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Plateau XXXVI Walferdange, 21 & 22 November 2015
Dove presents the Geistpamphlet GRKLMNDIV: A Song for Europe in the context of the 4th edition of the (quasi)apocryphal (and now officially international) performance-art festival Greek Lemonade, staged this year at the Walfer Bicherdeeg book fair in Walferdange, Luxembourg. The event's theme: 'Quo vadis Europa?'
Plateau XXXV October 2015
Dove and his 12-string guitar accompany Blaine L. Reininger on tour once more. This time the duo embark on a month-long odyssey that takes them as far afield as Sardinia and Hong Kong in addition to the usual Western European capitals.
Plateau XXXIV Brussels, 24 September 2015
"Top 3 cafes on the Parvis de Saint-Gilles" appears in Brussels' anglophone press. It is the first installment in a new thematic cluster of Rick Steeves-inspired plateaux, titled "Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino's Belgium." The series will ultimately culminate in a travel documentary.
Plateau XXXIII Haarlem, June 2015
A Haarlem recording session with frequent collaborators Grey Lotus yields this cover of Tuxedomoon's '7 Years', commissioned for a forthcoming tribute project celebrating the 35th anniversary of that group's first LP, Half-Mute. The track also refers to the 7 years since Dove landed in his European exile.
Plateau XXXII June 2015
Dove is flattered to be invited, along with his trusty Vox Mark XII clone, to accompany Blaine L. Reininger on a tour encompassing several dates in Western Europe and a sold-out weekender in Tel Aviv. Reininger is, of course, a long-standing member of the Société des Mélancoliques but Dove considers it a rare pleasure and "an awesome and sacred trust" (to quote Martin O'Malley) to perform songs from the man's rich solo repertoire and the hallowed Tuxedomoon songbook.
Plateau XXXI Paris, April 2015
The Société wraps PASQUAPAGANA with a schizoid double feature in the Ville Lumière. One night sees an intimate piano-and-vocal performance favouring Face 4 of the Deleuzo-Guattarian double LP Mille Plateaux; the other, a fully plugged-in affair redolent of the selfsame album's first and second faces.
Plateau XXX France and Italy, March-April 2015
PASQUAPAGANA, being a ritualistic spring tour of Italy via France and Belgium. The centrepiece of the Société's month-long itinerary is a decadent Easter Sunday soirée in Rome itself. Marc Hacquet records the band's set en route, at the Subsonic in Montpellier on Sunday 29 March 2015, and thus preserves the performance from oblivion. See Plateau VII.
Plateau XXIX The Hague, March 2015
A clandestine meeting of the poor-man's Bilderberg Group-- consisting of Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino, Steven Johnson Leyba, Cornelia Vandenberg and Joost Verhagen-- is convened in the Hague, home of the International Criminal Court and many other judicial organs. There they incorporate another such body: the International Art-War Tribunal. Behold the artist as critic as inquisitor.
Plateau XXVIII Brussels, March 2015
The Royal Military Museum of Belgium gives Dove carte blanche in the context of the annual festival Museum Night Fever. He invites multimedia collective Photomatic, choreographer Jean-Guillaume Weis and pianist Nora Jim in addition to an augmented line-up of his own Société des Mélancoliques, featuring PM Doutreligne on rhythm guitar.
Plateau XXVII Brussels, February 2015
In his capacity as Brussels arts critic, Dove interviews the curator of the city's übercontemporary performance-art biennale. He begins by producing a pair of scissors and requesting a haircut. His interlocutor balks. The interview thence proceeds all too conventionally.
Plateau XXVI Flanders, December 2014
If living well is the best revenge then simply surviving, despite everything, 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.)