Nicole Peyrafitte
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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Nicole Peyrafitte is a performance artist who sings, paints, films, writes, and cooks. Born in the French Pyrenean town of Luchon, she moved to the United States in 1987 where she has lived ever since. She considers herself a Gasco-Rican (1/2Gascon, 1/2 American) citizen of Brooklyn. A true renaissance woman, she started out as a chef in her family’s hotel-restaurant, but soon switched from culinary to multimedia arts. For some 15 years now, she has been combining these various art forms into complex multimedia performances that
include voice, video, writing and cooking. She has two CDs out: Whisk, Don't Churn! & The Bi-Continental Chowder/ La Garbure Transcontinentale. Her recordings draw on her eclectic heritage for songs ranging from French cabaret to jazz standards and contemporary poetry. Her artistic collaborators have included the contrabassist Michael Bisio, saxophonist Joe Giardullo &
Holland Hopson; her husband, poet Pierre Joris, and their son Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.
Recent performances include: The Vision Festival NYC; “Picasso as Poet” at The Metroplolitan Museum, w/ Pierre Joris; Umami Festival NYC; Coloque International Angoulême: L’art, L’éducation et le Politique; and Blago B*** IV at Emily Harvey Gallery.
Her visual work combines abstract colored surfaces with quasi-representational
figures, and collaged photo-images. The work is anchored as much in an exploration of
prehistoric cave paintings as in borrowed public images of this post-Warholian world. As
the poet-painter Claude Pélieu put it:
“Nicole Peyrafitte broadcasts the news of our chopped, exploded, fragmentary world. She kicks over the traces of the real and strolls through the subway of the emotions. Like Hannah Hoch, Valentine Hugo or Aude Ellouét, Nicole Peyrafitte shows us what an illusion reality is.”
Recently her work was part of “Waltzing in Quicksand:” Poets in Collage at Tribes Gallery.

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Cabaret Hérétique Sunday Nov 16 6PM

In the tradition of Cabaret Voltaire, Nicole Peyrafitte’s presents: a voco-musico-poetico-comestible performance focused on 100 years of chansons & poetry & food!



This is the premiere of a seventy-five minute show where Edith Piaf can rendez-vous with Henri…

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Posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:41pm

NY'OC Trobadors: A Symposium on Occitan Poetry

DATE AND TIME:  November 23, 2013 - 2:00PM to 9:00PM
EVENT LOCATION: …
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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 2:53pm

NY'OC Trobadors: A Symposium on Occitan Poetry

The 11th century trobadors and trobairitz of Occitania, a region encompassing parts of southern France, Italy's Occitan Valleys, Monaco, and Catalonia's Val d'Aran, have long inspired American poets most notably Ezra…
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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 2:30pm

Accent gascon sur le toit de New York (Sud-Ouest)

Un coin d'Occitanie! Avec son amie Ariane Daguin, elle rêve de voir naître une zone autonome, en plein de cœur de New York. Un espace « gascoricain ». Lorsqu’on lui demande quelle est sa nationalité, c’est en tout cas le terme qu’elle emploie.

Née en 1960 dans l’hôtel tenu par ses parents, à Luchon, Nicole Peyrafitte est aujourd’hui…

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Posted on August 3, 2013 at 3:30am

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