Smoke Rings book launch, 11/26/19: Flames of Discontent w Dave Ross, Ras Moshe, Rocco John (photo by Elite Ziegelman)
Smoke Rings book launch: Laurie's toast to the new chapbook (photo by Elite Ziegelman)
John Pietaro, 2019 Dissident Arts Festival (photo: Elite Ziegelman)
FLAMES OF DISCONTENT, 2019 Dissident Arts Festival (photo: Sherry Rubel)
Flames of Discontent 7-22-19, Parkside Lounge NYC, Inspired Word series
30th ANNIVERSARY OF TIANAMEN SQUARE, May 10, 2019-: Flames with Rose Tang, activist-poet-Tianamen survivor
Flames of Discontent 2-25-19, 5C Cafe, NYC, Fundraiser for Yemen
PIetaro contributed a piece to this Italian chapbook, edited by poet Erika Dagnino
Oct 31, 2018 - !
Day 2, DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018
The return of THE FLAMES OF DISCONTENT, Dissident Arts Festival Sept 15, 2018 (photo by Robert Sutherland)
Day 1, DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018
THE RED MICROPHONE, Dissident Arts Festival, Sept 8, 2018. Photo by Elite Ziegelman
Legendary jazz vocalist SHEILA JORDAN being interviewed by Pietaro, Greenwich House, June 2018
John Pietaro with the Red Microphone, reading Brecht and John Reed, Nov 2017, Wayward Social, Bklyn NY. Photo by Elite Ziegelman
AMINA & THE RED MICROPHONE, LEFT FORUM 2017
AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE (ESP-Disk). Released June 4, 2017
AMINA BARAKA, headliner of the 2016 DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL, with John Pietaro, perciussion, 8/13/16, El Taller, NYC
LEFT FORUM 2016: John Pietaro's Literary Warriors in performance!
VISION FESTIVAL 2015, panel discussion on arts and social change, Judson Memorial Church NYC
10th Annual DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL !
BETTER WORLD AWARDS 2015: Jarvis Tyner, John Pietaro, Amina Baraka, Phillippe Luciano, Laurie Towers, Ras Moshe Burnett
JOHN PIETARO'S LITERARY WARRIORS opened the 2015 BETTER WORLD AWARDS NYC; Winston Unity Center,11/11/15
WILL CONNELL MEMORIAL WEEK, Dec 2014 (poster by John Pietaro)
WILL CONNELL'S JAZZ MEMORIAL, ST PETER'S CHURCH NYC, 1/12/15
DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 - poster by John Pietaro
Dissident Arts Festival 2013: what an amazing line-up! What an amazing day of liberation jazz!
John Pietaro's book of contemporary proletarian fiction (short stories and poetry) released Nov 2013!
