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NEW MASSES NIGHTS

NEW MASSES NIGHTS, a monthly NYC performance series of the newspaper People's World features the unique heritage of liberation arts in the United States rooted in the struggle for progressive change. A revolution in jazz, word and song.

This series is inspired by the cultural/political magazine of the 1920s-40s, "New Masses” which published such legendary writers and artists as Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Mike Gold, Dorothy Parker, Eugene O'Neill, Art Young, William Gropper, Dorothy Day, Upton Sinclair, Hugo Gellert, Kenneth Fearing, Em Jo Bash and John Dos Passos. Here's a powerful concept, simultaneously old and new: a monthly community gathering in the Henry Winston Unity Hall 235 W 23rd St., 7th Floor, New York NY. Just across from the historic Chelsea Hotel.On the last Saturday of each month, surround yourself with the art of the streets: in working-class culture and radical human community. The messages are of the peoples’ struggles, but never at the expense of the art. Join us as the cultural workers speak.


Curators: John Pietaro, Writer/Musician/Cultural Organizer and Cameron Orr, Musician and Journalist

CALENDAR:

WE OPENED the series with a special edition on 10/29/16 entitled "DUMP TRUMP! A Revolution in Jazz, Poetry, Song" which featured Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses, the Red Microphone, Juan Quinonez, Ngoma Hill, Raymond Nat Turner and Susan Yung, with guest speaker Jarvis Tyner.


****Nov 28:
--7:30--a reading from the pages of "New Masses" magazine by John Pietaro with Laurie Towers, electric bass
--8PM--Neo-Beat Poet STEVE DALACHINSKY
--8:45--RAS MOSHE'S MUSIC NOW!


****December 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE AT WINSTON UNITY:
--9pm - 2am
New Masses Nights will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party of a new type. MATT LAVELLE’S 12 HOUSES (FB.com/the12houses) will be performing two sets of outre’ jazz/funk/protest music and THE BEAT BREWERS will keep the dancing energy flowing. Party on progressively!
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/249347622151369/

****Jan 28, 2017:
-7:30PM--THE BEYOND GROUP: Carman Moore –conducting, Cheryl Pyle-c flute /alto flute, Michael Eaton-Soprano sax /Tenor Sax, Roberta Piket- Piano, Bern Nix – Guitar, Newman Taylor Baker-Washboard Percussion
--8:15PM--DAVID LAIBMAN , powerhouse blues and ragtime guitarist/songwriter and
--9PM--Rad Poet/multi-instrumentalist NGOMA HILL
--PLUS readings from the pages of "New Masses" magazine--


****February 25: SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION!
--7:30PM--The renowned bassist and poet LARRY ROLAND
--8:15--Legendary poet and activist AMINA BARAKA, with accompaniment by THE RED MICROPHONE, performing works from Amina's just-recorded album "If I Can't Dance, It's Not My Revolution" to be released on ESP-Disk soon! The Red Microphone: Ras Moshe Burnett-Reeds, Flute; Rocco John Iacovonne-Reeds, Piano; Laurie Towers-Electric Bass; John Pietaro-Drums, Percussion
--9PM--DAVE ROSS TRIO with special guest "Queen Shloca" (Shlomit Oren Ross)
Dave Ross: Guitar, Eric Lawrence Saxophone/flute , Ras Moshe Burnett: Saxophones/flute,
Shlomit Oren Ross: Movement/Voice


****March 25: SPECIAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION!
-7:30-Exploratory vocalist MARYANNE DEPROPHETIS with
Ron Horton, trumpet and Dean Johnson, bass
-8:15- performance artist CRYSTAL SHIPP
-9PM Young lioness of the saxophone & clarinet LEE ODOM and her trio


****April 25: SHOW POSTPONED due to DC Climate March


***MAY 27: SPECIAL MAY DAY EDITION--- OUR HEADLINER IS THE BERN NIX QUARTET! - The guitarist of Ornette Coleman's revolutionary Prime Time band for over 15 years has since been leading ensembles with his ax out front. The Quartet released an album of its own in 2014 and have performed on many stages including the Vision Festival. We are honored to welcome The Bern Nix Quartet to our series. And make way for the evening's opening act, Gabby G & the Heavy Hitters, a quartet of young lions who are studying with the legendary Reggie Workman at the New School...

-BERN NIX QUARTET: Bern Nix-guitar, Matt Lavelle-trumpet and alto clarinet, Francois Grillot-bass, Reggie Sylvester-drums

-GABBY G & THE HEAVY HITTERS:
Gabrielle Garo-alto saxophone, Matthew Whitaker-organ/piano, Wes Whitelock-guitar, Donovan Marshall-drums



****JUNE 24: This month, New Masses Nights presents music and poetry to rock the rafters and your soul, from outside to deep blue. All of that and we will host the ALBUM RELEASE PARTY, NEW MASSES STYLE, OF AMINA BARAKA'S DEBUT CD! You cannot miss this one...

-AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE: In honor of the release of Amina's very first album as a leader, the poet and her band will perform select works from the CD and offer some discussion between Amina and the audience about the poetry. Copies of the CD--Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone (ESP-Disk, 2017)--will surely be available. Let's make this one a real PARTY. Amina Baraka- poetry/voice, John Pietaro- drums/percussion/musical direction, Ras Moshe Burnett: reeds/flute, Rocco John Iacovone-reeds/piano, Laurie Towers- electric bass

-STEVE COHN TRIO: composer, multi-instrumentalist Cohn has gathered a special trio just for our series, and we are anxious to hear where this sound journey they take us. Steve's piano, shakuhachi and trombone will match wits with celebrated jazz bassist HILL GREEN and drummer MARVIN BUGALOO SMITH, a veteran of Sun Ra, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp and Charles Mingus' bands.


****JULY 29:
-BEV GRANT
others TBA


****AUGUST 26: THIS EDITION OF NEW MASSES NIGHTS SERVES AS DAY 2 OF THIS YEAR'S DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL (for info on Day 1, please see tab for the Festival). This evening will be a fundraiser for the family of the late BERN NIX, whose final performance was as headliner of this series on May 27. Bern was a big supporter of New Masses Nights, a neighbor to the Winston Unity Hall and an audience member for nearly every show we produced, when he wasn't onstage.

-Bern Nix Tribute Trio
-Ras Moshe's Music Now!
-UpSurge NYC
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others TBA

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This series is inspired by the cultural/political magazine of the 1920s-40s, "New Masses.” Here's a powerful concept, simultaneously old and new: a monthly community gathering in the Henry Winston Unity Hall on the 7th floor of 235 West 23rd Street.

On the last Saturday of each month, surround yourself with the art of the streets, working-class culture and radical human community. THREE SETS; DOORS OPEN AT 7. Join us as the cultural workers speak...
Henry Winston Unity Center

NEW MASSES NIGHTS - 7:30pm (doors open 7)
Henry Winston Unity Hall
235 West 23 Street, 7th floor
New York New York 10011
Price: $10 donation

NEW MASSES MEDIA RELATIONS

...a voice for radical creative artists. New Masses crafts insightful public relations campaigns for Free Jazz partisans, avant ensembles, provocative playwrights, experimental composers, revolutionary writers, rad balladeers, outspoken actors, dissident dancers, inciting filmmakers and a myriad of others whose creativity is as daring as their statement. Revolutionary politics a plus.

NEW MASSES MEDIA RELATIONS was founded by writer, musician and cultural organizer John Pietaro as a voice for radical creative artists. As an artist-led service, New Masses recognizes the needs of the creative community—from within.

NMMR is the outgrowth of Pietaro's successful outreach on behalf of his own New York area cultural events such as the annual Dissident Arts Festival. His work in this arena has spanned the decades from the 1989 Unheard New Music concert (the Knitting Factory NYC) and the 1998 Hanns Eisler Centenary Festival (Brecht Forum NYC) as well as multiple events for May Day and progressive causes in both NYC and upstate New York. Pietaro also aided in the public relations for ‘Celebrate the Children of Resistance’ Rosenberg commemoration (2003 City Center, NYC). In 2014 he organized and publicized, the Tribute to New York Eye and Ear Control concert (Firehouse Space, Brooklyn NY). Since developing the New Masses moniker, Pietaro served as publicist for:

-Concerts in honor of underground Jazz icon Will Connell: The Stone, NYC, Dec 2014 and St Peter’s Church, NYC, Jan 2015.

-Various acts of the Unseen Rain Records label including Sumari, the Fulminate Trio, and the 12 Houses

-Unseen Rain Festival (March 12, 2015, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn).

