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Dezerter: Robert 'Robal' Matera (guitar and vocals); Krzysiek Grabowski (drums and lyrics); and Jacek Chrzanowski (bass) © Robert Ochnio
The Polish Cultural Institute in New York,
in collaboration with
The Hungarian Cultural Center,
presents:


DEZERTER
in REBEL WALTZ: UNDERGROUND MUSIC
FROM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN
concert


part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe


Saturday, November 7, 2009, 11:00 PM

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street, New York, NY

Tickets: $15 Tel: 212.505.3474, or online

Saturday, November 7, 2009 4:00 PM

Public discussion with the bands and a screening of
BEATS OF FREEDOM or how to overthrow a totalitarian regime with home-made amplifier,
a documentary on Polish music of the 80's

The New School
Jazz and Contemporary Music Program
Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, 5th Floor, Rm 531, New York, NY

Dezerter, Poland's legendary punk band, is still going strong after three decades.

In spring 1981, the heyday of the Solidarity movement, the young musicians came together as SS-20, provocatively referencing the Soviet nuclear missile of the same name. A month after the group's debut concert, the regime imposed Martial Law, temporarily ending Solidarity's gains. When their name was then banned from posters they changed it to Dezerter. Despite censors' restrictions they officially released the first punk single to critique the system, which sold 50,000 copies before a re-issue was banned. Hugely popular throughout Europe and Japan, the group's many hit records include its first US album, Underground Out of Poland (1987), and How I Stopped World War Three (1994). The 2006 2-CD Punk's Not Jazz CD was released in honor of Dezerter's 25th birthday.


Rebel Waltz is a weekend-long (November 6-7) underground music festival featuring bands from behind the Iron Curtain. Marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism, Rebel Waltz gives New York audiences a rare opportunity to experience the suppressed voices of a triumphant generation:


Friday, November 6, from 7:00

PMPsi Vojaci (Czech Republic)

Bez ladu a skladu (Slovak Republic)

Timpuri Noi (Romania)


Saturday, November 7, 4:00

Public discussion with the bands and a screening of Beats of Freedom,

or how to overthrow a totalitarian regime with home-made amplifier,

a documentary on Polish music of the 80's at The New School


Saturday, November 7, from 11:00 PM

Kontroll Csoport (Hungary)

Dezerter (Poland)

Pankrti (Slovenia)


The music of these bands served as a form of political rebellion in the 1980s, carrying coded messages against oppressive regimes; twenty years later, it remains a celebration of the successful movement for change.


All of the Rebel Waltz bands will be making their U.S. premieres during the festival. A historic event you won't want to miss!


Rebel Waltz marks the beginning of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010. www.performingrevolution.org.


Rebel Waltz is presented by the Hungarian Cultural Center in collaboration with the Czech Center NY, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, and the Consulate General of Slovenia. Rebel Waltz is part of Extremely Hungary, a year-long festival celebrating contemporary Hungarian cultural events throughout 2009 in New York City and Washington, D.C. Additional support for Rebel Waltz is provided by Trust for Mutual Understanding. Special thanks to Marcin Filipowski for his help in presenting Dezerter.


The public discussion is co-sponsored by the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program and The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, both at The New School.


Read about the bands and listen to music here

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