jean-Marc Jafet...) and by the music industry. He accompanies artists from all backgrounds such as Charles Aznavour, Harry Belafonte, Patrick Bruel, Maurane, Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Lama, Zaz, Julien Clerc and many others... In jazz, we find him in particular with Didier Lockwood, Youn Sun Nah and on world tour for more than two hundred concerts with Dee Dee Bridgewater. He composes for the image, the show and the song (Claude Nougaro, Richard Bona, Grand Corps Malade). His first album "Les Couleurs d'ici" (1998) was nominated for the Django d'Or. Will follow the two albums "Jazz / No Jazz" Volume 1 & Volume 2 (2004), then "In Other Words" (2011), "Le Bal des Mondes" (2018), "Les Couleurs d'ici - Live" (2020 ) and "The Things of Life" (2022). Through these multiple journeys and musical encounters, Marc Berthoumieux has forged his art, always with a strong and instantly recognizable identity.
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