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Bio

Catherine Ringer started her career at the age of eight by modelling and put an end to it two years later by insisting on sticking her tongue out during a photo shoot.  This was followed, in 1969, by a tv film produced by Marianne Oswald called Les Deux Coquines. At fifteen she decided to leave school to concentrate on her career and by the age of seventeen Catherine was a singer, working in musical theatre and comedy.  During this time she worked with Micheal Lonsdale and Michel Puig for two years, using her voice to produce a range of rusty, super high and eerily deep tones.  She also worked in a musical comedy with Marcia Moretto and Armando Llamas, at the Café de la Gare in Paris, where she sang, played and danced. This was followed by the classical musical theatre Mère Courage, by Bertold Brecht, where Catherine played the role of Yvette. At eighteen, she was hired by Yannis Xenakis as a soloist to play in a production of N'Shima at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris. She sang a piece in quarter tone, with 'a savage voice', as required by the composer.

   

 

The next stage in Ringer's career, in 1979, lead her to sing in a radical 'rock' musical by Marc'O, using a microphone for the first time.  It was here where she met Fred, twenty four years old, who came to an audition, curious to hear this new rock singer. He wanted to see who the girl on the poster was who he liked.  In the event, he liked her singing and felt they could do great things together. He wanted to pull her out of that arty pretentious scene, that he despised. One of Catherine's dreams was coming true. She envisaged a real rock band “like the Stones!"

 

They worked together, making a small but fun living through their music. They elaborated their style, which involved messing around with instruments, just the two of them, with Fred recording their sound. Catherine learned bass, guitar, piano (at her grandmother's house), percussion and flute. Anything she could lay her hands on! She was able to let her quirkiness run free, and her multiple talents were highlighted by Fred. They did what they liked, and could, with a mix of pop, rock, funk and electro. Their motto was “It's better to play simple parts with the right musical feeling than elaborate things with no emotions".

 

They formed the group Les Rita Mitsouko and went on to have a huge success in 1985 with the song 'Marcia Baila', a tribute to their friend, the Argentinian dance star Marcia Moretto, with whom Catherine had worked at the Café de la Gare, and who died of cancer in 1981. With the help of a video by Philippe Gautier and some remarkable costumes by a then-unknown Jean-Paul Gaultier, the song sold over a million copies and became one of the most famous French pop songs of the '80s.

 

Catherine had found her partner. Their collaboration lasted twenty-eight years, of wild abandon and unbridled creativity, and several classic albums The No Comprendo, Marc & Robert, Système D and Cool Frénésie; working together, and separately, with film scores, musicals, hip-hop productions, and endless collaborations. Then, in 2007, Fred was struck down by a rapid cancer, and died shortly after the release of their album Variety. With great difficulty Catherine completed the tour they had started together and entered an intense period of mourning.

 

While she was grieving, her pianist Pascal Simoni encouraged her to sing whatever she liked, Stevie Wonder, Brassens, whatever, and she agreed.

 

Eventually they went into the studio and they started to work. It was a cathartic experience with Catherine's riffs played by Mark [WHICH MARK?], Mark's [WHICH MARK] riffs arranged by Catherine. The two Marks, Plati on guitar and bass, and Kerr on drums, Catherine on the mic, and off they went. [THESE MUSICIANS ARE INTRODUCED WITH NO EXPLANATION?]

 

They recorded six songs in ten days at the Rita Mitsouko's studio, Studio SIX. Three of them were kept for the album: 'Z Bar', 'Yalala' and 'Pardon'. Mauro Gioia, Catherine's accomplice from the album Rendez-vous chez Nino Rota', came to sing on two tracks: 'Yalala' and 'Z Bar'.

 

It was clear that the inspiration was still there... They had to go on!

 

The live tour was extended and finished at the end of 2008 with the live album Catherine Ringer Chante Les Rita Mitsouko, recorded by Mark Plati.

 

In 2009, Catherine decided it was time for her to see what she was capable of doing on her own in terms of composing and producing.

 

With Azzedine Djelil and Jean-Baptiste Brunhes at the wheel of Studio Six (a.k.a Studio Francis), she composed, played piano, loops, keyboards, guitar, bass, and sorted through material.

 

She also made songs with drummer and MPC player, Mark Kerr. She felt inspired by Mark playing through his collection of sounds. Catherine worked on and added 'Rendez-Vous' to the album, a song she had written and sung in 1998 with Coba, the Japanese accordionist.

She also wrote a song based on Mahler's 'Adagietto'. Throughout these months, Catherine was guided by Fred's advice. Finally, in February 2010, the album was almost ready.  Seventeen “dance songs" in the can, twelve of which had to be finalised with a few arrangements, final takes on the voices and mixing. Catherine also asked for RZA some help and he accepted.

 

In September 2010, in Los Angeles, they [WHO?] got to work in the Paramount Studios. Improvising, dancing, laughing. RZA loved the vibe of the songs which he felt he “could have created himself" ('Punk 103', 'Got it Sweet'). For ten days, the studio reverberated with

funk guitars, soul, hip hop and then the incredible John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Pepper.

 

After a small incubation period, Catherine decided to sort through the LA recordings and finalize them at Studio Francis, and to do the final vocals and the mix with Mark Plati.

 

Ring like a bell...

Roll like a stone...

CATRINGER goes back on the road for the RING N' ROLL TOUR.

   

PHOTOS

Catherine Ringer
Catherine Ringer
Catherine Ringer
Catherine Ringer

VIDEOS

Punk 103
Prends Moi
Prends Moi
Pardon
Teaser 'Quel est ton nom?'
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NEWS

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New Catherine Ringer video!

New Catherine Ringer video!

Catherine Ringer's new video "Punk 103" is now online !

New Catherine Ringer video "Prends Moi"

New Catherine Ringer video "Prends Moi"

Watch Catherine Ringer 's new video "Prends Moi"

Catherine Ringer & Justice win an award in France!

Catherine Ringer & Justice win an award in France!

On saturday evening, Catherine Ringer & Justice won two awards at "Les Victoires de la musique"

Catherine Ringer - Nos Maternités

Catherine Ringer - Nos Maternités

In December 2011, Catherine Ringer sang for the maternity hospital of Les Lilas. Today she is commiting to the national level.

Catherine Ringer on Ce Soir Ou Jamais

Catherine Ringer on Ce Soir Ou Jamais

"Punk 103" in acoustic on Ce Soir Ou Jamais

Catherine Ringer in acoustic !

Catherine Ringer in acoustic !

Catherine Ringer was performing in acoustic for Jean Paul Gaultier

Catherine Ringer - Arte Live Web

Catherine Ringer - Arte Live Web

The video of Catherine Ringer 's show in Lille is still online on Arte Live Web !

Catherine Ringer - London

Catherine Ringer - London

Listen to Catherine Ringer's live in London!

Catherine Ringer 'Pardon'

Catherine Ringer 'Pardon'

Catherine Ringer's new video is now online !

Catherine Ringer

Catherine Ringer

Her new album 'Ring n' Roll' is out today !