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 :

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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….

 

IN THE HEART OF THE LOIRE VALLEY…


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 LOCATION : PONTLEVOY

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) :

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The HOUSE 

 

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 (www.pamelamoulton.com) 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

 

 

 

 

Garden

 

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) + 

Surroundings

  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”: http://www.lecentrepontlevoy.com/

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 : http://www.themuseuminthestreets.com/pontlevoy.htm (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 : http://www.nytimes.com/1987/06/14/travel/protrait-of-a-loire-village.html?pagewanted=1 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…) http://www.pontlevoycreativeresidencies.com The European program for foreign students coming to Pontlevoy : http://www.eurabbey.com The official site of the abbey : http://www.abbeyofpontlevoy.com The Centre, The learning Art center of Pontlevoy : http://www.lecentrepontlevoy.com/ The Pontlevoy music Festival : http://www.festivaldemusique.org/indexen.htm The Chateau of Chaumont (15 mn away from us), an international center for the arts : http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr Pontlevoy official town hall web site : http://www.mairie-pontlevoy.fr A web site about Pontlevoy maintained by a local journalist : http://www.monpontlevoy.com/

CONTACT : click here !

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 :
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“Voyageur 1608” – 200 years of French presence in N. America

From the glacial Winds of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, all the way to the Golf of Mexico, from Terre Neuve to the Louisiana, « Voyageur » finds his Franco American roots and travels in time. A docu-fiction filmed as an historical documentary, mixing past and present in a new narrative form, this 10,000 miles road movie, searches for a path in the past on the traces of the Nouvelle France in Northern America.

The character, a historian journalist dressed as a voyageur from the 17th century, becomes a “coureur des bois”, and retraces the steps of a 200 years odysey during his journey; he tells us the most extraordinary untold story about the French Presence in Northern America by walking the land.

Music, Strong characters and beautiful sceneries, 52 minutes of pure historical entertainment by talented film director Jean Dulon.

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Jean Dulon is a fascinating character, a grand Journalist and a talented film director.
In this journey, he cruises Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, searching for the traces of French cultures in these regions of Canada, on the footsteps of his previous film, “la Voie de la prairie” (The voice of the Meadow”), a  documentary about the disappearing  French language of these region of Canada, earlier known as the “meadow”, here it is :

Courtesy of Jean Dulon, Jimmy Leipold.

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“The Spring of Bourges” – Music Festival review

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festival_bourge2014The 2014 edition of the worldly acclaimed music festival “Printemps de Bourges” (“Spring time in Bourges”) was for this 38 edition of the event a very unique “pot pourrie” of musical venues.

I could only attend for 48 hours of the music extravaganza but what I heard and witnessed was, once again, beyond my expectations. 

The Printemps de Bourges has always been the world laboratory for the discovery of new talent.
It is hosted in the town of Bourges, located in central France, and the festival is probably one of the top 5 musical event in Europe for the festival goers and and the industry. From fresh New talents to prestigious world renown block busters of the music scene, Labels, booking agents, managers and music aficionados all gather for an entire week and the city transform itself into a Meca of sound and melodies for the enchantment of its goers and of the people of the town. 

Born in Bourges, I have attended 29 festival up to now, never missed the incredible chance to discover music at its glance and to discover the new trends in music. I have seen the festival transformed itself, following the moving and ever changing rhythms of time and melodious music scene.

Attending Bourges’s Printemps as a journalist means a lot of walking, a lot of listening, a lot of emotions and discoveries.
I enjoy walking through the banks of the Auron, the river that traverse the medieval city to attend the various places where the festival takes hold and mingle with the crowd. The “Printemps”, as it is refered by everyone,  is the largest indoor venue on the European music scene.  It takes place all over the beautiful town of Bourges  in various locations  : this year they inaugurated a renovated “W” scene which every night welcomes 6000 “festivaliers” (the French word for people attending the festival), the Palais d’Auron, the city’s musical biggest concert hall, the “22” a smallest venue for upcoming artists, the Auditorium, the prestigious Palace of Jacques Coeur, the 1000 year old Cathedral (Patty Smith Performance in 2013 in the Cathedral was one of the most memorable event of that year)…And the off festival in the 50 bars in the town that for a week welcome the French music scene and transforms the entire town into a musical heaven.

