work has been likened to David Izenzon, Charlie Haden and Mingus and
for good reason." - Laurence Donohue-Greene - All
About Jazz New York
In a flurry of activity over the last ten years, Bisio has played
and/or recorded with Barbara Donald, Wayne Horvitz, Bob Nell, Andrew
Hill, Sonny Simmons, John Tchicai, Bern Nix, Jim Nolet, Joe McPhee,
Vinny Golia, Van Manakas, Greg Bendian, Carter Jefferson, Charles
Gayle, and Marilyn Crispell. He has crossed the country twice with
Gayle and toured the West Coast with his own quartet.Today, Michael
Bisio continues to tour and compose music for solo, duo, trio, and
quartet. Last summer he returned to his native Troy, NY for a while;
while keeping busy playing New York avant-garde jazz scene like the
very hot The Stone , he also integrated the Albany scene
and plays frequently with George Muscatello, the Brian Patneaude quartet
and Nicole Peyrafitte. More
info. Times That Bonds:
The structure of this work utilizes
rhythmic patterns from some of my favorite melodies, at times condensed.
Pitch information is supplied by the performer. The concept deals
with the known and the unknown synthesizing into the same thing but
not either of the above.
and video artist, Benjamin Chadabe has performed with dancers including
Min Tanaka and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, with voice artist Jaap
Blonk, and with other composers and improvisers including Damien Catera,
Bryan Kieser, Warren Burt, and Elliott Sharp. He has recently performed
in New York City at Tonic, EMF Hip Chips Festival, NYU, and The Stone.
contrasting resolute inexact
is a poet, translator & essayist. Rain Taxi praised his 2001 collection
Poasis for "its physical, philosophical delight in words and their
reverberations." Since then he has published two chapbooks of
poetry (Permanent Diaspora and The Rothenberg Variations) & A Nomad
Poetics, a collection of essays. Recent translations include volumes
by Paul Celan & Pablo Picasso. With Jerome Rothenberg he edited
the award-winning anthologies Poems for the Millennium . He
received the 2005 Pen Award for Translation for Lightduress by
Paul Celan (Green Integer).
The Hands of Gargas:
The skeleton of this piece is a
poem that engages & meditates on the unknown -- unknowable? -- meanings
behind the paintings of hands in the prehistoric caves of Gargas in
Southern France. The text plays with the specific strictures of the
performance situation: it consists of 4 sections of 40 4-word lines
each. The musicians and the vidéaste are invited to hands-on
meanders through the weave & woof of this textum as it lines the
caves of many hands.
a brilliant and most original performer. . . .She is in the poetic
lineage of Greek tragedy, Café Voltaire antics, of dada and
surrealist play, but with a post-modern, hip sensibility. I am transfixed
when she's on stage." - Anne Waldman, poet and performer.
Born & raised in Luchon, French Pyrenees, Nicole Peyrafitte left
her hometown, where she was a cook, in 1981. In Toulouse & Paris
she modeled, cooked and worked in theater and local television. In
the U.S. since 1987, she settled first in Southern California, before
moving to Albany, NY in 1992. Like the willful child in Marguerite
Duras' Les Enfants , she resisted going to school, "because
they were trying to teach me things that I didn't know."
Each step of her work attempts to fulfill her compulsion to learn
through a process of immersion that generates performances incorporating
voice/paintings/drawings/ collages/writing & even cooking. Peyrafitte
performs locally, nationally and in Europe. For more info:
Ride the Line / Chevaucher le Trait:
This is an anniversary piece. Ride
the Line was my first artistic response to the fact that Albany
& Luchon -my hometown in the Pyrenees- were on the same latitude.
It started in 1996 with a series of 11 8 ½ X11 ink drawings
that were scanned and processed thru a tacky electronic slide show.