The lucky Man Blues – Sweet Chariot Troubadours

YouTube Preview ImageFeaturing Martin Simpson on guitar 1 and vocals, David Dodson on guitar 2, Bob Lucas on guitar 3, Andy Wolf on Fiddle, Frederick Park on Harmonica, Suzy Williams on vocals…and the sweet chariot troubadours ensemble…

More on these musicians :
Martin Simpson : www.martinsimpson.com
David Dodson : www.daviddodsonmusic.com
Bob Lucas : www.boblucasmusic.com
Suzie Williams latest album : www.reverbnation.com/suzyandthesolidsend­ers
Frederick Park : http://www.apalache.com

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About Esprit Voyageur

The world of Art is complex and occupies an important place within our society. It is the vocation of the artist to open our minds by allowing us to see, hear, and understand our surroundings, but this role is sometimes taken for granted. The responsibility lies with every individual within a society to use the insight that Art provides and become attuned to the pulse of his or her culture. There are many people in the world who feel within themselves that beautiful drive to create and offer a new perspective, a fresh and exciting angle from which to contemplate life. Some are not as widely known as others, but the significance of their work is not diminished.

For the past 20 years now, as a filmmaker, director, journalist or photographer for various institutions around the world, during my travels, I recorded what I saw and heard, and in these multimedia journals, I always try to see beyond what is visible because a camera gives you the opportunity to get closer, to see what the human eye does not perceive. Over the years, I stocked and archived digital content from all over the world, and when the Internet revolution arised, i thought it our my duty to share some of these productions with the www.

In this web site, you will find artists who have not necessarily achieved great fame, but people admirable for their work dedication and excellence in the Arts, whether it’s music, painting, sculpture, photography, filmaking, poetry, or wine making. Most of the films and photographs fall outside of what might be considered “mainstream,” but each of them reveals a strong story, a very different human being that presents a piece to the vast puzzle of life.

Bon Voyage !

Alban


As I am fortunate to continue to travel and work for institutions that help my work,  I would like to thank some of them  for their support :

FTelevision 

 

 

 

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Dean Stevens – Old Man in his garden

 

On the beautiful coast of Maine, Dean Stevens sings “Old Man in his Garden”, a very precious tune. And as Daniel, Jackson and Matice, are listening and waving at us from their young ages, I dream about “when they grow old, they want to stand out in this garden, may they rest assure that the fruit of this is the bounty of this land, may they give more than they take..and I’ll be thinking rain, I’ll be hoping sun, I’ll be dreaming greener gardens when this is my last one, you can see it glowing, slower…”

Dean has a new CD, very, very small edition…find it at http://www.deanstevens.com, and meet Monsieur Stevens.

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And if you want more, Salmon River :

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Merci Dean !

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Marie Laveau, Voodoo Story


Frederic Park is not only an wonderful story teller, an accomplished musician, and a dance collector, he is also one of the finest and most passionate photographer and an enlightened Human being. This short sequence was shot in Maine one early morning after a canoe ride on the lake. The story of that woman called Marie Laveau, a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo renowned in New Orleans. She was born free in Louisiana and is properly described as a ‘Voodoo priestess’.  Once you have met him Marie Laveau, just like Frederic, you shall never forget the stories. Here is a little bit of his own magic :(More about Mr F. Park there : http://www.apalache.com/)
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Venezia, Grand Canal painting

On my last trip to Venezia, I painted a Video.
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Backwards in Bethesda Square, NYC


A short reverse video of one of the greatest park in the world.
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Le Clos de la Meslerie, Un Vin d’excellence…

 
Peter Hahn is a Wine maker from the Loire Valley.
His wine is probably one of the finest nectar of the region  “Le Clos de la Meslerie“.
His secret is simple, he does everything by himself.
By hand. No industrial process whatsoever in the making of his wine.
He carefully selects each grape,
And as you can witness in this short clip, he uses only traditional tools of winemakers including the old wood press and barrels.
His wine has the fine taste of perfection.

A successful project by all means.

Every Year is an exceptional one for this small 4 hectars production that is already winning prices all over the world.
A well kept secret…

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Bourges 2010


M – Stadium
In 2010, I only spent a couple of days at the festival for a Photo shoot of musicians. Too short….

So, I stayed up most of time and brought back  some of the magical moments of the 34th Edition of the Festival.

A few snapshots… amongst them you will find the beautiful Jeanne Cherhal, the incredible Daniel Johnston, the mystic Iggy pop, the unbelievable Staff Benda Bilili and a few others…

Come and join the next festival : http://www.printemps-bourges.com/ &    Here is the link to my 2009 Edition

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Bourges 2009 !


