FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/24/2017

Russia’s riot grrrl activists, Pussy Riot, reveal a 9 date West Coast warm-up tour around the SXSW premiere of their psych rock theater production, “REVOLUTION.”

Based on the original novel by Maria Alyokhina, this show tells the story of everyday women gathering to resist the fascist regime of President Vladimir Putin. From their balaclava-clad punk prayer in Saviour Cathedral to their guerilla-style protests in Moscow’s Red Square, the hour long piece reveals the group’s excruciating account of a corrupt trial, years of violent abuse in the Russian prison system, and their never-ending demand for justice in a hostile state. REVOLUTION brings attention to the ever present problems of censorship in the media, violence towards the LGBTQ community, corruption within Russia’s judicial system, and use of tyrannical use of violence within the country’s prison complex.

The roster of performers include Maria Alyokhina herself, Kiryl Kanstantsinau, AWOTT (Asian Women On The Telephone) psycho-punk duo, and VJ Vasily Bogatov.

Directed by Yury Muravitsky and produced by Alexander Cheparukhin, with video footage by Taisia Krugovykh and video art by Katya Sсheglova, this is a one-time world debut.

The evening will end with a conversation with members of the creative team.

Catch Pussy Riot Theatre’s ground-breaking “REVOLUTION” here:

Albuquerque March 13, 14 National Hispanic Cultural Center

Gisele João Headlines First NY Fado Festival

Gisele João, Portugal’s most widely acclaimed fado singer to emerge in this decade, headlined the NY Fado Festival this past weekend at the Schimmel Center. Jon Pareles of the NY Times had this to say:

“From her first song, “Madrugada sem Sono” (“Dawn Without Sleep”), Ms. João summoned a full spectrum of fado’s tempestuous passions, from hushed melancholy to eruptive, rough-edged, tearful peaks to aching resignation. Each of her ballads was its own drama, a white-knuckled journey through seismic emotions.”

Read the full review here.

DakhaBrakha, the extraordinary group from Ukraine, has taken the US by a storm the past few years. Now they have begun touring a special program: their uniquely-DakhaBrakha live soundtrack to accompany the screening of the classic 1930 silent film, “Earth.” Directed by Aleksandr Dovzhenko, it is considered to be one of the most important films of the Soviet era.

Dovzhenko is a master of composition, and the film—with its intense close-ups and the impressive expanses of the landscape—is a passionate tribute to the countryside, to nature, and to the people that work on it. DakhaBrakha’s mix of unruly ancient song and contemporary rhythms transforms Dovzhenko’s striking images into an exhilarating live experience.

Riot Artists Welcomes Gisela João

Riot Artists is pleased to welcome Portuguese singer, Gisela João, to our touring roster! After a successful showcase at Womex 2016, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, she will be presenting her Fado program in New York in February.

Her 1st album, “Gisela João,” received awards from the Portuguese media (Expresso, BLITZ, Público, Time Out, GQ …), who praised her for her range of emotion, authentic Fado soul, and for, at the same time, incorporating the contemporary sound of urban music. She was also honored with two prizes of enormous prestige (Amália Rodrigues and José Afonso). Her 2nd album “Nua” was just released in November.