The annual Dissident Arts Festival, a celebration of revolutionary Free Jazz, New Music, Poetry and Film, returns to Greenwich Village’s Brecht Forum for the fourth consecutive year. The Festival serves as a conduit for progressive artists and other activists to gather and engage in an all-day concert commemorating the rich heritage of movement culture. The 2013 edition encompasses a tapestry of liberation jazz and new sounds including Festival headliner ROY CAMPBELL, poet STEVE DALACHINSKY, veritable super-band of New Jazz UNCONSPICUOUS MEETING (with DANIEL CARTER, RAS MOSHE , JEFF PLATZ, FEDERICO UGHI and leader NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC), reeds player BLAISE SIWULA, revolutionary ensemble THE RED MICROPHONE (with JOHN PIETARO, RAS MOSHE, ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE, NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC), “nu world trash” band SOSALA (led by the multi-national SOHRAB SAADAT LADJEVARDI), percussionist OBI KAYE, poet SANA SHABAZZ and Festival house band, THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA, performing an improvised score to the Sergei Eisenstein silent classic film, “BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN”; the Orchestra will include many of the day’s performers plus flutist CHERYL PYLE, cellist GIL SELLINGER, bassist LAURIE TOWERS, guitarist JAMES KEEPNEWS and others.
The Dissident Arts Festival 2013 is produced by Dissident Arts and the Brecht Forum, sponsored by the Rosenberg Fund for Children and endorsed by Local 802 AFM’s ‘Justice for Jazz Artists’ project and ‘DooBeeDooBeeDoo’ magazine. Vibraphonist/percussionist/cultural organizer John Pietaro serves as host.
DATE: Saturday August 24, 3:00 – 9:00pm
SITE: The Brecht Forum 451 West Street, New York, NY 10014 (212) 242-4201
3-3:30: Obi Kaye – solo African percussion (Bongo, Udu Pots, Doumbek, Dundun)
3:35-3:50: Sana Shabazz : Sana Shabazz (poetry), others musicians TBA
3:55-4:25: Tesla Coils: Blaise Siwula (reeds), Harvey Valdes (guitar), Gian Luigi Diana (laptop/live electronics)
4:30-5:00: Steve Dalachinsky: Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) with John Pietaro (vibraphone/percussion)
5:05-5:35: SoSaLa: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (saxophones/voice), others TBA
5:40-6:10: Unconspicuous Meeting: Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass), Daniel Carter (reeds), Ras Moshe (reeds), Jeff Platz (guitar), Federico Ughi (drums)
6:15-6:45: The Red Microphone: John Pietaro (vibraphone/percussion), Ras Moshe (saxophones/flute), Rocco John Iacovone (saxophones/piano), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)
6:50-7:35: The Roy Campbell Trio: Roy Campbell (trumpet), others TBA
7:35 – 7:50: intermission
7:50-9:00 The Dissident Arts Orchestra playing an improvised score to Sergei Eisenstein’s revolutionary silent film classic “Battleship Potemkin”: Cheryl Pyle (flute), Quincy Saul (clarinet), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano & alto saxophones), Ras Moshe (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute), Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (tenor & soprano saxophones, voice), Gil Selinger (cello), James Keepnews (electric guitar & effects), Laurie Towers (electric bass), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (double bass), John Pietaro (vibraphone/percussion/musical direction), plus many guest musicians TBA!