The blockbuster and young prodigy Stromae opened the show this year with a spectacle of lights, Rythm and entertainment that electrified its public. The Belgium young raising star was followed by a series of well known musical blockbusters, ie Shaka Ponk, Skip the Use, that gathered the Electro-Rock public. If ou want to get a taste of this year’s selection of artists, I  invite you to discover Biffy Clyro, a Scottish formation of electronic musicians, Simon Neil, Bisou BisouOlympia Fields, tha Arctic Monkeys, Christine and the queens, Week end Affair, the young Reggae man  Naâman, and Cats on Trees.

My 3 favorite 2014 “coup de coeur”
. Benjamin Clementine,  an english musician, poet, and pianist who gave and outstanding performance  in the historical Palace Jacques Coeur.
. The Tindersticks, the english Indie-Rock formation led by Stuart Stapples, performed in the Cathedral
. The “les ogres de Barback“, a French brotherhood of 4 brothers and sisters that came to bourges this year with an African Fanfare EyoN’lé.

Emerging artists and new electric scene form an incredible combination that appeals top the wide public of the festival. It’s genra is spectacular, the variety of its attendance in age, social profile, music taste is, to my knowledge, unique in the world and it’s always a wonder and a surprise to arrive, after reading the little interactive app presentation of the musician, to discover new voices, new rhythms, new sounds and to witness the energy of the young public attending the event.

I was in Bourges for a little more than 48 hours this year, I did not sleep much and attended as many concerts as I could. I feel privileged and extremely lucky to be covering the festival alone as it gives me total freedom to move, search and discover emerging artists and new sounds. 

Some facts about the Festival

. 500 concerts in  6 days
. 240,000 people attending (it triple the population of the town)
. 90 % of the concerts are full
. 380 Journalists from all over the world.
. The Festival team is over 1,000.

Links to follow up to learn, see and hear more

http://www.printemps-bourges.com/en/accueil/bienvenue.php
Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Printemps-de-Bourges
Twitter : https://twitter.com/PrintempsDB
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeDj2e7MeXRYgGtNL9sPT5g
Instagram : https://instagram.com/leprintempsdebourges/

The 2014 program and the portfolio of posters

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“The Blue walk of Portland, a Film and Art walkabout”- Portland, Maine 2014

A Blue trail walk in Portland, Maine,

through Art and light installations and

Vine projections on 15 buildings of the town.

Various sources :

http://www.cultcut.com/

A selection of 100 cultscenes to project on 3 walls of the city

Source :

http://www.youtube.com/user/DamfiknowsQuotes

Usine the Vine network :

Create an online Web Video internet.

Vine is a mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos.
Videos you post on Vine appear on your profile and are shared with your followers.
You can also share them instantly to Facebook or Twitter.

We would project Vines in different categories on different walls, and one wall would be dedicated to Portland Vines, people could post them instantly and see them live !

Example of Vines :

https://vine.co/v/hTWQQZnX0D6

https://vine.co/v/hXFQqdFzMPW


https://vine.co/v/b3Y5rPUgvj3

https://vimeo.com/70922249

To be continued…

 

 

CINEMANTIK – ARCHIVES FILMS

Cinemantik.com

Cinemantik.com (or www.archivesfilms.com)  is a Multimedia Film Archive web site that we launched in 2013.

Fascinated by old footage, we are collecting films from around the world, and making it available to the WWW.

As a multimedia producer organ, we help multimedia project through an international network of film directors, photographs, producers that we are happy to share.

The archival film bank is available for any use for artistic pieces/projects or nationally, european or internationally broadcasted documentaries and programming.

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«I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.» – D.Livingstone

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An “Esprit Voyageur” would be a free spirit that travels through life with an open mind and a willingness to discover and share new horizons, whether they are geographical, musical, or artistic.

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