It is a collaborative musical road movie. We want to follow in the footsteps of Alan Lomax. Unknown to the general public, we owe him the discovery of worldwide hits such as: The house of the rising sun by Bob Dylan and Trouble so Hard, sampled by Moby.
This road movie follows the band Moonsters: A young Parisian psychedelic rock band who set out to conquer the United States, but also follow their dreams. They have the crazy dream of walking in the footsteps of Alan Lomax, their pianist Nicolas is one of his admirers, and live a human adventure that will make them grow humanly and artistically exploring Route 66, a mythical symbol of absolute freedom .
They will discover this country, its people, different musical influences but mostly, they rediscover themselves. This movie is set out as a road movie on a "U.S tour bus." will follow the adventures of the band. Their journey begins in Chicago and ends in San Francisco. During their journey, they will discover new artists and musical genres. This group is heavily influenced by American music. They will test their skills in a new environment and reinvent their music along the way.
This project is about:
1 Honoring the past celebrating the centenary of the birth of Alan Lomax in 2015.
2 Living the present with a road trip on Route 66, musical compositions, meeting with locasl, jam sessions .. 3 And setting foot into the future through Digital art
The Program this summer: Jam Sessions with local artists, a concert in mythical prison Parchman Farm, encounters with iconic figures such as blues legend Muddy Water's son. You can follow the adventure with us.
Chapter 1: In the footsteps of Alan Lomax: The Past
Chicago -> Nashville->Memphis->Jackson->Nouvelle- Orleans->Baton Rouge->Austin
Concerts: SPACE // HideOut//Moe’s Tavern
Martin Atkins: English drummer known for his contribution to post-punk music and his work with groups Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface and Killing Joke.
YoungBlood Brass Band: is a "hip hop jazz ensemble riot." . In 2000, they released an album called Unlearn in which Talib Kweli appears amongst others. Their music is a mix of punk, jazz, and hip-hop.
They will appear in the documentary, and do a jam session with the band Moonsters.
Lynn Orman Weiss : Music producer. She is a pillar of the Chicago music scene and knows a lot of blues bands..
She will put us in touch with local bands.
Terry Abrahamson : Friend of Muddy Waters, he photographed and knows: Otis Redding BB. King. He wrote songs for Joan Jett, Muddy Waters, George Thorogood, the Chambers Brothers, and Clarence Clemons; and made a commercial for Levi's in which he made John Lee Hooker play. He is the author of the book "In the belly of the blues."
Mud Morganfield: Son of the great Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield lives in Chicago and is a recognized blues player musician.
He will do a jam session with the band and talk about his father, the legacy of blues and what remains today.
Concerts : Exit/In // the Basement // The 5 Spot
John Lomax III: Is a producer, musician, author and agent. He continues the family tradition started by Alan Lomax's father, John Lomax, and ensures the preservation of the musical heritage of blues and country music.
He lives in Nashville.
Gary West: Owner of one of the most famous music studios of Nashville, he is a local figure. The band will play and record a song in his studio.
Some encounters will be more spontaneous. We want the group to interact with local groups unexpectedly too.
Concerts: The BlueGrass Underground / National Civil right museum at the Lorraine Hotel.( Legendary venue that hosted Martin Luther King)
He is a writer, journalist, director and producer. He interviewed personalities including Ray Charles and Curtis Mayfield. His work has been awarded and nominated several times for Grammy Awards and he received a Grammy Award for Johnny Cash's America. He is the author of "Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied" and the producer of an episode of "The Road to Memphis" a Martin Scorsese series. He will introduce us to bands part of the Mississippi Blues Trail and share his knowledge of the work of Lomax.
We will stop in the following three cities: Coldwater, Sardis Lake and Harmontown on our way to Jackson and where Alan Lomax conducted many of his recordings. A focus on his life and encounters with people will be the focus of this trip. We will also organize jam sessions in bars with local bands.
Parchman Farm, Mississippi (prison) for Lomax's recordings . Mythical place where Lomax conducted most of his recordings and title of a famous song performed by Jimi Hendrix among others.
Parchman Farm Mississipi
Concerts : The Circle Bar // Checkpoint Charlie's // The house of Blues
House of Blues/New Orleans
Encounterss: With blues & jazz bands.
Concert: Spanish Moon
Concert: Threadgill’s Bar & Grill (Like Janis Joplin's first concert)
Birthplace of Alan Lomax, but also an important city in the psychedelic rock scene. Indeed, it is the city of Black Angels, Moonsters's fetish group, but also the city that hosts one of the best psychedelic rock festivals: Austin Psych Fest. The band will meet the 'Austin Psych Fest and the Reverberation Appreciation Society team. There will be visits and meetings of people with a direct or indirect link to Lomax's work (the Seegers family, etc..)
