Born: June 28, 1962 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
JOHN PIETARO: vibraphone, xylophone, frame drums, drum kit, conga, bongos, glockenspiel, numerous small percussives; doubles include voice.
Founder of THE RED MICROPHONE (http://www.reverbnation.com/theredmicrophone) w/Ras Moshe, Rocco John Iacovone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic; released its debut CD 'The Red Microphone Speaks!' in April 2013. He also directs THE DISSIDENT ARTS ORCHESTRA, a large improvisatory ensemble with roving line-up. Pietaro regularly performs with RAS MOSHE's various Units, KARL BERGER'S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, and the duet HARMOLODIC MONK (with Matt Lavelle). Frequent collaborations with Cheryl Pyle, Erika Dagnino, others. He has performed for Jazz and New Music events throughout the NYC area, sharing the stage over the years with Alan Ginsberg, Warren Smith, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Daniel Carter, Blaise Siwula, Fred Ho, Salim Washington, Ken Filiano, Jason Hwang, Matt Lavelle, Elodie Lauten, Maryanne de Prophetis, Chris Forbes, among many others. Other projects include Radio NOIR (www.reverbnation.com/radionoir), which released a 4-song EP, 'The Lost Broadcast' (2011).
Pietaro is the founder and director of the annual Dissident Arts Festival, and has spoken on revolutionary culture at Left Forum and other venues. He holds an MA in Music Education and Music Performance (percussion) and a BA in Music Therapy; he also studied at Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio.
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