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JOHN PIETARO, vibraphonist/percussionist, writer and cultural organizer from Brooklyn, NY
INSTRUMENTS: vibraphone, xylophone, drumkit, frame drums, hand drums, glockenspiel, multi-percussion, voice. Musical genres of New Music/New Jazz, Free Jazz, Protest song, No Wave, Progressive Pop music
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: The Dissident Arts Orchestra
COLLABORATIONS: The Red Microphone (founder), Ras Moshe's Music Now units, Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra, Erika Dagnino, Harmolodic Monk (with Matt Lavelle). Pietaro has also performed with Alan Ginsberg, Warren Smith, Amina Baraka, Salim Washington, Daniel Carter, Chris Forbes, Blaise Siwula, Fred Ho, Ken Filiano, Jason Hwang, Dom Minasi, Dave Ross, Maryanne DeProphetis, Cheryl Pyle, Nora McCarthy, John Zorn, Elodie Lauten, Carsten Radtke, Andrew Drury, Hill Green, Gian Luigi Diana, Josh Sinton, Layne Redmond, Tom Zlabinger, plus Pete Seeger and more
PRODUCER/ORGANIZER: the annual ‘The Dissident Arts Festival’ and ‘October Jazz Revolution’ concert
1) HARMOLODIC MONK: ‘Harmolodic Monk’ (Unseen Rain label, 2014)-Matt Lavelle, John Pietaro
1) ERIKA DAGNINO QUARTET: 'Signs' (SLAM label, UK, Sept 2013)-Erika Dagnino, Ras Moshe, John Pietaro, Ken Filiano
2) THE RED MICROPHONE: 'The Red Microphone Speaks!' (Dissident Arts label, April 2013) - John Pietaro, Ras Moshe, Rocco John Iacovone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, with guest Nora McCarthy.
3) RADIO NOIR: 'The Lost Broadcast' (digital release, 2011) 4-song EP -John Pietaro, Quincy Saul, Laurie Towers, Javier Hernandez-Miyares
4) THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA (2012): Improvised film scores to 'Metropolis', 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' and ‘Battleship Potemkin’ synced to the films by the New United Artists Studio, UK. John Pietaro, Nora McCarthy, Mossa Bildner, Cheryl Pyle, Quincy Saul, Rocco John Iacavone, Blaise Siwula, Nick Gianni, Ras Moshe, Ben Barson, Josh Sinton, Matt Lavelle, Javier Hernandez-Miyares, James Keepnews, Laurie Towers, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, various others.
5) IFAR COMPILATION 'Beat Sounds From Way Out Vol 3' (IFAR label, 2012): The Red Microphone's "Brecht Breakdown" is a feature of this experimental music collection. John Pietaro, Ras Moshe, Rocco John Iacovone, Laurie Towers
Pietaro has performed at such NYC spaces as The Stone, the Jazz Gallery, the Cornelia St Cafe, the Brecht Forum, the Firehouse Space, ABC No Rio, Town Hall, the Shrine, Shapeshifter Lab, Douglas Street Collective, El Taller, 17 Frost, Clemente Soto Velez Center, JACK, I-Beam, Goodbye Blue Monday, Zirzamin, Freddy's Back Room, the (original) Knitting Factory, Lunch for Yor Ears, Generator, CBGB, various others, plus Union Square Park, Foley Square, Ft Green Park, Byrdcliffe Theatre (Woodstock NY), the Colony Cafe (Woodstock NY), the Howland Cultural Center (Beacon NY) as well as on the airwaves of WBAI-FM, WKCR-FM and WDST-FM (Woodstock NY). Selected events at which he was a performer include JOHN TCHICAI MEMORIAL CONCERT (10/13) and 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ESP-DISK (11/13)
EDUCATION: MA, Music Education and Music Performance (Percussion); BA, Music Therapy. Studied marimba and orchestral percussion with James Preiss, drumkit with Normie Wayne, Jazz History and Performance with Stanley Cowell, Composition/Orchestration with John Corigliano and Ulysses Kaye, and attended master classes by Dave Samuels (vibraphone), Jim Saporito (Latin and studio percussion) and Justin DiCioccio (drumkit) as well as seminars by Olatunj (African drumming) and Bernard Purdie (drumkit). Pietaro also studied at Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio, NYC.
WRITINGS: ‘NIGHT PEOPLE and Other Tales of Working New York’ (short stories/poetry book, self-published, 2013). Pietaro also wrote a chapter on Phil Ochs for the Harvey Pekar/Paul Buhle book 'Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History' (Hill & Wang, 2007) and is working on a definitive history of revolutionary arts, ‘The Cultural Workers’. His articles and reviews have been published in ‘Z’ magazine, ‘The Nation’, ‘Political Affairs’, ‘the People’s World’, and other progressive periodicals. Pietaro’s blog is http://TheCulturalWorker.blogspot.com