-New music duo Velocity

-Topical singer-songwriter Donald Johnson

-Financing campaign for the independent documentary film ‘Profiled’

John Pietaro's articles, essays and reviews have been published in Z Magazine, the Nation, the NYC Jazz Record, Political Affairs, the People's World, All About Jazz, Counterpunch, 5th Estate, the Industrial Worker, the Socialist, Struggle and a variety of others. He also wrote a chapter in the book SDS: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar & Paul Buhle (Hill and Wang, 2007). In 2013 Pietaro self-published Night People a book of contemporary proletarian literature, and currently is working on both a novel and an extensive history of radical arts. Pietaro’s blog: http://TheCulturalWorker.blogspot.com
As a musician, Pietaro is a vibraphonist/percussionist performing on the new jazz circuit in New York City. He has performed and/or recorded with Karl Berger, Harmolodic Monk, Ras Moshe, Alan Ginsberg, Fred Ho, the Red Microphone, Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses, Salim Washington, Erika Dagnino, the Flames of Discontent and many more. He has performed at such New York City spaces as the Stone, the Jazz Gallery, Town Hall, ShapeShifter Lab, the Firehouse Space, ABC No Rio, the Brecht Forum, Downtown Music Gallery, the original Knitting Factory, CBGB, Lunch for Yor Ears, and Generator as well as Woodstock NY’s Colony Café and Byrdcliffe Theatre, and the Howland Cultural Center and Quinn’s in Beacon NY. Pietaro has recorded for SLAM Productions (UK), Unseen Rain, iFAR (UK) and Arrest record labels.

John Pietaro is a member of both the National Writers Union UAW Local 1981, and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802, as well as the Industrial Workers of the World. He holds an MA in Music Performance/Education and is currently studying Communications and Media.

Select events organized, publicized and hosted by John Pietaro, 1989-2014:
-Dissident Arts Festival, NYC (2010-13 Brecht Forum, NYC; 2014 El Taller NYC)
-Tribute to New York Eye and Ear Control (June 2014, Firehouse Space, Brooklyn NY)
-Drums for Warren: Benefit Concert for Warren Smith (Jan 2014, Brecht Forum NYC)
-October Jazz Revolution (2012 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts, Brooklyn NY; 2013 Cornelia St Café, NYC)
-Woodstock Woody Guthrie Birthday Concert (2007-2009, Colony Café, Woodstock NY)
-Dissident Arts Festival, Hudson Valley NY (2006-2009, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon NY)
-Phil Ochs Fest (2003 Sidewalk Café NYC; 2005-2009, Colony Café, Woodstock NY)
-Made for You and Me: Tribute to Woody Guthrie (2001, Winston Unity Center, NYC)
-various May Day Concerts (NYC and/or Beacon NY, 2000-2012 )
-Hanns Eisler Centenary Festival (1998, Brecht Forum NYC)
-The Assembly: Concert of Unheard New Music Artists (1989, Knitting Factory, NYC)

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CAMPAIGNS
New Masses Media Relations crafts insightful, individualized publicity campaigns for each client. General campaigns run for three months. More extensive campaigns, working to an even greater effect, will run for six months. But of course customized PR can easily be developed, suited to the specifics of the work/event; shorter one-shot campaigns can also be effective for certain kinds of events. Feel free to give a call or write to John (see Contact button) to discuss the type of public relations campaign you’d like to develop around your work or event.

Services New Masses provides:

-Extensive research prior to the actual start of each campaign. As New Masses is a service driven by an artist and an activist, the research will be extensive and focus on the visceral nature of the work/event. Our publicity not only appeals to the creative and/or progressive communities, it is of them.

-Create a professional press release

-Distribute the press release to an extensive list at the top of each month of the campaign with specific, valued targets getting more direct contacts as well. The press release will be updated with each distribution.

-Over the course of the campaign New Masses will send out specialized ‘teasers’ to the media including photos and slogans created for each client’s needs.

-Over the course of the campaign, New Masses will make extensive use of social media to engage in full public relations. This includes regular postings on both Facebook and Twitter, offering photos and brief bursts of data such as press quotes, slogans, quotes from others in the creative and/or progressive community. As the event being publicized draws nearer, postings will increase in frequency and intensity.

-Listings for publicized event on a variety of internet calendars, print and broadcast media event calendars

-Facebook event pages (and publicizing of same)

-Other tactics as needed—and as is most appropriate for the client’s particular work or event being presented.
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New Masses Media Relations
Promotional campaigns for creative artists on the Left and in the underground
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com
Visit us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/NewMassesMedia Visit us on Facebook- www.facebook.com/NewMassesMediaRelations

JOHN BLEVINS MATTERHORN - October 12, 2015

Trumpeter John Blevins’ 21st Century Fusion Soars With New Album, Tour

Young lion of the new jazz strata, John Blevins, will lead his ensemble, Matterhorn, on a Midwestern tour celebrating the band’s eponymous CD and LP release on pfMENTUM records. The music reflects both the jazz-rock experiments of the late 1960s and an undeniable urgency of New York right now. Strains of electric Miles if not the Electric Flag are present within Matterhorn’s daring soundscape. But then there is something other. John Blevins (Trumpet/ Compositions), Drew Williams (Tenor Saxophone/Bass Clarinet), Brad Mulholland (Alto Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute), Nick Grinder (Trombone), Jeff McLaughlin (Guitar), Marta Sanchez (Fender Rhodes), Marty Kenney (Bass), Nathan Ellman-Bell (Drums) and John Doing (Congas) together create a pronounced restlessness of genre, one of explosive horn lines searing through churning, ever-shifting rhythmic patterns. If this music is to be classified as ‘Fusion’, it stands as a genre anew. The compositions of Blevins, a member of the adjunct faculty of New York University with a long list of performance credits, liberates the members of Matterhorn with improvisational sections within the written score. Matterhorn is a tumultuous quest for a truly post-Modern Jazz, one which boldly brandishes ethnic traditions and devices from alternative rock as naturally as burning swing and Kentonesque tapestries.

The band will disembark on November 7 from Blevins’ adopted home of Brooklyn NY and travel to his original base of Indiana before coursing through Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Michigan. This leg of the tour will conclude on the stage of the Rockwood Music Hall on New York’s Lower East Side, reclaiming the spirit of rebellion that the area has long generated. Plans are being laid now for a winter tour of the East Coast followed by hits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. Specifics of the Midwest Tour are below.

To experience Matterhorn’s sound yourself, go to https://johnblevins.bandcamp.com/ and also see http://www.johnblevinsmusic.com/media/ for videos performances…

11/7 - The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
11/8 - Brian Zimmerman House Concert, Madison, WI
11/9 - Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL
11/10 - Clinic at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
11/11 - The Westport Coffee House Theater, Kansas City, MO
11/12 - Bear's Place, Bloomington, IN
11/13 - The Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, MI
11/16 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, New York, NY

For more information on John Blevins be sure to stop by www.johnblevinsmusic.com – you’ll be glad you did
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Press contact: New Masses Media Relations
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com www.DissidentArts.com

OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION 2015 - October 7, 2015

Press Contact: NEW MASSES MEDIA RELATIONS (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com

Brooklyn, NY: October Jazz Revolution Fetes Avant Sounds in Revolutionary Context
-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

Multi-reedist Ras Moshe Burnett’s production organization Music Now! presents an evening of multi-disciplinary radical arts on Thursday October 15 in Brooklyn’s Commons. The October Jazz Revolution honors the rich heritage of Free Jazz as well as the 98th anniversary of the October Revolution. The event will consist of five sets featuring politically powerful statements, commencing with a poets’ open mic. Throughout, a variety of downtown improvisers will perform works comprising a tapestry of new composition, free improvisation and spoken word; set number four also includes a special film screening. The evening will close with an experimental large ensemble performing a piece conducted concurrently by several participants. It will showcase the spoken word performance of women poets.

RADICAL VOICES OPEN MIC
-Open to all poets and bards

JOHN PIETARO'S LITERARY WARRIOR PROJECT
John Pietaro- Spoken Word, Congas, Bongos
Laurie Towers- Electric Bass
Ras Moshe Burnett- Reeds, Flute
Prose of John Reed,

THE MUSIC NOW! UNIT
Ras Moshe Burnett- Reeds
Matt Lavelle- Trumpet
Tiffany Chang- Drums
Featuring the world premiere of Moshe’s "Black Lives Matter Suite" and "Black October"

TRUDY SILVER’S “WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE?”
Trudy Silver- Piano
Kyungmi Lee- Flute
David Gould- Percussion
Sanae Buck- Butto Mime
Scottie Davis- Actor/Mime/Vocals
and Jane Grenier’s film ‘Where’s The Outrage?’

THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION ORCHESTRA
Ras Moshe Burnett- Reeds
Rocco John Iacovone- Alto Sax
John Pietaro- Percussion, Recitation
Philip Sirois- Upright Bass
Laurie Towers- Electric Bass
Chris Forbes- Piano
Plus women spoken word artists including Lauren Lee and others TBA

Music Now! At The Brooklyn Commons
presents
THE OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION
Thursday, October 15th 2015 6pm – 10pm Admission: $15
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave (btwn Hoyt St. & Bond St.) Brooklyn
A, C, G trains to Hoyt-Schemerhorn or any train to Atlantic Ave.

12 HOUSES - August 14, 2015

THE 12 HOUSES LIBERATE THE BIG BAND WITH RECORD RELEASE EVENT

"SOLIDARITY" by Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses Orchestra debuts on September 13. This is not your father's big band...

