2005 to 2009
For five years I had the pleasure of piecing together Rochefort en Accords
a festival that I'd wanted to put on since I started organising concerts in 1997.
I managed to bring almost all of the musicians I wanted to have come to the festival
and to interact musically and socially. In 2009 I decided it was time to say "adieux"
to this unique event that I'd created. Too many cooks were spoiling my broth
and the festival was running the risk of losing its integrity and coherence.
There were also other factors that made the exceptional looseness of the encounters
more and more difficult (as you can see from the video below) and these I could not countenance.
Five fabulous years working with so many great and generous musicians and making
some fine friends amongst the volunteers and members of the association
who had the idea of bringing the Accords to Rochefort.
Here's what some of the musicians had to say.
Karel It was really amazing! The music, fantastic!,
the musicians - wonderful players, lovely connections with old & new friends.
à bientôt et merci encore
Recovered from the Rochefort 2009 hangover ???
I'm still a bit dans le vap , but it was worth every drop***
LadyChild (aka) Natalia
many thanks again for putting on the best and most musician friendly and vibe-comfortable fest. in france!....it's great that everyone jams and creates bands off the cuff....
be sure to read ken stringfellow's website diary and his account of his days in rochefort!!...
it really sums the whole thing up perfectly.....
cheers and many many many thanks again!
Great festival please say thanks 2 all the team from the Faccini Clan
Thanks Karel. It was great fun with great music & lovely people & good food & wine. What could be better?
I liked the news clip on the podcast & what I could understand of the Le Monde review seemed good too. Excellent.
Thanks a lot for including me in the line up for the festival.
all the best,
thank you so much for inviting us to take part in the festival. We really loved it all. I was trying to think of my favourite bits but it was all so great that I found myself thinking of everything, right down to the citron presse I had in the Place Colbert on my own in the Saturday early evening sunshine.
All the people were so great, the musicians and the volunteers. It was hard to say goodbye.
I hope you organise another festival somewhere else and that we can be part of it, and I hope Rochefort carries on in a good way whatever.
Many thanks again for all your help and a really great time.
Love Rebecca and Andy x
merci encore de l'accueil que vous nous avez réservé
on a vraiment passé un bon moment
typical, le monde is an inside job,
Merci à toi Karel, d'avoir été le ciment entre nous, le rire, la blague, le sérieux.
J'ai trouvé tout ça excellent !
J'ai rencontré des gens merveilleux.
J'ai énormément bu et bouffé.
Et merci de ce lien que je regarderai chez moi en rentrant d' oleron. Merci encore mille fois de m'avoir permis de jouer a Rochefort cette année, et j'espère avoir pu y apporter quelque chose. De mon cote, j'ai adore cette expérience humaine, ces rencontres superbes comme ses rencontres rates, mille merci pour tout. Et bonne route pour la suite, car il m'a semblé entendre que tu arrêtais l'année prochaine ? On se verra sur Paris bientôt, ok ? En tout cas merci et bravo pour tout !
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