Now, in the midst of right-wing fear-mongering and teabag hysteria, radical artists speak out for social justice. The Dissident Arts Festival, now in its eighth year, is a platform for cultural workers to sing, recite, improvise, act and orate against war and inequity and in honor of the struggle of workers and the globally oppressed---and with an accent on an art that is as revolutionary and challenging as the politics of progressive change . Event producer John Pietaro, percussionist, writer and cultural organizer, is proud to present the Dissident Arts Festival in conjunction with the Brecht Forum.
335-3:50: Sana Shabazz : Sana Shabazz (poetry), others TBA
3:55-4:25: The Blaise Siwula Ensemble: Blaise Siwula (reeds), others TBA
4:30-5:00: Steve Dalachinsky and Musicians: Steve Dalachinsky (poetry), others TBA
5:05-5:35: SoSaLa: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (saxophones/voice), Lautaro Burgos (dr & percussion), Greg Zweiben (electric bass) and John Pietaro (on vibes).
5:40-6:10: Unconspicuous Meeting: Nicolas Letman (bass), Daniel Carter (reeds), Ras Moshe (reeds), Patrick Brainer (reeds & horns). Jeff Platz (guitar). Federico Ughi (drums)
6:15-6:45: The Red Microphone: John Pietaro (vibraphone/percussion), Ras Moshe (saxophones/flute), Rocco John Iacovone (saxophones/piano), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)
6:50-7:35: The Roy Campbell Trio: Roy Campbell (trumpet), others TBA
7:35 – 7:50: intermission
7:55-9:00 The Dissident Arts Orchestra playing an improvised score to Sergei Eisenstein’s revolutionary silent film classic “Battleship Potemkin”: Cheryl Pyle (flute), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano & alto saxophones), Ras Moshe (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute), Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (tenor & soprano saxophones, voice), Gil Selinger (cello), James Keepnews (electric guitar & effects), Laurie Towers (electric bass), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (double bass), John Pietaro (vibraphone, percussion & musical direction), others TBA
The Dissident Arts Festival is sponsored by Dissident Arts, The Brecht Forum and the Rosenberg Fund for Children, and endorsed by the Local 802 AFM ‘Justice for Jazz Artists’ campaign and 'DooBeeDooBeeDoo' magazine