In 2009, I covered the festival for a couple of newspaper in the United States. My assignment was to investigate  “the new underground trends of French Music”….Litttle did they know about the festival and how eclectic it is.

As I worked with France 3 interviewing Kezia Jones that year, I realised how much this incredible musical event brings to the French Youth.

Eventhought I had photographic assignements, I could not help but carry around my little video camera and when I got back to the office, I decided to share some of these moments with you…

In 2009, for the 33rd anniversary of the festival, the weather was ideal and the variety of musical talent was immense. There were 66,800 tickets sold, 40 shows, 800 professionals, and a global frequentation of 220,000 people.

Along with my camera, my sound recorder and the program of the performances, I started to walk and I gradually became immersed in the ambiance of the festival. I began to feel the subtle nuances, to hear the sounds and stolen discussions. It was a moment in time that had no real imprint. I knew the feeling and it was at the same time familiar and foreign.

The first note of music rang out and signaled the beginning of a Printemps in its new form. Grace, Piers Faccini and Ben Harper opened the festival and 6,000 people attended. Through my experience with large crowds I have learned that a concert can be very different depending on one’s proximity to the stage. I danced and smiled my way through the audience so that I could fully absorb the mood and the feeling of the performances. I searched for the rhythm and the energy and it came over me like a flood.

It is important to keep in mind that music is a very personal matter and everyone experiences the same artist or musical trend differently. This intimate perception depends on one’s personal history, taste and culture. The fact that each individual approaches a performance differently is what makes a live show so unique and special. Since the musical interviews did not happen, I would like to share with you some pieces of my project, sounds and images that I have captured. Hopefully, through the lens of my camera, I can share with you  my own experience of the 33rd Printemps de Bourges.


The performances I attended :

Official Festival :

1- Grace – Pier Faccinni – Ben Harper and relentless7

18- Sammy de Coster – Victor Demé – Matthieu Boogaerts

22 – Mansfield Tya – Emily Loizeau

11 – The Von Bondies – Stuck in the sound  Lucy and the Popsonics

19 – Frida Hyvonen – Larin Grimm – Sophie Hunger

3 – Arthur H – Anais – Ayo – Amadou et Mariam

27 – Misja Fitzgerald Michel – Kyrie Kristmanson – Mélissa Laveau – Jouyaté – Keziah Jones – Toots and the Mayals – Patrice

14 – 80 Kidz – Battant – Shini Osawa

28 – Coeur de Pirate – Luciole – La grande Sophie

21 – Scary Mansion – Susanna Wallumrod – Bonnie Prince Billy

5 – Rock’n Beat Party – Izia – Birdy Nam Nam – Laurent Garnier – Miss Kittin and the Hacker – Solange Lafrange

 

Festival «off» :

Senor Holmes @ “Home”

Carmen Maria Vega @ “la scène des tontons”  in the garden-

Funky town @ “Espace découverte du Printemps” –

L’herbe Folle @ pub des jacobins-

Lenny et l’horchestre Tournée générale @ dans une sombre ruelle –

Dandy Freaks @ Living

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Piers Faccini – “A home away from Home”

I discovered Piers Faccini two years ago…After hearing some of the tracks of his first album “Tearing Sky”, Piers’s voice reminded me of Nick Drake, his poetry, and ballads were the one of an inspired artist and I was looking forward to hear him again in Bourges.

Piers came to the festival with his latest album “Two grains of Sand”, and was kind enough to allow me a filmed interview and a song “A home away from Home”. Filmed in the Palais Jacques Coeur, the small ITV that follows the song reveals a warm soul, and an extremely talented musician.

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Senor Holmes – Harry et Quito @ home

Senor Holmes has been touring for almost 10 years now with their “Roots Caraibean music”… The rythm of Harry’s Jumbe and Quito’s guitar is at the border of many influences from Afro-Latino to Rap, reggae and ballads…

Beautiful melodies and yet undiscovered from the main stream music scene (they auto produced their 2 first albums), Senor Holmes is one of the many jewels that you can run into if you come to Bourges, and if you can find them.

This little clip was shot with Martine Garrel before their concert. The first song comes from Guy Conkuete “Tous ensemble” followed by a short ITV in French of the 2 musicians and a live version of “Jacko” another great song from their second album …
Be tunes and make sure to visit their web site for future performances.

