Senor Holmes, C’est Grave….

I met Harry and Quito 5 years ago at the music festival I attend every year : Le printemps de Bourges. Quito is a hard working musician and Harry an amasing drummer; together they have created 2 wonderful albums that should be in everyone’s musical library. Their music is based on “Gwo Ka”, originaly played by African slaves in Guadaloupe, it is composed of seven distinct rythms. Harry uses 2 of them “Toumblack”, that calls for revolution, and “Kaladja” that can be assimilated to Blues. Hard to describe and incredibly energetic.


Piers Faccini – A home Away From Home

From the album “Two grains of Sand” this song of Piers Faccini was recorded during the printemps de Bourges 2009 in the Palais Jacques Coeur.
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Video of the Month !

Every month, I select one video that strikes me and relates to my work. Here is this month’s discovery : “Blue Marble 3000”

[youtube][/youtube]This visualization has been developed at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences by Adrian Meyer and Karl Rege. It shows the earth starting at the last glacial maximum 21’000 years ago and ends 1’000 years in the future.
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Miscelaneous – Quotes, Music, Directors, links….



Favourite Quotes : «If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.» Thich Nhat Hanh

“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy” – Tom Waits

«A man should always think of the water as he drinks it» – Sifu Yip Man

Favourite Music : Tom Waits, Têtes Raides, Les Ogres de Barback, Brigitte Fontaine, David Bowie, The Clash, Bérurier Noir, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Smiths, Seu Jorge, Salif Keita,Bruce Springsteen,Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,Michael Jackson,Camille,Yael Naim,Polka, CarolinaChocolate Drops, Bonga, arthur h., La rue ketanou, Buena Vista Social Club, Bashung, Arno, Billie Holiday, Massive Attack, White Stripes, Screaming Jay Hawkins, NicoNick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Jack Johnson, Fela Kuti, Daniel D. Johnston, Elvis, Birdy Nam NAm, John Cage, Zappapilar diaz, La Chanson du Dimanche , Cheikh Lo , Georges Brassens , Jacques Brel, Monique Serf, Piaf, Palace, Pogues, Golden Gate Quartet, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Peter, Boney M., Luis Mariano, Natalie Merchant, AC/DC, Adriano Celentano, Bonga, J.S.Bach, Ben E. King, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson, Bonnie rait, Boubacar Traore, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Burning Spear, Aznavour, Mark Knopfler, The Christians, Christy Moore, Compay Segundo, StillNASH, Daniel Balavoine, David Alan Coe, Deep Purple, Django Reinhardt, The Duke, Tom Waits, Piers Faccini, Moira smiley & VOCO, Larkin Grimm, Coeur de Pirate, Bonnie ‘prince’ billy, Nick Drake, Sam Amidon…I could go on and on…

Favourite Directors : Scorcese, Casavets, Fellini, Kurosawa, Kubrick, PArker, Godard, Spielberg, Burton, Renoir, Fritz Lang, Coppola, Lynch, Tarkovsky, Jarmush, Allen, Wells, Altman, De Palma, Lynch….


Nancy Rudolph, Pioneer photographer of the 20th century

Ever since she was a teenager, Mrs Rudolph was enamoured with Black and white photography, she is now considered as one of the pioneer woman photographers of the 20th century.

Everywhere she would go, she was kept company by her Leica M6 and would capture the world surrounding her. Nancy has the capacity to connect with people, penetrate barriers, quickly privileged an intimate view point for a subject.

From Plum village and Thich Nhat Hanh, to New York city’s meat packing district, Greenwich village, her 11 St studio is still brimming with her photographs, journals and life stories.

Her numerous travels have taken her to Tibet, India, America, Europe, and beyond…Her entourage was left with a poignant testimony of many moments from the past, capturing the undefinable through her Leica M6 lens.

Right next to Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Margaret Bourke-White or Annie Leibovitz, Nancy Rudolph is one of the most talented and important 20th century photographer, yet still unknown to the public eye. Here are a few images from her collection and a short interview shot in France, a few years ago. Nancy Rudolph now resides in California, and continues to look at the world with a passionate eye.