See and hear the 12 Houses bold brand of free jazz conquer contemporary composition at their CD-release event: it all happens at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY, 9/13, 7PM. The band includes special guest soloist Art Baron and features Charles Waters, Lee Odom, Ras Miguel, Stefanie Griffin, Mary Cherney, Claire De Brunner, Anais Maviel, Gil Selinger, Chris Forbes, Jack De Salvo, Francois Grillot, John Pietaro, Ryan Sawyer, Tom Cabrera and maestro Lavelle out front -plus- guest hip hop artist Brafmatic. "Solidarity", this powerhouse new CD, will be available at a special price.

And if this isn't enough, there will be an opening set by "other world art music" trio Sumari, who will celebrate their eponymous album release which earned a four-star review in "Downbeat" magazine!

In the meantime, satisfy your urge to liberate the big band with this video of the 12 Houses performing at the Dissident Arts Festival just last month. This is a burning kind of swing filled with outside invention and a stellar cast of musicians… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f04jtAcctUk For more info: http://www.unseenrainrecords.com/?p=2702 **************************
Press contact: NEW MASSES MEDIA RELATIONS John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com

VELOCITY TRIO - July 17, 2015

Press contact: New Masses Media Relations
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com

VELOCITY DUO

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

New York, NY: THE VELOCITY DUO FETE UPCOMING BERLIN PERFORMANCES WITH BROOKLYN SEND-OFF BASH
Vocalist Lauren Lee and bassist Charley Sabatino, the Velocity Duo, will engage in a performance and celebration at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab on July 23 in anticipation of their August European tour. The pair are set to arrive in Berlin next month with performances August 12, 19 and 22. Other dates expected along the way. Their “music without a net” will be realized sonically and otherwise as they embark on a series of performances across the Atlantic, both planned and impromptu.
The July 23 performance will demonstrate the Velocity Duo’s intimate, compelling free improv: equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, as heard in their debut recording “Dichotomies”.
"Lee’s carefree, soul-infused flights and detours into jazz scatting contrast with Sabatino’s almost claustrophobic minimalism, his steady, dancing low-register lines" – New York Music Daily
While the expansive duet draws comparison to the voice/bass recordings of Sheila Jordan, the Velocity Duo is of the ‘downtown’ sound; this musical vision draws from a wealth of inspiration. Lauren Lee’s voice holds a uniquely commanding tone; her style has been referred to as “vocal instrumentalism” due to the utter lack of lyrics in this setting. Charley Sabatino’s approach to the upright bass reclaims the instrument’s natural acoustics: a dark, woody sound threaded through his tone, producing an almost harp-like timber.
Lauren Lee and Charley Sabatino revitalize the voice/bass partnership. Woven through tapestries of quiet and cacophony, the Velocity Duo create a new international music for a new generation.

EVENT: The Velocity Duo in concert
WHEN: Thursday July 23, 2015, 7 P.M.
WHERE: ShapeShifter Lab
ADMISSION: $10.
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.laurenleeprojectjazz.com/ , http://www.charleysabatino.com/

John Pietaro now writing for "NYC Jazz Record"! - June 14, 2015

I am pleased to be named as a Contributing Writer with this esteemed publication, our city's jazz and new music guidepost. Greatly looking forward to much collaborative work with the Record's editors.
jp

STEVE COHN - June 11, 2015

Press contact: New Masses Media Relations
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
STEVE COHN Solo Piano
“ANSPRUCHSVOLL”

New York, NY: Unseen Rain Records presents a rare, intimate view into the expansive musical world of pianist and composer Steve Cohn. Anspruchsvoll is Cohn’s new solo piano release, marking a unique path in his lengthy catalog of 25 ensemble albums over 32 years. This album, his seventh for the Unseen Rain label, stands out in the long line of solo piano recordings within the new jazz sphere. Like most who seek to explore the full breadth of their instrument one-on-one, Cohn has many moods and deep explorations to offer on his latest CD. Enter a soundscape of 24 tracks of moving free improvisation, contemporary composition and even a stirring cover of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”. Cohn brings the listener along for this sonic ride through time and place…

Extensive travel as a performer, teacher and visual artist, with long hours in transport and a whirlwind swath of faces, voices, culture and language, offered the inspiration necessary to produce such a personal work. The album’s title? It means “demanding” and Cohn overheard it being grumbled by an airline stewardess complaining about the passengers on an international flight. But the title may also describe the acoustic world of the solitary pianist’s innovative flight. On it, he demands as much from his audience as he does himself.
Steve Cohn has embarked on a startlingly creative career as a jazz and world music artist. During studies at UCLA in the 1970s he was exposed to an ethnomusicological awareness and began exploring the shakuhachi, the native Japanese flute. He took tutelage in Japan where he resided for two years, immersing himself in the culture. Back in the States, Cohn continued studies of classical piano and 20th century music while performing jazz by night with Sonny Simmons and Eddie Henderson. In 1981 he moved to NYC and became a central part of the downtown scene, performing in major venues and festivals, including Newport Jazz. Over the decades, Cohn has traveled across the nation, Europe and the Far East, performing and recording as a leader or side-man with a wealth of artists including Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake, Jason Hwang, Fred Hopkins, Karl Berger, Barry Altschul and William Parker, to name a few. Cohn’s spectrum of improvisation, generally shared on the global stage, has just become an intimate vehicle, a visceral voice, direct to the listener. It’s all Cohn. Welcome to his world(s).

“There are few American pianists who have Cohn’s talents”-Downbeat
“Cohn’s playing is hypnotic and remarkable. He is a true original.” -Cadence

For information on Steve Cohn please visit http://thestevecohn.com/www/sccohnmain.html or see: http://www.unseenrainrecords.com/?product=anspruchsvoll-steve-cohn-ur9983 for more info on the CD.

FULMINATE TRIO - May 12, 2015

Press contact: New Masses Media Relations
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com www.DissidentArts.com
-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

TheFulminate Trio - “Triangulation”
New York, NY: Downtown All-Star Ensemble Sports Cutting-Edge Album
The NYC downtown sound comes full circle and is re-founded with the Unseen Rain Records release of “Triangulation” by The Fulminate Trio. The ensemble unites the strongest improvisational talents in this creative music which bridges free jazz to new composition and repels genre classification. ANDERS NILSSON’s deeply emotive and astonishingly agile guitar excursions burst into the masterful and thoroughly commanding upright bass of KEN FILIANO as MICHAEL EVANS’ anarchistic drums and percussion encircle the foray, claiming a world of daring, new sounds. This, if nothing else, is a music of the moment, one dedicated in raw emotion to the times in which we live.
FULMINATE:|ˈfo͝olməˌnāt, ˈfəl-|
verb [ no obj. ] to express vehement protest; to explode violently or flash like lightning; sudden onset

Critics have struggled to accurately describe the resultant sounds. Bill Milkowski, writing in “Jazz Times” magazine, described the Trio’s 2007 independent release as, “a delicate acute-listening dynamic for half of this experimental ECM-ish program, but they are also capable of exploding with rock-fueled dissonance and bombast”. Uber-hip radio station WFMU called the Fulminate experience, “A sonic blast of sublime confrontations. Will insight dreams and deliriums. Free and out. Exploring the realms of open jazz. Elements of rock and free music step over the line here...”. While AllAboutJazz said of the Trio,“A strong collective group aesthetic prevails, resulting in dense soundscapes”. More to the point Downtown Music Gallery’s Bruce Gallanter wrote, “All I can say is Wow! This is a most impressive trio offering that appears to defy categorization and remains engaging throughout”.
The Fulminate Trio were founded in 2006, performing a wide range of concerts in their New York City home base. The band has also performed abroad including a 2009 set at the KopaFest in Malmo, Sweden. On their new release, "Triangulation" (Unseen Rain Records UR9949) the trio performs original compositions ranging from forlorn ballads to heated interplay—as well as a reconstruction of a Buffy Sainte-Marie song. With disciplined, fine-tuned restraint both compositionally and improvisationally, each side of the triangle is transitional. “Triangulation” is a metaphor of the three sides in flux, shape-shifting over each sound, each silence. The listening experience is overtaken only by the visual, as the tapestry of colors and motion become one. Claiming the stage, the Fulminate Trio conjure the fire god.
For download information/performance video: http://www.unseenrainrecords.com/?page_id=2188
THE FULMINATE TRIO: member bios
Swedish-born electric guitarist ANDERS NILSSON moved to New York in 2000 and became an immediate part of Sluggs’ jam sessions. Since that time he has worked with many artists on the experimental NY scene such as Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Elliot Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne, Raoul Björkenheim, Matt Heyner, Kermit Driscoll, John Sinclair, Paquito D’Rivera, Evan Gallagher, Gerald Cleaver, Tom Bruno and Ras Moshe, among others. Anders is also half of a noted duo with vocalist Fay Victor. He has composed music for film, dance and theatre productions as well as his own ensembles. Anders studied guitar and jazz at Malmo Academy of Music in his homeland before moving to New York City where he completed an MA in Jazz Performance at City College. http://www.andersnilssonguitar.com/ Embracing classical, jazz, the world of spontaneous improvisation and inter-disciplinary performances with dance and the spoken word, KEN FILIANO fuses the rich traditions available to the double bass, bringing out the many voices inherent within this instrument. Ken tours widely, playing across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Among the artists he has worked with are Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, Bill Dixon, Fred Ho, Nels Cline, Fay Victor, Roswell Rudd, Jason Hwang, and many others, and in a duet with vocalist Andera Wolper. Ken holds an MM from Rutgers University and has taught bass and improvisation in various colleges. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Filiano MICHAEL EVANS is an improvising drummer / percussionist / multi-instrumentalist / composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. As well as being a drumset player, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics. He has recorded and performed with a variety of artists internationally including Carla Bley, Lol Coxhill, Ron Anderson, Michael Gira, William Parker, LaDonna Smith, God is My Co-Pilot, John Zorn and many more. Michael’s studies in drumset, hand drums, tabla and more have taken him around the planet. http://www.michaelevanssounds.com/
Unseen Rain Records:
UNSEEN RAIN is a visionary record label offering jazz and improvised music by contemporary innovators on various media. UR is focused on high production values and recognizes the entire process surrounding a recording as art.
UR recordings are available in a number of formats, High Definition FLAC, CD quality FLAC, Apple Lossless and maximum quality mp3 (320k) as well as select titles on CD and soon, audiophile quality LPs.
www.UnseenRainRecords.com

