A Swiss singer from the canton of Valais, Marc Aymon loves nothing better than a challenge, the thrill of danger and of fresh encounters. Having recorded in Nashville (USA) and collaborated with the Breton lyric writer Alexandre Varlet, as part of his latest opus, “ô Bel été” (Oh beautiful summer), Marc is tackling a series of eternal songs relating to cultural heritage with texts written between the end of the 19th century and the 1920s.
Keen on discovery, he is a committed man. Following an encounter with Marco Simeoni, which he found inspirational, Marc Aymon has joined the big Race for Water family to spread the Foundation’s message. He was alongside us during the stopover on Easter Island.
Marc Aymon: “My first encounter with the Race for Water Foundation was via Marco, who told me about the boat, which I’d seen in photos. However, given that I have a little Rapa Nui quality to my character, I have to touch to see! That’s why I accepted this invitation to share in the stopover on Easter Island with you. When I saw the catamaran arrive, it was incredible: there in front of me was a boat, a technological challenge: to circumnavigate the globe in five years using the wind, the sun and water! I’m still amazed today when I climb aboard.
What I love about Race for Water is this notion of a challenge and accomplishment. When I get going on an artistic project, I’m not certain I’ll realise it. I think Marco shares this same fibre: he goes for it, embarks upon it and things get done!
When I met Marco, he immediately invited me to meet the Rapa Nui people, to see the Foundation’s work in the flesh on the ground with regards to plastic and the machine which will convert it into energy. He also suggested I meet the musicians.
I notably got in contact with an internationally renowned pianist, Mahani Teave.Next, I met up with Enricé Iqua, her husband, he too an incredible musician.
We got together and we rehearsed with a view to putting on a musical night before the boat set sail again. I also met percussionists, Rapa Nui people who play with horses’ jaws! I feel as if I’m on a cultural mission where all the genres blend into one.
When I sing with a local musician, it’s a kind of signature, an exchange, a handshake. Each of us takes a step towards the other. Something happens which is an excellent starting point for the beginning of an adventure.
That’s exactly what you do, Race for Water, at every stopover. You come along to provide a solution for the problem of plastic waste, you need the people you meet to trust in you: you need to create bonds before you can come up with a practical solution. It may take time but in the end, it works. What is happening here on Easter Island is the perfect example of this.”