February 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve.
Born in 1960 in German-speaking Switzerland, his father a jazz violinist with gypsy
roots, Stephan Eicher first appeared on the music scene at
17 as a member of the Noise Boys and of the techno-punk group Grauzone. His
first solo album, Les Chansons bleues (1983) brought him immediate success,
revealing a unique style dominated by computers and influenced by ’80s electronic
music. In 1986, his first hit, Two people in a room, from the album I Tell
this Night took him to the Olympia in Paris, where he performed to a sellout
crowd. In a 30-plus-year career since, featuring 13 albums in English, French
and German, Eicher has leapt off from his early electronica to explore classical
(My Place, 1989), world music (1000 vies, 1996), rock (Taxi Europea,
2003) and intimate chanson (Eldorado, 2007). In 1989, the album
My Space marked the beginning of his long and fruitful collaboration with
author Philippe Djian, who wrote the lyrics to a succession of albums, from
the exceedingly celebrated Engelberg (1991) and Carcassonne (1993)
to L’envolée, his most recent (2012).