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FRANCIS PICABIA : La Nourrice Américaine

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  • Format: CD [LTMCD2509]
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  • Label: LTM

'A CD anthology by influential avant-garde artist Francis Picabia, featuring two interpretations of a provocative Dada piano composition from 1920 together with a spoken word interview recorded in 1945.
Written in 1920, La Nourrice Américaine (The American Nurse) consists of "three notes repeated to infinity" performed for the first - and last - time at the Festival Dada, staged at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on 26 May 1920. A landmark event, the Festival Dada included contributions from Tristan Tzara, Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Philippe Soupault and Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, and launched the Dada phenomenon in Paris.
La Nourrice Américaine was performed on the day by Marguerite Buffet, duration unknown. It seems likely that Picabia's only venture into musical composition was inspired by talks with his friends Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp and Edgard Varese. On this CD fast and slow interpretations are included, both performed by pianist Tom Feldschuh and each lasting for 20 minutes.
The CD also includes a spoken word piece by Picabia (in the French language), recording a visit to the artist's Paris atelier in July 1945.'

- samples -

1 La Nourrice Americaine (Fast Version) 20:06
2 Francis Picabia In Conversation 13:11
Voice, Interviewee – Francis Picabia
3 La Nourrice Americaine (Slow Version) 19:57

Recorded At – Riverside Studios, Glasgow

Artwork, Liner Notes [Manifest Cannibale Dada] – Francis Picabia
Composed By – Francis Picabia (tracks: 1, 3)
Engineer – Duncan Cameron (tracks: 1, 3)
Liner Notes [French Interview Translation] – Alain-Paul Diaz
Liner Notes [Historical Notes, Manifeste Cannibale Dada Translation] – James Hayward
Piano – Tom Feldschuh (tracks: 1, 3)

Two interpretations of "The american nurse" by Francis Picabia (1879 - 1953), originally performed at the Festival Dada on 26 May 1920 at the Salle Gaveau (Paris).
Music recorded at Riverside Studios, Glasgow, 10 August 2007.
Spoken word recordings by Picabia made between 1945 and 1949.
Cover image adapted from "Américaine" by Francis Picabia (1917), photograph retouched in ink, 37 x 26 cm.
Thanks to Helios Azoulay, Beverly Calté, Pierre Calté, Marc Dachy, Yves Peyré, Michel Sanouillet.

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