Now in Paris. I was still in Bagnères-de-Luchon, my hometown, during the November 13th massacre. Pierre was already back in Paris & I was relieved to hear that he was safe from the horror. At this point it looks like all our family & close friends are safe, though stories of friends of friends killed come up every day. Trying to think empathy vs sympathy.
The week before I wrapped the shoot of my new film Thing Fall Where They Lie. Most likely one of the most intense weeks in my life! It was a rich, surreal & beautifully crazy busy time with my exquisite cast & crew. The cast: Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky, Eric Sarner, Katalin Pataki. The crew: Pierre Joris, Zia Anger, Asa Westcott, Agnès Mathon, Jean-Louis Peyrafitte. We also had some great local talent & volunteers join our cast & crew. Our base for food, beverages & lunch interviews was Salon NºThé where the sisters Chantal & Kitou Doumenq took good care of us. Do not miss the diaporama below!
The film takes place in Bagnères-de-Luchon, this small town in the French Pyrenees where I was born & raised. A place where celebrities have come & gone since Roman times. They come to take the waters in the summer & enjoy winter sports in winter. Two of these visitors never left & never will. They both died prematurely in Bagnères-de-Luchon & had to be buried in the town cemetery. They are both “under investigation” in this film. From November 1-8 2015, we had a true cinéma vérité expérience. Everyone played along beautifully & together we embraced uncertainty. We filmed layers of temporal, spatial and cultural information combined with particulars about the two deceased, mixed with my biographical and cultural inscription in this matrix. I am looking forward to start the editing process and will keep you posted for sure. Meanwhile, here are some stills of the amazing week, the most beautiful way in which I have ever seen my hometown!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 4 at 8:30PM I am so much looking forward to this event. Please join us & bring your friends!
For the third installment of Cabaret Hérétique, I have invited Michael Bisio (bass) & Connie Crothers (piano) for a voco-musico-poetico-visual-comestible improv performance. The focus will be sentience as the core concept of our improvisation.
I am thrilled to be performing with Michael Bisio’s extraordinary tonal beauty & intensity of his very personal musical language of his double bass, & legendary Connie Crothers’ magical and brilliant piano promising spontaneous composition balancing traditional patterns & free improvisation.
Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10012
TICKETS: $12 online, $15 at the door http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2080887
Bio: Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty-five recordings in his discography, twenty -four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes : “The physicality of Mr. Bisio’s bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;…” As a composer Michael has been awarded nine grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship.Collaborators include Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Nicole Peyrafitte, Rob Brown, Sonny Simmons and Sabir Mateen. http://michaelbisio.com/
Connie Crothers, pianist, has lived her musical life as performer, recording artist and teacher releasing the feeling—her source—into the music which realizes her range of expression, her virtuosity based in her love of the instrument and her desire to discover everything she can hear and imagine through spontaneous improvisation.
Connie was selected for a week residency at The Stone, from August 19 to 24 2014. She performed twelve sets, each set with a different lineup of musicians. “Concert in Paris,” a solo CD of selections from a solo concert performed in Paris, was released on the New Artists label in August. Earlier in this year, her quartet, with Richard Tabnik on alto saxophone, Ken Filiano on bass, Roger Mancuso on drums, released “Deep Friendship,” New Artists, their concert at William Paterson University. The quartet celebrated the [Connie Crothers bio continues…]
CD release in a performance at Roulette in Brooklyn. She often appears at the Vision Festival.Feature articles have appeared in Jazz Inside, Knack (Belgium), Jazz Podium (Germany), Cadence, The Village Voice, All About Jazz New York.Connie Crothers studied with and taught in association with Lennie Tristano. He wrote, for her first record, “Perception”: “Connie Crothers is the most original musician it has ever been my privilege to work with. ”Connie was a guest on Marian McPartland’s radio show “Piano Jazz.” She was honored by the Jazz Museum in Harlem by being featured in their series “Harlem Speaks.”In the centennial issue of Cadence, she was selected for the list of the most important and influential musicians in the last twenty-five years of the 20th century. http://www.conniecrothers.net/
Thank you to the inspiring audience who came.
Voilà! two extracts of the performance: the beginning & the end with the great Michael Bisio.
Thank you to Pierre Joris for the screen capture.
See you soon for more soon & as they say: Stay tuned!
Above is a 3 minutes résumé of Nicole & Pierre’s last three months! Thank you so much to all the friends we met, reconnected, showed & performed with during May June July 2015 — they were truly inspiring times!
