Being a schizoid double LP and related ephemera by Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino. For Eddie.
Released independently. Distributed by Clear Spot/Shiny Beast (Benelux), Trinity (France) and Lo & Behold! (United States).

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FACE 1

Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino
& la Société des Mélancoliques

FACE 2

"I Won't Betray You"
Hommage à Chuck Berry

MILLE PLATEAUX

MILLE PLATEAUX / The year-long performance piece that was inaugurated in Metz in January 2013 under the working title The Year of the Dove before evolving willy-nilly into Mille Plateaux has nearly run its course. A catalogue of collective experience is forthcoming in 2014 (see below), as are two rather more tangible artefacts: a schizoid double studio album Mille Plateaux (recorded piecemeal over the course of the Year in Belgium, France, Scotland, the Netherlands and the United States, and featuring sleeve art by Coyotel initiate and pie-maker Steven Johnson Leyba) as well as a full-length Geistbuch on the late Italian poet, singer and performance artist Piero Ciampi. These items will be delivered to the doorstep of obscurity on the summer solstice, heralded by a European tour and a residency at Luxembourg's contemporary art museum MUDAM.

Contact: georgio@georgiothedovevalentino.com


Performed by /

Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino Voice, 4-, 6- and 12-string guitars, organs, atmospherics
Patrizia F. Bass guitar
Benjamin Meunier Drums, percussion
with Blaine L. Reininger Violin, viola, backing vocals
Luc van Lieshout Trumpet, flugelhorn
and special guest contributions by Alexandre Alquier, Daan Arisz, Jeff F, Gilles Le Guen, Sissy Kotsoni, DC Shell, Todor Stefanov, Joost Verhagen, Lars and Niels van der Weiden, Zack Williams and Richie Wohlfeil.

Mostly written and realized by Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino
Recorded at various locations in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Scotland and the United States

FACE 3

The Astounding
12-String Guitar of
Jorge 'el Dovo' Maldonado

FACE 4

Ο Γιωργος Jesús
Παπανικολοπουλος
Sings Piero Ciampi


Artist bio /

A stateless vagrant in so many ways, this Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino. The expatriate Floridano planted himself in Brussels by way of a lost weekend in Detroit (which lasted no less than a half-decade). It was in the European capital that he assembled his Benelux orchestra, la Société des Mélancoliques, whose ranks include members of the legendary experimental arts collective Tuxedomoon. Otherwise, Dove settled into the city like Bill Burroughs in Interzone: discomfited.

Artistically, too, GtDV has no obvious home, but rather operates in the space between several forms (song-and-dance, performance art, belles lettres and institutional critique) and several genres (torch song, soundtrack, Kraut-rock, country-and-western, surf, lo-fi and high-concept avant-garde). One doesn't paint by numbers here. Dove songs are neither 'rockers' nor 'ballads'; they are extraterrestrial chamber pieces, with passages of glacial, almost abstract meditation sporadically interrupted by apocalyptic convulsion. They might have been written by Martin Gore in Berlin, might have been performed by Bobby Beausoleil in prison and might have been produced by Joe Meek in his bathroom.

Dove's critical essays are inspired in equal parts by Stefan Georg's over-the-top Geistbücher and Michel Foucault's genealogies. Most of these are published in limited edition by the author's own Brussels-based DIY/vanity press Les Éditions Saint-Gilles de Rais and disseminated only at corresponding performances. (Dove is also an arts critic, columnist and occasional hack whose commissioned work can be read weekly in Belgium's English-language print media.)

The result is an insular art, unexpected and mostly misunderstood. Too nuanced, at any rate, to condense into the first ten seconds of a 'demo tape' or the first few sentences of a casual reading-- a grave liability in this age of media saturation. For better or worse, this is an art that offers itself only to the attentive and the expansive, and probably alienates the rest. So be it. It's a rare luxury, I suppose, to be able to select one's audience. Sigh. Pass the bottle.

-- M. Lane Johnson, biographer


High-resolution photos /

Tour dates /

Thurs 18 Dec 2014 | cinéPalace | Kortrijk BE
with Grand Parc and Chat Blanc le Stagiaire Vert

Fri 19 Dec 2014 | Kunstencentrum Belgie | Hasselt BE
with Tuxedomoon

Sat 20 Dec 2014 | B52 | Eernegem BE
with Emmanuele Gattuso

Thurs 22 Jan 2015 | Le Lapin Blanc | Réding FR

Fri 23 Jan 2015 | Le Grattoir | Gérardmer FR

Sat 24 Jan 2015 | Le Troubadour | Metz FR
with Reg

Sat 7 March 2015 | Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History | Brussels BE
in the context of Museum Night Fever

