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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012

THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL is the annual showcase of radical arts and activism---where revolutionary New Music meets Topical Song and Free Jazz cavorts with Dissident Poetry, Theatre and Film! DAY ONE: FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 8PM - 11PM 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts 17 Frost Street Brooklyn NY www.17frost.com ------RADICAL SONGWRITERS FORUM: (8PM ): *DONALD JOHNSON, contemporary songs of work, struggle and life *JOE KIDD, protest music by Michigan-based singer-songwriter *FASTER, the experimental side of social parody with soprano sax/voice and avant guitar duo ------FILM SCREENING w/LIVE MUSIC (10PM): *The silent sci-fi/social change film classic 'METROPOLIS' with a live improvised score by THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA: John Pietaro (xylophone/percussion/drumkit/direction), Mossa Bildner (voice), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano and alto saxophones), Nick Gianni (tenor saxophone and flute), Ben Barson (baritone saxophone), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar/keyboards), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (upright bass). ******************* DAY TWO: SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 4PM - 11PM The Brecht Forum 451 West Street New York NYwww.brechtforum.org -------FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION (4PM - 5:45 PM): *'CULTURES OF RESISTANCE', plus discussion with the filmmaker ------CONCERT: (6PM - 11PM): *KARL BERGER & INGRID SERTSO & CO, improvisational world music by the legendary founders of the very revolutionary CMS! *UPSURGE! rad jazz/poetry from San Francisco *CHERYL PYLE & NICOLAS LETMAN-BERTINOVIC, free flute and bass + special guests *ANGELO VERGA, activist poetry *CRYSTAL SHIPP, progressive performance art *JENNIE LITT & DAVID ALPHER, radical cabaret *RADIO NOIR, dissident swing and realizations of the works of Brecht & Eisler *RAS MOCHE, the improv of revolution *NICK GIANNI EVOLUTION, free jazz and more ***** Festival Organizer/Producer/Host: John Pietaro leftmus@earthlink.net

Further News! DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL

The line-up for the 2012 edition of the Dissident Arts Festival is still progressing! DAY ONE: FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 8PM - 11PM 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts - 17 Frost Street (between Lorimer and Union Streets), Brooklyn NY www.17frost.com

------RADICAL SONGWRITERS FORUM: (8PM – 10PM): *JACKIE SHEELER, punk-laced topical song & poetry *DONALD JOHNSON, contemporary songs of work, struggle and life *JOE KIDD, protest music by Michigan-based singer-songwriter *FASTER, the experimental side of social parody with soprano sax/voice and avant guitar duo

------FILM SCREENING w/LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT (10PM – Midnight): *The silent sci-fi/social change film classic 'METROPOLIS' with a live improvised score by THE RADIO NOIR ORCHESTRA: John Pietaro (xylophone/percussion/drumkit/musical direction), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar/keyboards), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano and alto saxophones), Nick Gianni (tenor saxophone and flute), Ben Barson (baritone saxophone), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (upright bass). *********************************************************** DAY TWO: SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 4PM - 11PM The Brecht Forum - 451 West Street (between Bank and Bethune streets), New York NY 212-242-4201 www.brechtforum.org

-------FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION (4PM - 5:45 PM): *'CULTURES OF RESISTANCE', plus discussion with the filmmaker

------CONCERT: (6PM - 11PM): *KARL BERGER & INGRID SERTSO & CO, improvisational world music by the legendary founder of the revolutionary Creative Music Studio! *UPSURGE! rad jazz and poetry from San Francisco *CHERYL PYLE & NICOLAS LETMAN-BERTINOVIC, free flute and bass + special guests *STEVE BLOOM, activist poetry *CRYSTAL SHIPP, progressive performance art *JENNIE LITT & DAVID ALPHER, radical cabaret *RADIO NOIR, dissident swing and realizations of the works of Brecht & Eisler *RAS MOCHE, the improv of revolution *NICK GIANNI EVOLUTION, free jazz and more

-To join THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL mailing list write to leftmus@earthlink.net and for more info see: www.DissidentArts.com and www.facebook.com/pages/THE-DISSIDENT-ARTS-FESTIVAL/116881725023683

Updated Line-Up, DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL to feature KARL BERGER!