Back in NYC after super exciting, intense & rich times in Sète, Bourg d’Oueil, Marseilles, Cannes, Tourves, Celles, Chateauvert, Aix en Provence, Paris, Germ en Louron & finally Durango Mexico —see slideshow résumé below. And now looking forward to the next gig with magnificent Michael Bisio on bass, we will explore some Champs/Songs on Saturday July 18th at 6 PM at Cornelia Café. The brick vaulted cellar is the perfect place to cool off, the food is tasty, good wines & cocktails available.
Saturday July 18 2015 6PM (ends at 7:30) $15 w/a drink
Nicole Peyrafitte & Michael Bisio
at Cornelia Café — 29 Cornelia Street – New York City
“Poetry Chansons Improvisations accross continents & languages with Nicole Peyrafitte’s nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range & texts, & Michael Bisio’s extraordinary tonal beauty & intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass”
Lots of exciting events here in France & elsewhere.
Opening of the exhibition
WE WERE A VERY POOR JETSET 3
Saturday May 16th :
Philippe TURC, Nicole PEYRAFITTE, Anne KIESECOMS
Exposition collective du 07 mai au 24 juin 2015
Samedi 16 mai 2015 inauguration sur réservation de 11h à 13h
Plus d’informations sur la galerie privée : OÙ Galerie Paradis
152 rue Paradis 13006 Marseille
L’Association OÙ programme dans sa nouvelle galerie privée OÙ Galerie Paradis
Denis Brun commissaire de “Galerie ÉdOÙard Paradis” (nom donné par D. B.)
et Axelle Galtier directrice de la Galerie vous proposent
Ouvert tous les jours même le dimanche. Passez directement, sonnez à Association OÙ 1er étg, ou téléphonez…T : 06 98 89 03 26
Saturday May 16 4:00PM- LATE!
ASILE 404 @ 135 rue d’Aubagne, 13006 Marseille, France:
Charlotte Phan – Saturne pas rond #1/Mathias Richard / Juliette Grimaldi / Kino Positive / Nat Yot / L’Armoire Normande & PJ & NP as guests.
Parvis du Centre d’Art Contemporain,
Chemin de La Réparade,Chateauvert,83670France + Google Map Parvis du Centre d’Art Contemporain 15h Débat littéraire animé par Maryvonne COLOMBANI, Journaliste à Zibeline Cécile RICHARD, Grand-Arbre Antoine SIMON, Des Finitions Nicole PEYRAFITTE, Bi-Valve Cédric LERIBLE, Giratoires Find out more »
29 Cornelia Street,New York,United States + Google Map Champs/Songs Nicole Peyrafitte w/ Michael Bisio Poetry/Chansons/ Improvisations accross continents & languages with Nicole Peyrafitte nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range & texts & Michael Bisio extraordinary tonal beauty and intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass ($15 includes a drink) Find out more »
Thursday April 9 Screenings are from 5-9 PM
every half hour in the Lecture Room This is a free event &museum entrance also free that evening!
We are very happy to announce that Basil King himself will be signing books at 5:30PM in the Bazinet Lobby. This event is part of the Rain Taxi 20th Anniversary Bash at Walker Art Center & we would like to wish a Happy Anniversary to Rain Taxi & heart felt thanks to Eric Lorberer & his team for including us in the celebration.
Facebook page event here
An evening of poetry featuring:
Lee Ann Brown, Pierre Joris, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Martha King, Kimberly Lyons, Nicole Peyrafitte, Michael Ruby, Elizabeth Robinson, Elizabeth Savage, Sam Truitt and George Quasha
Hosted by Lunar Chandelier Press and Unarmed Journal.
Documentary film BASIL KING: MIRAGE on painter/poet Basil King directed by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte will be screening on April 9th, 5-9pm at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (every half hour in the Lecture Room -museum entrance free that evening). Book signing by Basil King at 5:30PM in the Bazinet Lobby.
The event is presented by the Rain Taxi 20th Anniversary Bash at Walker Art Center. Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte will perform at the Rain Taxi extravaganza celebration.
Among context invoking in-betweens such as essays, interviews, reviews and descriptions, it’s not that often that an artist can be so influentially positioned to shape these as in Nicole Peyrafitte’s and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s deft 23 minute short film, Basil King: Mirage, which ably affords this occasion to painter and poet Basil King.