DRUMS FOR WARREN! 1/20/13, Brecht Forum: benefit concert to help Warren Smith replace priceless instruments lost to Hurricane Sandy--an incredible day & eve. The house was filled with heavy cats and a
WARREN SMITH, HOLLIS HEADRICK, JOHN PIETARO -- the percussion section of KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, Nov 2012, El Taller
John Pietaro w the brilliant Warren Smith on drumkit, KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, 10-4-13, El Taller NYC. Photo by Chris Drukker
the Dissident Arts Festival 2012, Aug 17 (17 Frost, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY) & 18 (the Brecht Forum, Greenwich Village)
KARL BERGER (piano) & INGRID SERTSO (voice) w KEN FILIANO (bass) and JOHN PIETARO (frame drums), Dissident Arts Festival 2012, Brecht Forum NYC. Photo by Cheryl Pyle
Radio NOIR, Colors Restaurant, NYC, January 2012
JOHN ZORN (center left), guest soloist w/KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, the Stone NYC, 12/11. John Pietaro to far left playing glock
AUG 2, 2010: The Flames of Discontent performing for the RETAIL, WHOLSALE & DEPARTMENT STORE UNION tri-annual convention, Orlando Florida
Our 2009 WOODSTOCK WOODY GUTHRIE FESTIVAL featured Anna Canoni (Woody's granddaughter) as keynote, plus a great mixture of musicians and speakers, usually performing together in a variety of expanded
WOODSTOCK WOODY GUTHRIE FESTIVAL 2009, Colony Cafe, Woodstock NY
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR UTAH PHILLIPS, Rosendale NY, 4/20/08. The event brought in a capacity crowd and nearly $6000. for the ailing Utah; sadly, Utah passed away one month later:
DISSIDENT FOLK & ARTS FESTIVAL, Oct 2008- feature: tribute to Bertolt Brecht; performers- Bev Grant, Hope Machine, Flames of Discontent, more. Organizer/host: John Pietaro (poster by Pietaro)
"Revenge of the Atom Spies" by the Flames of Discontent, 2007 release. Cuts were aired on WDST-FM (Radio Woodstock) and a much college and alternative radio. It was a Cold War allegory about the strug
The first Dissident Arts Fest, then called THE DISSIDENT FOLK FESTIVAL, Oct 2006, Beacon NY. Included tributes to Paul Robeson & Woody Guthrie. w/Malarchy McCourt, Pete Seeger, Lach, much more. Organi
The Flames of Discontent, Feb 2006, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon NY (photo by Econosmith)
SEPT 13, 2005: "THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WOBBLIES" organized by Paul Buhle also served as the official release of the "I Dreamed I heard Joe Hill Last Night" CD
WEST POINT PEACE RALLY, Highland Falls NY, 5/27/06 (phot by Econosmith). We'd hoped the visiting Bush would have heard our battle cry...
MAY DAY 2004, Union Square Park
MARCH 19, 2004: On the eve before the big anti-war march I organized this fundraiser for United for Peace and Justice at the Brecht Forum: largely edgy folk-protest song, rad poetry and a killer speak
Cultural workers speak out against Giuliani's power grab, May 2000, Winston Unity Auditorium, CPUSA building
April 2003: WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, NYC. That's te amazingly gifted and hip radical poet AMINA BARAKA in duet with John Pietaro's frame drum. We played together several times, always very positi
MAY DAY 2000: This was the first May Day rally I organized the music/poetry for and we had a great, revolutionary show. Amiri was amazingly bold and artful; NYPD was not amused.
November 1999, 1199 SEIU auditorium: PETE SEEGER & THE RAY KORONA BAND (w John Pietaro, Barry Kornhauser, Sharon Abreu, Ray, Pete, Ivis, Ellen Davidson.
Sept 1999: MUMIA 911---The national artists' initiatve for Mumia Abu Jamal. John Pietaro served as house band drummer/director for the Brecht Forum's evening in this cause.
1998, Brecht Forum: I organized THE HANNS EISLER CENTENARY FESTIVAL in the company of Fred Ho, Jeffrey Schanzer and others. A wonderful event even though Sis Cunningham became ill and needed to cancel
1998: EISLER CENTENARY FESTIVAL -another pic of the band. So sorry no pics include our amazing saxophone players Fred Ho and Rudresh Mahantappa! Other performers included Bernadette Speach, Matt Jones
HANNS EISLER CENTENARY FESTIVAL, program pp 1 and 4
HANNS EISLER CENTENARY FESTIVAL, program pp 2 and 3
1996: "The Jungle: A Musical Portrait of Life in the Age of AIDS" premier. Kate Light played violin, Julia Grella sang, Jean Pugni, piano and my own percussion and banjo
1990: 'THE ASSEMBLY" gig; my trio The Imploding Head Orchestra: Pietro Russino (guitar), John Pietaro (xylophone, percussion), George Grella (soprano saxophone, flutes)
1990: my event 'THE ASSEMBLY: A Grand Ball of the Underground's Unheralded New Improvised Music', Knitting Factory NYC
Imploding Head Orchestra, summer 1989, CBGB Record Canteen: John Pietaro (xylophone/percussion), Pietro Russino (guitar), George Grella (soprano sax; out of shot)
1989: I formed THE IMPLODING HEAD ORCHESTRA to create a means to combine 1930s sounds with free improv and new music. The band played on the Downtown scene in its latter period.