Save the dates! Aug 17 and 18.......... THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012 TWO STAGES! TWO DAYS! TWO BOROUGHS! Friday August 17, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts (Williamsburg, Bklyn) and Saturday August 18, the Brecht Forum (Greenwich Village). The 2012 edition of THE FESTIVAL will feature a wide array of artists of conscience ranging from radical jazz musicians to protest singers to experimental artists and everything in between. Featured performers include legends of Free Jazz and World Music KARL BERGER and INGRID SERTSO. Another special feature will be a screening of ‘METROPOLIS’ with live improvised accompaniment. The Festival is a showcase of cultural workers and serves as a bridge between the arts and the progressive activist community. We feature a great span of just what 'protest' art is: radical avant garde Jazz, topical Song, dissentful Poetry, revolutionary New Music, social justice Film and Theatre, Post-Punk dissidence, progressive Cabaret of social change. THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012 is presented by Dissident Arts, the Brecht Forum, and 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts. Producer/Host: John Pietaro *********************************************************** DAY ONE: FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 8PM - 11PM 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts 17 Frost Street (between Lorimer and Union Streets), Brooklyn NY www.17frost.com

------GLOBAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC: opening segment with several acoustic acts TBA (8PM – 10PM):

------FILM SCREENING w/LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT (10PM – Midnight): The silent sci-fi/social change film classic 'METROPOLIS' with a live improvised score by THE RADIO NOIR ORCHESTRA: John Pietaro (xylophone/percussion/drumkit/direction), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar/keyboards), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano and alto saxophones), Nick Gianni (tenor saxophone and flute), Ben Barson (baritone saxophone), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (upright bass) and more. *********************************************************** DAY TWO: SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 4PM - 11PM The Brecht Forum 451 West Street (between Bank and Bethune streets), New York NY 212-242-4201 www.brechtforum.org

-------FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION (4PM - 5:45 PM): 'CULTURES OF RESISTANCE', plus discussion with the filmmaker

------CONCERT: (6PM - 11PM): KARL BERGER & INGRID SERTSO & CO, improvisational world music by the legendary founder of the revolutionary Creative Music Studio! UPSURGE! rad jazz and poetry from San Francisco CHERYL PYLE & NICOLAS LETMAN-BERTINOVIC, free flute and bass + special guests STEVE BLOOM, activist poetry CRYSTAL SHIPP, progressive performance art JENNIE LITT & DAVID ALPHER, radical cabaret RADIO NOIR, dissident swing and realizations of the works of Brecht & Eisler RAS MOCHE, the improv of revolution JACKIE SHEELER, punk-laced topical song & poetry NICK GIANNI EVOLUTION, free jazz and more

-To join THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL mailing list write to leftmus@earthlink.net and for more info see: www.DissidentArts.com and www.facebook.com/pages/THE-DISSIDENT-ARTS-FESTIVAL/116881725023683

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012 DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL at 17 Frost THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL - DAY 1 - 8:00 PM 17 Frost Street Brooklyn NY

THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012-------TWO STAGES! TWO DAYS! TWO BOROUGHS! Friday August 17, 8PM - 11PM, 17 Frost (Williamsburg, Bklyn) and Saturday August 18 4PM - 11PM, the Brecht Forum (Greenwich Village). The 2012 edition of THE FESTIVAL will feature a wide array of artists of conscience ranging from radical jazz musicians to protest-folkies to experimental artists and everything in between. Revolutionary sounds of social change....

The Festival is a showcase of cultural workers and a bridge between the arts and the progressive activist community. We feature a great span of just what 'protest' art is: radical avant garde Jazz, topical Folk, dissentful performance Poetry, revolutionary New Music, social justice Film and Theatre, post-Punk dissidence, progressive Pop and cabaret of social change.

**************************************************************** THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012 is presented by Dissident Arts, the Brecht Forum, and 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts and organized/hosted by John Pietaro

DAY ONE: FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 8PM - 11PM 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY www.17frost.com ----FILM SCREENING W/LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: The silent sci-fi/social change film classic 'METROPOLIS' with a live improvised score by THE RADIO NOIR ORCHESTRA: John Pietaro (xylophone/percussion/drumkit/conduction), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar/keyboards), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Nick Gianni (tenor saxophone and flute), Ben Barson (baritone saxophone), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (upright bass) and more.

----ACOUSTIC MUSIC: opening segment with several acoustic acts TBA

**************************************** DAY TWO: SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 4PM - 11PM The Brecht Forum 451 West Street (between Bank and Bethune streets), New York NY 212-242-4201 www.brechtforum.org ----FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: 'CULTURES OF RESISTANCE' , plus discussion with the filmmaker (4PM - 5:45 PM)

----CONCERT: (6PM - 11PM): JENNIE LITT & DAVID ALPHER, radical cabaret UPSURGE! rad jazz and poetry from San Francisco JUDY GORMAN, topical songs STEVE BLOOM, activist poet CHERYL PYLE TRIO, new music vs. post-punk jazz CRYSTAL SHIPP, progressive performance art RADIO NOIR, dissident swing RAS MOCHE, revolutionary improv JACKIE SHEELER, punk-laced topical song & poetry NICK GIANNI EVOLUTION, free jazz and more AND OTHERS TBA

Now, in the midst of right-wing fear-mongering and teabag hysteria, progressive artists speak out for social justice. The Dissident Arts Festival, now in its sixth year, is a platform for cultural workers to sing, recite, improvise, act and orate against war and inequity, on behalf of human rights and environmentalism, and in honor of the struggle of workers and the globally oppressed.

