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Sat, August 18, 2012
4 - 11PM
THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL--DAY TWO:
SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 4PM - 11PM
The Brecht Forum - 451 West Street, New York NY (212) 242-4201 www.brechtforum.org
FILM SCREENING and DISCUSSION:
4PM -'CULTURES OF RESISTANCE' (2003)- ‘Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict...’
6:00 –Jennie Litt & David Alpher – purveyors of the People’s Cabaret
6:35 –Cheryl Pyle & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - free flute and bass + guests
7:05 –Angelo Verga – radical poetry
7:10 - Daphne Carr- guest speaker: Occupy Musicians co-founder
7:15 –Radio NOIR - dissident swing and new realizations of Brecht/Eisler
7:50 – Karl Berger & Ingrid Sertso - free improv/world jazz by the legendary founders of the CMS!
8:40 –Upsurge! – from San Francisco---jazz/poetry for a new day
9:25 –Crystal Shipp - performance art/spoken word of social change
9:40 – Ras Moshe & Shayna Dulberger – revolutionary jazz in the struggle
10:15-Nick Gianni Evolution - free jazz and more
Sponsored by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts and the Brecht Forum
About the Dissident Arts Festival…
Now, in the midst of right-wing fear-mongering and teabag hysteria, progressive artists speak out for social justice. The Dissident Arts Festival, now in its seventh year, is a platform for cultural workers to sing, recite, improvise, act and orate against war and inequity and in honor of the struggle of workers and the globally oppressed---and with an accent on an art that is as revolutionary and challenging as the politics of progressive change . Event producer John Pietaro, a percussionist, writer and cultural organizer, is proud to present the Dissident Arts Festival in conjunction with both the Brecht Forum, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts and –for the first time—new sponsor the Rosenberg Fund for Children.
Originally based in upstate New York, the Festival began life as ‘the Dissident Folk Festival’ in 2006. Its primary goal was the establishment of an annual showcase of progressive protest music, poetry and performance art--perhaps the only such fest in the nation. But this Festival has always sought to bring together a wide variety of sounds and styles, bending rules and breaking institutions whenever and wherever possible; the vision of ‘folk’ music established by Festival founder Pietaro was often in opposition to the standard concept and new music and jazz were always in the mix. Among the past performers and speakers were actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, folk legend Pete Seeger, poet Louis Reyes Rivera, jazz violinist Gwen Laster, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, filmmaker Kevin Keating (“Giuliani Time”), labor leader Henry Foner, folksinger Bev Grant and many more. We presented tributes to Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht and Phil Ochs along the way. The Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, particularly those of independent parties and radical labor organizations. As of 2010, the Dissident Arts Festival became a New York City event and was added to the Brecht Forum's notable cultural program. The Brecht Forum was established decades ago as a center of Left education and culture in Greenwich Village. And now we have become a 2-day, 2-borough event with the affiliation of 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts, an independent radical gallery and performance space in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL promises to be the best yet featuring an array of experimental and boundary-breaking artists in every realm of radical music, from the acclaimed explorations of Karl Berger & Ingrid Sertso, to the burning free jazz of Ras Moshe, the innovative avant garde of Nick Gianni, the nu sounds Cheryl Pyle & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, the edgy sonic journey of Faster, and the new realms of the bold and the old with Radio NOIR (a mini-set of songs by Brecht and Eisler are hotly anticipated!). But the 2012 Festival also presents an assortment of acts which encompass revolutionary poetry, song, and/or theatre through unique means: the outspoken San Francisco-based jazz-poetry of Upsurge!, the rad spoken word of Angelo Verga, the ‘People’s Cabaret’ of Jennie Litt & David Alpher and the multiple worlds of Crystal Shipp’s performance art. We will also present traditional topical songsters such as balladeer Donald Johnson and the Ann Arbor-based protest singer Joe Kidd and, Daphne Carr, a guest speaker from Occupy Musicians. This year’s film screenings include powerhouse social statements of two centuries: ‘Cultures of Resistance’ , 2003, by Iara Lee (with discussion), and ‘Metropolis’ , 1927, by Fritz Lang---featured here with a live score by the nine hand-picked improvisers of The Dissident Arts Orchestra.
THE DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2012
The Brecht Forum, 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts and The Rosenberg Fund for Children
Producer/Host: John Pietaro
Presented by Dissident Arts - www.DissidentArts.com