JOHN PIETARO'S LITERARY WARRIOR PROJECT, Dissident Arts Festival 2015: guest Adam Cadell, Pietaro, Laurie Towers, Ras Moshe (pic by Dawoud Kringle)
12 HOUSES ORCHESTRA concert via Arts For Art, July 2014, Clemente Soto Velez Center, NYC
HORACE TAPSCOTT CELEBRATION led by Will Connell (front) 4/7/14, NYC. Pic shows Vincent Chancey, Ras Moshe, John Pietaro, Rosi Hertlein, Rob Brown, Matt Lavelle but Steve Swell, Larry Roland, Jereny Ca
The debut disc of HARMOLODIC MONK, released May 22, 2014 (Unseen Rain Records)
John on drumkit for THE MUSIC NOW DUO gig with Ras Moshe, Landmark, Bklyn NY, Oct 15, 2013. How nice to finally get to play my Tamas again!
What an amazing evening to be a part of: John Pietaro played vibes in a set with Steve Dalachinsky, Will Connell, Garrison Fewell and others on this tribute to John Tchicai
DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2013- celebrated jazz poet STEVE DALACHINSKY performs a set with John Pietaro (photo by Joan Sommermeyer)
just released! 'SIGNS' CD (Slam, UK) by the ERIKA DAGNINO QUARTET (w/Ras Moshe, ken Filiano, John Pietaro)
John Pietaro, snare drum, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge with a Local 802 AFM band--March and Rally for Brooklyn Healthcare, Aug 2013
John Pietaro with legendary free jazz cellist JOEL FREEDMAN, part of Ras Moshe's reed/strings/percussion ensemble. June 2013
MAY DAY 2013, NYC: John Pietaro, center, marching & drumming with saxophonist Ras Moshe and the rest of the AFM Local 802 band (pic by Rase the Scarlett)
'THE RED MICROPHONE SPEAKS!' CD release event: 4/17/13, Zirzamin, NYC (pic by Cheryl Pyle)
THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA plays "Battleship Potemkin", 2/16/13, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts. John down front. What a wonderful line-up! Pic by Denise Iacovone.
My view from the percussion chair of KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, 12/13/12. My kit includes congas, bongos, frame drums, percussion rack, glockenspiel, cymbals, many small percussives
THE RED MICROPHONE, October 2012, NYC: John Pietaro (vibraphone), Ras Moshe (tenor saxophone), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano saxophone), Laurie Towers (electric bass). Photo by Denise Iacovone.
The Flames of Discontent, May Day 2011 in NYC: performing "Viva La Quince Brigade"
Oct 2004: John performing onstage for the Million Worker March, Lincoln Monument, Washington DC:
Feb 2001: A tribute to Woody Guthrie, fundraiser for striking ILA members whichI organized featured guest speaker Nora Guthrie and some very nice performances.
