(Photo Credit: Robert Ochnio)
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge at 158 Bleecker Street
Held on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, Rebel Waltz: Underground Music From Behind the Iron Curtain is a weekend-long music festival featuring Eastern European bands active in the underground music scene behind the Iron Curtain. Forced to play in illegal venues before 1989 and unable to travel, these bands faced oppression and censorship to make their voices heard. During the 1980s, the music of these bands served as a form of political rebellion, carrying coded messages against oppressive regimes. Twenty years later, the same music is a celebration of a successful movement for change.
Concert: November 6, Friday, from 7PM [Doors Open at 6PM]
Psi Vojaci (Czech Republic)
Bez ladu a skladu (Slovak Republic)
Timpuri Noi (Romania)
Concert: November 7, Saturday, from 11PM [Doors Open at 10:30]
Kontroll Csoport (Hungary)
*Schedule change for November 7th: Unfortunately, Pankrti will not be allowed to travel to the United States in time and will not be performing in the Rebel Waltz concert.
Panel Discussion: November 7, Saturday, from 4PM
Join us for a conversation with the bands at The New School, Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. Moderated by Matthew Covey and the screening of BEATS OF FREEDOM or how to overthrow a totalitarian regime with a simple use of home-made amplifier (click here for a description), a documentary on Polish music of the 80s. Location: THE NEW SCHOOL, Jazz and Contemporary Music Program Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor, Room 531 (Free Admission)
All of the Rebel Waltz bands will be making their U.S. premieres for this festival. A historic event you don’t want to miss!
Admission: $15 (18 to Enter, 21+ to Drink)
Visit: brownpapertickets.com to purchase
The band "Bez ladu a skladu" started their music career in 1985 in Trenčín, Slovak Republic. The members of the band were only 15 years old at that time; the lead singer and songwriter Michal Kaščák was 13. In 1986 they played their first “big gig” during Rockfest in Prague. The band soon became one of the leading figures in the Czechoslovak underground music scene.
Listen to sounclips here.
"Aggressive and assertive anarcho-punk with fast guitar riffs and intelligent lyrics."
Dezerter is the leading representative of Polish punk. After three decades, Dezerter is still going strong, its musical integrity and two of its original members intact—Robert "Robal" Matera (guitar and vocals) and Krzysiek Grabowski (drums and lyrics)—with Jacek Chrzanowski on bass since 2000. In the spring of 1981, the heyday of the Solidarity movement that had peacefully won extraordinary freedoms within a Soviet satellite, the young musicians called themselves SS-20, a name provocatively referring to a Soviet nuclear missile. A month after the group’s debut concert, the regime imposed martial law, temporarily ending Solidarity’s gains. Under the circumstances SS-20 agreed to the censor’s deletions from their programs but went ahead and played the songs anyway. When their name was then banned from posters they changed it to Dezerter. Though released officially with censor’s restrictions and a colorless sleeve, their first LP–the first punk single to critique the system–sold 50,000 copies before a reissue was cancelled. Hugely popular throughout Europe and Japan, the group’s many hit records include its first US album, Underground Out of Poland, in 1987, and 1994’s How I Stopped World War Three. The 2006 two-disk album Punk's Not Jazz honored Dezerter's 25th birthday.
"Quirky and original post-punk with poetic motives, delivered with lively and intense performances"
Pankrti (“Bastards”) are a seminal punk rock band from Ljubljana, Slovenia, known for provocative, political songs. They are one of the most important former-Yugoslav punk groups and one of the first punk bands formed in a socialist state. Pankrti was formed by Peter Lovšin and Gregor Tomc in 1977, who practiced in the basement of the local music school. They released their first album in 1978 and called themselves "The First Punk Band Behind The Iron Curtain". Some of their first hits were "Za elezno zaveso" (Behind The Iron Curtain), "Anarhist" (Anarchist) and "Lublana je bulana". In 1984 they released Red Album, a pun on the famous album by The Beatles and the red color as a symbol of communism. The album featured a cover version of the famous Italian communist revolutionary song “Bandiera Rossa” (Red Flag), which is one of their most famous tracks.
"Sophisticated and jazzy avant-garde rock with strong punk influences, lead by innovative piano compositions."
"Energetic and politically charged rock’n’roll with new wave influences and catchy, anthem-like melodies powerful enough to lift the band from banned underground act to celebrated voice of a nation."
View a 1987 live performance of "Perfect" at Club A in Bucharest, one of the outposts of Romanian underground music in the '80s. Watch video here
"Umbrella" Watch video here
Listen to sounclips here.
soundclipsBez ladu a skladu: Makkyse
Bez ladu a skladu: Parne Valce
Bez ladu a skladu: Podme si uzit trochu vzruchu
Dezerter: Fabryka (mp3)
Dezerter: Umieraj po Woli (mp3)
Psí Vojáci: Ziletky (mp3)
Timpuri Noi: Emigrant USA
Timpuri Noi: Perfect
Timpuri Noi: Victory
Watch VideosKontroll Csoport: A Félelem Háza
Kontroll Csoport: Kis Piros Bombázó
Kontroll Csoport: A zene mindenkié
Pankrti: Za elezno zaveso
Pankrti: Bandiera Rossa
Pankrti: Osmi dan
Psi Vojaci: Ziletky
Timpuri Noi: Tata
Presented by The Hungarian Cultural Center in collaboration with the Czech Center New York, Polish Cultural Institute in New York, Romanian Cultural Institute New York, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Rebel Waltz also serves as the opening event for Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe (November 6, 2009 - March 31, 2010), a five-month long festival including the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts performing arts exhibition Revolutionary Voices: Performing Arts in Central & Eastern Europe in the 1980s (November 18, 2009 - March 20, 2010).
Additional support provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture, and the +421 Foundation.
Rebel Waltz is an original production of Extremely Hungary.
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