Peyrafitte & Joris at the Linda

Performance Poets Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte to Present Multimedia Event Featuring Songs, Poems, Art, Cooking, and Food Tasting, February 16, 2007

Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte, performance poets, will present a multimedia event featuring songs, poems, art, cooking, and food tasting, on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 8 p.m. in the WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, 339 Central Ave., Albany. Tickets are $15. Call 518-465-5233, ext. 4, for reservations. The event is sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and WAMC.

ALBANY, NY — (01/31/2007; 1020)(EIS) — To celebrate the release of their CDs “The Bi-Continental Chowder” and “Routes, Not Roots,” performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte and poet Pierre Joris have created a multimedia event. They will perform a selection of Peyrafitte’s songs and Joris’ poems that are featured on the CDs. The evening will be framed by Peyrafitte’s “Bi-Continental Chowder” prepared, commented, simmered, and served right on stage — a truly synesthetic experience that will stimulate all the senses.

Pyrenean-born Nicole Peyrafitte is a performance artist who sings, paints, films, writes, and cooks. She draws on her eclectic heritage to perform songs ranging from French cabaret to jazz standards and contemporary poetry. She was born in Luchon (French Pyrenees) into the fifth generation of a family of restaurateurs. She received her early cooking training from her grandfather — a renowned chef — and later perfected her skills interning at several award winning restaurants in France. She moved to the United States in 1987, settling first in Southern California where she was a private chef and started her work as a collage artist and painter. Since moving to Albany in 1992, she has dedicated herself to multimedia art work.

Peyrafitte was named Best Performance Artist of 2005 by “Metroland.” She is also the founder of “Nicole Peyrafitte’s Experimental Cabaret at Tess’ Lark Tavern,” which “Metroland” named Best Performance Art Venue of 2006, calling it, “a marvelous boon to thinking-outside-the-box artists.” Anne Waldman, founder and director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics said, “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, Cafe Voltaire antics, of dada and surrealist play but with a post-modern, hip sensibility. I am transfixed when she’s on stage.”

For more information: Suzanne Lance 442-5620

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