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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2019: October 5

Press Contact: New Masses Media Laurie Towers (845) 591-2165 NewMassesMedia@gmail.com

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2019
#SilentNoMore

Saturday October 5, 2019, 7-11pm
17 Frost Theatre & Gallery

17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY 11211
www.17frost.com -Admission: $20 donation-

The Dissident Arts Festival, the annual assembly of “rad words and sounds from beneath the underground”, returns to 17 Frost Theatre & Gallery in Williamsburg Brooklyn, October 5. This year’s theme, #SilentNoMore , is in honor of the greater feminist cause with an accent on the voice of women. All proceeds will benefit the Dwelling Place of NY, a transitional facility and program for homeless women in midtown Manhattan.

The Festival will present free jazz, protest poetry, post-punk rock, and topical song. Each set will be woman-led or inclusive of a female artist in a primary soloist role. And this year, a visual art exhibit will also be part of the proceedings. It will include multi-media works of Christina Varga (Varga Gallery, Woodstock and Phonecia NY), paintings and drawings of Denise Iacovone, photography by Sherry Rubel (Sherry Rubel Productions) and paintings by artist/musician Joff Wilson (Soul Cake). A local woman tattoo artist TBA will also be with us for this special occasion.

FESTIVAL PERFORMERS:
-Avant Jazz Griots the Beyond Group Cheryl Pyle-C flute, alto flute, poetry; Michael Eaton-soprano saxophone; Larry Roland-bass, poetry, spoken word; Francois Grillot-bass; Reggie Sylvester-drums

-Post-Punk Neo-Beat Duo Flames of Discontent John Pietaro-poetry, spoken word, vocals, electric guitar; Laurie Towers-lead electric bass, backing vocals

-Singer/Songwriter/Feminist Activist Judy Gorman vocals, guitar

-“Upsurge!” Performance Poet Zigi Lowenberg poetry, spoken word with Russell Dale-guitar

-Rock ‘n’ Roll Poet Puma Perl &Friends;Walter Steding-violin; Joff Wilson-guitar; Joe Sztabnik- electric bass; John Pietaro-drums

-“Where’s the Outrage?” Pianist-Composer Trudy Silver piano

-Poet/Tiananmen Square Survivor Rose Tang poetry, spoken word, electric guitar; Ayumi Ishito-tenor saxophone; Wen-Ting Wu-drums

-Guest Speaker Sister Joann Sambs, Administrator, the Dwelling Place NYC


-DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL HISTORY:
Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge daring arts to progressive activism, serving as a benefit portal for human rights organizations.

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 folk legend Pete Seeger, actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, filmmaker Kevin Keating, poets Steve Dalachinsky, UpSurge!NYC and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, punk-folk songwriter 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.

The Festival has gained media attention over the course of its history including TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the NYC Jazz Record, the Villager, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel, among others. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Len Ragozin Foundation, the National Writers Union, AFM Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

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