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Nancy Rudolph

This month’s West Village Original is photographer Nancy Rudolph, who began photographing in the late 1940’s while working in Europe through the Marshall Plan. Her first photographic essay appeared in the New York Times Magazine in the 1950’s. Throughout her career she has had seventeen solo exhibits and has created three photo books. Ms. Rudolph is currently working on her illustrated memoir in the same house on West 11th Street she has lived in since 1956. Visit

After a few unsuccessful attempts at college as a young woman, Nancy Rudolph’s mother suggested she take up shorthand and typing. It was a suggestion that would turn out to have far-reaching consequences. “My mother said I could go anywhere and get any kind of job with those skills,” Rudolph recalls. “So I went to Sadie Brown’s Collegiate Secretarial School in the Grand Central Building. I must have had ten jobs in one year! I was not cut out for that kind of work.”

Nancy Rudolph as a young woman in Rome, 1949.

Eventually, Rudolph went to Europe and was living in Paris where she applied for a job through the Marshall Plan. “There were a lot of Americans in Paris those days, both on the GI Bill and working for the government,” she says. “I applied at the ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) and ended up working in Rome for a couple of years as a secretary doing—of all things—shorthand and typing. As pleased as my mother was with that, she was very upset that I overstayed my time in Europe and I wasn’t at home getting married!” Rudolph laughs. “But I had a wonderful life there. I finally did come home, met Alan Rudolph, and married him.”

While Rudolph subsequently “liberated” herself after twenty-five years of marriage to her husband, the photography she began doing while overseas remained a constant in her life. “I started as a painter,” she relates. “When I went to Europe, I brought my paints and easel and an old camera that belonged in the family. And when I was in Rome, I took a trip with a friend to Berlin. This was during the time of the airlift. We stayed with an army officer and his family so I went to the PX and bought myself a decent camera. The first real photographs I took were of people digging out of war-torn Berlin. That was 1949.”
I've always wanted to say things about the human condition.Why did photography become her means of expression? “I always wanted to say things about the human condition,” Rudolph explains. “I have a big social conscience and I wanted to spotlight issues that I thought should be examined and understood and, if necessary, changed. That was the real motivation of my photography. I couldn’t do that through painting so that’s why I picked up a camera. I understood a lot more through photographs.” This approach to the medium also informed her philosophy of it as well. “I never looked at photography as an art,” she says. “I looked at it as a way to say something about the world.”

A resident of the Village since the 50’s, Rudolph claims this is the only place she wanted to live in New York. “I’ve never lived in any other part of the city,” she says. “My husband wanted to move to the suburbs because he grew up in New York. And I grew up in the suburbs on Long Island and vowed never to go back!” With such longevity, it’s no surprise that Rudolph’s strongest desire is “to preserve as much of the Village as can be preserved.” “I was involved with the whole Jefferson Market Courthouse fight when they were trying to tear it down,” she says. “I was also very involved in Washington Square Park when they were going to put Fifth Avenue right through it. I think that was the first victory that citizens had over an issue like that.”

While Rudolph’s love affair with Greenwich Village continues to this day, it is difficult at times to reconcile the past with the present. One of the biggest changes for her is the growth of both NYU and the New School in her neighborhood. “The New School has never been very invasive, but now it is,” she says. “I think it’s awful. And then I say to my son, ‘I think it’s terrible!’ like an old codger. But my son replies that these people are being educated to go into the world and make a difference. So how can you argue against that?”



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Located where the Touraine, Blésois, and Sologne cross borders, the community of Pontlevoy has approximately 1,600 inhabitants and an area of 5,111 hectaresNestled in the heart of Pontlevoy, our house is one of the most historic homes, dating back to the 14th century. Completely renovated, the house prides itself on it’s unique and welcoming interior design; an artist’s abode… Our village is graced by the majestic Abbey and it’s beautiful gardens, not to mention it’s proximity to a number of the Châteaux in our region.