Originally based in upstate New York, the Festival began life as ‘the Dissident Folk Festival’ in 2006. Its primary goal was the establishment of an annual showcase of progressive protest music, poetry and performance art--perhaps the only such fest in the nation. Featured among our past performers and speakers were Malachy McCourt, Pete Seeger, Kevin Keating and a bevy of sounds and faces. We presented tributes to Woody Guthrie and Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht and Phil Ochs. But this Festival has always sought to bring together a wide variety of sounds and styles, bending rules and infusing all of the arts with the strongest, most progressive activism. Over the past three years the Festival has been housed in NYC's Brecht Forum. This year we expand the event to two days and two boroughs!

The arts ARE a weapon for social change…….

Festival Organizer/Producer/Host: John Pietaro

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Radio NOIR - no break for 'a word from our sponsor'!

Radio NOIR came to be in light of a challenge: could there be a quartet which resembled Jazz combos of the 1930s (chamber Jazz, if you will) as much as it did a contemporary Free Jazz/New Music ensemble of today? And further, could it use the intense sense of revolution of those Depression years to symbolize the throwaway, runaway economy we suffer through now (brought to us care of cowboy capitalism and the corporate machinations of all politics)? And while we're at it: can that fervent radicalism become a cultural component to current activist movements? After our debut at the 2011 Dissident Arts Festival, Radio NOIR focused on a recording project while its members also engaged in outside activities in the experimental music realm. We have now begun a series of performances and with each gig, we've expanded our reach, dissent and sense of adventure. The journey continues on this coming Saturday, January 14, as we make a first appearance at COLORS RESTAURANT in Manhattan, a cooperative owned by former World Trade Center workers. Celebrated songstress Judy Gorman plays an opening set and then we will perform works including Freedom Jazz Dance, Temptation, Langston, Pastures of Plenty and more! In the Struggle, john

Radio NOIR plays ABC No Rio

http://theculturalworker.blogspot.com/2011/12/radio-noir-plays-abc-no-rio.html

Radio NOIR, the 'dissident swing' combo, will be performing a set of their unique improvisational protest music at noted anarchist performance space ABC No Rio, on Sunday Dec 18, 2011---one of the final concerts in the COMA experimental music series before the space closes its doors for a lengthy remodeling. Works will include reconstructions of Hanns Eisler and Woody Guthrie pieces, plus free improvisation, twisted standards and modernist blues. John Pietaro (xylophone, percussion, voice), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar, effects), Laurie Towers (electric bass) and as our clarinetist Quincy Saul is proudly away on important activist business in Durban South Africa, we will be joined by guest saxophonist Rocco John Iacovone among other special guests.

PLUS Blaise Siwula's duet AND an open session!

Sunday Dec 18, 7PM, ABC No Rio 156 Rivington Street, NYC www.abcnorio.org

'Karl Berger & The Stone Workshop Orchestra' EXCERPT by John Pietaro

--FOR THE COMPLETE PIECE SEE http://TheCulturalWorker.blogspot.com-- The Stone stands quietly and without fanfare at the corner of Avenue C and East 2nd Street. The club is set in an old store front that still bears the markings of pre-gentrified Alphabet City... So unassuming is it that there’s no sign over its door proclaiming that a new experimental music space—one which features the free exchange of art and ideas--has taken back part of New York otherwise lost to the developers and yuppies... The space is tight, intimate. The lights are dim. The energy is whirling, barely contained in the walls about me... I walk over the uneven floorboards and find a spot near the back, next to the drummer and two upright bassists preparing for the evening’s excursion... Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso enter the room, gently reaching out to the musicians sitting in a two-rowed semi-circle... Soon Karl seats himself caddy-corner at the piano and offers some basic ideas as to what the music will be like tonight...The compositions are often his own but just as likely penned by the Ornette Coleman or Don Cherry, or other past collaborators. Many are drawn from the repertoire of world folk songs...There is NEVER a written score and when the band needs to learn a jazz head or other melody, it is simply played at the piano, at times slowly and repetitively, until the musicians are comfortable with what’s to come... The musicians are all veterans and adept at this kind of performance, but Karl’s advice and philosophical guidance are never taken begrudgingly... And the music, already inspired and executed beautifully, comes fully alive. By design, this band is geared toward the highest level of creativity, and the tools of such creativity--free improvisation, on-the-spot composition, modernist harmonies, world rhythms, technical expertise, and latter-day angst—are in constant demand here. The Stone Workshop Orchestra’s sound is born of the moment, founded by the players’ instincts, skill and need to emote----and it’s then organized by Karl’s artful hand and facial expressions. Sculptor-like, he molds and shapes the aural force emanating from this collection of brass, reeds, strings and percussion set before him. Refusing to consider his part in this as conduction (“really, this is not so specific, I just cue and offer guidance, you do the rest…”), Berger none the less has developed an incredible language of his own; never losing sight of the musicians’ individuality, he plays the orchestra. Karl’s unique hand signals--and welcoming eye contact---bring in sections, soloists or the tutti ensemble, and in doing so, establishes range, tempo, volume, timbre and vibe. Through his cues the band knows the direction and shape as well as the duration of the notes to be played---but the specific notes remain our own. ..Karl then layers one solo over another and calls on this or that accompaniment—which ultimately is seen as just an important a voice in the mix and may very well take over the spotlight.... The musicians qualify as a united nations of Free Jazz... The performances of the Stone Workshop Orchestra now dwindle down and I contemplate this journey, one not only through avant music but the revolutionary art that begat the need for such an ensemble in this place and time. Karl has no intention of letting this band cease, though the end of season at the Stone will arrive on December 5—in the form of a blow-out pair of concerts which will include special guests including John Zorn. As winter’s chill arrives on the Lower East Side, the Orchestra’s shouts of musical liberation descend over the luxury condos and gourmet delis, declaring the legacy of fearless creativity. And in its resonance, the music tears away the cloud of conformity and clears the path for further generations of New Music.

