I breathe music. I live for music and I love to play music for people and talk about it on radio. My first paying gig was at 16 in Kibuye (Rwanda) and I never looked back. I’ve played on boats (the France-Ireland ferry crossing), trains (in the Piedmont, NW Italy), bars, restaurants, clubs and festivals. I have a knowledge and a passion for African, Brazilian, Latin, Flamenco, Ska, Reggae & other Caribbean music, Electronica, Middle Eastern and Film Music etc… The collision of cultures has given us great music and still does. I am interested in collisions, experiments and meetings through music. Music is light years ahead of politics and current social debates. Music is also timeless. As a DJ, I always want to have a live element. Most of the time, I play with one or many percussionists.
Recent and not-so-recent past events:
Past residencies in Vancouver:
With my music mate Michael Laycock, we held for 10 years (Nov 2004-Nov 2014) a monthly WorldBeat Dance Party called ELECTROPICAL at the Backstage Lounge. A cool and hot spot on an island…..
I also hosted a weekly event (5 to 9pm) at The Calabash Bistro in Vancouver called COCONUT THURSDAYS ”sun-infused soundtrack for after work gatherings” spinning reggae, ska, calypso etc. (2014-2015)
A weekly event called CLAVE ! in the funky Tiki Lounge of the world famous Waldorf Hotel. (2013)
Back in the days (1992-2003) with my DJ partner Tobu Ley, we were doing a monthly African dance party called AFRODISIA…
….and a weekly lounge event called LAZY PLEASURES at the wonderful CHAMELEON Lounge.
I’ve opened for some artists that I like and respect. Recently, LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES from Venezuela, THE THIEVERY CORPORATION from D.C. and local bands like Delhi2Dublin and Tambura Rasa.
I also do custom soundtracks for gallery openings, fashion shows, theme parties etc.
Check my CV below for details.
2. Music Journalist & Broadcasting
I have been producing and hosting radio shows and columns on Radio-Canada (the French CBC) since 1992. I currently co-host and program all the music on the Saturday morning show LES SAMEDIS DU MONDE (7am to 11 am, hosted by Arnaud Decroix) where I present music and musicians from all over the world. During the summer seasons, I also write, produce and host the 30-minute show prior to LES SAMEDIS DU MONDE. It’s called SONGE D’UN SAMEDI D’ÉTÉ and offers good news and good music 😉 !
Between 2012 and 2015, I did a weekly column where I presented a quiz called SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS, a series on unusual covers of famous songs coming from unexpected places. I also dabbled into THE SONGS THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY OF A COUNTRY, and THE FUTURE SOUNDS OF CANADA (on the electro-aboriginal music scene). Every week, across Canada.
As a freelance, I sometimes produce and/or host the morning and/or afternoon show on Radio-Canada BC/Yukon
You can browse through the complete list of radio projects on my CV below.
As a contributor to the British magazine SONGLINES, I write CD reviews and features. I usually cover the electronic Aboriginal scene in Canada. A 4-page full feature called THE FUTURE SOUNDS OF CANADA was published in the January 2014 issue.
In June 2015, my 4-page piece on Tanya Tagaq made the cover !
3. Concerts and Events coordinator
For the first 3 years (2012–2013–2014), I was the musical director of the Western Canada chapter of LE DÎNER EN BLANC, the classy flash mob picnic organized by THE SOCIAL CONCIERGE that took place in Victoria (BC), and Vancouver (BC). Booked/put together live bands and supplied dinner/dance music.
”Metteur en sons” / Soundscape artist for numerous documentaries. I hire composers, negociate terms, do some needle-dropping etc I also do voice-over in French for any types of projects and commercials. I can do many accents. Previous projects with REAL WORLD MEDIA (Vancouver) and RED LETTER FILMS (Surrey) abounds.
I am the president of the board of directors of the VANCOUVER LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking. The festival is taking place the last week of August every year. VLAFF’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information and education. Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora. Our special screenings also allow me to do the music selection for all to enjoy.
5. Percussionist I play Cajón, a box-shaped percussion instrument that originates from Peru and used extensively in Flamenco music, Cuban music and Brazilian music. These days you can hear it also in such music as blues, pop, rock, funk, world music, fusion, jazz etc. I call it a drum kit in a seat !
I ran two international bookstores in Vancouver between 1987 and 2010. Remember Manhattan Books & Sophia Books ? That was me behind the counter and the concept… and then, there is food ! Check my Vibes ‘n Spices blog.
Americas, Japan, Europe, Africa. I’ve been DJing ever since I’ve been able to put a needle on a record (that was before I knew how to walk according to my mother; a crawler DJ I was). I specialize in what some call World Music. From Art Gallery openings to Dance Clubs, Concert Halls and Catwalks, I have been creating soundscapes and soundtracks to create a musical trip. Since settling in Vancouver in 1986, I’ve opened for such artists as THE THIEVERY CORPORATION, GILBERTO GIL and LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES. I’ve had many residencies, the most notables being AFRODISIA at The ANZA Club (1992-1999), LAZY PLEASURES at The Chameleon (1994-2001) and ELECTROPICAL at The Backstage Lounge (2001-2011).
Current residency: The Backstage Lounge, Granville Island, Vancouver. (2001-present)
Musicians/Percussionists who play with us regularly: Yoro Noukoussi, Raphael Geronimo (Rumba Calzada), Navaro Franco (Zhambai Trio), Sacha Levin, Nick Apivor, Curtis Andrew, Jack Duncan.
Marc is a connoisseur of contemporary global music and has the gift to connect others with similar passions together to share in a communal experience, celebrating the international language. With Electropical and Clave and a host of other events under his spell, Vancouver is his proverbial oyster.
I produced and hosted numerous shows since 1993.
Currently the music programmer & co-host for the Saturday morning show LES SAMEDIS DU MONDE
NeoGeo productions is a Vancouver-based event production company.
Founded by media person / DJ Marc Fournier and sound engineer / tech wizard Xavier Berbudeau.
previous event include LOVE IN THE TIME OF ANDALUCIA (Storyeum, Feb 2011); THE ALCHEMYST AND THE BURNERS
(Norman Rothstein Theatre, June 10th 2011)
Expert in World Music. Polyglott. Music anthropology. Provide soundtracks for International-Flavoured events (Art opening, movie sets, radio, television etc).
Consultant and composer for film soundtracks projects.
Workshops on music, culture and language.
Workshops on the use of books and music for language training.
Workshops on relationship between art, music, food and language in human history.
Translator (English to French & French to English)).
Opened Canada’s only multilingual bookstore in Feb 2000.
Books & Magazines in French, English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian. + unique visual arts books (fashion, Tattoo, design, architecture, grafitti, music etc)
Supplied multilingual books to School, Libraries and corporate accounts. Japanese Magazines subscriptions service.
Rett syndrome & Music Therapy is a video documentary that I shot and edited. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Johanne Brodeur , Ph.D, MTA, Dr Brodeur holds a Doctorate in Health Science, Music, and Music Therapy and is an accredited music therapist in Canada. She is the Head of the VCM Music Therapy Department and also the Head of the Children’s Music Department. Dr. Brodeur has been a…more
Nommé CHEVALIER DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES
pour services rendus à la francophonie internationale, par le Ministère de la Culture de la République Française 2001. http://gazette.gc.ca/archives/p1/2001/2001-02-24/html/gh-rg-fra.html
Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. From the Government of France, for cultural services and inspiration.
approved by The Chancellery of Honours of the Canadian Government.