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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018: SEPT 8 & 15

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 - PRESS RELEASE:

Dissident Arts Festival benefits families of political prisoners, celebrates free expression

Brooklyn, NY/New York, NY– The thirteenth annual Dissident Arts Festival, a showcase of revolutionary creativity, will occur on stages in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan’s East Village on September 8 and 15, respectively. The Festival will raise funds for three organizations relevant to the movement for social justice and feature markedly outspoken statements against repression in a reactionary time.

SEPTEMBER 8’s edition at 17 Frost Theatre and Gallery, a premiere performance space in Williamsburg, is dubbed Cabaret of Dissent. It will benefit the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit public foundation that aids children of targeted, progressive activists. The event inspired by Weimar Berlin, New York’s Café Society and downtown arts, includes speaker Jenn Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Director of the Rosenberg Fund, esteemed jazz singer Judi Silvano who adds voice to experimentalists the Beyond Group, pianist Chris Forbes presents “Harmolodic Weill”, liberation jazz and spoken word by the Red Microphone, celebrated bassist/poet Larry Roland debuts his new all-star band They Come With Gold, and noted poetry duo Raymond Nat Turner and Zigi Lowenberg. The closing act is rising star singer/songwriter Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts.
On SEPTEMBER 15 the action moves to the 5C Café and Cultural Center, long-standing home of avant jazz and bold performance, where funds will be raised for the Alliance of Families for Justice and the NYC Jericho Movement. Both organizations advocate for the unjustly incarcerated and call for urgent prison reform. The evening opens with a solo performance by renowned drummer William Hooker, and includes 5C’s own pianist/composer Trudy Silver, Ras Moshe’s Music Now! and the Flames of Discontent duo of Festival director John Pietaro and Laurie Towers. The closing act is international songwriter Martina Fiserova.

Saturday September 8, 7pm-11pm, 17 Frost Theatre and Gallery, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY. Admission: $15.

Saturday September 15, 7pm-11pm, 5C Café & Cultural Center, E. 5 Street/ Ave C, New York NY. Admission: $15.

Press Contact: New Masses Media John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 leftmus@earthlink.net

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 – PERFORMERS/SPEAKERS

SEPT 8
RAYMOND NAT TURNER & ZIGI LOWENBERG:
-Poetry, spoken word

THE BEYOND GROUP:
Cheryl Pyle- C flute, alto flute
Michael Eaton- soprano saxophone
Larry Roland- bass
Judi Silvano- guest vocalist

SPEAKER: Jenn Meeropol, Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children

THEY COME WITH GOLD:
Larry Roland- bass, poetry, spoken word
Daniel Carter – reeds, brass
Michael Moss- reeds, winds
Steve Cohn- keyboard
Marvin Bugulu Smith- drums

THE RED MICROPHONE:
John Pietaro- percussion, spoken word
Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute
Rocco John Iacovone- saxophones
Laurie Towers- electric bass

HARMOLODIC WEILL:
Chris Forbes- piano

LINDSEY WILSON & THE HUMAN HEARTS:
Lindsey Wilson- vocals, guitar, spoken word
Reggie Sylvester- drums
Michael Trotman- electric bass

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SEPT 15
WILLIAM HOOKER:
-solo drums

MARTINA FISEROVA:
-vocals, guitar

SPEAKER: Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice

TRUDY SILVER:
-piano, voice

THE FLAMES OF DISCONTENT:
John Pietaro- spoken word, vocals, percussion, banjo,
Laurie Towers- electric bass
with guest Rocco John Iacovone, alto saxophone

RAS MOSHE’S MUSIC NOW!
Ras Moshe- saxophones, flute
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells- bass
John Pietaro- hand drums, percussion

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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL HISTORY:
Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge radical arts to progressive socio-political activism. Increasingly, the Festival has gained media attention over the course of its decade-long history as evidenced by press in TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the Villager, the NYC Jazz Record, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and others as well as an endorsement by noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been sponsored by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the National Writers Union, the Len Ragozin Foundation, Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

Originally based in the Hudson Valley and moving to New York City in 2010, the Festival’s performers and speakers over the years included folk music legend Pete Seeger, actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, revolutionary poet Amina Baraka, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, political satirist/activist Randy Credico, the late saxophonist/composer Will Connell, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Chilean guitarist Luis ToTo Alvarez, protest song maven Bev Grant, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, Anti-Folk founder Lach and many more. Films screened include ‘Giuliani Time’, ‘Cultures of Resistance’, ‘Salt of the Earth’, ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘Metropolis’. Other special features were tributes to Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. The Dissident Arts Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, the Occupy movement and radical labor organizations.

