Nicole Peyrafitte Performing in The Capital District In November

image Nicole Peyrafitte will be back in the area next month for two performances.  She will be at Caffe Lena’s Poetry Open Mic on Wednesday, November 4th and at Justin’s on Lark Street the next night.  Her performances are always a great time and not to be missed.

Here is all the info from Nicole herself.

Performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte returns to the Capital District for 2 performances.

Wednesday November 4th 7 PM
Caffè Lena
Featured reader at the Caffè Lena Monthly Poetry event
$3 at the door
Nicole will read & sing (all a capella) her recent work.

Thusday November 5th 9 PM
accompanied by:
Mike Bisio – Double Bass
Georges Muscatello – Electric Guitar

301 Lark Street Albany NY 12208
reservation preferred: (518) 436-7008
Cover: $3

Nicole worked for many years with both Bisio and Muscatello. With Mike Bisio they signed the CD “Whisk! Don’t Church” (Ta’wil production 2009). With Muscatello they co-wrote some of “The Bi-Continental Chowder” (Ta’wil production 2007) tunes and together toured the performance of the same name both in France and the USA.

Tonight their reunion will celebrates music, poetry and improvisation through selections of Peyrafitte’s originals texts, but also contemporary poetry by Pierre Joris, Henri Michaux, Frida Kahlo & Occitan songs.

Contact: Nicole Peyrafitte
Telephone: 518.281.5407

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 multimedia performances projects often involve the onstage preparation and cooking of a dish, shared with the audience. Her work addresses the experiences of negotiating her identity across two continents and four languages.

She performs domestically and in France. After her Capital district mini-tour she will be in Angoulême, France for a performance at the International Symposium : L’art, L’éducation & le politique. Her current projects involve the co-direction of a documentary on sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens and she keeps a blog “Collectages: Recordings of Foods & A®titudes” (

"Nicole Peyrafitte is a brilliant and most original performer. Her vocalizations, her songs, her gestures are provocative: both stunningly beautiful and powerfully unnerving at times. She is the chthonic goddess come to tempt you, scare you, transform you. 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." — Poet/Performer Anne Waldman

Review of: "Whisk!Dont Churn!"
By: Greg Haymes
Music Editor at the Times Union
Parade of CDs – New music blossoms in the Capital Region
(First published: Thursday, March 12, 2009)
After hibernating through much of the long winter, Capital Region musicians are beginning to emerge from their dark recording-studio lairs with brand new CDs in their hot, little paws.
First out of the box this week is the dynamic twosome of vocalist Nicole Peyrafitte and bassist Michael Bisio, who will join forces on stage tonight at Justin’s in Albany to celebrate the release of their debut live album, "Whisk! Don’t Churn!" on the Ta’wil label.Both are fearlessly adventurous musicians, and the performance on this disc — recorded at Justin’s in November — captures it all magnificently. Spoken-word and multilingual vocalizations engage in masterful swordplay with sonic bass explorations.
As CD producer Pierre Joris says, the two artist-musicians "have developed an ongoing and challenging conversation based on their unconditional dedication to their chosen modes of expression." Open your ears wide and if you listen close enough to the provocative sounds of Bisio and Peyrafitte, you’ll hear the sound of a kitchen whisk played like a Stradivarius.

About her 2007 CD:

“…Performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte serves up some very interesting sound-scapes and emotional improvisations on her new CD entitled “La Garbure Transcontinentale / The Bi-Continental Chowder”. Alternating between French and English poetics, Peyrafitte attempts to help the listener make the connection that she has made through her heuristic research in America and in France… the Bi-Continental Chowder is 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. –Darryl Gregory –

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