Erik KAROL
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Erik KAROL

Paris, Île-de-France, France | SELF

Paris, Île-de-France, France | SELF
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Erik Karol, a fantastic singer who has the same amazing vocal abilities as Klaus Nomi, and an uncommon dynamism on stage. He is on his way of becoming one of the most famous French singers. Erik Karol belongs to the tradition of the greatest artists. - SUD OUEST–Jean Marc Faubert


With his half-ingenuous, half-insolent look and his highly sensual voice, Erik Karol is on his way to fame. - FRANCE SOIR– Monique Prévot


LA VOIX DE L'EST (Canada)

Erik Karol's amazing voice moving effortlessly from countertenor to the lowest bass and combining a magical score inspired by world beat is the main attraction of this highly theatrical show.
- LA VOIX DE L'EST (Canada)


Endowed with an impressive vocal range, Erik Karol slides over the octaves with allegretto. he literally flares up on stage, - LE MONDE


He is passionately fond of poetry. His music is unlike any other: ethereal, rockmantic, perfectly matching his mystical personality. Should he preserve his unique voice, should his lyrics and his music remain as striking as his voice, he will conquer showbiz with a smile.

- LUI


An extraordinary voice, easily capable of covering several octaves, Erik Karol's words and notes create atmospheres drawn from either imaginary or everyday life. Poet, singer, actor, he is a complete, versatile artist to discover absolutely.
- L'HUMANITE


All this is accompanied by an haunting score, made even more amazing by the voice of Erik Karol of France, possessed of a vocal range with almost as many octaves as Yma Sumac herself
- ENTERTAINMENT TODAY (U.S.A.)


Counter tenor Erik Karol from France, presided over all of this as a majestic presence; part man, part woman, part God, part Louis XIV in magnificent gold and plumage, he accompanied the action in a sort of grand falsetto.
- NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE (U.S.A.) —Philippa Wehle—


In the place of a ringmaster is a singer who appears throughout the show as a narrator or guide... The fantasy world created by the music is heightened by the vocalist of the show, Erik Karol, as the L’Âme Force, who sings undecipherable lyrics, and whose vocal style is that of both a man and woman... Amazing. Do not miss.
- TALKIN' BROADWAY REGIONAL (Canada) —Antonio Tan—


Best of all, the lead singer ,Erik Karol, is a counter-tenor with an exquisite voice. He has developed his head voice and chest voice, which allows him to move freely from one style to another. - BMG Classics-Broadway


Discography

Erik KAROL
Polyphonic Trees 2010
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with OLMONT
(feat. Erik Karol)
Synesthésies
including « Let Me think about it » 2009
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with GOVINDA
(feat Erik Karol
Sound Sutras
(Intentcity records -ICCD80021) 2007
including « El Sueño »
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With CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Dralion ( ré-édition) (CDSMCJ 20016-2) - 2004
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with CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Solarium (CDSMCD10021-2) 2004
including "Spiritual Spiral" Remix Carmen Rizzo
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with SALTO NATALE
Chamäleon 2003
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with CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Best of Cirque du Soleil CDSMC 20022-2) - 2002
including "Stella Errans" and "Ombra"
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with CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Dralion (BMG-RCA-09026-63559-2) 1999
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With LE CABARET DES ELEMENTS
Erik Karol / Eric Signor
Chant d'Ether 1998
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Bio

Erik begun his singing career with the creation of a Parisian new wave rock band, Vie Privée . He performed, for the first time, on stage as well as made his first recording. He also began voice studies where he specialized in Baroque music.
After the band split up, Erik went on to release his first two singles with Victoria Records. With the single Partir, Erik received the Charles Cros Academy Award and an award for the best single of the year at the Festival International d' Expression Francaise.
Erik appeared in his first music video for his second single, Victoria, directed by Mike Japp.
In 1993, Erik continued to perform solo on stage in Paris and throughout France and in 1994, he released Anneaux Marines,a poetry book, with the publisher Caractères in Paris.

He also collaborated on 3 projects between 1997 and 1998:
- Le Cabaret des Elements (duet neo classical) with Eric Signor which led to the release of the CD Chant d'Ether,
- Chaosmose, a cyber opera by Juan Le Parc, where he composed and interpreted the music,
- Millenium Prophety, a duet electro-indie which premiered in New York City.

In 1997, Erik also performed his own songs, and several baroque arias from Purcell and Handel, at the Trinity Church, in New York City.

Erik’s career was launched into the international arena when he joined the well known French Canadian company Cirque du Soleil in 1999. He was the original singer and main character for the Cirque du Soleil show, Dralion, staged by Guy Caron, touring 2 years in the US and Canada. A live DVD was released in San Francisco in 2000, and in 2001, Dralion was nominated at the Grammies in Los Angeles.
In 2003, he was lead singer and character in Salto Natale's first show Chamäleon directed by Guy Caron in Zürich, Switzerland.

From 2004 to 2006, he rejoined Cirque du Soleil for 2 six months rotations with Dralion Europe highlighted by performances in London at the Royal Albert Hall for 2 months at the beginning of 2005.

In the summer of 2007, he was hired by the French film composer Bernard Becker for the soundtrack vocals of Nuit Noire, a feature movie directed by Daniel Colas

In 2007, he wrote, co composed and sung El Sueño for the new album Sound Sutras by Govinda.

In 2010, in partnership with Pamela Shadid, Erik finalized his solo album Polyphonic Trees co-produced with Nicolas Boscovic.