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> 06.10.16 nathaniel mackey & frédéric boyer avec les musiciens éric chenaux & devin brahja waldman > video

A l’occasion d’un symposium Poets & Critics à l’Université Paris Diderot les jeudi et vendredi 6 et 7 octobre 2016 autour de l’œuvre de Nathaniel Mackey,

double change et l’atelier Michael Woolworth

vous invitent à une lecture



suivie d’un concert des musiciens

ERIC CHENAUX (guitare)


le jeudi 6 octobre à 19h30

Atelier Michael Woolworth

2 rue de la Roquette, cour Février

75011 Paris

entrée libre


FREDERIC BOYER est né à cannes en 1961. Ecrivain, traducteur et éditeur. Il a codirigé le chantier de nouvelle traduction de la Bible associant des spécialistes des textes et des langues bibliques à des écrivains contemporains (Bayard, 2001). Auteur d’une quarantaine de livres aux éditions P.O.L (poèmes, récits, théâtre, essais et traductions). Il vient de faire paraître un récit (Yeux noirs) et une Bible illustrée par le dessinateur Serge Bloch (Bible, les récits fondateurs, Bayard), accompagnée d’une exposition au Centquatre, à Paris et d’une série de films animés.

DEVIN BRAHJA WALDMAN is a New York saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer. He leads Brahja Waldman’s Quintet and has performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Daniel Carter and Sam Shalabi. He has accompanied his aunt Anne Waldman since the age of nine. Waldman is a member of the band Heroes Are Gang Leaders (started by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis). Growing up, Waldman’s music sensei was luminary pianist Paul Bley. In partnership with Anne Waldman and his cousin Ambrose Bye, Waldman co-directs Fast Speaking Music: a poetry and music label which has released works by Amiri Barka, Meredith Monk, Eileen Myles and many others.

ERIC CHENAUX is an improvisor, guitarist, singer and composer based in Paris. Having been an active player in Toronto experimental music circles with a host of group and collaborative works, Chenaux has more recently amassed a body of solo work across five albums on the Constellation label, centering around his dextrous, fried guitar playing as juxtaposed with a gorgeously lyrical vocal style. An ingenious recombinant use of traditional folk, psychedelic pop and consort music in earlier albums has over time evolved into a wholly uncategorisable form of balladry, shot through with a singular vernacular of guitar improvisation.

He has performed with Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Brodie West, Allison Cameron, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Josephine Foster, Martin Arnold, Wilbert De Joode, Gareth Davis, Eloise Decazes, Jacob Wren and Norberto Lobo among many. Eric also composes and performs music for film and contemporary dance, and collaborates on numerous sound installations with visual/sound artist Marla Hlady, including Smedaholmen Tourist (with Amplifiers) (2012) for The Thousand And One Birds festival in Norway. Together with EricCazdyn he undertook a two-week residency at The Cube Cinema in Bristol, UK, where they produced and performed the film Play The Cube in 2014.

NATHANIEL MACKEY was born in Miami, Florida, in 1947, and grew up, from age four, in California. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1969 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1975. He is the author of ten chapbooks of poetry, Four for Trane(Golemics, 1978), Septet for the End of Time (Boneset, 1983), Outlantish (Chax Press, 1992), Song of the Andoumboulou: 18-20 (Moving Parts Press, 1994), Four for Glenn(Chax Press, 2002), Anuncio’s Last Love Song (Three Count Pour, 2013), Outer Pradesh(Anomalous Press, 2014), Moment’s Omen (Selva Oscura, 2015), School of Oud(Middlearth Editions, 2016) and Lay Ghost (Black Ocean, 2016); six books of poetry,Eroding Witness (University of Illinois Press, 1985), School of Udhra (City Lights Books, 1993), Whatsaid Serif (City Lights Books, 1998), Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006),Nod House (New Directions, 2011), and Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015); and an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, of which four volumes have been published: Bedouin Hornbook (Callaloo Fiction Series, 1986; second edition: Sun & Moon Press, 1997), Djbot Baghostus’s Run (Sun & Moon Press, 1993), Atet A.D. (City Lights Books, 2001), and Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008); the first three of these have been published together as From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 (New Directions, 2010); the fifth, Late Arcade, is forthcoming from New Directions in 2017. He is also the author of two books of criticism, Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (Cambridge University Press, 1993; paper edition: University of Alabama Press, 2000) and Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005). Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment (Royal Hartigan, percussion; Hafez Modirzadeh, reeds and flutes), was released in 1995 by Spoken Engine Company. He is editor of the literary magazine Hambone, whose twenty-first issue appeared in 2015, and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment’s Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993). His awards and honors include the selection ofEroding Witness for publication in the National Poetry Series, a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1993, election to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets in 2001, the National Book Award in poetry for Splay Anthem in 2006, an Artist’s Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007, the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize in 2007, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society in 2008, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2014, and Yale’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry in 2015. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches at Duke University, where he is the Reynolds Price Professor of English. He has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1974-1976), the University of Southern California (1976-1979), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (1979-2010).

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