January 2018

January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Let’s just dive into 2018 and here are two events coming up in January:

Monday January 8,  2018
NEW YORK CITY

7:30 – 8:00 PM
Nicole Peyrafitte & Michael Bisio
ARTS FOR ART Series: Justice is Compassion
Abrazo Interno Gallery
Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk St, NYC 10002
Full Line up :  here

Saturday January 20,  2018
KINGSTON, NY
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Trialogue 
Michael Bisio/Pierre Joris/Nicole Peyrafitte
at The Lace Mill series curated by Michael Bisio
Kingston,NY
An improvised collaborative exchanges inside a set time limit between 3 protagonists unconditionally dedicated to their chosen mode of expression: Joris to his nomadic poetry in its wandering, rhizomatic explorations; Peyrafitte to her nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range & texts ; Bisio to the extraordinary tonal beauty and intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass.

More info later on other projects brewing, but if you want to know what we have been up to  this fall here is a detailed account of our 5 weeks Domopoetic adventures at Gallery Simoncini in Luxembourg: here

Light, peace & strength to all

Nicole & Pierre

Cabaret Hérétique Vol 3 : Sentience

Cabaret Hérétique Vol 3 : Sentience

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For the third installment of Cabaret Hérétique, Nicole Peyrafitte’s will share the stage with Michael Bisio (bass) & Connie Crothers (piano) for a voco-musico-poetico-visual-comestible improv performance. The focus will be on sentience as the core concept of their improvisational motive traveling across continents & languages.

Come enjoy Nicole Peyrafitte’s nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range, texts & visuals, Michael Bisio’s extraordinary tonal beauty and the intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass, & Connie Crothers’ magical and brilliant piano promising spontaneous composition balancing traditional patterns and free improvisation in a mysterious & magical way!

Nicole Peyrafitte was born & raised in the French Pyrenees. Her texts, voice-work, paintings, videos, & cooking are showcased in a range of multi-lingual & multi-faceted performances, recordings & publications. Her work is informed & characterized by an artistic quest between two continents & four languages. She performs nationally & internationally, & lives in Brooklyn with her husband, poet Pierre Joris.
Recent works: CD: Whisk Don’t Churn (2006) with Michael Bisio. Latest book/CD is Bi-Valve : Vulvic Space/Vulvic Knowledge, 17 paintings, 17 multilingual texts, 1 recipe & 1 CD (Stockport Flats, 2013). She is presently co-editing (with Pierre Joris) Talvera, an Anthology of Occitan Literature from the Dawn of the Troubadours to Tomorrow (forthcoming 2016). Also forthcoming is LandscOpe, a selection of recent texts & photographs (éditions Plaine Page France).
Selected venues: The Metropolitan Museum,NYC, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Poets House NYC, The Poetry Project NYC, Beyond Baroque (L.A), Bard College, Bergen University (Norway), Birbeck College at the University of London (UK), University of Edinburgh (UK), Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow (UK), Festival Occitania & Cave Poésie (Toulouse-France), Estivada de Rodez (France), the Universities of Bordeaux & Angoulème (France); Festival Des Voix Vives de Sète (France), Festival des Voix de la Méditerranée, Lodève (France), Université de Bruxelles (Belgium), Anthology Film Archives (NYC).
In 2012 she wrote & co-directed the documentary film“Basil King: MIRAGE” with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.For more information: www.nicolepeyrafitte.com

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/

Poetry Project Performance Documentation 02/25/2015

Poetry Project Performance Documentation 02/25/2015

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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 in Bi-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!



Lake Palourde from US SCO/APES

Hemna de Oô from Bi-Valve: Vulvic Space Vulvic Knowledge


Live Painting

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“Un Auròst” January 1 2015 at Poetry Project

“Un Auròst” January 1 2015 at Poetry Project


Video capture Richard Berger
“Un Auròst” —with Michael Bisio on bass— at Poetry Project New Year’s Day Benefit Reading.

This tri-lingual piece 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