Chapter 2: Roadtrip on route 66: The present
Austin-> Phoenix-> Los Angeles
From that moment on, we will make a parallel between our band and the beatnik generation while we follow a route inspired by Jack Kerouac, culminating in Big Sur (part of California that inspired a novel by Jack Kerouac) and that we discuss in Chapter 3. We will ensure continuity with Chapter 1 on Alan Lomax because he also represents the intellectual milieu of the 50s and 60s. This chapter is a human adventure. It is also an introspective moment where we talk about the band, discover their creations, their hopes and goals for the future: * Everyday Life on the bus * Friendships * Music Creation * Discussions * Landscapes * Meetings with local
Details to come...
Details to come...
Venice Beach Concert/Los Angeles
Chapter 3: Conques of Joshua Tree: The future
Los Angeles-> Joshua Tree National Park-> Big Sur-> San Francisco
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree : Is a mythical place for musicians seeking inspiration. The band Arctic Monkeys is one of the groups who found inspiration there for two of their albums.
Around the realization of the band's next video clip, we will compile all the experiences gained during the trip. This passage is the perfect bridge between Chapter 2, where we discover the band's aspirations and the arrival in Big Sur, where will pay tribute to Jack Kerouac, the main inspiration of Chapter 2. This clip will be directed by David Charpentier, on visuals created by Unicorn and will be edited by Ariana Natale.
Ariana Natale is a filmmaker based in New York.. Alumna of Boston University, she has made several video clips such as "Souls of gold" by Sister Crayon.
Concert: Café Coda
Johnny Horn, presenter of the program of "Preaching the Blues" on KEXP radio in Seattle, and bluesman, will interview the band for a live broadcast on the show during our visit to San Francisco.
All the informations above are subject to modifications.
1 year ago, we had a wild dream! To make a collaborative musical road movie with the human aspect at its core. At the same time, Fouzy created l'Avant-Garde with Julia which is a social innovation and cultural solidarity movement created by young people. The organization promotes young emerging artists.
One of the events organized by l'Avant-Garde
A part of the team of project "FOUR BOYS A LONG WAY FROM HOME" & a couple of members of AG
It therefore seemed obvious we needed to link the two and that Avant-Garde would carry the project. Behind this crazy project, there are twenty members who assisted us during the past 6 months of intensive work. So, make a collaborative musical road movie? YES! With the human aspect at its core? YES! But we needed a subject and a leading group representing the values of Avant-Garde to embody it. Passionate about music, we were interested in an important figure very little known by the general public, who embodies all of these values: ALAN LOMAX.
Alan Lomax (1915 - 2002) is a very famous ethnomusicologist, folklorist, musicologist and collector of American music, probably the most famous in the public of non-specialists. He mostly collected music of the United States and the Caribbean, and European nations that have influenced this music, but he worked in the world. He also had a career as a performer and producer, for Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) and Woody Guthrie.
He probably had the longest and most important music collector career, both in quantity and quality, as he did his first recordings in 1933 with his father, and his last in 1985, representing 52 years of work.
We want to use Alan Lomax and the incredible heritage he left behind to highlight emerging artists who represent the continuity of his work. This is why we chose the psychedelic rock band widely permeated by the blues musical culture of the United States: Moonsters.
(ex Underground Beats)
Alphonse, Nicolas, Arthur et Paul
Silver Photography © Julia Grandperret Motin
"The best collaborations are based on admiration. "Paul Auster
This sentence defines the good and creative dynamic that unites the band Moonsters. Paul, the drummer, used this sentence to express his commitment to the group.
Arthur Jacquin (guitar / vocals), Alphonse Emery (bass), Paul Thomas (drums) and Nicolas Worms (pianist) are members of the band Moonsters, formed in 2009. They are aged from 21 to 22 years.
Moonsters is firstly Arthur Jacquin (vocals and guitar) who composes and arranges his pieces alone. Then, very quickly he met Nicolas Worms (keyboard), in high school. He then meets Alphonse Emry an impromptu encounter on a sidewalk and invites him to join the band as a bassist which then allowed him to include Paul, Alphonse's friend and talented drummer. Moonsters takes a different musical color, each of them bringing their own personal touch and influences.