Born in London in 1935, King witnessed the blitz and then some before his parents relocated the family to Detroit in 1947. Struck already by Pollock and Rimbaud, he was walking past the Detroit Art Institute’s Rivera murals for studio classes and, by 16, had arrived at Black Mountain College to learn from Charles Olson and Esteban Vincente, segueing afterwards to San Francisco and its poets, then to New York City and Gottlieb, Motherwell, Rothko, Kline, Amiri Baraka and Frank O’Hara while hearing Miles, Monk and Coltrane during these key moments of high artistic intensity in the United States. While all of that was happening, Basil King was there.
SFO, OAKLAND, MINNEAPOLIS, PRINCETON, NYC, MARSEILLES, BARJOLS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, PARIS
Our next four months are filled with truly exciting performances, readings, screenings, collaborations, book launches, art shows & we sure are looking forward to see you here or there. Meanwhile, thank you for your support & happy spring — keep in touch! Nicole & Pierre
OAKLAND Saturday March 21 2PM
PJ & NP reading/performance
La Commune Cafe and Bookstore
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609
Facebook event: here
NEW YORK CITY Thursday April 2 9PM
PJ takes part in reading of Dante’s Inferno.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY 10025Wednesday April 15 7PM
Maghrebi Translations Reading
PJ reads North African authors
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
MINNEAPOLIS – AWP conference Thursday April 9 12:00 – 13:30PM
PJ on panel: Translating Prosody
Minneapolis Convention Center – Room 211 C&D
Thursday, April 9 5-11PM Rain Taxi 20th Anniversary Bash at Walker Art Center
5-9 PM: Screenings of Basil King:Mirage —film co-directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte & Nicole Peyrafitte — every half hour in the Lecture Room, free (museum entrance free that evening!).
Facebook page event here
Film trailer here 5:30 PM: Book signing by Basil King in the Bazinet Lobby, Free 8:00 PM: NP & PJ part of the Rain Taxi “Greatest Hits” Poetry Reading, in the Walker Cinema, Tickets $10 ($8 Walker members);
book signing in lobby & party to follow
Friday, April 10 7-9PM
NP & PJ at the Lunar Chandelier group reading James and Mary Booksellars
250 Third Avenue North. Minneapolis
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY Thursday, April 23 4:30 PM
PJ Paul Celan talk -info here
105 Chancellor Green, Princeton, N.J.
followed by Poetry Reading -Room TBA
NEW YORK CITY Tuesday April 28th 7PM
Arts for Art’s April Evolving Pop-Up
Nicole Peyrafitte / Yoshiko Chuma, dance / Steve Swell, trombone
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York 10002
Tuesday April 21st
Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte
Reading for Centenary of the Armenian Genocide
Holy Cross Church of Armenia, 580 West 187th Street, New York
Facebook event: here
NP & PJ —full of quid—will interfere at:
KALMARS ATTAKS SETE
Curated by Didier Calleja
Facebook event: here
PROVENCE May 7- June 24 OÙ Galerie Paradis
Exhibition with Philippe TURC, Nicole PEYRAFITTE, Anne KIESECOMS
Commissariat Denis Brun
152 rue Paradis, 13006 Marseille
Opening / vernissage: May 16th
This is the documentation of my portion of the soirée at The Poetry Project (NYC-February 25, 2015 ) with Michael Bisio on bass. Thank you Sally Rhodes for the iPhone photos & video capture. The painting was made live without hands, see pictures & videos.
The material presented included: -Parts of a on-going series started in 2011 called RRM: Remember-Reflect-Mark.
-Sections of a forthcoming book US SCO/APES bilingual edition by French publisher éditions Plaine Page.
-Sections from the Red Carnet -in progress- & overall this is the continuation of the work presented inBi-Valve: the Vulvic Space / Vulvic Knowledge– published by Lori Anderson-Moseman at Stockport Flats this documents 17 texts/ 17 visuals/ 1 recipe & a recording of the material with Michael Bisio . Thank you Poetry Project!
This tri-lingualpiece was written with words from three sources. Most come via Maria Blanca (1765-1849), the last aurostaira or professional mourner — a soothsayer, in fact, & even more so a “truth-sayer.” Maria Blanca was from the Vallée d’Aspa in the French Pyrenees. The other words come via Marcabrun (1130-1150), one of the earliest troubadours & finally some are my own.
Heads up! The full schedule of upcoming events will come up in a few weeks but save the dates for:
Nicole Peyrafitte & Sunnylynn Thibodeaux at The Poetry Project —Wednesday February 25th 8PM —Michael Bisio will be also part of my reading/performance .
& back by popular demand: the Cabaret Hérétique w/ Adrian Cohen on piano on Sunday March 8 8:30PM at Bowery Arts & Science