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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018

17 Frost Theatre of the Arts

WILLIAMSBURG HALLOWEEN  - "NOSFERATU" Halloween screening w live score - 7:30pm

17 Frost Street
Brooklyn New York

Price: $20

New Masses Media and 17 Frost Gallery & Theatre present WILLIAMSBURG HALLOWEEN with
FW Murnau's 1923 terror classic "NOSFERATU" with a live, improvised score by the Dissident Arts Orchestra.
Plus-
Magic by ZIGGY!
AMAZING AMY Spectral Stretch Contortionist!
Readings of Edgar Allen Poe!
-and-
SCARIEST MONSTER CONTEST: get into your most dreadful drag
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THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA
John Pietaro: musical direction, drums, percussion
Cheryl Pyle: flutes
Rocco John Iacovone: alto and soprano saxophones
Ras Moshe Burnett: tenor saxophone, flute
Chris Forbes: piano
Javier Hernandez-Miyares: electric guitar
Laurie Towers: electric bass

17 Frost - Oct 31, 7:30 pm - $10 donation
17 Frost Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn - within reach of the skeletal shadow of the BQE (and the L)
www.DissidentArts.comwww.17Frost.com

 

 

Dissident Arts Festival benefits families of political prisoners, celebrates free expression

 

New York, NY/Brooklyn, NY (August 3, 2018) – The thirteenth annual Dissident Arts Festival, a showcase of revolutionary creativity, will occur on stages in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan's East Village on September 8 and 15, respectively. The Festival will raise funds for three organizations relevant to the movement for social justice and feature markedly outspoken statements against repression in a reactionary time.

 

SEPTEMBER 8's edition at 17 Frost Theatre and Gallery, a premiere performance space in Williamsburg, is dubbed Cabaret of Dissent. It will benefit the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit public foundation that aids children of targeted, progressive activists. The event inspired by Weimar Berlin, New York's Café Society and downtown arts, includes speaker Jenn Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Director of the Rosenberg Fund, esteemed jazz singer Judi Silvano who adds voice to experimentalists the Beyond Group, pianist Chris Forbes presents "Harmolodic Weill", liberation jazz and spoken word by the Red Microphone, celebrated bassist/poet Larry Roland debuts his new all-star band They Come With Gold, and noted poetry duo Raymond Nat Turner and Zigi Lowenberg. The closing act is rising star singer/songwriter Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts and throughout the evening the politically-charged paintings of Brooklyn visual artist Sophia Dawson will be projected over the stage.

 

On SEPTEMBER 15 the action moves to the 5C Café and Cultural Center, long-standing home of avant jazz and bold performance, where funds will be raised for the Alliance of Families for Justice and the NYC Jericho Movement. Both organizations advocate for the unjustly incarcerated and call for urgent prison reform. The evening opens with a solo performance by renowned drummer William Hooker, and includes 5C's own pianist/composer Trudy Silver, Ras Moshe's Music Now! and the Flames of Discontent duo of Festival director John Pietaro and Laurie Towers. The closing act is international songwriter Martina Fiserova.

Saturday September 8, 7pm-11pm, 17 Frost Theatre and Gallery, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY. Admission: $15.          Saturday September 15, 7pm-11pm, 5C Café & Cultural Center, E. 5 Street/ Ave C, New York NY. Admission: $15.

 

For more information and a complete Festival schedule see www.DissidentArts.com

Press Contact: New Masses Media    John Pietaro (646) 599-0060    leftmus@earthlink.net    
 

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 – PERFORMERS/SPEAKERS:

 

SEPT 8

17 FROST THEATRE AND GALLERY, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY

RAYMOND NAT TURNER & ZIGI LOWENBERG:

-Poetry, spoken word

 

THE BEYOND GROUP:

Cheryl Pyle- C flute, alto flute

Michael Eaton- soprano saxophone

Larry Roland- bass

Reggie Sylvester- drums

Judi Silvano- guest vocalist

 

SPEAKER: Jenn Meeropol, Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children

 

THEY COME WITH GOLD:

Larry Roland- bass, poetry, spoken word

Daniel Carter – reeds, brass

Michael Moss- reeds, winds

Steve Cohn- keyboard

Marvin Bugulu Smith- drums

 

THE RED MICROPHONE:

John Pietaro- percussion, spoken word

Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute

Rocco John Iacovone- saxophones

Laurie Towers- electric bass

 

HARMOLODIC WEILL:

Chris Forbes- piano

 

LINDSEY WILSON & THE HUMAN HEARTS:

Lindsey Wilson- vocals, guitar, spoken word

Reggie Sylvester- drums

Michael Trotman- electric bass

 

SEPT 15

5C CAFÉ & CULTURAL CENTER, E. 5 Street/ Ave C, New York NY

WILLIAM HOOKER:

-solo drums

 

MARTINA FISEROVA:

-vocals, guitar

 

SPEAKERS: Tajuana Johnson and Kwesi Dash, Alliance of Families for Justice

 

TRUDY SILVER:

-piano, voice

 

THE FLAMES OF DISCONTENT:

John Pietaro- spoken word, vocals, percussion, banjo,

Laurie Towers- electric bass

 with guest Rocco John Iacovone, alto saxophone

 

RAS MOSHE'S MUSIC NOW!

Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute

Jair-Rohm Parker Wells- bass

Leonid Galaganov- drums

John Pietaro- hand drums, percussion

 

 

 DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL HISTORY:

Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge radical arts to progressive socio-political activism. Increasingly, the Festival has gained media attention over the course of its decade-long history as evidenced by press in TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the Villager, the NYC Jazz Record, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and others as well as an endorsement by noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been sponsored by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the National Writers Union, the Len Ragozin Foundation, Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

 

Originally based in the Hudson Valley and moving to New York City in 2010, the Festival's performers and speakers over the years included folk music legend Pete Seeger, actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, revolutionary poet Amina Baraka, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, political satirist/activist Randy Credico, the late saxophonist/composer Will Connell, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Chilean guitarist Luis ToTo Alvarez, protest song maven Bev Grant, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, Anti-Folk founder Lach and many more. Films screened include '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.

 

Festival Producer/Host: John Pietaro

www.DissidentArts.com

www.JohnPietaro.com

 

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Pietaro's liberation music ensemble the Red Microphone features the leaders spoken word, drums and percussion. The band regularly collaborates with noted poet/actress/activist Amina Baraka.
Performances include
-The Commons, Brooklyn NY October 30, 2017 (commemoration of John Reed's 130th birth anniversary)
-The Colony, Woodstock NY November 11, 2017
-Wayward Social, Brooklyn NY November 19, 2017
-Arts for Art Evolving series, New York NY, January 2, 2018