AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE:Concert for Armistice Day and the Eve of the Russian Revolution Centenary!

COLONY PRESENTS:

AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE:Concert for Armistice Day and the Eve of the Russian Revolution Centenary!

Journey Blue Heaven

Sat · November 11, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Amina Baraka
Amina Baraka
Celebrated poet/activist of the Black Arts Movement, Amina Baraka, makes her Woodstock debut in a special concert on Saturday, November 11: Armistice Day, the traditional commemoration of war’s end, which this year falls on the eve of the Russian Revolution’s centenary. Expect a powerful assemblage of political militancy through poetry, prose and free jazz. Ms. Baraka, widow of legendary poet/playwright Amiri Baraka, toured the world in collaboration with her husband, performing in readings and theatre pieces, carrying an internationalist message of equality and liberty. Also a studied dancer, vocalist and actress, Ms. Baraka incorporates these disciplines into her literary work. In the wake of her husband’s passing, she’s become increasingly active as a performance poet in collaboration with the ensemble the Red Microphone. Her debut as a recording artist in her own right, “Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone”, was released this summer by noted jazz label ESP-Disk.
The event producer, John Pietaro, a writer and multi-instrumentalist who serves as the Red Microphone’s director and percussionist, has organized large-scale events at the Colony and other area spaces in the recent past. These include festivals in memory of Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie and events for various progressive causes. He returns to the club with bassist Laurie Towers who partnered with him in numerous gigs of their duo the Flames of Discontent. Towers was the lead soloist of that ensemble and in the current band her free-spirited, improvisatory approach supplies the perfect rhythmic hook. She was memorably lauded in a 2009 Woodstock Times review as a “bass wizard”.
The two saxophonists of the Red Microphone carry their own special pedigrees. Ras Moshe Burnett is a tenor saxophonist and flutist of unique command and strength. A leader of numerous ensembles in NYC, Ras has performed globally and recorded widely. No stranger to the Colony stage, he was a feature of past reggae fests. His tone, often compared to that of John Coltrane, contains a starkly lonely blues quality fitted through the primal scream of fire music. Fittingly, he is also a political and social activist.
Rocco John Iacovone plays alto saxophone in the soaring, melodic style of his one-time teacher Lee Konitz, but just as strongly identifies with the avant garde and early heritage of the music. He doubles on piano and a vintage curved soprano saxophone. A composer as much as he is an improviser, Iacovone’s pieces feature highly into this band’s repertoire as well as his own nonet and trio.
Guest poet Patricia Martin has been a mainstay of the Woodstock area’s literary scene for years, enthusiastically and artfully contributing to its poetry, prose and theatre. She will join Amina and the Red Microphone to debut two of her pieces devoted to the anti-war movement.
Journey Blue Heaven
Journey Blue Heaven
Producer and Host of Woodstock Tell-A=Vision, Journey's music evokes a pleasurable and tasteful blend of folk, classic rock and blues. Her original sounds echo the complexitites of the "Moody Blues" and the simplicity of Bob Dylan.
Venue Information:
Colony
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
http://www.colonywoodstock.com/