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The 8th annual Dissident Arts Festival will be presented in conjunction with celebrated space El Taller. Performers include THE WILL CONNELL QUARTET, THE RED MICROPHONE, ANDREA WOLPER TRIO, Nuevo Cancion artist BERNARD PALUMBO, poet CHRIS BUTTERS, HARMOLODIC MONK, and Juan Quinones' TRUTH TO POWER! plus guest speakers -and- THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA performing a live, improvised score to the Sergei Eisenstein's silent film classic "BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN". The Festival's motto: Our politics are as revolutionary as our creativity......join us! For more info please see www.DissidentArts.com
'Make Music New York' concert: THE RED MICROPHONE as part of 'Make Music New York' - 5PM THE RED MICROPHONE will be a part of this annual celebration welcoming summer into NYC, where dozens of "venues" pop up all over the streets under the auspices of the NYC Parks Dept. Befittingly, we will play the section of Greenwich Village known as 'Little Red Square'---the east corner of 6th Ave (Ave of the Americas) and Bleeker Street. Now how cool is that?? John Pietaro - vibes Ras Moshe - reeds, flute Rocco John Iacovone - reeds Philip Sirois - bass
On 4/24 through 4/26 people around the globe will celebrate the 60th birthday of political prisoner MUMIA ABU-JAMAL while demanding his freedom. In NYC at Riverside Church on Thursday the 24th from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, many celebrated speakers and artists will make some very revolutionary statements in the face of this ongoing struggle for justice. The list of speakers has not yet been finalized but the live music will include the Liberation Jazz of THE RED MICROPHONE -8PM, and several noted radical Hip Hop artists SQUALA ORPHAN the LC POET at 8:15. INTIKANA at 8:45, and of course REBEL DIAZ at 9pm. And the show ends with a big jam session of all performers. Mumia himself is expected to call in to speak to us all at 7:30. Please join us to make a statement about this activist who has been wrongly imprisoned for decades.
THE RED MICROPHONE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY & MINGUS' BIRTHDAY - 7Pm and 9PM sets The Red Microphone in performance at Downtown Music & Variety of Montclair NJ as part of the Brecht Forum's new "Brecht in the Burbs" series. Two sets, so plenty of time to dig deep into our free sounds....HELP US TO CELEBRATE BOTH EARTH DAY AND THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLES MINGUS John Pietaro, vibes, percussion, poetry Ras Moshe, reeds, flute, poetry Rocco John Iacovone, reeds Philip Sirois, bass
THE RED MICROPHONE at "An evening of Song and Celebration with Lynne" Price: donation The Red Microphone is honored to be a part of this important event for recently-freed political prisoner Lynne Stewart. Lynne is very ill now and was given a release based on her stage-four cancer. This event not only welcomes her home but will serve to raise much-needed money and goods for her. Please join us and spread a little love to Lynne on Valentine's Day.... "An Evening of Song and Celebration with Lynne" - An urgent fundraiser for Lynne Stewart’s medical needs ST. PETER'S CHURCH THE JAZZ CHURCH 619 Lexington Ave @ 54 St Buses M57, M31, M50, M101, M103;Subways E, M, 4, 5, 6 Fully accessible Refreshments served A Homecoming of Love & Liberation with Lynne Stewart.... On Valentine’s Day - Come to an evening of music, song & sharing love for recently released People’s Lawyer Lynne Stewart. Because of a determined people’s movement, Lynne is finally home with her family. But she has urgent medical needs and costs. Lynne’s Stage 4 breast cancer spread a year ago to both lungs, back, bones, and lymph nodes. Now 74, she has lost weight and has trouble breathing; doctors estimate her lifespan at 12 months. Lynne will soon begin treatment requiring her to pay deductibles and co-payments. To boost the odds, she’ll use a special diet, vitamins, and other healing methods –some costly and none covered by insurance. Lynne’s spirit is indomitable - help her fight to survive! “I fought lions, I fought tigers, and I’m not going to let cancer get me,” Stewart said. Lynne has always come to the aid of those who needed her. Now it’s our turn to stand by Lynne. Send Lynne a Valentine & a Donation Or mail to: Lynne Stewart Organization 1070 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11216 Make checks out to: Lynne Stewart Organization. More info at LynneStewart.org
Rocco John Iacovone
Sounds Like: Eric Dolphy, Hanns Eisler, Bill Dixon, Golden Palominos, Ornette A. Coleman
Bio: NYC-based quartet of rad musicians journeying through free jazz, dissident swing, modernist blues and contemporary composition. At once exploratory, listenable, compelling and patently “downtown”, call it post-Ornette, Post-Dolphy, post-Punk, post-Occupy music as revolutionary as the times demand...See Full Bio
“The Red Microphone Speaks! is a fine collective effort created and constructed by a group of talented individual musicians; energetic, cohesive, and with a revolutionary bent that is strong and yet organic (and not at all overwhelming). It is an example of free music at its finest; of what happens when several musicians make a commitment to spontaneously create as one, while not losing their individuality...Vibraphonist Pietaro is equally at home providing dreamy textures, rapid lead lines, or complementary counterpoint to the rest of the band. Bassist Letman-Burtinovic gives the band a rock-solid bottom, and uses well a wide array of techniques, from arco overtone-rich long tones to rapid-fire plucked notes. Saxophonists Moshe and Iacovone converse extremely well, showing great listening skills and creativity, and are both able to take the lead individually, making intricate shapes and staying together while playing freely and sometimes orthogonally to each other.”