THE REC MICROPHONE, Dissident Arts Festival 2015
MATT LAVELLE'S 12 HOUSES, Firehouse Space, BK NY, March 2015. Special guest Art Baron, trombone
12 HOUSES recording session for Unseen Rain Records. At Systems 2 Studio, Brooklyn NY, Nov 2014
DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA, Dissident Arts Festival 2014, El Taller, NYC
2/3 of the Music Now Trio: DAVE ROSS, JOHN PIETARO (Ras Moshe out of shot). June 22, 2014, Brooklyn
TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK EYE & EAR CONTROL, RAS MOSHE UNIT, 6/1/14, Firehouse Space Bklyn. Pic: Jeff Evans
HARMOLODICS 2015, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY
TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK EYE & EAR CONTROL, MATT LAVELLE'S 12 HOUSES w guest soloist Daniel Carter. 6/1/14. Pic by Jeff Evans
DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY, Apr 27, 2014: the brilliant bassist Ken Filiano with John Pietaro-- 1/2 of THE ERIKA DAGNINO QUARTET in performance (Erika and Ras Moshe out of shot)
Celebrated free jazz saxophonist DANIEL CARTER out front and drummer CHARLES DOWNS in back. John Pietaro between them on vibes. The event: Ras Moshe's Tribute to Roy Campbell, 3-9-14, the Launch Pad B
WILL CONNELL MEMORIAL WEEK at THE STONE-12/23-12/29/14. Montage by Joe Daley
Jan, 2014: HARMOLODIC MONK at Unseen Rain Records studio recording our debut CD. Photo by Jim DeSalvo
John Pietaro, HARMOLODIC MONK. Dec 16, 2013, Quinn's, Beacon NY. Photo by Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh
"EXCURSIONS INTO THE NEW" AND "AN OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION"--Oct 2013 gigs for the Red Microphone and Harmolodic Monk! as well as A Small Dream in Red
AN OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION: Oct 26, 2013, Cornelia St Cafe, NYC. left to right: DOM MINASI, JOHN PIETARO, NORA MC CARTHY, RAS MOSHE. Pic by Denise Iacovone
'Excursions Into the New': HARMOLODIC MONK! performing at the Firehouse Space, Williamsburg. Matt Lavelle brandishing his new cornet; John at the vibes (hidden by "Ruby My Dear" :). Pic by Laurie Towe
'Excursions Into the New" at the Firehouse Space, Bklyn: THE RED MICROPHONE with John reciting Eisler's statement against HUAC. 10/19/13. Pic by impressionistic Laurie Towers
RAS MOSHE MUSIC NOW!, WESTBETH MUSIC FESTIVAL NYC, Sept 2013: Eas, Katie Bull, Shayna Dulberger, John Pietaro. Pic by Scott Friedlander
THE RAS MOSHE TRIO; Lisa Mezzacappa, John pietaro, Ras- playing an ARTS FOR ART 'In Gardens' gig, Sept 2013
Dissident Arts Festival 2013:THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA-- 'BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN'..John Pietaro, Ras Moshe, Rocco John Iacovone, Matt Lavelle, Nora McCarthy, Laurie Towers, James Keepnews, Nicolas Let
ERIKA DAGNINO QUARTET, in studio just after recording, 11/12
RAS MOSHE's MUSIC NOW!, Brecht Forum, NYC, 8/18/13: Ras, Chris Forbes, Matt Lavelle, Tom Zlabinger (obscured), John Pietaro. Photo by Khadijah Anderson
HARMOLODIC MONK (John Pietaro/Matt Lavelle) at ABC No Rio, 8/4/13. That's ROY CAMPBELL joining in (photo: Barbara Siwula)
MUSIC NOW! TRIO (AKA 'A Study in Scarlet'): Ras Moshe, John Pietaro, Dave Ross; Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ; 7-27-13. Pic by Vinnie Paternostro
RAS MOSHE UNIT performs up in Beacon NY, Howland Cultural Center, 6-29-13. Ras, James Keepnews, Andrew Drury, John Pietaro (out of pic--Chris Forbes, pno). Photo by Laurie Towers
HARMOLODIC MONK: Matt Lavelle (trumpet, alto clarinet) and John Pietaro, Brecht Forum NYC, 6-23-13
THE RED MICROPHONE, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC - 6/9/13
RAS MOSHE TRIO: Ras, John Pietaro, Shayna Dulberger @Douglas St Collective, Brooklyn NY 6-5-13 (pic by Scott Friedlander)
THE RAS MOSHE UNIT: left to right- John Pietaro (vibes/percussion), Ras (reeds/flute), Andrew Drury (drumkit, percussion), Ander Nilsson (electric guitar), CALLING ALL FORCES gig, 5/11/13