SUMARI (Unseen Rain Records) - January 17, 2015

New Masses Media Relations
Promotional campaigns for creative artists on the Left and in the Underground
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 – newmassesmedia@gmail.com

Introducing SUMARI
Matt Lavelle - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet; Jack DeSalvo - cello, mandola, guitars, banjos; Tom Cabrera - dumbeq, rik, frame drums, bass drum, percussion. -Sumari = a Federation of Consciousness-

Other-world art music. Improvisations through space and time. The soundtrack of twilight. These phrases have all been used to attempt to describe this trio known as Sumari. The channeling of free improvisation and global folk culture with a boundless sense of the new are the path Matt Lavelle, Jack DeSalvo and Tom Cabrera course to conjure the sounds heard on their eponymous release on Unseen Rain Records. Each member of Sumari is a veteran of international New Music and Free Jazz, with roots in NYC’s “downtown sound”:

JACK DESALVO, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, joined Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society in the 1980s and has toured the world with many artists in his own musical-spiritual journey. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, DeSalvo also studied classical guitar and composition before taking private tutelage with Bill Connors. His pianistic, wholistic approach to performance practice on guitar led to committed doubling on such instruments as cello, alto guitar and various members of the ukulele, mandolin and banjo family. DeSalvo’s credits beyond Ronald Shannon Jackson include Peter Brotzmann, Karl Berger, Chris Kelsey, Vic Juris, Tony Malaby, Pat Hall, D3 and many more.

MATT LAVELLE, former student of Ornette Coleman’s, is one-fourth of Bern Nix’s band and a founding member of Harmolodic Monk. His haunting trumpet sound is reminiscent of Don Cherry’s, yet doesn’t one also note the full-throated influence of Rex Stewart? Lavelle’s first teacher was swing-era veteran Hildred Humphries but his foray into the unfettered carries him beyond traditions. Strong doubling into woodwinds brought him to the bass clarinet and ultimately, the alto clarinet. Lavelle makes extreme use of the alto’s natural range, fusing it with the cry of Dolphy’s bass clarinet sound and then into the imaginary realm of Eastern double-reeds painted New Orleans blue. Lavelle’s extensive resume includes Giuseppe Logan, William Parker, Sabir Mateen, Jameel Moondoc, Roy Campbell, and his own12 Houses Orchestra.

TOM CABRERA is a visual artist and musician of striking depth. An in-demand jazz drummer who made a specialty of the percussion family known as frame drums, Cabrera constructed a drum-set which sports riq, tar, dumbeq, bodhran and various percussives about a small bass drum and hi-hat. With a sonic oeuvre that ranges from the quaking to the sublime, Tom carries the band’s rhythmicity in the best harmolodic fashion. Silences (the sort described by Cage) feature into his wave of sounds. Cabrera can also be seen playing a more standard drumset with the Julie Lyon Quintet and others.

Sumari’s debut recording, “Sumari” is available via http://www.unseenrainrecords.com/?p=1330 The trio will open THE UNSEEN RAIN FESTIVAL at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY, on April 12, 2015

WILL CONNELL'S JAZZ MEMORIAL at ST PETER'S - January 11, 2015

--New Masses Media Relations is again the official publicist for Will's memorial, this time at the famed "Jazz church" in NYC--

WILL CONNELL’S JAZZ MEMORIAL
St. Peter’s Church, NYC * MONDAY 1/12, 7:30

Photo Montage by Scott Friedlander

SPEAKER: Saifya Martinez

PERFORMANCE: Oliver Lake (alto sax), Craig Harris (trombone), Newman Taylor Baker (washboard/drum set)

SPEAKER: Kristy Nguyen

PERFORMANCE: Will Connell, Jr.’s Sadhana featuring Vincent Chancey (French horn), Hayes Greenfield (alto sax), Francois Grillot (bass), Jeremy Carlstedt (drumset)

SPEAKER: Safiya Martinez reading excerpts of Steve Isoardi interview of Will for “The Dark Tree”

PERFORMANCE: Will Connell, Jr.’s Exit Strategy with Tomas Ulrich (cello), Anders Nilsson (guitar),Rob Brown (alto sax)

SPEAKER: Jason Goodrow

PERFORMANCE: The Jazz and Poetry Choir Collective with Michael TA Thompson (conductor/sound rhythium), EJ Antonio (poetry), Rosi Hertlein (violin/poetry), Larry Roland (bass/poetry), Golda Solomon (poetry), Phylisha Villanueva (poetry)
SPEAKER: Steve Dalachinsky

PERFORMANCE: I.C.E. – Improvisational Composers Ensemble with Rocco John Iacovone (alto saxophone/compositions), Sana Nagano (violin), Ras Moshe- (tenor saxophone), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Rich Rosenthal (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass), John Pietaro (percussion), Dalius Naujo (drumset)
SPEAKER: John Pietaro

PERFORMANCE: TranceFormation with Andrea Wolper (voice), Connie Crothers (piano), Ken Filiano (bass)

Video Tribute to Will Connell, Jr.
by Robert O'Haire and Jeff Burns, Straw2Gold Pictures

PERFORMANCE: Where’s the Outrage? with Trudi Silver (piano), Scottie Davis (actor/mime), Rosi Hertlein (violin)

SPEAKER: Tanya and Zen Matsuura

PERFORMANCE: Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective with Jorge Sylvester (alto saxophone), Nora McCarthy (voice), Marvin Sewell (guitar), Hill Greene (bass), Kenny Growhowski (drumset)
SPEAKER: Jason Kao Hwang- Commitment violinist, statement

PERFORMANCE: Will Connell, Jr.’s Silverback with Frank Lacy (trombone), Newman Taylor Baker (drum set)

SPEAKER: William Parker

PERFORMANCE: Will Connell, Jr.’s Dark Tree Ensemble conducted by Steve Swell (trombone) with Rosi Hertlein (violin/voice), Andrea Wolper, Nora McCarthy (voice), Hayes Greenfield (alto saxophone), Ras Moshe (tenor saxophone), Vincent Chancey (french horn), Matt Lavelle (flugelhorn), Joe Daley (euphonium), Jesse Dulman (tuba), John Pietaro (vibes), Larry Roland (bass), Jeremy Carlstedt (drumset) –PLUS! Oliver Lake, Mark Whitecage, Dave Sewelson, Rob Brown, Jorge Sylvester, Rocco John Iacovone (alto saxes), Joe McPhee, Yoni Kretzmer (tenor sax), James Brandon Lewis (tenor sax), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Taylor Ho Bynum, Stephen Haynes (cornets), Flip Barnes (trumpet), Craig Harris (trombone) Sana Nagano, Jason Kao Hwang (violins), Tomas Ulrich, Jack De Salvo (cellos), On Ka’a Davis, Marvin Sewell, Anders Nilsson, Rich Rosenthal, James Keepnews (guitars), Trudi Silver, Connie Crothers, (piano), Hill Greene, Ken Filiano, Francois Grillot, Albey Balgochian (basses), Warren Smith, Michael T.A. Thompson, Newman Taylor Baker, Andrew Drury, Todd Capp, Ravish Momin, Dalius Naujo, Kenny Growhowski (percussion), Scottie Davis (actor/mime)

SPEAKER: Saifya Martinez


Reception in Upstairs Lobby – catering by Thea Martinez

SUMARI - January 7, 2015

New Masses Media Relations
John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 – newmassesmedia@gmail.com

SUMARI
Matt Lavelle - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet; Jack DeSalvo - cello, mandola, guitars, banjos; Tom Cabrera - dumbeq, rik, frame drums, bass drum, percussion.
-Sumari = a Federation of Consciousness-

“Free improvisation that invites the listener to succumb to this music” – TomaJazz Blog, Spain

Other-world art music. Improvisations through space and time. The soundtrack of twilight. These phrases have all been used to attempt to describe this trio known as Sumari. The channeling of free improvisation and global folk culture with a boundless sense of the new are the path Matt Lavelle, Jack DeSalvo and Tom Cabrera course to conjure the sounds heard on their eponymous release on Unseen Rain Records. Each member of Sumari is a veteran of international New Music and Free Jazz, with roots in NYC’s “downtown sound”:

JACK DESALVO, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, joined Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society in the 1980s and has toured the world with many artists in his own musical-spiritual journey. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, DeSalvo also studied classical guitar and composition before taking private tutelage with Bill Connors. His pianistic, wholistic approach to performance practice on guitar led to committed doubling on such instruments as cello, alto guitar and various members of the ukulele, mandolin and banjo family. DeSalvo’s credits beyond Ronald Shannon Jackson include Peter Brotzmann, Karl Berger, Chris Kelsey, Vic Juris, Tony Malaby, Pat Hall, D3 and many more.

