The Dissident Arts Festival, the annual gathering of revolutionary creativity, will fete its 10th anniversary with a special weekend-long “2 nites/2 sites” edition. The event takes place on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 at El Taller Latino Americano (Manhattan) and ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), respectively.
Highlights 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/new music performance by Patricia Nicholson-Parker (co-producer of the Vision Fest/Arts for Art) which includes averitable all-star line-up including Jason Hwang and Michael TA Thompson. Another feature will be Downtown stalwart Trudy Silver and her multi-media radical group Where’s the Outrage? which can count violinist Rosie Hertlein and saxophonists Daniel Carter and Ras Moshe among its ranks. Additionally, make way for the neo-Beat spoken word of Steve Dalachinsky, 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 which fetes the heritage of revolutionary poetry and prose over the past century.
The event is sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation and endorsed by the National Writers Union-New York UAW Local 1981 and DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY world music magazine.
*This year’s Festival is dedicated to the struggle for unity & the memory of Ornette Coleman*
Day One: Saturday August 15, 2015, 7pm – 11:30pm
EL TALLER LATINO AMERICANO-New Location! PS109 Arts Space 215 E 99 street, bet. 2 & 3 avenues (212) 665-9460
7PM – RAYMOND NAT TURNER: Raymond Nat Turner: spoken word
7:20 – SUMARI: Jack DeSalvo: guitars, cello, banjo, mandola; Matt Lavelle: trumpet, alto clarinet, flugelhorn; Tom Cabrera: drumset, frame drums, dumbeq, percussion
8:05 – SANA SHABAZZ: Sana Shabazz: spoken word
8:20 – 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
9:45 – BERNARDO PALOMBO: Bernardo Palombo: vocals, guitar; others TBA
10:30 – 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; TBA: drumset;Special Guest Hip Hop Artist Brafmatic
Day Two: Sunday August 16, 2015, 7pm – 10:30 PM
SHAPESHIFTER LAB 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (646) 820-9452
7PM – TRUDY SILVER’S “WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE?”: Trudy Silver: piano and words; Sanae Buck: Butto mime, voice; Daniel Carter: alto sax, flute; Dixie Estes: recitation, voice; Rosie Hertlein: violin, voice; Ras Moshe: tenor sax, flute; Vincent Ivos: free style, voice
7:45 – SAFIYA MARTINEZ: Safiya Martinez: spoken word
7:55 – JOHN PIETARO’S LITERARY WARRIOR PROJECT: John Pietaro: spoken word, hand drums; Ras Moshe: flute, soprano saxophone; Laurie Towers: bass; and Special Guest Adam Cadell, violin (Brisbane Australia)
8:35 – PATRICIA NICHOLSON-PARKER/THE RESURRECTION REVOLUTION QUINTET
Jason Kao Hwang: violin, Michael TA Thompson: percussion, Patricia Nicholson and Jason Jordan: dance, Bill Mazza live Video painting
9:15 – CHRIS BUTTERS: Chris Butters: spoken word
9:30 – DISSIPATED FACE featuring Daniel Carter: Daniel Carter: reeds, trumpet; Steve “X Dream” Popkin: drumset; Will Dahl: bass; Jonathan Wood Vincent: keyboards; with Special Guest Bill Milkowski: guitar (the band’s regular guitarist Kurt Ralske is unable to perform for this event)
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, 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 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, punk-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.