THE RED MICROPHONE prepares for CD release on 4/1713 and other gigs too! (photo by Denise Iacovone)
RAS MOSHE UNIT, 4-7-13, Clemente Soto Velez Center: Ras, John Pietaro, Shayna Dulberger (pic by Scott Friedlander)
THE RED MICROPHONE shares the billwith ERIKA DAGNINO, Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, Feb 2, 2013
THE RED MICROPHONE in performance at Shapeshifter Lab, Bklyn NY. Photo by Peter Gannushkin, www.downtownmusic.net
DRUMS FOR WARREN! A Benefit Concert for WARREN SMITH, 1/20/13, Brecht Forum NYC: Tom Zlabinger (bass), Gerry Gibbs (drums), Cheryl Pyle (flute), Newman Baker (washboard/percussion), John Pietaro (vibe
DRUMS FOR WARREN! A Benefit Concert for WARREN SMITH: Here's a reconstituted RED MICROPHONE with John Pietaro (vibes), Ras Moshe (tenor), Tom Zlabinger (bass).
DRUMS FOR WARREN! A Benefit Concert for WARREN SMITH: Another powerful set in this amazing all-day event: Steve Dalachinsky (poetry), John Pietaro (drums), Tom Zlabinger (bass), Zane Massey (tenor).
1-13-13, Brecht Forum NYC, playing with Ras Moshe's MUSIC NOW: 2013. This was an inspired moment!
ABC No Rio, Dec 12, 2012: Dikko Faust, Michael Evans, Tom Shad, John Pietaro, Blaise Siwula, Rocco John Iacovone, Massahiko Kono in a free improvisation
IFAR Compilation 'Beat Sounds from Way Out', IFAR Label, UK featuring "BRECHT BREAKDOWN" by THE RED MICROPHONE,12/20/12 (see CD link for free download)
THE RED MICROPHONE in studio, recording 'The Red Microphone Speaks', 17 Frost, Brooklyn NY, 12/16/12: Ras Moshe, Rocco John Iacavone, John Pietaro, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (pic by Natalie Scarboroug
At Zirzamin, NYC, with Bele Beledo (a gig fronted by Cheryl Pyle, also w/Nico Letman-Burtinivic), 12/12
On a duet gig w/poet ERIKA DAGNINO, out of shot, at Boulevard Books, Brooklyn, Oct 2012
ERIKA DAGNINO 7, Douglas St Collective space,Bklyn,11-2-12: Andrea Wolper, Ras Moshe, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Sarah Bernstein, Erika, John Pietaro, Rocco John Iacovone (would've been 8 but Matt Lav
THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA performing a live, improvised score to 'THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI', Oct 27, 2012, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts, Brooklyn NY. Pic by Michael Cesarczyk.
Dissident Arts Orchestra, 10/27/12: Cheryl Pyle, Quincy Saul (red shirt). Rocco John Iacovone, Javier Hernandez-Miyares (out of pic), Nora McCarthy, Laurie Towers (standing), Erika Dagnino, John Pieta
KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, El Taller Latino Americano, October 2012. Lou Grassi on drums for this gig, Tomas Heberer on trumpet. John Pietaro, center rear (pic by Don Mount)
OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION 2012: Ras Moshe's Large Unit w/Dafna Naphtali(obscured: live electronics), Ras Moshe (saxophones, flute), John Pietaro (vibes, percussion), Tor Snyder (electric guitar), Jeremy
Radio NOIR at THE OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION: Javier Hernandez-Miyares hidden in shadow, with Quincy Saul, John, Laurie Towers
OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION, 10/20/12, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts, Brooklyn: Ras Moshe, John Pietaro, Jean Carla Rodea, Erika Dagnino
September 9, 2012: Blaise Siwula, Mossa Bildner, John Pietaro, Hill Green at ABC No Rio
KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, Sept 2012. That's the great Warren Smith on drumkit. Pietaro in rear with frame drum. Site: El Taller, NYC
John Pietaro, vibraphone, into it - September 2012 (pic by Laurie Towers)
Festival headliners KARL BERGER & INGRID SERTSO, Aug 18, Brecht Forum w/Ken Filiano and John Pietaro. Photo by Mark Hurwitt
Radio NOIR at Day 2 of the Dissident Arts Fest 2012; the guitarist is not our regular Javier but Brian Abbott of FASTER taking the chair in Jav's absence. Photo by Mark Hurwitt.
DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012: one section of the Dissident Arts Orchestra, performing an improvised score to 'Metropolis'. John Pietaro, drumkit w/Ben Barson, Rocco Iacavone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic
More of the 'Metropolis' session by the Dissident Arts Orchestra, Aug 18, 2012 at 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts, Brooklyn NY. John Pietaro, xylophone, w/Mossa Bildner, vocals. Photo by Michael Cesarczy
Nick Gianni's Evolution: like Bitch's Brew meets Heavy Weather. John Pietaro sitting in here on trusty frame drum. Pic by Mark Hurwitt.
Projection: Zero, the Shrine, 8/7/12: Carsten Radke (guitar), John Pietaro (drumkit, framedrums). Blaise Siwula (tenor). Photo by Barbara Siwula.
More from the Shrine 8/7/12 with Projection: Zero. We were really burning here. Photo by Barbara Siwula.
The Shrine, Harlem, 7-10-12: Erika Dagnino, John Pietaro, Blaise Siwula, Ken Filiano (pic by Barbara Siwula)
Blaise Siwula (tenor), John Pietaro (drumkit, frame drums, percussion), Ken Filiano (bass): 7-10-12, the Shrine, Harlem. Pic by Barbara Siwula.
Poet Erika Dagnino (right) leading an ensemble at ABC No Rio, 7-8-12: violinist Sarah Bernstein, percussionist John Pietaro, saxophonists Ras Moshe and Blaise Siwula. Performance of Erika's "Walls"
John Pietaro, July 3, 2012, the Cornelia St Cafe, NYC-- performing with poet Erika Dagnino, saxophonist Ras Moshe and vocalist Mossa Bildner (photo by Laurie Towers)
Jam session, Woodstock NY, June 23, 2012: Karl Berger (melodica), poet Patricia Martin in foreground, Laurie Towers (electric bass), John Pietaro (xylophone). This session took place in a perfect moun
Rado NOIR in trio format (John Pietaro/Laurie Towers/Quincy Saul) at CultureFIX, NYC, June 7, 2012
KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, Jazz Gallery, NYC, 5/15/12. John Pietaro on conga/percussion, left (photo by Don Mount)
KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, tight shot of part of rhythm section: Percussionist John Pietaro (ctr) with guitarists Kenny Wessel (right) and Harvey Valdes (momentarily pausing!), The Jazz Gall
Radio NOIR performing at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn NY, May 13, 2012. Quincy Saul, clarinet; Javier Hernandez-Miyares, electric guitar & effects; Laurie Towers, electric bass; John Pietaro, xylopho
May 5, 2012: Concert launch of the campaign to free political prisoner Shoats w/Arturo O'Farrill, Fred Ho, Salim Washington & SSS Band (including Radio NOIR's John Pietaro & Quincy Saul)
John Pietaro, May 2012 concert in honor of Russell Maroon Shoatz, in an ensemble of the Scientific Soul Sessions with Arturo O'Farrill and Salim Washington, St Mary's Church, Harlem.
