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JOHN PIETARO: spoken word artist and percussionist - drum kit, conga, bongos, glockenspiel, frame drums, vibraphone, numerous small percussives; doubles include vocals, guitar. -THE RED MICROPHONE free jazz/poetry quartet with John Pietaro (poetry/percussion), Ras Moshe (reeds, flute), Rocco John Iacovone (reeds), Laurie Towers (electric bass). CDs: 'Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone' (ESP-Disk 2017); 'The Red Microphone Speaks!' (Dissident Arts 2013); "Brecht Breakdown" on IFAR Compilation "The Beat Sounds from Way Out" (IFAR, UK, 2012) -FLAMES OF DISCONTENT post-punk/neo-Beat duo with John Pietaro (poetry/electric guitar/vocals/percussion) and Laurie Towers (electric bass) -THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA, a large improvisatory ensemble with a roving line-up performing silent film scores often synced by New Allied Artists Studio, UK. Pietaro has often performed with RAS MOSHE's various ensembles and was a member of KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA over its first six years (performances at the original Stone, the Jazz Gallery, El Taller)

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News: Performance / Tour

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation Feat. Lara St. John At Joe's Pub Saturday, March 9, 2024

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation Feat. Lara St. John At Joe's Pub Saturday, March 9, 2024

On March 9th at 7pm (doors open 6pm), Joe's Pub and Composers Concordance present “Vivaldi's Hot House." This composition by Gene Pritsker (Matrix Resurrections, Joe Zawinul) is a starting point for this eclectic event with violin doyenne Lara St. John and Pritsker's ensemble Sound Liberation. The concert will feature a genre defying repertoire of music inspired ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation At Nublu Sunday, February 25, 2024

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation At Nublu Sunday, February 25, 2024

On February 25, 2024 at 7:30pm, Composers Concordance presents The Sound Liberation Trio at Nublu (151 Avenue C, NYC). The trio is comprised of Gene Pritsker (Matrix Resurrections, Joe Zawinul) guitar, Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson, Brave New World) moog/synth and David Cossin (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) drums in a program of eclectic trio compositions. ...

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Article: Album Review

Mac Gollehon: The End is the Beginning

Read "The End is the Beginning" reviewed by John Pietaro


From the opening moments of “As Your World Burns," Mac Gollehon's music embraces not simply the underground, but the underside. This collection of fleeting, gripping brass and dense atmosphere amounts to the lost score for the '70s-'80s noir film we've longed for, as nasty in its perfection as was the Manhattan of those years. Gollehon's trumpet ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

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Article: Album Review

The New Muse 4Tet: Blue Lotus

Read "Blue Lotus" reviewed by John Pietaro


The New Muse 4Tet, led by violinist/violist Gwen Laster, is a post-modern, plain-speakng incarnation of the string quartet, augmented by tabla and voice. Laster has engaged in a series of such ensembles and has also served well under the leaderships of Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, the Sun Ra Arkestra, William Parker, Danny Elfman and others. ...

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Article: Live Review

Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance

Read "Shelley Hirsch: Back with a Vengeance" reviewed by John Pietaro


It took Brooklyn's Roulette performance space to break COVID-19's hold on Shelley Hirsch. Now, it seems there'll be no stopping her. The vocal acrobat, poet and performance artist was a new music original long before “downtown" moved across the East River. An original member of the avant rock band The Public Servants, Hirsch also ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Swell: Astonishments

Read "Astonishments" reviewed by John Pietaro


Among the trombonists of New York's downtown scene, or uptown for that matter, no one even comes close to Steve Swell. His level of artistry, ability to create within any sonic cloud, compositional strengths and sheer fortitude set a new standard decades ago. Deemed a veteran of the new music that tore up the 1970s and ...

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Article: Album Review

Tower of Power: 50 Years of Funk and Soul

Read "50 Years of Funk and Soul" reviewed by John Pietaro


In the realm of power funk and jazz-rock, Tower of Power was an original voice, one carved from a unique place within an exceptionally heady moment. And this convergence of forces, clearly, has yet to cool some 53 years hence. Horns? They've carried up to six at a time, to hell with diminished door ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Allison Miller: Driving the Balance

Read "Allison Miller: Driving the Balance" reviewed by John Pietaro


Allison Miller sits at the vintage Camco drumkit in her Brooklyn home, playing post-bop over a rolling samba. Within the shimmer of an age-darkened cymbal, she switches from sticks to brushes, filling the room with the shush of summer rain, then a sudden hailstorm as her arms, aerial, traverse snare, tom-toms and cymbals in a blurring, ...


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