CULTURAL WORKINGS

Welcome to THE CULTURAL WORKER, a blog dedicated to protest arts on the Left ranging from the radical avant garde to revolutionary folk song. This blog is aligned with John Pietaro's revolutionary music website www.DissidentArts.com . The Cultural Worker celebrates art at its boldest and features a variety of articles, reviews, fiction, essays and musings by myself--a musician, writer, and labor organizer by design. Scroll straight down and you'll also find also find an extensive, ever-expanding Photo Exhibit of cultural workers in action, and a series of Radical Arts Links. The features herein will be decidedly revolutionary and unabashedly partisan---make no mistake about that. The neo-fascists and the slaves to capital and conformity will find no words of warmth in the content of this blog. The concept of the cultural worker as a force of fearless creativity, of social change, indeed as an artistic arm of radicalism, has always been left-wing when applied with any degree of honesty at all. No revolutionary act can be truly complete in the absence of art, no progressive campaign can retain its message sans the daring drumbeat of invention, no act of dissent can stand so strong as that which counts the musicians, writers, painters, dancers, actors and performance artists within its ranks. Here's to the history and legacy of cultural work in the throes of the good fight...
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Friday, October 5, 2012

The October Jazz Revolution 2012




THE OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION’  
TAKES ON WILLIAMSBURG

On October 20, the Brooklyn gallery/performance space 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts will play host to the first annual October Jazz Revolution. The event, organized by percussionist John Pietaro and presented by the Radical Arts Front, will celebrate the radical sounds of improvisational music as a statement of wider liberation. A special feature of the evening will be the large free ensemble of saxophonist Ras Moshe. Emboldened progressive statements of social justice will be present through much of the music heard, ranging from original works to reconstructions of older protest music to thematic free jazz. The October Jazz Revolution is inspired by earlier Left music/political movements including those of Hanns Eisler, Bill Dixon, the AACM, the Liberation Music Orchestra, and the Composers Collective of New York, among others------fitted for these Occupy years.

7:15--RADIO NOIR
The 'dissident swing' quartet performs adaptations of Bertolt Brecht/Hanns Eisler revolutionary songs as well as originals, free improv and more.
John Pietaro (xylophone, vibraphone, percussion & voice), Laurie Towers (electric bass), Javier Hernandez-Miyares (electric guitar & effects), Quincy Saul (clarinet)

8:10--ERIKA DAGNINO SEXTET
Spoken word and improvisational music featuring international poet Erika Dagnino during her return trip to NYC.
Erika Dagnino (poetry), Jean Carla Rodea (vocals), Ras Moshe (tenor saxophone, flutes), Sarah Bernstein (violin), Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet), John Pietaro (vibraphone,  drumkit).

9:05--NORA MCCARTHY & JORGE SYLVESTER
The powerfully creative, swinging duet of vocals and saxophone explores all walks of jazz, spoken word sound exploration
Nora McCarthy (vocals), Jorge Sylvester (alto saxophone)

10:00--RAS MOSHE'S MUSIC NOW!
Closing out this evening of revolutionary sound will be multi-reedist Ras Moshe and his large improvisatory ensemble:
Ras Moshe (tenor saxophone, flutes), Jeremy Dannemann (baritone saxophone, flute), Nick Gianni (baritone saxophone, flute), John Pietaro (vibraphone, frame drums, percussion), Dafna Naphtali (electronics), Tor Snyder (electric guitar), Tom Zlabinger (double bass), Kit Demos (electric bass)

When: SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 7PM – 11PM
Where: 17 FROST THEATRE OF THE ARTS
17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY   (between Lorimer St and Union Ave)
Admission: suggested donation - $10.
FOR MORE INFO SEE  www.DissidentArts.com