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Carmen Maria Vega – Rock France

2009 was Carmen Marie Vega’s second year in Printemps de Bourges and the launching of their first album. I first saw them perform at the pub “Les trois petits cochons” in 2008 in front of a difficult audience and I thought Maria, the lead singer, was incredibly talented to put up such an impressive show and I knew Iwould certainly see her again.

 

In 2009, She came back to Bourges, at the  “Scène des Tontons” (translate “Uncle’s stage”) for a special evening with Guests. This Bar/restaurant/concert hall, transformed itself during the printemps and builds a stage in its back garden. It’s almost impossible to access to it as it is one of the sweet small intimate stage of the festival where you can confortably get an afordable glass of french wine or a cool beer, listening to the various performances. The bar is always filled with fun people, and the stage is a succession of really fantastic bands of different kinds.

Carmen Maria Vega is a 3 person’s band Max Lavegie, Alain Arnaudet and Carmen Maria Vega. Carmen has an amasing stage presence and a theatrical voice, the lyrics and melodies composed by Max transforms the group into a spectacular venue. Carmen is a liar, she even admits it when she pretends she is “misogyne” 9Woman hater). At the border of “Musette”, she makes fun of the world we live in by making fun of herself, pretending all kind of things. Her voice can not let anyone indifferent.

Here is an improvised video clip and a short interview of the Group :

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Coeur de Pirate – Folk Canada

The one and only, beautiful, extraordinary «melowoman», Béatrice Martin, alias «Coeur de Pirate», signed her first album that year and came to the Printemps with her label. A young and very talented artist, a gifted pianist, a charismatic singer with a fairy voice. To listen without moderation. She recently won the 2009 French music award.

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Bonnie Prince Billy

Printemps de Bourges 2009 – Folk USA –

The legendary Will Oldham alias Bonnie Prince Billy or Palace, has delivered over 20 albums in the past 15 years. Right after “Beware” a beautiful album, the inventor of Post country neo neo folk Psycho blue grass brought us his sublime music to the printemps this year. Here, he is performing with Susanna Wallumrod a Norwegian voice.

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Matthieu Boogaerts
Matthieu Boogaerts and Piers Faccini have both signed with the same music label that I have always admired “Tot ou Tard“. Therefore, I was able to meet Matthieu for a few minutes the day after his great performance in Bourges.

Matthieu came to Bourges with his latest album “I Love you”, hard to describe and not to feel the memory of the intimacy of the new music of words that Matthieu excells in. The brilliant artist plays with words, feelings and melodies like a bee on a flour, he mesures every step and the result is absolutely astonishing. Judge for yourself by going to his latests videos and samples on line.
In the meantime, here is the short stolen interview of Matthieu in between two performances.

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I want to finish this small review mentioning Misja Fitzgerald Michel forits amasing guitar work on Nick Drake, I was blown away by the talent of this great musician.

My last concert of the festival was at the «Living», a small bar with great venues every year. Exhausted and tired of so much music in a short period but theDandy Freaks were just what I needed : costumes, energetic music, vitality with a scenic presence that will blow anyone’s mind.

The beautiful keyboard diva would change costume every 3 songs…

A l’année prochaine !

 

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Web Links !

Perusing the web is the last thing you should do…Go take a walk…But if you have to, you can check some of these links..

Jim Wilson | God’s Chorus of Crickets | crickets audio recording slowed way down

Tom Waits (on Jim Wilson): “Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts – you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.”

Source: “Woyzeck to run at Freud Playhouse”. Daily Bruin (USA), by Andrew Lee. December 3, 2002
Find more on the recording on this link: www.democraticunderground.com/10023815586

Borrowing journalistic postures they smash formats with humour or with poetry. Playing with oxymoron and manipulating images, they bend and move points of view reclaiming their subjectivity … What are the strategies of these contemporary artists who in gathering up information melt and remap the world? source : http://www.orevo.com/2011/10/05/vimeo-html5-test/

. The Arctic Light by : TSO Photography

Theo Jansen : Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art andengineering; in a car company television commercial Jansen says: “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” He strives at equipping his creations with their own intelligence to manage avoiding obstacles, by changing their course when one is detected, such as the sea itself.

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. Women…. :

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

. Evolution :  Hans Rosling’s 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes – The joy of Stats – BBC four

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. Rutt-Etra-Izer: l’art vidéo en application web

 

. Battleship Island – Japan’s Rotting Metropolis


. Edouard Salier – 3D Clip Director

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

. BDM pour le magazine du bout du monde : http://www.boutsdumonde.com/

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. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/

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