« welcoming the flowers » by anne-james chaton
Anne-James Chaton (voice, sampler), Thurston Moore (voice recording) and Jean-Michel Espitallier (drums) pay tribute to John Giorno in a sound piece constructed around Welcoming the Flowers.
Drawing on these ‘poem prints’ and their reading by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), the two poets weave sound loops which continue Giorno’s legacy of rhythms, sounds, stimuli and gestures rhythmically, hauntingly or restlessly, contrapuntally or atonally. The result is a recalcitrant soundscape, a timeless sensuality.
Throughout his life, the artist John Giorno, who passed away in October 2019 at age 82, sought to make words leap off the page and to make poetry as widely accessible as possible.
Anne-James Chaton was born in Besançon in 1970. He lives and works in Paris. He is the author of several collections (published by Al Dante). The German label Raster-Noton released Événements 09 in 2011 and Décade in 2012. In 2016 he published Elle regarde passer les gens (Éditions Verticales) and won the Charles Vidrac Prize of the Société des Gens de Lettres. In 2019 he released L’affaire La Pérouse (P.O.L.). His latest book, Vie et mort de l’homme qui tua John F. Kennedy (P.O.L.), came out in March 2020.
Anne-James Chaton has released several albums with English guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex) and German musician Alva Noto. His visual work has been shown in many exhibitions in France and abroad. Anne-James Chaton is artist in residence at the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome, for 2020–21.
Writer, poet, musician, Jean-Michel Espitallier is the author of some 20 books, including, most recently, Tourner en rond: de l’art d’aborder les ronds-points (PUF, 2016); Syd Barrett, le rock et autres trucs (Le Mot et le Reste, 2017); La Première Année (Inculte, 2018); Cow-Boy (Inculte, 2020). His latest creations are: Sergent Pepper, suite… (France Culture, 2017); Musiques 68 (Radio Nova, 2018).
A former co-editor of the review Java (1989-2006), he has worked on several multimedia projects, among others with the choreographer Valeria Giuga (She Was Dancing, 2017; Rockstar, 2020) and the electro-acoustic duo Kristoff K-Roll (World is a Blues).