L'orchestre imaginaire

Eric brings his magical orchestra to life using cunning instruments and ingenious inventions. Watch as a humble carpet and Parisian style transforms the street into a wonderland of sound.

Eric Tarantola plays his extraordinary instruments: a sauce pan drum set, an old patched trombone, the “Clock Thumb Piano” and the “Guitanjo” combining a guitar and a banjo. All these instruments are masterfully blended by loop machine and fx pedal to create audio magic.

With these unique instruments and his individual musical style Eric creates a playful universe. L’orchestre Imaginaire is the meeting point between circus and music. Tarantola weaves his rhythms and melodies like a true maestro capitvating both ears and hearts.

Street musician

Born in 1983, South of France, he studied guitar and trombone in the modern music training center called “Pro Musica” in Le Thor, then in the national conservatoire of Marseille and Avignon. Besides his musical studies he got in the world of theater by working as a stage manager for the “Badaboum Théâtre” in Marseille (theater for children). He has played and recorded with numerous bands of contemporary music: from Funk, cumbia, hip-hop, reggae, salsa, jazz-fusion, ska-rock, brass band to traditional music of Burkina Faso.

In 2009, he created his solo project « L’Orchestre Imaginaire » combining several instruments and mixing them by means of a pedal tape recorder (loop-station). He started playing in the streets and to tour internationally as an artist. Over the years this has led him to meet multiple artists of different backgrounds and to collaborate in different disciplines including circus, dance, cinema, street theatre, painting, poetry.

In 2013, he met the circus artist Torpeza Ritmika (clown and cyr-wheel performer) and created together « La Rosa de los Vientos » with which they toured extensively. In 2016 the duo collaborated with the Swiss comedian Markus Schrag and created the trio “ Mägic Hene and Friends “ with whom they have participated in numerous festivals and cabarets in Switzerland.

Eric continues to travel the world with “L’orchestre Imaginaire” and is constantly inspired to create new music.
Eric has played in many street festivals in more than 20 countries all over the world.

2022 TOUR

Al Ula Moments Festival
11 – 22 février

Ecole Lamarque
27 avril
Viviers 07, FRANCE

3R – La Triade
21 mai                                 Nyons 26, FRANCE

Cabaret Solidaire Ukraine
25 mai
Bourg-Saint-Andéol 07, FRANCE

31 mai
Le Teil 07, FRANCE

Sibiu International Theater Festival
26 – 27 juin

Festival Circo TOCATI
2 – 3 juillet


Sans Souci Festival
6 – 9 juillet

Jazz sur un plateau
24 juillet
Larnas 07, FRANCE

Fiesta des quais
5 août
L’isle sur Sorgues 84, FRANCE

6 août
Alba la romaine 07, FRANCE

Auprès de mon arbre Guinguette
7 août
Mayres 07, FRANCE

Gampel Jazz Fest
3 septembre

Fête du Peuple Jurassien
11 septembre

Abha Summer festival
15 – 24 septembre


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* Pflasterspektakel Street Art Festival, Linz
* Flaniermeile Velden 2014, Velden


* Straatkunstenfestival Del Mundo, Maasmechelen
* Rallye- Théâtre de la petite reine, Lessines
* De Gevleugelde Stad Ieper, Ypres


