Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm
The Brecht Forumn 451 West Streetn New York, NY 10014n United Statesn

August 24th, 2013 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Dissident Arts Festival 2013
Featuring Roy Campbell, Unconspicuous Meeting, Steve Dalachinsky, Randy Credico, Tesla Colis, Sosala, The Red Microphone, Obi Kaye, Sana Shabazz, The Dissident Arts Orchestra & Others

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. Our event this year will be dedicated to Trayvon Martin and other victims of racist assault.

The Dissident Arts 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 THE ROY CAMPBELL TRIO, Steve Dalachinsky, Unconspicuous Meeting (Daniel Carter, Ras Moshe, Jeff Platz, Federico Ughi and leader Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, political satirist/activist Randy Credico, Tesla Coils (Blise Siwula, Harvey Valdes), The Red MicrophonE (John Pietqro, Ras Moshe, Rocco John Iacovone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic), “nu world trash” band SOSALA (led by the multi-national Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi), African 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 vocalist Nora McCarthy, trumpet player Matt Lavelle, cellist Gil Sellinger, bassist Laurie Towers, guitarist James Keepnews and others. There will also be a special reading of Langston Hughes “Kids Who Die” by a guest speaker, accompanied by Ras Moshe and John Pietaro.

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. John Pietaro serves as host.
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3-3:30: Obi Kaye – solo African percussion (Bongo, Udu Pots, Doumbek, Dundun)

335-3:50: Sana Shabazz: Sana Shabazz (poetry) with Laurie Towers (electric bass)

3:55-4:25:Tesla Coils: Blaise Siwula (reeds), Harvey Valdes (guitar)

4:30-5:00:Steve Dalachinsky: Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) with John Pietaro (vibraphone)

5:05-5:35: SoSaLa: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (tenor saxophone/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)

6:10-6:25: Randy Credico: The celebrated political satirist/activist and current NYC mayoral candidate speaks!

6:25-6:55: The Red Microphone: John Pietaro (vibraphone/percussion), Ras Moshe (saxophones/flute), Rocco John Iacovone (saxophones/piano), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)

6:55-7:00: Guest speaker (TBA): Reading of Langston Hughes “Kids Who Die” (dedicated to Trayvon Martin) with Ras Moshe (flute) and John Pietaro (vibraphone)

7:05-7:50: The Roy Campbell Trio: Roy Campbell (trumpet), Hilliard Green (bass), drummer TBA

7:50 – 8:00: intermission

8:50-9:30 The Dissident Arts Orchestra playing an improvised score to Sergei Eisenstein’s revolutionary silent film classic “Battleship Potemkin”: Nora McCarthy (voice), Rocco John Iacovone (soprano & alto saxophones), Ras Moshe (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute), Matt Lavelle (trumpet), Gil Selinger (cello), James Keepnews (electric guitar & effects), Laurie Towers (electric bass), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (double bass), John Pietaro (vibraphone/percussion/musical direction).

The Dissident Arts Festival began life in 2006 in Beacon NY, where it remained for the first four years before moving to NYC in 2010. The Festival’s primary goal was the establishment of an annual showcase of radical protest music, poetry and performance art--perhaps the only such fest in the nation. Ultimately, the concept of liberation as exemplified through free improvisation and post-modern sounds commanded the stage and increasingly, the Festival has presented the New Music and Free Jazz statements it remains embedded in now. Over the years, performers and speakers included celebrated actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, world jazz icon Karl Berger, folk legend Pete Seeger, the (late) spoken word artist Louis Reyes Rivera, New Jazz mainstay Ras Moshe, international poet Erika Dagnino, revolutionary Hip Hoppers ReadNex Poetry Squad, noted filmmaker Kevin Keating, ‘Anti-Folk’ founder Lach and many more. The Festival showcased sessions of free improv, militant poetry, dissentful ballads, punk-jazz, contemporary composition and tributes to Brecht, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson and Phil Ochs along the way. We have also screened important films including 'Salt of the Earth', 'Giuliani Time', ‘Cultures of Resistance’ and ‘Metropolis’ (also a vehicle for the Dissident Arts Orchestra). The Festival has offered voice to labor legend Henry Foner, progressive political candidates of independent parties, IWW organizers, and social justice organizations such as Occupy Musicians. Now, in the midst of right-wing fear-mongering and teabag hysteria, radical artists continue to speak out for social justice—and creative liberation