“A wonderful adventure full of human interest featuring a teenage boy, a piano and the Tssatan nomads of Mongolia”
— ALBAN MICHON —
— A piano for the nomads of Mongolia.
At the beginning of 2014, Alban Michon took Charles, a brilliant yet directionless young man, to meet the Tssatans, a nomadic people from Mongolia. And in their luggage, they take a piano…
At age 19, Charles has it all. As well as being an outstanding pianist he excels at higher maths and advanced maths and is about to go to a London business school. But Charles doesn’t know where life is taking him any more. He’s lost his bearings. As time goes by, he’s working less and less.
Alban was a diving instructor at Porquerolles when he became friends with the young man and his family. When the explorer thinks of taking “a youngster” to go on an adventure with him, he naturally thinks of Charles straightaway. With the project being approved by the latter’s parents, the duo take a plane to Mongolia, far off the beaten track and far away from the pressures of western life. The third passenger on this journey is a piano.
In the midst of the harsh Mongolian winter, for weeks Alban and Charles share the daily life of the Tssatans, the only nomadic people to raise reindeer and live in tipis. The pieces that Charles plays on the piano are a way for the teenager and the nomads to bond.
A musical journey and a rite of passage which enables Charles to discover simple, basic values. He finally gets his bearings again, and when he returns, is accepted into one of the best schools in the world.
MONGOLIE : SUR LA PISTE DES TSAATANS
Découvrez le peuple Tsaatan à travers ce très beau reportage de François Reinhardt et Emeline Bettex. Une co-production Hikari Films / F3 Faut pas rêver – 2013
SUIVEZ ALBAN SUR LES RÉSEAUX SOCIAUX
© Alban Michon 2018 | Design LevelUp / Nako
Crédits photos / vidéos : Andy Parant, Thomas Vollaire, Cédric Viollet, Benoit Poyelle, Franck Fougère, René Heuzey, Mattéo Rivoli, Vincent Berthet, Le cinquième Rêve.