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.