They played in a variety of places (Cabaret Sauvage, Scene Bastille, Truskel, The International, OPA Bastille, Le Klub, La Dame de Canton, Le Bus Palladium, Le Point Ephemere etc ...) and three times at Centre Barbara (Paris).
© Teddy Attia for Moonsters
They start year 2011 with the release of their debut EP recorded at Studios Ramses followed in 2012 with their first live video recording. 2013 was also their first opportunity to perform outside of Paris at the "On n'est pas bien là?" festival.
In 2013, the group acquired its own rehearsal studio to work on their next album. In July they recorded at Studio Microbe 10 tracks that make up their new album, scheduled for late 2014.
Nicolas continues his studies at the National Conservatory and specializes in classical music. His talent is such that quickly he composes for orchestras playing in places like the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Paul, drummer extraordinaire and self-taught, will pursue audiovisual engineering studies, which he completed in 2012. He is now working on film shoots, as chief operator.
Alphonse is a film student and Arthur an actor. He will star in the next movie by Christophe Honoré, a mural incorporating "Ovid's Metamorphoses" where he plays the role of Narcissus. We find in their music influences Nicolas's classical influence, the blues and rock influences of Alphonse and Arthur and the visual influence of Paul.
Olivier Lefebvre, former artistic director for majors such as Columbia and Universal, says of them "their music is futuristic. I heard Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Rage Against the Machine. And as they are real musicians, this does not sound like plagiarism. "
Silver Photography © Julia Grandperret Motin
To know more about the band and listen to some of their tracks, here is where it takes places
The press coverage:
Some projects they have done
For Sonia Rykiel
Unicorn's collaboration on the movie
Examples of Scan Kinect
Unicorn will be with us on this adventure and bring the futuristic aspect to the road movie.
Scan Kinect As soon as possible (electricity, space of about 4m x 4m), set up the Kinect system + a computer and perform 3D scans of each person encountered on site. A key encounter, a place, an idea. Creating a digital memory, a 3D digitization of that person, we could find thereafter in the documentary, or through an experience on the internet. Rediscovering the entire gallery of people we met on this trip. Idea of a logbook, creating 3D motion viral, which would tell the story of that person in his world, what he said, etc...
Projection Create movies adapted to the place and atmosphere where the band plays. Come and tell a story, set the ambience of the road trip, the cities visited, symbols and ideas they convey. Translate the will of the group and its journey visually, so images come to involve the public in the journey, into a coherent visual and sound experience. As the travel, the bank of images and film gets constituted, memories will be constituted...
This project is conducted by the association l'Avant-Garde and directed by David Charpentier. We built a lot of projects together and this symbiosis between us will show on screen. We manage Moonsters and know them only from a professional standpoint, it is also interesting for Chapter 2 of the road movie, where we will look at their backgrounds and aspirations.
Atit Shah (USA): Line Producer / Producer & CEO Create Entertainment
Atit Shah is a producer at Create Entertainment, an international production company based in New York. He recently produced the film "A conspiracy is Jekyll Island" with Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Tarzan etc..). He has alternately been a producer, executive producer and line producer for over thirty films and video clips. For more information: www.createntertainment.com
David Charpentier (USA): Movie Director / Create Entertainment
David has in his team: 2 professional cameramen and 2 sound engineers
David Charpentier is a young writer, producer and American director working with Create Entertainment. Recent graduate from Boston University, he directed a series of short films. His latest is called Ghost Light. He was also assistant director on films such as Listen Up, with actor Jason Schwartzman and actress Elisabeth Moss. He is currently working on the production of the Brown Nation series, which airs on StarTV. When he is not make movies, he likes listening to music and meeting new artists.
Paul Begin (FR): Music videos & interview Director/ Baikal Production
Director for Baikal Productions. He studied at ESRA and made a documentary about street art in Naples. He will co-direct the movie with David Charpentier.
Fouzy Mathey (FR): Project Manager and Co-Author (Head of the Avant-Garde)
Director of The Avant-Garde, she studied business management with Lilya Sabatier. She lived in China, South Africa, Namibia and England and worked in cultural management and ESS (Social Solidarity Economy). Her passion for music led her to imagine this project with Lilya Sabatier. She is at the heart of the project.
Lilya Sabatier (FR): Project Manager and Co-Author (Member of the Avant-Garde)
Entrepreneur, photographer, young filmmaker she was born and raised in India an then travelled and lived throughout the world enriching her vision and creativity. During her career, she was taken to live in Spain, France, the USA and South Africa. She directed her first short film "I am ... Jodie," presented at the Nikon Festival in January 2014 and selected for two European festivals. She also made 3 music videos for a young emerging artist. She recently completed her second short movie, Lady A and conducted a series of photographs for the brand State of Grace Workshop.
