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Dissident Arts Festival 2015 @ PS109 Art Space

August 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Dissident Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a full weekend of music, spoken Word, and dance toward social change...

The Dissident Arts Festival, an annual gathering of revolutionary creativity, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special weekend-long “2 nites/2 sites” edition. This year’s Festival is dedicated to the struggle for unity & the memory of Ornette Coleman.

When & where
Saturday August 15 2015 @ 7pm
El Taller Latino Americano, PS109 Arts Space, 215 East 99th Street
New York

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A highlight of this year’s special anniversary Festival will be the reunion of free jazz master Daniel Carter and 1980s hardcore/no wave band Dissipated Face. Other features include modern dance/music performance by Patricia Nicholson-Parker (co-producer of the Vision Fest/Arts for Art), neo-beat spoken word by Steve Dalachinsky, Downtown stalwart Trudy Silver, the Nueva Cancion of Bernardo Palombo, liberation jazz by the Red Microphone, the expansive sound of the 12 Houses Orchestra (conducted by Matt Lavelle), poet Raymond Nat Turner’s Remembrance of the Victims of Police Violence, the “other-world art music” of Sumari, topical spoken word by Chris Butters, Safiya Martinez and Sana Shabazz, and Festival founder John Pietaro’s Literary Warrior Project. The event is sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation and the Rosenberg Fund for Children. It has been endorsed by the National Writers Union-New York UAW Local 1981 and DooBeeDooBeeDoo world music magazine.


7pm RAYMOND NAT TURNER: Raymond Nat Turner: spoken word

7:20pm SUMARI: Jack DeSalvo: guitars, cello, banjo, mandola; Matt Lavelle: trumpet, alto clarinet, flugelhorn; Tom Cabrera: drumset, frame drums, dumbeq, percussion

8:05pm SANA SHABAZZ: Sana Shabazz: spoken word

8:20pm THE RED MICROPHONE: John Pietaro: vibes, percussion, spoken word; Ras Moshe: reeds, flute, spoken word; Rocco John Iacovone: reeds; Philip Sirois: bass

9pm STEVE DALACHINSKY: Steve Dalachinsky: spoken word; Rocco John Iacovone: alto and soprano saxophones

9:45pm BERNARDO PALOMBO: Bernardo Palombo: vocals, guitar; others TBA

10:30pm MATT LAVELLE’S 12 HOUSES ORCHESTRA: Matt Lavelle: trumpet, alto clarinet, conduction; Ras Moshe: reeds, flute; Lee Odom: clarinet, soprano saxophone; Charles Waters: alto saxophone; Claire Du Brunner: bassoon; Ras Miguel: trumpet; Chris Forbes: keyboard; John Pietaro: vibes, percussion; Jack DeSalvo: guitar; Hilliard Greene: bass; Tom Cabrera: drumset; Special Guest Hip Hop Artist BrafMatic


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, Downtown Express, Chronogram and others. In 2013, noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel offered kudos in his remarks on social media. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, 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 city of Beacon NY and moving to NYC in 2010, the Festival’s celebrated performers and speakers over the years included actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, folk legend Pete Seeger, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, “anti-folk” artist 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.




August 15, 2015
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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John Pietaro


El Taller Latino Americano
PS 109 Artspace 215 East 99th St
New York, NY United States
(212) 665-9460