MATT LAVELLE, former student of Ornette Coleman’s, is one-fourth of Bern Nix’s band and a founding member of Harmolodic Monk. His haunting trumpet sound is reminiscent of Don Cherry’s, yet doesn’t one also note the full-throated influence of Rex Stewart? Lavelle’s first teacher was swing-era veteran Hildred Humphries but his foray into the unfettered carries him beyond traditions. Strong doubling into woodwinds brought him to the bass clarinet and ultimately, the alto clarinet. Lavelle makes extreme use of the alto’s natural range, fusing it with the cry of Dolphy’s bass clarinet sound and then into the imaginary realm of Eastern double-reeds painted New Orleans blue. Lavelle’s extensive resume includes Giuseppe Logan, William Parker, Sabir Mateen, Jameel Moondoc, Roy Campbell, and his own12 Houses Orchestra.

TOM CABRERA is a percussionist of striking depth. An in-demand jazz drummer who made a specialty of the percussion family known as frame drums, Cabrera constructed a drum-set which sports riq, tar, dumbeq, bodhran and various percussives about a small bass drum and hi-hat. With a sonic oeuvre that ranges from the quaking to the sublime, Tom carries the band’s rhythmicity in the best harmolodic fashion. Silences (the sort described by Cage) feature into his wave of sounds. Cabrera can also be seen playing a more standard drumset with the Julie Lyon Quintet and others.

Sumari’s debut recording, “Sumari” is available via http://www.unseenrainrecords.com/?page_id=2182

WILL CONNELL MEMORIAL WEEK: Dec 23, 26, 27, 28, 2014, the Stone NYC - November 26, 2014

Press Contact: NEW MASSES MEDIA RELATIONS John Pietaro (646) 599-0060 newmassesmedia@gmail.com

New York, NY: Memorial Concerts for Underground Legend of Avant Jazz Will Connell
As winter descends over Alphabet City, the homeland of radical arts mourns the loss of one of its own. Multi-reedist Will Connell Jr died on November 19 and his music and life are to be celebrated in a Christmas-week event at the Stone. He came of age in the 1960s as an invaluable part of Horace Tapscott’s organization and the LA Black Arts movement, and stood as an underground giant of NY’s Free Jazz and New Music circle since ‘75. His sudden passing occurred just weeks before his planned residency at the Stone (Dec 23-28) and days shy of his 77th birthday. The musicians who were to be a part of Connell’s residency have vowed to keep his vision alive in this series of concerts which shall now be performed in his honor and memory. The music will be an amalgam of Connell’s more than half-century as a performing artist: compositions ranging from those associated with Tapscott to his latest works as well as the free improvisation he was so fond of.

The variety of sounds embody Connell’s stage and studio life; his resume sported gigs with Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, David Murray, William Parker, Charles Gayle, Chico Hamilton, and Anthony Braxton. A core downtown figure, Connell also engaged James Chance, Minor Threat, Black Flag and Ryan Adams in creative endeavors—a performance pedigree ranging from hip Jazz to New Thing to No Wave. From basement clubs to the Newport and Moers festivals to nation-wide TV broadcasts. The musical fabric Connell brings to the Stone also includes his work as a music copyist, laying down the score for Ornette Coleman’s “Skies of America”, the World Saxophone Quartet and many of Motown LA’s best. Known as an understated, quiet giant of the music, Will Connell’s voice is best heard through his alto saxophone, bass clarinet and flute, drenched in the rich tapestry.

The program at the Stone will open on December 23 with two powerful sets by Will’s 13-piece band, the Dark Tree Ensemble. This collection of works, “World Peace, With or Without People: Music from the Legacy of Horace Tapscott”, is split between LA compositions and those from Will’s nearly 40 years in NYC. This world premiere, featuring Tapscott’s brilliant music in perspective and also as a reference for Connell’s own compositions, promises to be historic and serves as a statement for these years of ongoing global conflict.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the club is dark, but the residency continues from the 26th through the 28th. The focus will be on Connell’s collaboration with other artists of note including Vincent Chancey, Connie Crothers, Jorge Sylvester, many more, in large assemblages and intimate combos. The sounds range from free to world music, new composition to latter-day Beat poetry to exploratory visions.


When: December 23, 26, 27, 28, 2014
Place: The Stone
Ave C @ 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (212) 473-0043 www.thestonenyc.com Admission: $15.


RESIDENCY CALENDAR:

TUESDAY 12/23:
--8 pm
World Peace, With or Without People: Music from the Legacy of Horace Tapscott, performed by the Dark Tree Ensemble - Music from the Los Angeles experience.
Will Connell (compositions), Fay Victor (voice), Andrea Wolper (voice), Rosi Hertlein (violin, voice), Ras Moshe (soprano sax), Hayes Greenfield (alto sax), Matt Lavelle (flugelhorn, alto clarinet), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Steve Swell (trombone), Jesse Dulman (tuba), Joe Daley (euphonium), John Pietaro (vibes, percussion), Larry Roland (bass), Jeremy Carlstedt (drums, percussion)
--10 pm
World Peace, With or Without People: Music from the Legacy of Horace Tapscott, performed by the Dark Tree Ensemble - New Music in New York.
Will Connell (compositions), Fay Victor (voice), Andrea Wolper (voice), Rosi Hertlein (violin, voice), Ras Moshe (soprano sax), Hayes Greenfield (alto sax), Matt Lavelle (flugelhorn, alto clarinet), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Steve Swell (trombone), Jesse Dulman (tuba), Joe Daley (euphonium), John Pietaro (vibes, percussion), Larry Roland (bass), Jeremy Carlstedt (drums, percussion)

THURSDAY 12/26:
--8 pm
I.C.E. : Improvisational Composers Ensemble
Rocco John Iacovone (alto & soprano saxophones, compositions), Ras Moshe (tenor and soprano saxophone, flute), Sana Nagano (violin), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Rich Rosenthal (guitar), Phil Sirois (bass), John Pietaro (percussion), Dalius Naujo (drums)
--10 pm
Sadhana
Vincent Chancey (French horn), Max Johnson (bass), Jeremy Carlstedt (drums)

FRIDAY 12/27:
--8 pm
Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective
Golda Solomon (poetry), E.J.Antonio (poetry), Phylisha Villnueva (poetry), Rosi Hertlein (violin), Larry Roland (bass, poetry) Michael T.A.Thompson (conductor, percussion)
--10 pm
TranceFormation
Connie Crothers (piano), Andrea Wolper (voice, poetry), Ken Filiano (bass), Guest Poet: Golda Solomon

SATURDAY 12/28:
--8 and 10 pm
Jorge Sylvester's ACE (Afro-Caribbean Experimental) Collective
Jorge Sylvester (alto saxophone, compositions), Nora McCarthy (poetry, compositions), Waldron Mahdi Ricks (trumpet), Pablo Vergara (piano), Donald Nicks (electric bass), Kenny Grohowski (drums), with Special Guests—Craig Harris (trombone), Jay Rodriguez (reeds), Marvin Sewell (guitar),

BIO:
The son of a violin prodigy deprived of the profession by racist politics, Will Connell Jr became aware of both music and the struggle for justice as a child of the ‘40s. Jazz served as a source of art and great pride for the African American community, and its impact on Connell was nothing short of visceral: “I heard Billie Holiday at 17. Tears ran down my face like Niagara Falls”. That same year, 1956, Connell joined the US Air Force, serving some nine years. In between tours he purchased an alto saxophone but didn’t dedicate himself to music until surviving a chemical blast that blinded him for several days. Lying in an Air Force hospital in darkness, Connell vowed that if he regained his eyesight, he’d formally study this art that had driven him so deeply. This and the gnawing outrage about the military’s treatment of Black servicemen led to his decision re-join civilian life. Studies at LA City College (Dolphy’s alma mater) led to years of close work with Horace Tapscott wherein Connell served as reeds player and music librarian and copyist. The Tapscott organization was LA’s paramount arm of the Black Arts Movement and its immersion into African American culture and liberation had a lasting impact on Connell. By 1975 Connell relocated to NYC’s Lower East Side where he remains till today. Through the decades he has performed or recorded with such luminaries as, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Chico Hamilton, Pharoah Sanders, Butch Morris, Roy Campbell, Sam Rivers, Steve Swell, Billy Bang, Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Daniel Carter, and many others. He also engaged in extensive projects as music copyist, most notably Ornette Coleman’s ‘Skies of America’ as well as for David Murray's Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet and a bevy of R & B and pop artists ranging from Michael Jackson and Roberta Flack to Stevie Wonder and Simon & Garfunkel.

