Biography

Christophe Mareschal was born in 1986 in Strasbourg. He was fascinated very early by rock music and jazz, and quickly developed a special interest for percussion instruments. As early as 9 years-old, he asked to take music lessons. Hence, he began his learning in Dijon. In order to follow a vocational training, he moved to Vesoul at 16 and was taught by Christian Bourdon at the Akanga Music School. There he learned how to practice various styles of music and found out that he had a real passion for rhythms and the whole world music.

Very early, he made his first steps on stage and strengthened his experience while playing with different bands (rock, afro, reggae, jazz, funk, pop,...). In 2009 his encounter with Rido Bayonne enabled him to work deeper on his style. It also triggered out his discovering of Africa where he had the opportunity to played in a big band in Burkina Faso. At the same time he met the bassist Johann Berby and connected with him as a friend. He decided to collaborate on the Johann's album project which was oriented around musics born in Reunion Island, India and Africa. Christophe completely appreciated such influences.

Next,he moved to Ile-de-France (Paris area) and kept on meeting new people and making interesting musical discoveries. He played for instance with Ablaye Cissoko, Baloji, Elie Chémali,  Manou Gallo, Habib Faye, Stefan Filey, Sally Nyolo, Mike Ellis, Ben's Belinga, Aline de Lima, Richard Epessé....

He made umpteen studio recordings and helped out for the production of  quite a few albums. In July 2013 he even recorded the EP from Régis Kole ''Here and Now'' with Manu Dibango and Lokua Kanza.

In January 2014 he took part in the recording of Rido Bayonne upcoming album which should be released by the end of 2017.

In January 2014 he recorded the Johann Berby's album ''Métisse Maloya'' which was released in October 2014.

He played in this differents concert halls and international festivals: New Morning, Le Petit Journal Montparnasse, Le Baiser Salé, Jazz in Ouaga (Burkina Faso), Saint-Jazz-Ten-Noode in Botanique (Brussels), Festival Inter Mizik (Mayotte), Afro Pfingsten Winterthur (Switzerland), Etnosur (Spain), Sierre Blues Festival (Switzerland), Dimajazz Constantine (Algeria), Varia Theater (Brussels), World Me You Zik (Luxembourg), Montreux (Switzerland), Aachen Festival (Germany), Sommerpalast Murrhardt (Germany), Urkult (Sweden), EtnoKrakow (Poland), Festi-Bikutsi Yaoundé (Cameroon).....

 

Among his influences, Christophe quotes: Jimi Hendrix, Dennis Chambers, Horacio Hernandez, Manu Katché, Led Zeppelin, Carlton Barret, Bill Evans, The Who, Les Tetes Brulées, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marcus Miller, Sting, Weather Report, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Tower of Power, Trilok Gurtu, Brian Blade, Miles Davis, Roy Haynes, Mokthar Samba, Karim Ziad, Prince, Pantera, Herbie Hancock, Tigran Hamasyan, D'Angelo, Ben Harper... but this list is far from being exhaustive.

CM – Musician, drummer

Christophe Mareschal - Musicien, batteur