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DISSIDENT ARTS - NEW MASSES MEDIA: Home

<p> Welcome to DISSIDENT ARTS, the internet home of NYC writer, percussionist and cultural organizer JOHN PIETARO. This site is a guide to his radical music and literary projects as well as his NEW MASSES MEDIA organization. New Masses Media produces the annual "Dissident Arts Festival" and the performance series "New Masses Nights: Revolution in Jazz, Poetry, Song". </p> <p> ___________________________________________________________________________* * * * * * *"John Pietaro defies the disappearance of the Proletarian Writer. He is one, improbably, right now. Like Nelson Algren, whose prose his own sometimes resembles, his triumph is to not turn away"-PAUL BUHLE* * * * * * * * * *Writer/percussionist John Pietaro earns top marks (or should I say top Marx?) for his 11-year stewardship of the Dissident Arts Festival!-NYC JAZZ RECORD* * * * * * *"Pietaro's straightforward urban writing style is reminiscent of beat literature, with a clear progressive view"-PEOPLE'S WORLD* * * * * * * * * * * * * John is a creative and passionate writer wielding a take-no-prisoners clarity of voice” - Patricia Martin, poet </p> <p> ************************************************************************************************************* "Excellent vibraphonist; agile and expressive"-'NYC JAZZ RECORD'* * * * * * * "In addition to his vibraphone chops, Pietaro is a fine percussionist, adding tasteful accents on a range of instruments including congas and bodhrán"-ALL ABOUT JAZZ* * * * * * *"Pietaro creates liquid moments into which the music flows without hesitation"-'MUSICZOOM' * * * * * * * "This music is moving me like nothing else I've mastered in years; I fucking love it!"-KRAMER,celebrated downtown musician/producer * * * * * * * "Pietaro professes the most radical views on art and also belongs to the circle of brilliant masters of avant-garde jazz"-JAZZ QUAD (Russian jazz blog) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * </p> <p> ___________________________________________________________________________ </p> <p> ART CREDITS: splash page painting "Art is a Hammer" by Denise Iacovone, 2018; upper photo, Desk by John Pietaro, 2016; lower photo John and the Red Microphone by Elite Ziegelman, 2018 </p>

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