Will Connell was a deeply relevant part of this rather unclassifiable musical genre which prides itself on free improvisation as much as post-modern composition, global sounds and the bite of revolutionary politics. Usually preferring to be a member of a band as opposed to its leader, Connell may have been the last of the modest greats. Having served as guest curator at the Stone in 2012, which brought him some note, and featured earlier this year in the Arts for Art organization’s series, and as a member of the Veterans of Free on the Tribute to ‘New York Eye & Ear Control’ concert in June, this master of the New Jazz is now recalled at his rightful place at front and center.
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Presenting NEW MASSES MEDIA RELATIONS - August 25, 2014

John Pietaro is pleased to announce the formation of his PR service, "New Masses Media Relations". New Masses creates insightful PR campaigns for musicians and other creative artists on the Left, in the underground and outside of the mainstream. For info call John at (646) 599-0060 or email him at NewMassesMedia@gmail.com

HARMOLODIC MONK ALBUM RELEASE EVENT - June 29, 2014

HARMOLODIC MONK Album Release Event

Whynot Jazz Room, Sunday, July29, 7:30PM
14 Christopher Street New York, NY
1 train to Christopher Street, or any train to West 4th

Harmolodic Monk is matt Lavelle (trumpet, alto clarinet, flugelhorn) and John Pietaro (vibes, percussion). The pair will be performing a set of selections from their Unseen Rain Records debut album, one which explores some of the greatest compositions of Thelonious Monk by way of the expansive visions of Ornette Coleman with special guests Jack DeSalvo on banjo and Tom Cabrera on frame drum.

On Sunday 6/1/14 join us for A TRIBUTE TO "NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL" The 50th Anniversary of the Free Jazz Classic! - April 10, 2014

SUNDAY JUNE 1, 3PM - 6:30PM: Summer 2014 brings with it the 50th anniversary of the recording of the immortal album NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL, the free jazz score to the film of the same name by experimental film maker Michael Snow. His brief 1964 film is very hard to come by these days but the soundtrack recording has never lost is luster and stands as a hallmark of Free. It brought together the unique instrumental voices of Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray. Whew! It would take at least three screaming ensembles of musicians to pay proper tribute to that!

So just as the summer concert season opens in NYC, ' A TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL' will do just that. The concert opens with a powerful but brief set by celebrated downtown poet Steve Dalachinsky, collaborating with alto saxophonist Rocco John Iacovone and percussionist John Pietaro (on bongos). Other guests may join in. We then move to a full set of fire music by the Ras Moshe Unit followed by an all-star ensemble of Free Jazz veterans including Daniel Carter, Karl Berger, Warren Smith, Will Connell and Ingrid Sertso. The session will close off in style, with the very big band, 12 Houses Orchestra, led by Matt Lavelle.
Special guest speaker from ESP-Disk.

3PM: STEVE DALACHINSKY-
Steve Dalachinsky: poetry
Rocco John Iacovone: alto saxophone
plus guests

3:30pm: THE RAS MOSHE UNIT -
Ras Moshe: reeds, flute
John Pietaro: vibes, percussion
Dave Ross: guitar
Andrew Drury: drumkit, percussion

4:30pm: 'VETERANS OF FREE' ALL-STAR ENSEMBLE-
Daniel Carter: saxophones, trumpet
Will Connell: saxophones, bass clarinet
Karl Berger: vibes, piano
Warren Smith: drumkit, percussion
Ingrid Sersto: voice
and with Ken Filiano: bass


5:30pm: MATT LAVELLE'S 12 HOUSES ORCHESTRA-
Anais: voice
Matt Lavelle: trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet, cuica, musical direction
Mary Cherney : flute, alto flute
Claire de Brunner: bassoon
Lee Odom: clarinet, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Charles Waters : alto saxophone, clarinet
Ras Moshe: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute
Daniel Carter: tenor saxophone, trumpet
Tim Stocker : baritone saxophone
Gil Selinger : cello
Jack DeSalvo: mandolin, banjo
Chris Forbes: piano
John Pietaro: vibraphone, percussion
Anders Nilsson: guitar
Francois Grillot: bass
Reggie Sylvester: drums

The event will be comprised of three 50-minute sets and an opening 20-minutes set with each performing a piece inspired by one of the three improvisations heard on the classic album. They will complete their sets with music which illustrates the legacy of the New Thing.

TRIBUTE TO 'NEW YORK EYE & EAR CONTROL' COMING UP! - January 15, 2014

SAVE THE DATE-----Sunday, June 1st, 2014, 3 - 6PM

Brooklyn NY: the Firehouse Space
A TRIBUTE TO "NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL" - The 50th Anniversary of the Celebrated Free Jazz Classic!

246 Frost Street
Brooklyn New York 11211
http://thefirehousespace.org/
Summer 2014 brings with it the 50th anniversary of the recording of the immortal album NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL, the free jazz score to the film of the same name by experimental film maker Michael Snow. His brief 1964 film is very hard to come by these days but the soundtrack recording has never lost is luster and stands as a hallmark of Free. It brought together the unique instrumental voices of Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray. Whew! It would take at least three screaming ensembles of musicians to pay proper tribute to that!

So just as the summer concert season opens in NYC, ' A TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL' will do just that. The concert opens with the fire music of the Ras Moshe Unit then brings an all-star ensemble of Free Jazz veterans together including Daniel Carter, Warren Smith, Karl Berger, Will Connell, Ingrid Sertso and more. The session will close off in style, with the very big band, 12 Houses Orchestra, led by Matt Lavelle. Plans are being laid for projections of stills from the film to be thrown out over the performers and through the house.........

3pm: THE RAS MOSHE UNIT -
Ras Moshe: reeds, flute
John Pietaro: vibes, percussion
Dave Ross: guitar
Andrew Drury: drumkit, percussion

4pm: 'VETERANS OF FREE' ALL-STAR ENSEMBLE-
Daniel Carter: saxophones, trumpet
Will Connell: saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
Karl Berger: vibes, piano
Warren Smith: drumkit, percussion
Ingrid Sersto: voice
--others TBA--

5pm: MATT LAVELLE'S 12 HOUSES ORCHESTRA-
Matt Lavelle: cornet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet, musical direction
TBA: flute, alto flute
TBA: oboe
TBA: soprano saxophone, clarinet
TBA: alto saxophone
Ras Moshe: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute
TBA: baritone saxophone
TBA: trumpet
TBA: trombone
TBA: violin
TBA: cello
John Pietaro: vibraphone, percussion
TBA: guitar
TBA: bass
TBA: drums

The event will be comprised of three 50-minute set with each of the three bands performing a piece inspired by one of the three improvisations heard on the classic album. They will complete their sets with music which illustrates the legacy of the New Thing.

NIGHT PEOPLE AND OTHER TALES OF WORKING NEW YORK - NOW RELEASED! - November 6, 2013

John Pietaro's book of contemporary proletarian fiction, in the works for several years, is now available for purchase. This one was a real labor of love----and the preface by celebrated historian Paul Buhle is alone worth the cover price!

NIGHT PEOPLE and Other Tales of Working New York
is a collection unashamed to be called ‘contemporary proletarian literature’. The energy and emotions within these stories are of the people, the workers who make the City run. But this book’s scope also reaches into the asphalt itself and the mountains above--heralding the heartbeat of the land mass beneath us, acting as both oracle and protagonist. Night People speaks of those who labor on or who struggle with joblessness, those who strive toward artistic goals or advocate for others, those who face challenges of faith and conscience and those who are simply of the streets. It brings to life the people who provide the soundtrack, the color, the breadth: those who thrive and those who perish in New York’s wake. Here is a love song to reality, mourning the anguish and championing the everyday.
Author Pietaro works in the labor movement and is also a cultural worker. Preface is by noted historian Paul Buhle.

$12.97 (with a 10% discount: pay $11.67)
Buy it at http://www.lulu.com/shop/john-pietaro/night-people-and-other-tales-of-working-new-york/paperback/product-21287651.html

"EXCURSIONS INTO THE NEW" and "AN OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION": Dissident Arts October... - October 5, 2013

New York NY: Dissident Arts presents TWO Concerts of Revolutionary Creativity produced by percussionist/cultural organizer John Pietaro. Both dates will feature his quartet The Red Microphone in pairings with like-minded, expansive jazz duos.