The village is located only 200 kms south of Paris, with easy access by TGV (daily direct trains to Paris and Charles de Gaulle) and numerous trains from neighboring towns (Montrichard, Onzain, Blois, Tours…)We are 25km south of Blois and 40 km from Tours in the heart of the Loire châteaux country. The village itself is quaint and peaceful, tucked into a landscape of gently rolling hills, cultivated fields, and protected forests. Biking and taking long walks is a natural past time. Enjoy the proximity of the chateaux and their local wines (6 of the most famous are located less than 15 minutes away) and discover the quality of life in our picturesque village, unharmed by tourism. For over 1000 years, Pontlevoy and it’s inhabitants have benefited from a micro-climat and the majestic presence of the Abbey whose grounds and gardens include a set of 16 beautiful buildings in the center of the village. There is even a megalith on the outskirts of town.

Our village also offers a unique community of people. For centuries, students have come to the Abbey (now the property of an American). In bygone years the nobility sent their youth to the Abbey for their studies and built prestigious homes. Therefore, the village is surrounded by noble properties and lovely gardens, not to mention the stunning countryside. Surrounded by farm lands, all routes seem to lead to Pontlevoy. For over 1000 years, it’s location has offered great biking and hiking paths literally minutes from the village.

Aerial view of the village that gives you a good idea of where we live (house is located in the film by the arrow) :




After having spent 7 beautiful years in Pontlevoy, we are selling our home à “contre-coeur” (against our heart’s desire) for professional reasons. Our house is located on the historical main street, adjacent to the abbey (50 mtrs) and within a stone’s throw of the local bakery. The house is composed of 2 separate buildings (one of them being an ideal guest house). The property was once part of the Abbey grounds and our courtyard is similarly paved with the famous “stone of Pontlevoy”. Our house foundation has been dated back to the year 1400 and the house sits on 3 cellars with vaulted ceilings that are in themselves, spectacular and offer alot of space for your winecellar.

Our home is full of character and boasts original architectural details, beautifully patina walls, tiled floors (famous beginning of century “tommettes”), brand new kitchen, bath and shower, stone, wooden floors and ceilings, and access to our Sauna and Spa located in a building in the garden. Central heat has two sources of energy : Electric and wood through our Jotul stove. We use essentially our Jotul stove during the whole winter and have very moderate electric consumption for the whole house.

In Pontlevoy, there are two great restaurants, 4 pubs, 1 pharmacy, 1 supermarket, 1 bank, 2 doctors, 1 dentist, plumbers, electricians, organic farm, 2 vinyards, excellent schools and other businesses in Pontlevoy. And you are less than 30 mn from one of the greatest hospital center in France (Tours), 15 minutes from Hospital in Blois.

Our house is spacious and has recently been entirely renovated (2008). It is very comfortable with all the amenities and is fully insulated for winter and summer use. The buildings possess a lot of charm and many of the walls have been painted decoratively.

Total suface : 210 M2 (+/- 3,000 square feet), Living room 60 M2 (645 Sq Ft), 4 bedrooms + 1 Loft (60 M2-700 Sq Feet), 2 bathrooms, 1 Kitchen, 1 attic, vaulted stone cave (wineceller, cellar), 1 big garage.

Extra buildings : Sauna, Pool house, tree house, and a garden of 380 M2 (4,000 Sq ft) adjacent to the abbey.

The house is listed for 236,000 euros and can be sold with furniture and appliances (Average selling price of houses in Pontlevoy for the past years has been 1,400 euros / M2 (200 US dollars / Sq Ft) for a “basic” 1970’s classic “ugly” french house.)

This property falls into a very different range of unique and unsual houses. It is the property of an artist ( and is priced under its market value in order to speed the process of the sale.

If needed, the house could be divided in two separate units with independent access and could therefore be a wise investment for any potential investor. It can also be sold with existing appliances and furniture.

First Floor 


  With a direct access to the garden, wooden floor and high ceiling, the kitchen is fully equipped and can be sold with appliances.

5 Bedrooms







Extra buildings : Sauna House, Tool shed, Tree house + a Courtyard and a garden for a total of 380 M2 (4,000 Sq Ft).