* Festival do circo do Ceará, Fortaleza

Czech Republic

* Kingswood event, Prague-Brno
* Za Dvermi Festival, Pragua


* Spancirfest, Varazdine
* Cest is d'best, Zagreb


* Porto Marina summer Festival, Porto Marina


* Fête du lac d'Anneçy 74
* La Presqu'île, Annonay 07
* Jazz sur un plateau, Larnas 07
* Fiesta d'été, L'isle sur Sorgues 84
* Ô'Chap, Alba la Romaine 07
* Auprès de mon arbre Guinguette, Mayres 07
* La lune Rouge, Verfeil-sur-Seye 82
* Cirk'n Roll, Chabeuil 26
* La Musardière fête d'automne, Vaison la romaine 84
* Cabaret Solidaire Ukraine, Bourg-Saint-Andéol 07
* Vidjo Folies, Suze la Rousse 84
* El local, Vaison la romaine 84
* Récré'action, Le Teil 07
* Chalon dans la rue off, Chalon sur saone 71
* Bravos de la nuit, Pélussin 42
* 3R-la triade Ressourcerie des baronnies, Nyons 26
* Bar l'Atelier du Cauris, Vaison la romaine 84
* Visites insolites, Bagnols sur Cèze 30
* Association Intervalle anniversaire, Buis les Baronnies 26
* Ecole Lamarque, Viviers 07
* Rochefort fait son cinéma, Rochefort 14
* Cabamesquin Festival, Carsan 30
* Festival International de Poésie, Cordes sur Ciel 81
* Festival Rituels et Art Sacré, Paris 75
* Festival De Théâtre Off, Avignon 84
* Kolorz Festival, Carpentras 84
* Festival Auprès de mon Arbre, Sabres 40
* Festival Graines En Têtes, Brousse et Villaret 11
* Festival de la Parole Poétique, Quimperlé 29


* Pflasterzauber Festival, Hildesheim
* East side music days, Berlin
* Norder Sommerfest, Wachtberg
* Gauklerfest Rottenburg, Rottenburg
* Festival Kleinkunst Insel Usedom, Heringsdorf
* Kulturufer Festival, Friedrichshafen
* Marktspektakel, Obernzell
* Pinneberger Kleinkunstfestival, Pinneberg
* StraBentheaterfestival DaCapo, Kronberg im Taunus
* InterStrabenkunstler Festival, Munster
* Berlin Lacht, Berlin
* Dat Uhlenfest, Hamburg


* Straatfestival Arcen, Arcen
* Kunsten op straat, Denekamp
* Straatfestival Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn
* Festival Onderstroom, Vlissingen
* Muziek in de straten, Enschede
* Kunsten op Straat, Hengelo


* International street theater festival, Darbandikhan


* Imaginaria 2018, San Pellegrino Al Cassero
* Di Strada In Strada, Bra


* Earth Sky Sea Festival, Liepaja


* Buskers street festival, Vaduz


* Buskerfest, Skopje


* Contemporary Arts Center, Mexico DF


* OFCA Festival, Oleśnica
* Buskerbus Festival, Wroclaw- Zielona Gora


* Busker festival Obidos, Obidos
* Imaginarius, Porto


* Street music festival, Satu Mare
* Sibiu International Theater Festival, Sibiu


* Al Ula Moments Festival, Al Ula
* Abha Summer Festival, Abha


* Basker Fest, Belgrade


* Ana Desetnica Festival, Ljubljana-Maribor
* Histeria Festival, Koper


* Fira Tarrega off, Tarrega
* Trebufestival, Trebujena
* Art en Bitrir, Petrer
* Pirineos Sur Festival, Sallent de Gallego
* Elx Al Carrer Festival, Elxe
* Festival Nuevos Lenguajes Escenicos Artescena, Avila


* Festival Circo TOCATI cirQ’uartier, Bienne
* Gampel Jazz Fest, Gampel
* Sans Souci Festival, Burgdorf
* PlusQ'île Festival, Bienne
* Festival Artistidistrada, Ascona
* Aufgetischt, St. Gallen
* Spettacolo, Brunnen
* Buskers, Chur
* Ostfest alternativ musics, Bern
* Biomarché, Zofingen
* Blinden und Behinderten, Bern
* Streetfood, Bern
* Fiesta del asado, Probstenberg
* 10 ans de clinique pour enfants, Bienne
* Heitere Fahne Die Idealistenkiste, Bern
* Reitschule Theater, Bern
* Zirkusfestival Plusqu'île, Biel
* Montreux jazz festival off, Montreux
* Oyate, Trimstein
* Vollbrand festival, Schangnau
* Boui-Boui festival, Mittwoch
* Zaffaraya fest, Bern
* Theater Barakuba (Mixmit 10'), Basel
* Theater Palazzo, Basel
* Kompetenzzentrum Arbeit KA event, Bern
* La fête du peuple jurassien, Delemont
* Theatre Spektakel, Zurich
* Festival des artistes de rue, Vevey
* Virtual Design Unit, Romanshorn


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