Thurs 19 March 2015 | El Diablo | Lille FR

Thurs 26 March 2015 | Celtic Pub | Tarbes FR

Fri 27 March 2015 | Les Pavillons Sauvages | Toulouse FR

Sat 4 April 2015 | Surfer Joe | Livorno IT
with Stella Burns and Siberia


Mille Plateaux album cover

La Société des Mélancoliques
Photo credit: Ivan Put

Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino
Credit: Fabienne Cresens

Videos / Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino & la Société des Mélancoliques

Dove by McClymont

Ο Γιωργος Jesús Παπανικολοπουλος Sings Piero Ciampi


Catalogue of plateaux /

Plateau XXVI Flanders, December 2014
If living well is the best revenge then simply surviving, despite evertything, must make for at least mild retribution. Greek Lemonade is an annual multiform celebration of perseverance in the face of adversity, austerity and/or apathy. The third edition of the anti-festival goes regional with a tour through deepest Flanders, three performances to maximize its chances of being ignored or misunderstood.

Plateau XXV Luxembourg, 9 July 2014
Inspired by the unsung, proto-modernist pioneer of performance art George Bryan Brummell, SCHIZOID HAPPY HOUR(S) IV: A Sea of Frowning Faces is a study in provocation in the arts along various axes: formal, thematic, structural. The sound-and-vision situation is staged at MUDAM Luxembourg for an unwitting audience of well-heeled functionaries who have just clocked out of the neighbouring European Court of Justice. They are subjected to a pop-up exhibition of sex goblins and a rhizomatic playlist: equal parts abstract textures, musique concrète, noise and obscenity-laden spoken word with a smattering of schlager and minstrel-show tunes. Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino and Grey Lotus vocalist Joost Verhagen are present to field complaints in person. Participating by remote are confederates from Dove's Detroit days, Dan Augustine and nospectacle, as well as Mille Plateaux cover artist Steven Johnson Leyba, Amsterdam arts gallery the iLLUSEUM and the enigmatic St.-Gilles de Rais.

Plateau XXIV France, June 2014
The Société undertake a three-week tour of France, stopping at cemeteries along the way to pay their respects to Michel Foucault, Beau Brummell, Félix Guattari and Pierre Bourdieu.

Plateau XXIII Brussels, 29 May 2014
Legendary St.-Gilles café Verschueren hosts SCHIZOID HAPPY HOUR(S) II, during which Mille Plateaux is aired in its entirety for the first time. In another first, a selection of lyrics from the GtDV catalogue is published and distributed as a limited-edition Geistpamphlet Five Hundred Odd Words. The collection is characterized by its liberal deployment of free verse, run-on sentences and vitriol.

Plateau XXII Brussels, 1 May 2014
In an ambivalent May Day gesture Dove publishes the Société's tour rider as a collectible Geistpamphlet, titled Technical Rider for a DIY Tour and prefaced by an excerpt from David Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Baker's conference paper from the symposium Transformations in the Cultural and Media Industries.

Plateau XXI Brussels, 16 Apr 2014
Dove records a mini-set of Piero Ciampi songs with his unnamed minimalist jazz trio in a piano shop in Brussels' sleazy quartier midi. Audiophiles will hear police sirens on the tapes, which are set to comprise the fourth and final side of Mille Plateaux.

Plateau XX Brussels, 17-22 Feb 2014
Week-long residency at the Maison de la Création, where Dove and la Société begin to put the finishing touches on Mille Plateaux.

Plateau XIX Amsterdam, 19 Jan 2014
Dove and his 12-string guitar accompany fellow Société member (and Tuxedomoon co-founder) Blaine L. Reininger at a performance in a disused concrete church. In the context of the iLLUSEUM's Wonderbaarlijke Winterreizen.

Plateau XVIII West Palm Beach, 30 Dec 2013
Mille Plateaux recording session at an improvised studio built into a redneck sports bar. The space, barely insulated, is situated between the main hall and kitchen. Consequently the recordings capture the sound of a rowdy afternoon bar crowd and gator-tail nuggets in deep fry.

Plateau XVII Brussels, 19 Dec 2013
GRKLMND2, or the second annual edition of Greek Lemonade, doubles as a meditation-cum-celebration of the contemporaneous Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Dove confirms his crypto-Greek identity (via San Juan, New York and Palm Beach-- it's complicated) by authoring the accompanying Geistpamphlet Greek Lemonade under his given name Γιωργος Jesús Παπανικολοπουλος.

