Sax Soup Poetry & Voice

Sax Soup Poetry and Voice On Saturday, November 10 at 8:00PM a Harvest Celebration with multimedia artist Nicole Peyrafitte, saxophonist Joe Giardullo and poet Pierre Joris will take place at the Sanctuary For Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy).

The trio will celebrate, harvest, and gather together non linear momentum through their music, poetry, voice, visuals and yes, a soup! Nicole, who recently moved to Brooklyn, will cook an “Inner-State” soup that will be shared with the audience.

About the Artists:

French Pyrenean-born Nicole Peyrafitte is a performance artist who mixes voice, video, poetry, painting and cooking. She draws on an eclectic heritage to perform works based on her transcontinental experiences of negotiating her identity across two continents and four languages. Her projects have been performed nationally and internationally. She often collaborates with poets and musicians such as Pierre Joris, Dave Brinks, George Muscatello, Mike Bisio, Jérôme Pizzato, Yuko Kishimoto, Greg Haymes, Ben Chadabe, Danny Whelchel and Mitch Elrod.

She released her latest CD, The Bi-Continental Chowder / La Garbure Transcontinentale, last February at the WAMC Linda Norris auditorium. called it “a very tasty and imaginative work. With Peyrafitte’s vocal borrowings from Meredith Monk and Yoko Ono and a band that lends credence to her vocal explorations, this CD is definitely recommended for those listeners in need of an ear stretching.”

In 2005: Peyrafitte was named “best performance artists of the Capital Region,” and in 2006 her Monday Night Experimental Cabaret that ran once a month at Tess’ Lark Tavern for 2 consecutive years won “best performance venue of the Capital Region”.

Joe Giardullo is Brooklyn-born, and raised on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. He grew up on R&B music, playing tenor sax in club and regional bands and moved north to the Woodstock area in the 1960’s.

After a short period living in Amsterdam, Holland in the late 70’s, Joe Giardullo returned to live and work north of New York. Meeting Joe McPhee in 1991 marked the beginning of a continuing collaboration. He is a charter member of Joe McPhee’s Bluette (with Mike Bisio and Dominic Duval), and has collaborated with a long and growing number of important creative musicians, including Milford Graves, Bobby Bradford, Carlos Zingaro, Alex Cline, Marilyn Crispell and Pauline Oliveros, whose Deep Listening concepts have had a lasting effect on him. The Oliveros Foundation has commissioned two works by Giardullo (“Elemental Odes” and “Autumn Rhythm: For Jackson Pollack”).

Pierre Joris is a poet, essayist, translator and anthologist. His 2007 poetry publications include the CD Routes, not Roots (with Munir Beken, oud; Mike Bisio, bass; Ben Chadabe, percussion; and Mitch Elrod, guitar; & Nicole Peyrafitte, vocals and radio) issued by Ta’wil Productions; Aljibar (a bilingual volume of poems w/ French translations by Eric Sarner, published in Luxembourg by Editions PHI) and Meditations on the Stations of Mansour Al-Hallaj 1-21(Anchorite Press, Albany). Rain Taxi praised his Poasis: Selected Poems 1986-1999 for “its physical, philosophical delight in words and their reverberations.” 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 and Rothenberg also edited the award-winning anthologies Poems for the Millennium. Joris teaches at SUNY-Albany, when he is not on the road reading his poetry alone or with musicians. His collaborations with vocalist & multimedia artist Nicole Peyrafitte include the multimedia show SumericaBachbones, performed throughout Europe and the US.

Admission for this event is $10.  For more information contact Nicole Peyrafitte at or 518-281-5407