A Report on the Dissident Arts Festival 2011 from Inside.. by John Pietaro

(for the full report please see http://theculturalworker.blogspot.com/2011/08/report-on-dissident-arts-festival-2011.html )The Sunday morning rain still taps away at my window as I sit contemplating the radical sounds and visions still ringing within. Gray skies today are no match for the leftover vibrancy from last night; just put on accent on the left. While this was the sixth Dissident Arts Festival, and the second in Manhattan, its gathering seemed decidedly new and brash. Beyond the walls of Greenwich Village’s Brecht Forum stood a city filled with economic uncertainty. Police barricades along West Street could not contain the striking Communications Workers and Electrical Workers who were staring down monopoly capital just a few blocks away, in the shadow of where the World Trade Center once stood. Grifters, grafters and stray teabaggers haunt the outer edges of major media, straw polls and even our home turf seeking blame and profit in all the wrong places. These are tenuous times, times that cry out for an infusion of inspiration and expression.... My new band RADIO NOIR enjoyed its debut performance this night as well. Radio Noir plays what I like to call ‘Art Deco-damaged protest song’ or perhaps ‘1930s-tinged avant jazz’. In any event the line-up includes a wonderful young clarinetist Quincy Saul (a protégé of Fred Ho and increasingly busy musician, activist and author in his own right), Javier Hernandez-Miyares on electric guitar (Javier is a director at the 17 Frost performance space in Williamsburg, a producer, and prolific guitarist whom I first worked with over 25 years ago) and my much better half, Laurie Towers on electric bass (Laurie’s take on the bass guitar is akin to that of a lead guitarist in most settings, easily bridging jazz with R&B and rock). Radio Noir affords me the opportunity to feature my main instrument, the xylophone, one that is often completely overlooked in jazz music post-1935! I play xylophone with 4 mallets, something usually seen only with vibraphone and marimba, moving between the role of soloist and accompanist. To wonderful response, we performed Brecht/Eisler’s “Song of the United Front” (I also sang a couple of verses), an original modernist blues called “Langston”, a rather spacious take on Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty”, a free improv over Hanns Eisler’s statement against HUAC (“Fantasia in G-Men”) and closed with a unique reading of the standard “Temptation”..... .....Perhaps the revolution may not be televised but one can easily imagine fomenting rage and action with the combined forces of dissentful free jazz, revolutionary word, angry ballads, radical modernist harmonies, dissident dance and theatre, realist and surrealist film and the model of a century of revolutionary cultural workers who came before us to try to change the world. In paraphrase of a Brecht piece, ‘Daily Worker’ journalist and noted proletarian novelist Mike Gold wrote a column for many years which called on artists to take to the barricades in the social struggles of his day; he entitled his column “Change the World—It Needs It” . As much as it needed it then, the world desperately needs radical change today. Now. We are on the verge of a new agitation, a new awakening, a new inspiration that cultural workers must embrace and grow if we are to ever have the organization---the large majority of progressives---to take leadership and truly change the world. And no movement for such change has ever been sustained in the absence of revolutionary art. Dissident Art. -THIS PIECE FIRST APPEARED IN THE CULTURAL WORKER BLOG, 8/14/11: http://theculturalworker.blogspot.com/2011/08/report-on-dissident-arts-festival-2011.html

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