Marin Fouéré (FR): Logistics manager and on-location assistant (Member of the Avant-Garde)
Student in Political Science at the University of Assas, Marin is co-manager of the Think Tank and logistics manager on the tour "Four Boys Long Way From Home." After obtaining a law degree French / Anglo-American law, he went to Buenos Aires to conduct a one year internship in Argentinian NGO.
Unicorn: Romain Bonnaud Paulin & Rogues (FR): Band Set Design/ 3D scan
They trained as a graphic designers for 5 years, within the ECV school and then specialized in digital scenography and motion-design amongst other things. They set up their own agency with two other friends, called Unicorn, and work for companies such as Benetton and Sonia Rykiel. They are in charge of the scenography for Moonsters (mapping and VJing at their concerts) and during the trip, they also will manage the updates on various digital platforms we use (Youtube channel, items on our website, social networks etc.)
Léa Lesne (FR): Moonsters Manager (Member of the Avant-Garde)
She is project manager in the advertising agency TBWA and communications director of the Avant-Garde. After a degree in letter and a degree in psychology, sociology, she then pursued a master's degree in communication and brand management and has worked in Playbac then TBWA where she is head of digital project for a year and a half.
A word from Fouzy & Lilya: (Co-authors and Project Leaders of FOUR BOYS A LONG WAY FROM HOME)
Completing this project seemed to be a no brainer for us. For the past year we have been working as volunteers on this project that we developed together. We saw this baby at its embryonic stage and we hope to bring it birth with your help, because without you, we know that despite the substantial resources deployed for months, this project will not happen ..
This project was basically a wild dream and through hard work and determination we were able to shape it, to give it an identity and we are proud to present it to you through KissKissBankBank. What a journey, so many obstacles already overcome, you do not even suspect the existence of. We heard "this project will never happen", "You can not do it ..", "You are crazy girls, you've seen the economic situation ..?" and many others.
But we were also lucky to hear many messages of encouragement and and even more incredible luck to be surrounded by wonderful and generous people who have donated their time without counting knowing they will not come with us on this journey if we reach our goal. People who in our moments of doubts boosted us and reaffirmed that we had to be crazy and believe in your dreams.
So we're crazy, we believe in our dreams and we sincerely hope you will believe in us! Help us thank all these people by allowing us to bring FOUR BOYS LONG WAY FROM HOME to life.
We have not yet reached the end of the road but we can not continue walking on this journey without taking the time to thank the amazing and talented people who participated in this project in the shadows and that allowed it to exist:
Billy Geogheghan (Booker)
For believing in us and this huge project and having managed to arrange meetings with great personalities and concerts in legendary places. For long Skype conversations with Fouzy, despite frequent technical problems due to the ancient age of her computer. THANK YOU BILLY!
For the valuable advice, logistical support for the tour and simply believing in this adventure and supporting us until the end. Merciiiiiii!
For his moral support and the substantial work he has done on the project. Thank you for coming with us to La Jarry at the last minute despite a sleepless night.
For logistical support during the realization of the teaser :)
For creating the visual Four boys long way from home, your patience, your enormous talent as a graphic designer and motion designer.
Alix Sanchez Sureda
For his involvement and sleepless nights to finish the teaser. Thank you for all your advice, your generosity and professionalism! You are our Buddha!
For her help on the teaser and availability.
Thank you for everything you brought to the project from the beginning and in the association!
Julia Vallvé (co-founder of The Avant-Garde) and Ocean Belle (aka Conspiracy Mandrake)
For being fantastic friends, talented people and having reassured Fouzy in moments of doubt.
A special thank you to Kelly and Nicolas Martinez Carpaye from Kudiwa Street for their patience and kindness.
And all the others who directly or indirectly helped us:
David Schoumann de Baikal Production
Blood Brother Shelter and the team of the movie Goodbye Horses for their help
Julia Grandperret Motin
Laura of Austin Psych Fest
Christopher Clark de Urban Times
Basile et son vidéo projecteur
Le groupe PHOTO
Yoann Till de Soukmachines et 75021
Clément Coudray de Novorama
L'équipe de Louis Magazine
Lola Quéré for having let us use her visuals "Moonsters" for our poster.
The Avant-Garde artists (Mr Smthg & The Wall, Ena Luis, Kudiwa Street)
...and those we might have forgotten due to sleep deprivation. Please forgive us ...and THANK YOU!