1. EXCURSIONS INTO THE NEW with---The RED MICROPHONE & HARMOLODIC MONK!
Sat October 19, 8 – 10PM, The Firehouse Space 246 Frost Street, Williamsburg BK
-THE RED MICROPHONE: John Pietaro (vibraphone, percussion), Ras Moshe (reeds, flute), Rocco John Iacovone (reeds), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)
The Red Microphone is a NYC-based New Music/New Jazz quartet of rad musicians engaging in a repertoire drenched in liberation jazz, dissident swing and contemporary composition at once compelling and patently “downtown”. Call it post-Ornette, Post-Dolphy, post-Occupy music. The Red Microphone has performed at such New York City spaces as Shapeshifter Lab, ABC No Rio, the Brecht Forum, 17 Frost, ZirZamin and Downtown Music Gallery, among others. The ensemble’s debut CD, The Red Microphone Speaks! was released in April (Dissident Arts label). Self-produced but mastered by legendary producer Kramer, the disc features sweeping free improvisation, original works, unique adaptations of modernist sounds and protest song, and militant prose and poetry that recalls the New Objectivity, the New Thing and the No Wave.

-HARMOLODIC MONK!: Matt Lavelle (alto clarinet, trumpet), John Pietaro (vibraphone)
Harmolodic Monk is the convergence of forward-looking visions in improvisational music conceived by noted multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle (known for his work in the Bern Nix Quartet and his own 12 Houses Orchestra). Expanding the expansionist repertoire of Thelonious Monk by way of the Harmolodic concept created by Ornette Coleman, the duet of Matt Lavelle (alto clarinet, trumpet, cornet) and John Pietaro (vibraphone, percussion) embarks on a new sound. Harmolodic Monk is now preparing for their debut CD.

2. ‘AN OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION’ with The RED MICROPHONE & A SMALL DREAM in RED Sat October 26, 6PM – 7:45PM, Cornelia St Cafe 29 Cornelia St. New York NY
THIS IS THE SECOND ANNUAL ‘AN OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION’ CONCERT. These events are inspired by the experimentalism of New Jazz its heritage in the movement for social change.

-THE RED MICROPHONE: John Pietaro (vibraphone, percussion), Ras Moshe (reeds, flute), Rocco John Iacovone (reeds), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)

-A SMALL DREAM IN RED: Nora McCarthy (voice), Jorge Sylvester (alto saxophone)
Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester perform under the name A Small Dream in Red, thereby acknowledging a deep affinity to the expressionist master Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), who painted the masterpiece, Small Dream In Red (kleiner traum in rot) in 1925. The artistic pioneer’s quintessential goal was to achieve the unique immediacy of music in abstract visual form. Since their debut at the Knitting Factory in NYC on September 10, 2001, they have performed and conducted workshops in New York, Ohio; Montenegro; Austria; and, Panama. In March, 2003, they recorded their first CD, A Small Dream In Red, a live performance captured at Cleveland State University at the Sundown Jazz Series. Their new CD, In The Language of Dreams is a tribute to Ornette Coleman and Wassily Kandinsky. It features original compositions, lyrics and poetry by McCarthy and Sylvester; interpretations of five Kandinsky’s paintings and two Ornette compositions.

New Sounds for Fall - September 6, 2013

September and October are shaping up to be very interesting months so far! I will engage in a private jam session with the legendary reedman Daniel Carer---we are hoping to extend this into a new project soon. But as far as performance goes, there's Karl Berger's Improviser's Orchestra (9/13, El Taller, uptown) and two dates so far this month with Ras Moshe including the Westbeth Music Festival on 9/20 in the West Village and the Children's Garden (9/21) on the Lower East Side. September closes out with a solo vibraphone performance in Ditmas Park Brooklyn as part of the 1-2-3 experimental music series.

October will be an even more exciting month: first there's a double bill at the Firehouse Space in Williamsburg (10/19) for the Red Microphone and Harmolodic Monk; playing I paired concerts for these two bands I am a part of is the best way I can think of to burn up extra energy! And then one week later (10/26), there's AN OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION: the Red Microphone headlines in a double bill at the Cornelia Street Café with A Small Study in Red, the duo of Jorge Sylvester and Nora McCarthy.

More news as it comes in!

August Fades into Autumn---soon! - September 1, 2013

This was one HOT summer with some screamingly good new music, wasn't it. Our Dissident Arts Festival on AUG 24 faced stiff competition with the Charlie parker Festival occurring just across town in the East Village and of course the big 50th anniversary of the March on Washington happening on the same day in DC. But we rallied and had a wonderful audience along for the ride. Many, many thanks to them and of course the brilliant performers who came out to make it happen. What a wonderful crew.

But it doesn't stop there! AUG 29 began a new season of Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra and that opening gig was one I was so glad I didn't miss. From the back of the room in my nearly wrap-around percussion kit (bongos, conga, percussion rack, 4 cymbals, wind chimes, triangles, various bells, glockenspiel, frame drums, tambourine, shaker and a bag full of small percussives) I had a perfect view of it all. Karl is not only a legend in the world jazz and free jazz universe, he is a truly perfect leader, pulling only the best out of the 25+ musicians while maintaining control of it all in the most positive manner.

Speaking of positive, I also played hand drums in a Ras Moshe unit with accordionist-composer Adam Matlock at the 1-2-3 Series of experimental music in Ditmas Park Brooklyn. This is a second hit on the series for Ras and I and we want to keep coming back in different configurations: here's a very cool salon that can be an essential forum for the growth of this music.

Well there's lots more going on: please stop by my Calendar page often and watch Facebook and Twitter for more events as they pop up....

HAPPY LABOR DAY (and thank a unionist for the weekend, wage and safety laws, health benefits, personal days, vacations with pay, overtime rates and the ability to have a voice on the job. Missing any of these? You need to be in a union. You are in a union but things aren't going well? YOU NEED TO BECOME ACTIVE!)

peace,
jp

THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL & THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON - August 7, 2013

THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL & THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This year's Dissident Arts Festival has been scheduled for SAT AUG 24 as of many months ago and we have prepared a powerful program of revolutionary music, spoken word and film. The date has recently been declared as the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, surely something I would have never allowed myself to miss---but for the commitments by so many wonderful cultural workers for my own event! I was 1 year old in '63 and had to miss the original, now will have to miss the anniversary event as well. But this annual Festival is, as always, about the arts as social change and People's empowerment---our creativity is as radical as our politics. So with respect to the stirring day we will share with the commemoration, the 2013 Dissident Arts Festival is dedicated to Trayvon Martin and all victims of racist violence. We stand in solidarity with the marchers, the rallyers, the activists and spirit of liberation and equality.

If you are in the NY area and unable to get to DC for any reason, please consider joining us at the Brecht Forum in Greenwich Village for our all-day event. In addition to noted artists of Free Jazz and New Music, we will feature a reading of Langston Hughes deeply moving "Kids Who Die" as well as more poetry-- plus a segment by political satirist/activist (and mayoral candidate) Randy Credico. We will close the Festival this year with a screening of the revolutionary Eisenstein film "Battleship Potemkin" with a live improvised score. See our Dissident Arts Festival page on Facebook for more info......peace, jp

'THE RED MICROPHONE SPEAKS!' - CD - April 21, 2013

THE RED MICROPHONE SPEAKS!

1) Freedom Theme (Rocco John Iacovone)
2) L'Internationale Redux (“L’Internationale” by Pierre Degeyter; adaptation and arrangement by John Pietaro)
3) God to the Hungry Child (music by Janet Barnes to poetry of Langston Hughes; originally published by the Composers Collective of New York, 1932; adaptation and additional music by John Pietaro)
4) The Proof is Overwhelming (free improvisation incorporating John Howard Lawson’s statement protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1947)
5) Song of the United Front (music by Hanns Eisler; adaptation by the Red Microphone; licensing via Breitkopf & Hartel, Weisbaden, Germany)
6) One for Robeson (free improvisation dedicated to Paul Robeson)
7) L'Internationale Reconstruct (“L’Internationale”: lyric by Eugene Pottier, music by Pierre Degeyter. Excerpted prose: “Our Revolutionary Music” and “The Crisis in Music” by Hanns Eisler. Conception and arrangement by John Pietaro; adaptation by the Red Microphone, Nora McCarthy and Natalie Scarborough) –recorded voices of Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Dalton Trumbo (HUAC hearing, 1947), Vladimir Lenin
8) The Times (“And the Times Are Dark and Fearful” by Hanns Eisler; adaptation and arrangement by John Pietaro; licensing via Breitkopf & Hartel, Weisbaden, Germany)
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JOHN PIETARO –vibraphone, suspended cymbals, various bells, frame drum (selection 4), shaker (selection 5), glockenspiel (selection 5), wind chimes (selection 5), tom-tom (selections 5, 6, 7), snare drum (selections 5.6.7), triangle (selection 6), drumkit (selection 7 intro), lion’s roar (selection 7), spoken word (selections 6, 7)
RAS MOSHE –tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, bells (selections 4, 6, 7), spoken word (selection 3)
ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE –alto and soprano saxophones, ocarina (selection 4), frog rasp (selection 4)
NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC – double bass (except selection 8)
With special guest NORA MC CARTHY –vocal (selection 7)

--Recorded on December 16, 2012 at 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts studio, Brooklyn NY; Engineer: Natalie Scarborough.
--Mastered by Kramer at NoiseMiami Studio, Miami FL
--Cover photograph by Denise Iacovone; disc photograph by John Pietaro

Fusing revolutionary song with New Jazz, Modernism with the post-Modern, and world sounds with Downtown, the Red Microphone speaks…..