 + garage (on rent) + 


  Abbey de Pontlevoy (50 m). The house has connecting walls with the Abbaye, which has gardens and ponds,which once were a magnificent 17th century military academy,now the home to summer concerts with internationally recognized musicians, a bilingual children’s summer theatre program which will culminate this year in a bilingual outdoor production, and many other cultural happenings. The abbey is now the home of “Le centre”, a multicultural learning center for the arts (dance, theatre, film production, acting, stage fighting, Hip Hop…). Every day you can learn something new. Here is the program of the “centre”:

The Abbey of Pontlevoy is a place of culture and artists come from all over the world to participate in the Residency program and fall under the charm of our little village.

Pontlevoy and other neighboring villages have large weekly open-air markets with incredibly good local produce and goat cheeses, which are a regional specialty.   Fleamarkets are nearly everyweekend…Nearby are ten one- and two-star restaurants. The village and the abbaye are currently working together to welcome artists residencies and exhibit there works throughout the village and in the Abbaye. The ambition is to become the first “Artist community in the Loire Valley”.

A bilingual book about the life of the photographer of the village at the turn of the past century : louis Clergeau. Pontlevoy is probably the only village in the world where the life of it’s people has been documented by a professional photographer for over 60 years. An amazing archive of tableau vivants that Louis Clergeau spent his life documenting. If you are lucky enough to find one on amazon, don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Le musée dans la rue à Pontlevoy, created by Patrick Cardon, a Franco-American resident of Pontlevoy : (Our house is in one of these images) The Loire Valley : Pontlevoy is ideally situated for a tour of all the major chateaux. At least six of them are less than 15 minutes away.  More on Pontlevoy : A recent article by Daphne Angles in the New York Times : A place for Artist’s residencies (Pontlevoy has a community of over 30 artists from all over the world : painters, dancers, sculptors, Film producers, musicians…) The European program for foreign students coming to Pontlevoy : The official site of the abbey : The Centre, The learning Art center of Pontlevoy : The Pontlevoy music Festival : The Chateau of Chaumont (15 mn away from us), an international center for the arts : Pontlevoy official town hall web site : A web site about Pontlevoy maintained by a local journalist :

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Trains go from Paris to Blois (15-20 mn from Pontlevoy) almost hourly in less than 90 mn. TGV from St Pierre des corps (20 miles from the house) takes 45 minutes to central Paris Montparnasse or directly to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

A performance organized in the abbey of Pontlevoy with the students of University of South Mississippi in 2010 :

“Spirit Dreams”

Herbert Winful and Michele Turner  performing a song composed by Mr Winful.

Herbert Winful is not only a gifted composer, but also a renowned scientist and professor, who has made fundamental contributions to the fields of nonlinear optics and photonics….but more importantly he is a citizen of the world with a kind and gentle heart and he embraces laughter. Michele Turner is a concert violinist who studied at Guildhall Music College in London.

Herbert and Michele performed this piece spontaneously for your ears only. 


Memory-Lane.Tv – The first Multi-sensory Intervention and a plot-free positive tv for people living with dementia and their caregivers

Integrative and Mind Body medicine are two fascinating fields in constant development. here is what’s going on in the world of Alzheimer’s and Dementia…Fascinating.

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An expanding library of therapeutic and interactive sessions, stimulating the cognitive functions and the episodic memory of the viewers through customized specific multi-sensory content. Our programs are accessible as sessions at different time of the day, offering an innovative soothing stimulation and a respite.

Memory-Lane.Tv is an alternative to medication to deal with anxiety, stress and sundowning syndrome.

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Old Time Music, Sweet Chariot Music and Art Festival

In this short clip, meet Andy Woolf leading on Fiddle, The  virtuoso Sam Amidon, The Pirate Bob Lucas on Banjo, Story Teller Frederick Park after he dropped his wash board leading a dance with Georgia Rose Armstrong Park, Chloe Manor and Susannah Armstrong Park, Reuel Parker on mandoline, Nick Appolonio on guitar along with Will brown, Beth Molaro clogging, Dean Stevens on the guitar, and the sweet chariot music Festival crew…