John Pietaro, xylophone; Cheryl Pyle, flute; Laurie Towers, electric bass - March 2012, Culture Fix, NYC
John Pietaro, frame drum & spoken word, and Laurie Towers, electric bass, performing an improv based on the Morris Rosenfeld poem, "The Clock" at ABC No Rio, New Year's Day 2012
A momentarily altered Radio NOIR line-up performing at ABC No Rio (NYC), 12/18/11: Laurie Towers, Javier Hernandez-Miyres, John Pietaro, Rocco Iacovone, Frederika Krier
John Pietaro, xylophone (rear), with a mixed ensemble led by saxophonist Blaise Siwula (right) performing Terry Riley's "In C" At the anarchist cultural space ABC No Rio, NYC. Oct 31, 2011
John Pietaro, percussionist with KARL BERGER'S STONE WORKSHOP ORCHESTRA: revolutionary sounds led by celebrated improviser! The Stone, NYC, September 2011. John is playing multi-percussion including a
More of KARL BERGER'S STONE WORKSHOP ORCHESTRA, Sept 2011, the Stone NYC. John Pietaro, rear right. (photo by Don Mount)
Radio NOIR: Javier Hernanadez-Miyares (guitar), Laurie Towers (bass), Quincy Saul (clarinet), John Pietaro (xylophone, percussion, voice) - dissident swing & art deco-damaged protest song. Photo by Mi
Radio NOIR at THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2011. Other performers included Upsurge!, Judy Gorman, Secret Architecture, Gwen Laster, Dave Lippman, many rad poets and filmmaker Kevin Keating on 'Salt fo
DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2010: ReadNex Poetry Squad with John Pietaro (drumkit) and Laurie Towers (bass), Nov 2010, Brecht Forum NYC. That year, the Fest also included Bev Grant, the Ben Barson Sextet,
2008 WOODSTOCK PHIL OCHS FEST, Colony Cafe, Woodstock NY. The Flames (with John on drums) accompanying Chris Ruhe on
1/25/08: Writers Guild of America-East STRIKE RALLY at the Bardovan Theatre, Poughkeepsie NY. John opened the event with "Solidarity Forever" (phot by Flannery Silva):
The Flames at the WEST POINT PEACE RALLY 2007. As we performed several neo-fascists shouted out pro-war propaganda behind us. Perhaps our very favorite gig! Hope Dick Cheney enjoyed the music! (phot b
10/14/06: DISSIDENT FOLK FESTIVAL: Woody tribute-John at mic w/Bruce Markow, Gwen Laster, Steve Suffit, Dissident Daughters, Bev Grant, Lucia Daily, Silvantonia, Joel Landy, Graham & Barbara Dean. Hid
DISSIDENT FOLK FESTIVAL 2006: Jazz violinist Gwen Laster with the Flames of Discontent : John Pietaro drumkit, Laurie Towers bass & percussionist Rafael Figuero on vocals.
WOODSTOCK FRINGE FESTIVAL 2006, Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock NY: Laurie, poet Patti Martin, percussionist Rafael Figueroa, John, saxist Gus Mancini, festival director Wallace Norman. We also organize
Performing for the RETAIL, WHOLESALE & DEPT. STORE WORKERS UNION convention, Orlando Florida, July 27, 2006:
WDST-FM studio, Woodstock NY: John Pietaro with host Doug Grunther, October 2005
Cover, "I Dreamed I Heard Joe Hill Last Night: A Century of IWW Song", John Pietaro & the Flames of Discontent (2005)
Punk-Folk songwriter and activist Kirk Kelly with John Pietaro and the Mahatma, May Day 2004, Union Square Park, NYC
MARCH 2003: DC 1707 Labor Chorus singing for striking day care teachers, City Hall NYC. That's KIRK KELLY to the right.
1998: HANNS EISLER CENTENARY FESTIVAL; part of the house band: John Pietaro (drums), Larry Towers (bass), Scott MX Turner (guitar), Jeffrey Schanzer (lead guitar)