Plateau XVI Amsterdam, 9 Nov 2013
Mille Plateaux recording session at Daan Arisz's Up the Attic Studio on the fringes of the Dutch metropolis. Dove is accompanied here not by la Société but by Grey Lotus.

Plateau XV Edinburgh, 31 Oct 2013
La Société perform a bal masqué with underground Scots legends the Leopards (formerly Paul Quinn's Independent Group). Dove joins the latter during their set to sing Paul Quinn's 'Stupid Thing'.

Plateau XIV Edinburgh, 25 Oct 2013
Dove reads/screens It's a Funny Religion When You Pray 'Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, Play a Song for Me', his multidisciplinary collaboration with video artist (and Orange Juice bassist) David McClymont and the late Greg Gibbs, at the monthly Edinburgh literary event Neu! Reekie! With accompanying Geistpamphlet of the same name.

Plateau XIII Trébeurden, 6 Sept 2013
La Société make crêpes with Gilles Le Guen's mum in a cabane on the Côtes-d'Armor.

Plateau XII Lasgraisses, 30 Aug-5 Sept 2013
Week-long residency at the Museum. Here DC Shell helps record the first tracks earmarked for the double album Mille Plateaux.

Plateau XI Livorno, 23-26 Aug 2014
Pilgrimage to Piero Ciampi's Livorno, which will later feature in Dove's list of recommended travel destinations for Brussels expats. The story runs in the European institutions' most-read newcomer guide. Other suggestions are similarly off the beaten path: Luxembourg (home of Société bassist Patrizia F) and Haarlem (Grey Lotus HQ).

Plateau X Brussels, 17 July 2013
First edition of Schizoid Happy Hour(s) features two live sets, one by Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino & la Société des Mélancoliques feat. Blaine L. Reininger and the other by Ο Γιωργος Jesús Παπανικολοπουλος Sings Piero Ciampi.

Plateau IX Brussels, 26 June 2013
Dove reviews honorary Société members Grey Lotus in the weekly Belgian newspaper Flanders Today, comparing the Haarlem post-folk group to '70s Genesis, Talk Talk and Nico.

Plateau VIII London, 27 Apr 2013
La Société unveil an extended 17-minute version of '"I Won't Betray You"' at the London happening At Home with the Ludskis, with accompanying screen projection and Geistpamphlet "I Won't Betray You": Milton, Nietzsche, Berry.

Plateau VII Rome, Easter Sunday 2013
La Société's planned anti-pasqua tour of Italy is aborted when modern-minded promoters in Rome dismiss Dove as an Italian schlager singer and instead book a slew of touring American groups. Irony is registered only in certain quarters.

Plateau VI Caen, 23 Mar 2013
Presentation of the Geistpamphlet Beau Brummell à la rencontre du parricide Pierre Rivière at a Société performance in the Norman city where the disgraced Regency dandy spent his final years of exile and where he was interred.

Plateau V Brussels / Detroit, 17 March 2013
As a gesture of solidarity with long-time friend and collaborator Dan Augustine, Dove records an exclusive minor-chords-only version of the Peter and Gordon hit 'World Without Love'. The track airs on episode 6 of Augustine's Detroit-based radio show Only a Cover Song. Pseudonymous video artist St.-Gilles de Rais also edits a novelty clip featuring a black screen with the mantra 'THIS CONTENT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR REGION' interspersed with text quotes from Jonathan Kaplan's 1992 thriller Unlawful Entry.

Plateau IV Brussels / Edinburgh, 1 Feb 2013
Digital release of Excerpts from Edinburgh, a live Société set recorded in the Scottish capital by Murray Ramone the previous summer.

Plateau III Metz, 25 Jan 2013
The official start of the extended performance piece Year of the Dove, la Société play a basement in Paul Verlaine's hometown.

Plateau II Brussels, 8 Dec 2012
Following a post-soundcheck altercation with a seedy Greek bar owner, la Société des Mélancoliques and touring Dutch group Grey Lotus pull out of a scheduled Brussels concert. They hastily conceive, organize and perform the inaugural edition of the performance festival Greek Lemonade at a canal-side squat the same night.

Plateau I Brussels, 6 Dec 2012
Debut performance of Dove's minimalist tribute to late Italian singer Piero Ciampi, with accompanying Geistpamphlet Poète Maudit / Part Maudite. The 'side project' is a radical break from previous practice: Dove sings Ciampi's songs in the original Italian (which he can neither understand nor speak), accompanied only by piano and trumpet. There are three people in the audience. (Subsequent performances will be slightly better attended and Dove will rechristen the set Ο Γιωργος Jesús Παπανικολοπουλος Sings Piero Ciampi to avoid being mistaken for an Italian himself.)

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