Festival Producer/Host: John Pietaro
www.DissidentArts.com www.JohnPietaro.com
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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2017
The overall theme of this year's Festival is the fight for free speech. It will be a loud and proud speak-out against the neo-fascist, coldly capitalist Trump administration and assorted brownshirt minions

<DAY 1: Saturday August 19 at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center 68 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

featuring...

*AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE
*TRUDY SILVER'S WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?
*LINDSEY WILSON & the Human Hearts with special guest DANIEL CARTER
*Poet STEVE DALACHINSKY
*Performance Artist CRYSTAL SHIPP
*Poet BERNARD BLOCK
*Poet RAYMOND NAT TURNER

DAY 1 SCHEDULE:
SAT AUG 19
7:15-7:55PM: Trudy Silver's Where's the Outrage?
Trudy Silver- piano, compositions; Tony Williams-drums; Scottie Davis/Kathryn Hall-actors, Sanae Buck-dance; Raymond Nat Turner/Zigi Lowenberg-poets + 50 years of revolutionary film

8-8:10: Raymond Nat Turner-poetry

8:15-8:55: Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone
Amina Baraka-poetry/voice; Ras Moshe Burnett-tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Rocco John Iacovone-alto and soprano saxophones, piano; Laurie Towers-electric bass; John Pietaro-drums, hand drums, percussion, musical direction

9-9:10: Bernard Block-poetry

9:15-9:35: Crystal Shipp-performance art

9:40-9:55: Steve Dalachinsky-poetry with John Pietaro, drums, and other guests

10-1040: Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts
Lindsey Wilson-voice, songs, poetry, guitar; Michael Trotman-bass guitar; Reggie Sylvester-drums; special guest Daniel Carter-reeds, trumpet

10:45-11 finale -all poets and musicians in the house!
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<DAY 2: Saturday August 26, 7PM, Henry Winston Unity Hall 235 W 23 Street, 7 floor, NYC. Fused with the New Masses Nights series which is also produced by John Pietaro, this evening serves as a fundraiser for the family of the late guitarist BERN NIX, whose final performance was on the New Masses Nights stage in late May. Bern was a great friend to the series and it with this in mind that we pay him tribute. ALL PROCEEDS OF ADMISSION WILL BE DONATED TO HIS FAMILY'S FUNERAL EXPENSES.

*THE BERN NIX TRIBUTE TRIO (3/4 of Bern's Quartet)
*THE BEYOND GROUP (which Bern was a founding member of)
*RAS MOSHE'S MUSIC NOW!
*plus: various friends and comrades of Bern will offer remembrances

DAY 2 SCHEDULE:
SAT AUG 26
7:15- Guest Speakers

7:30-8:10- The Beyond Group (Bern was a founding member)
Cheryl Pyle-flutes; Ingrid Laubach-saxophones; Newman Baker-drums, percussion

8:10-Guest Speakers

8:25-9:05: Bern's Band (3/4 of his Quartet)
Matt Lavelle-trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet; Francois Grillot-bass; Reggie Sylvester-drums

9:05-Guest Speakers

9:20-10- Music Now!
Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute; Lee Odom-saxophones, clarinet, flute; Dave Ross-guitar; Larry Roland-bass; Charles Downs-drums; John Pietaro-hand drums, percussion, spoken word

MANY THANKS TO THE ROSENBERG FUND FOR CHILDREN FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATION TO HELP THIS EVENT TO BECOME A REALITY

FESTIVAL PRODUCER/FOUNDER: John Pietaro

FESTIVAL HISTORY:
Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge radical arts to progressive socio-political activism. Increasingly, the Festival has gained media attention over the course of its decade-long history as evidenced by press in TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the Villager, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and others. In 2013, noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel offered kudos in his remarks on social media. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Len Ragozin Foundation, Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

Originally based in the Hudson Valley city of Beacon NY and moving to New York City in 2010, the Festival’s performers and speakers over the years included actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, folk legend Pete Seeger, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, punk-folk artist Lach and many more. Films screened included ‘Giuliani Time’, ‘Cultures of Resistance’, ‘Salt of the Earth’, ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘Metropolis’. Other special features were tributes to Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. The Dissident Arts Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, the Occupy movement and radical labor organizations.

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