“This music is MOVING me like nothing else I’ve mastered in years. Reminds me of the days when all I listened to was stuff from the ESP label, BYG, and Karl Berger, my first real teacher and mentor. This music of yours brings all musics TOGETHER. I fucking LOVE it!” -Kramer, legendary downtown producer

“A special brand of new revolutionary jazz” – DooBeeDooBeeDoo magazine

“Out of the thousands of Jazz LP’s and CD’s that I own, there is something truly special and important about the music on The Red Microphone Speaks. From the moment I hit play, I was glued to the chair. The blending of music and poetry is seamless and magical. It hits you right in the heart and makes you feel alive. The only word that comes to mind is striking.”– Nathan Yeager – www.jazzlabpodcast.com
“The Red Microphone is a politically-oriented chamber jazz quartet who use themes of freedom, texts by Langston Hughes, protests of the House of UnAmerican Activities and music by Hanns Eisler…with the voices of Malcom X, Angela Davis and Dalton Trumbo added to the blend. I like that both saxes or flute often lay back and play their calm lines together, swirling softly around one another sublimely, occasionally in a dream-like state. Also what is great about this disc is that this is protest music which never shouts or screams, it is thoughtful and well-paced giving us a chance to think calmly about the way our freedom has been abused and manipulated by those in charge.” -Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS…
Our deepest gratitude goes out to Nora McCarthy, jazz diva nonpareil, for her vocal and spoken word contributions to this disc’s “L’Internationale Reconstruct”. Her voice sounds the alarm, calling the People to battle and shouting out the struggle with deft drama and hip aplomb.

Three cheers to Denise Iacovone for her powerful photo shoots of the band up to and including the pic that adorns the cover of this collection. Her artful photography tells our story, shot by shot, gig by gig.

And to Breitkopf & Hartel, publishers of Hanns Eisler’s works, for help in obtaining a mechanical license to bring his music to our vision.

Greatest thanks to Natalie Scarborough of 17 Frost for engineering ‘The Red Microphone Speaks!’ so inventively and mixing it with such creativity and tireless enthusiasm. Williamsburg BK is in the house!

Parades of appreciation also go out to good brother Kramer for helping to shape this album through his mastering skill—and also for his role since the 1980s as a nexus between Punk rebellion and New Music radicalism; then as now, there’s revolution in the sounds emanating through his studio.

THE RED MICROPHONE is proud to serve as a link in the chain of cultural workers who have used the arts as weapons in the good fight. As long as there has been dissent, there have been musicians, poets, painters, dancers and actors to inspire, document, color and lead the various revolutionary movements erupting about them. Jazz is a music born in the United States to traditions of African roots torn from the motherland under brutal force and melded with European and Native American traditions. Oppressed and oppressor meet here and ultimately exchange positions and the voice of the people is raised---in a clarion call. Through the improvisation which is central to this music, the artists speak out in anger, laughter, lament, celebration, militancy and the vision of a new day.

www.DissidentArts.com http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theredmicrophone www.reverbnation.com/theredmicrophone

THE RED MICROPHONE CD RELEASE FETE: APRIL 17, NYC - March 30, 2013

The debut disc of new jazz/new music ensemble THE RED MICROPHONE will be officially released at a gig at West Village jazz haunt Zirzamin on April 17. The CD, recorded locally but mastered by legendary Downtown producer Kramer at NoiseMiami, Miami FLA, featured an array of radical sounds and statements...

THE RED MICROPHONE

'THE RED MICROPHONE SPEAKS'
1) Freedom Theme (Rocco John Iacovone)
2) L'Internationale Redux (“L’Internationale” by Pierre Degeyter; adaptation and arrangement by John Pietaro)
3) God to the Hungry Child (music by Janet Barnes to poetry of Langston Hughes; originally published by the Composers Collective of New York, 1932; adaptation and additional music by John Pietaro)
4) The Proof is Overwhelming (free improvisation incorporating John Howard Lawson’s statement protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1947)
5) Song of the United Front (music by Hanns Eisler; adaptation by the Red Microphone; licensing via Beitkopf & Hartel, Weisbaden, Germany)
6) One for Robeson (free improvisation dedicated to Paul Robeson)
7) L'Internationale Reconstruct (“L’Internationale”: lyric by Eugene Pottier, music by Pierre Degeyter. Excerpted prose: “Our Revolutionary Music” and “The Crisis in Music” by Hanns Eisler. Conception and arrangement by John Pietaro; adaptation by the Red Microphone, Nora McCarthy and Natalie Scarborough) –recorded voices of Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Dalton Trumbo (HUAC hearing, 1947), Vladimir Lenin
8) The Times (“And the Times Are Dark and Fearful” by Hanns Eisler; adaptation and arrangement by John Pietaro; licensing via Beitkopf & Hartel, Weisbaden, Germany)

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JOHN PIETARO –vibraphone, suspended cymbals, various bells, frame drum (selection 4), shaker (selection 5), glockenspiel (selection 5), wind chimes (selection 5), tom-tom (selections 5, 6, 7), snare drum (selections 5.6.7), triangle (selection 6), drumkit (selection 7 intro), lion’s roar (selection 7), spoken word (selections 6, 7)
RAS MOSHE –tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, bells (selections 4, 6, 7), spoken word (selection 3)
ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE –alto and soprano saxophones, ocarina (selection 4), frog rasp (selection 4)
NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC – double bass (except selection 8)
With special guest NORA MC CARTHY –vocal (selection 7)
--Recorded on December 16, 2012 at 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts studio, Brooklyn NY; Engineer: Natalie Scarborough.
--Mastered by Kramer at NoiseMiami Studio, Miami FL
--Cover photograph by Denise Iacovone; disc photograph by John Pietaro

...Fusing revolutionary song with the avant garde, new Jazz with Modernism, and world sounds with Downtown, the Red Microphone speaks...

“A special brand of new revolutionary jazz” – DooBeeDooBeeDoo magazine

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Kramer on THE RED MICROPHONE SPEAKS:
Mar 21, 2013 1:12 PM
John, this music is MOVING me like nothing else i've mastered in years. reminds me of the days when all i listened to was stuff from the ESP label, BYG (from France), and Karl Berger, my first real teacher and mentor. this music of yours brings all musics TOGETHER. i fucking LOVE it!
-love, K

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THE RED MICROPHONE is proud to serve as a link in the chain of cultural workers who have used the arts as weapons in the good fight. As long as there has been dissent, there have been musicians, poets, painters, dancers and actors to inspire, document, color and lead the various revolutionary movements erupting about them. Jazz is a music born in the United States to traditions of African roots torn from the motherland under brutal force and melded with European and Native American traditions. Oppressed and oppressor meet here and ultimately exchange positions and the voice of the people is raised---in a clarion call. Through the improvisation which is central to this music, the artists speak out in anger, laughter, lament, celebration, militancy and the vision of a new day.
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-Our deepest gratitude goes out to Nora McCarthy, jazz diva nonpareil, for her vocal and spoken word contributions to this disc’s “L’Internationale Reconstruct”. Her voice sounds the alarm, calling the People to battle and shouting out the struggle with deft drama and hip aplomb.

-Three cheers to Denise Iacovone for her powerful photo shoots of the band up to and including the pic that adorns the cover of this collection.

-Many thanks to Natalie Scarborough for engineering ‘The Red Microphone Speaks’ so thoroughly and mixing it with such creativity and tireless enthusiasm. 17 Frost Street in Williamsburg BK is definitely in the house.

-Parades of appreciation also go out to good brother Kramer for helping to shape this album through his mastering skill—and also for his role since the 1980s as a nexus between Punk rebellion and New Music radicalism; then as now, there’s revolution in the sounds emanating through his studio.

The Main Stage of the DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL: 8/24, Brecht Forum - February 27, 2013

The main stage of THE 2013 DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL will be at the Brecht Forum, running all day long and featuring acts that blur the lines between free improvisation and protest song, radical poetry, revolutionary verse and the avant garde. Watch this space for info on this year's fine acts. We can let you know that the day will close off with a performance of THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA playing a live improvised score to Sergei Eisenstein's silent film classic 'BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN'
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