Monday Night Experimental Cabaret
at Tess' Lark Tavern 
Every 2nd Monday of the Month 7-9 PM
no cover charge/donation suggested

First published: Thursday, June 15, 2006

Nicole Peyrafitte's Experimental Cabaret at Tess' Lark Tavern
453 Madison Ave., Albany. 463-9779.
Yes, we know all about delightfully strange art happenings at iEAR at RPI, but Nicole Peyrafitte's Experimental Cabaret -- held at Tess' Lark Tavern at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month -- has been a marvelous boon to thinking-outside-the-box artists, and it's decidedly more democratic. Since the monthly shows began back in November, Peyrafitte has hosted a wide variety of unclassifiable multimedia performance art -- improv poetry 'n' dance, PowerPoint 'n' stand-up comedy, poetry 'n' live jazz, video 'n' DJ, whatever. You just never know what you're going to see and hear -- and that's the beauty of it. Ex Cab is on hiatus for the summer, but Peyrafitte promises to rev things up again for a second season beginning in October.

Thank you for your support the past 2 years
& especially to the entire crew at Tess' Lark Tavern!
It was great fun running this even.
Hopefully the Experimental Cabaret will return to Albany on special occasions.


Host: Nicole Peyrafitte

Last Issue:
Monday May 14 2007

The Monday Night Experimental Cabaret featured performances involving more than one medium; videos, paintings, films, movements, poetry, songs, plays...etc
Guest artists joined Nicole Peyrafitte to present their performances in collaborative or solo form.
The Monday Night Experimental Cabaret provided a stage for cutting-edge entertainment and a platform that finally gives new media (electronics, computer work, etc.) a chance to meet & embrace a more popular audience.

May 14 @ 7PM
we start on time!


Mike Bisio

"...his 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. He is back in 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.


Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, essayist, translator and anthologist whose most recent publications include Poasis: Selected Poems 1986-1999 (which Rain Taxi praised for "its physical, philosophical delight in words and their reverberations.") and a collection of essays, A Nomad Poetics . Recent translations include Lightduress by Paul Celan which received the 2005 PEN Poetry Translation Award , and, with Jerome Rothenberg, Pablo Picasso, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz & Other Poems . Joris & Rothenberg also edited the award-winning anthologies Poems for the Millennium . Joris teaches in the department of English at SUNY Albany, when he is not on the road reading his poetry alone or with musicians. He often performs his work in collaboration with vocalist & multimedia artist Nicole Peyrafitte, most recently touring their multimedia show SumericaBachbones   throughout Europe & the US.
pierre joris nomadics blog

Pyrenean-born Nicole Peyrafitte is a performance artist who sings, paint, films, writes & cooks.   She draws on her eclectic heritage to perform songs ranging from French cabaret to jazz standards and contemporary poetry. Her voice work is often integrated into multimedia stagings based on her visuals (paintings and/or videos) and writings.   Her major, internationally performed, projects include "The Bi-Continental Chowder / La Garbure Transcontinentale," a multi-media performance involving the onstage preparation and cooking of a soup shared, as a finale, with the audience.   Peyrafitte often pursues related multi-cultural and multi-media investigations inspired by her discovery that Albany, NY (where she lives) and Luchon in the French Pyrenees (where she is from) are on the same latitude. Her work addresses the experiences of negotiating her identity across two continents and four languages.

Tess’ Lark Tavern
453 Madison Avenue
Albany, New York 12210 (Map)
Phone: (518) 463-9779

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