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'Radio NOIR' was debuted, befittingly, at ‘the Dissident Arts Festival 2011’ in New York. The ensemble reflects the fervent radicalism & sounds of the 1930s even as it embraces the ethics of downtown New Music & the passion of Free Jazz. Here, revolutionary politics rumpus with daring soundscapes. Their EP, "The Lost Broadcast” offers a re-imagined Depression-era standard, a reconstructed Woody Guthrie ballad, a recitation of composer Hanns Eisler’s speech against HUAC (backed by free improv), & an original modernist blues dedicated to the Harlem Renaissance. Just think of it as DISSIDENT SWING and ART DECO-DAMAGED PROTEST SONG…

*******Xylophonist/Percussionist John Pietaro’s work reflects the xylophone soloists of the Jazz Age and a century of revolutionary musicians from free improvisers and protest singers to modernist composers and Marxist cultural workers. He is a member of the Karl Berger Stone Workshop Orchestra and has also performed with Alan Ginsberg, Fred Ho, Pete Seeger, John Zorn, Elodie Lauten, Blaise Siwula, Tuli Kupferberg, the Flames of Discontent, and many others. He organizes the annual Dissident Arts Festival (NYC), writes on the arts for the progressive press and has spoken on culture at Left Forum and other venues. By day, Pietaro works in the labor movement. His blog is http://TheCulturalWorker.blogspot.com
*******Clarinetist Quincy Saul is a performer and social activist immersed in a radical vision of his instrument even as he reaches into its rich Jazz heritage. He is a member of and composer for the Scientific Soul Sessions in Harlem, a collective of revolutionary musicians. He is also an editor and research associate for the eco-socialist journal 'Capitalism Nature Socialism', and a writer with a blog at www.smashthisscreen.blogstpot.com . Saul attended the International Climate Conference 2012 in Durban South Africa, naturally, as an activist and reporter. A student of Fred Ho, he performs throughout the NY area.
*******Guitarist Javier Hernandez-Miyares is a performer, composer, producer and writer. Currently he is the creative director of 17 Frost Theater of the Arts in Williamsburg Brooklyn, an alternative radical arts space (www.17frost.com). Hernandez-Miyares performs with Sineparade, The Phonometricians on Cosmic Fire, and Radio Noir, among other ensembles, which reflect his wide range of influences from contemporary music composition to progressive pop, free improvisation to post-Punk. Visit: www.javiermiyares.com for more information
*******Bassist Laurie Towers, a featured soloist with the Flames of Discontent, embraces traditions for the electric bass in jazz, R&B, and rock and has forged a ‘lead bass’ style which is reflective of her influences Carol Kaye, James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorious and Charlie Haden. Towers’ work with Radio NOIR is based in an integral pulse, as the quartet includes no drummer; she carries it all. Towers is a feminist, an activist and an entrepreneur and has served as a mentor to at-risk girls and victims of domestic violence.

General Info

Band Members
John Pietaro- Xylophone, Frame Drums, Percussion, Voice; Quincy Saul- Clarinet; Javier Hernandez-Miyares- Electric Guitar; Laurie Towers- Electric Bass
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Jazz / Protest Music / Experimental

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY

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