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<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 monthly performance series "New Masses Nights: Revolution in Jazz, Poetry, Song". </p> <p> ___________________________________________________________________________ </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!-TOM GREENLAND, NYC JAZZ RECORD* * * * * * *"Pietaro's straightforward urban writing style is reminiscent of beat literature, with a clear progressive view"-PEOPLE'S WORLD* * * * * * * * * * * * * </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 the congas and the bodhrán"-ALL ABOUT JAZZ* * * * * * *"Intense drummer/percussionist"-'LUCID CULTURE' * * * * * * * "Pietaro, the percussionist and vibraphonist, creates liquid moments into which the music flows without hesitation" -'MUSICZOOM' European music periodical * * * * * * * "This music is moving me like nothing else I've mastered in years; I fucking love it!"-KRAMER,celebrated downtown musician/producer * * * * * * * "Ace vibraphonist"- ESP-Disk Newsletter* * * * * * * "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) * * * * *" A percussive armada put to good use"-'LE SON DU GRISLI' French music blog* * * * * * * </p> <p> ___________________________________________________________________________ </p> <p> --------Below photo: AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE, DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2016 by Joyce Jones; photo above: MY OLD DESK by John Pietaro------- </p>

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