Category Archives: New York

Marjorie Tesser – NY, NY 2017

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Timea Zsedley – 10,000 Steps Hungarian Bookstore – New York, New York 2017

ORGANIZER: Timea Zsedely CONTACT: info@hunbookstore.com http://hunbookstore.com  

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Juan Puntes – White Box – New York, New York 2017

ORGANIZER: Juan Puntes CONTACT: juan.puntes@whiteboxny.org

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J. Williams – New York, New York 2017

ORGANIZER: J. Williams CONTACT: teamuntamedtalent@gmail.com

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Elaine T Sexton – New York, New York 2017

ORGANIZER: Elaine T Sexton CONTACT: elainesexton1@gmail.com

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Maria de Los Angeles – We Make America – New York, New York 2017

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Suzi Winson, Circus Warehouse – Queens, NY 2017

ORGANIZER: Suzi Winson, Circus Warehouse CONTACT: suzi@circuswarehouse.com

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Ron Kolm, Francine Witte, and James Feast – Unbearables, New York, New York 2017

ORGANIZER: Ron Kolm CONTACT: kolmrank@verizon.net

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Sherjan Ahmad , BESTILLS- 100 THOUSAND MUSICIANS FOR CHANGE- NYC- 2017

ORGANIZER: Sherjan Ahmad

CONTACT: sherjanahmad4@gmail.com

ABOUT THE BESTILLS

Our Pianist, Albert Ahlf comes from a Jazz background, he’s influenced by musicians such as Bill Evans, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. Our Drummer, Taylor Simpson is a classically trained musician and also plays Jazz and rock. He’s influenced by musicians such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Jeff Porcaro and Led Zeppelin. Our Bass player/Vocalist, Charlotte Harrow is also a classically trained vocalist, she’s influenced by a lot of folk musicians such as Belle and Sebastian, Ruth Moodyand The Wailin’ Jenny’s. Our Rhythm Guitar player, Imraan Ahmad Khan is influenced by musicians such as Radiohead, Local Natives, James Blake and Jeff Buckley. And i’m the Lead Guitarist/Vocalist of the band and i’m influenced by Eastern Qawwali music and Western Rock Music. Artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Junoon, Coldplay, U2 and The Beatles.

 

Nyack Unity Concert Gives Hope

by Jocelyn Jane Cox

In this current political enviroment filled with rancor and disagreement, it’s good to know that people are also coming together. Five local bands played in the name of unity at Nyack’s First Reformed Church on Jan 14 with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood and Helping Hands. I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of this Unity Concert that featured Sammy Cannillo, Hold On, Caulfield, The Foxfires, Who Are They and The BeStills. It was more than just uplifting. It gave me hope.Unity Show

As Christian Diana of The Foxfires said, “The show was filled with people who were positive and supportive. The energy of the room was very synchronized. Sometimes shows can be stressful, but there was no stress with this; the spirit of unity seemed to take over.”

Can A Concert Promote Unity?

When I asked Sherjan Ahmad, one of the organizers of the event and the lead singer of the BeStills, why he helped to put this together, he said, “After the election I sensed a lot of negativity and polarization in our country and our community. . . . I said to myself, ‘What can I do in my community that can help bring some healing and unite us during these divisive times?’” He met with Pastor John Vandenoever, who is a guitar player himself and who was more than happy to help. “Things began to fall into place. . . . It’s a small step we’re taking to build awareness for celebrating diversity. America has always been a cultural melting pot and that’s one of its biggest strengths. This is our way of strengthening community through music.”

Ahmad, who is just 23 years old, has a stage presence and wisdom well beyond his years. He was born in Pakistan but has lived in Rockland County since 2002. He went to South Orangetown Middle School, Tappan Zee High School, and Purchase College. He told me that the first few years in the United States were tough because it was right after 9/11. “I was constantly bullied in school, kids would not give me a seat on the bus, they’d call me nasty names such as ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Osama’s son.’ I remember coming home one day, crying to my mom and telling her that ‘I don’t want to live here anymore, I don’t belong here.’ She told me to be strong and that things will get better if you try to build bridges. She was right because when I was 12 my dad bought me a guitar and that helped me share my passions, dreams, and stories with my classmates and that changed adversity to acceptance.”

This event was a direct and more public extension of that bridge-building his mother suggested 15 years ago.

Ahmad said that he, along with co-organizer Tyler Lamphere, of Hold On, Caulfield, put together this list of bands based on their having done charitable work in the past. “Most importantly, their music reflects the message of love and community.”

When my friend and I walked in, the BeStills were just taking the stage. Their music is about hope and love. It’s upbeat and combines the influences of Coldplay, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, and The Beatles. One song they performed, “Hearts Don’t Break,” begins, “Young hearts trying to see the light/But there’s darkness everywhere. You fall hard, you never give up / They keep pushing you away.”

Between sets, Ahmad was gracious, and quoted Martin Luther King. Ahmad describes his bandmates (pianist Albert Ahlf, drummer Taylor Simpson, bass player/vocalist Charlotte Harrow, rhythm guitar player Imraan Ahmad Khan) as his best friends. They grew up in the same town. “All of our paths crossed because of our love and passion for music. The unique thing about our band is that we’re very diverse in terms of our backgrounds, cultures, and musical tastes.”

One of the most powerful moments came at the very end of the show, when members from all of the bands, mostly 20-somethings, got on stage together to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” (pictured above). The song did the impossible: It made me hopeful.

A few days after the show, when I asked Ahmad how he thought it went, he said he was pleased not only by the amount of money that they raised but also the way people came together. He loved seeing all the other bands perform. They had to cancel the show the week before due to snow, and it started snowing and getting icy on the rescheduled night as well, but he said, “people still came out and they stayed until the end. One mother and daughter came up to me afterwards and said they had driven 40 minutes to get there and they were glad they did.”

Ahmad believes we can all bring some light to the world, that we can all bring small changes to our circles, whether we’re doctors or teachers or musicians. “If we do this,” he said, “little by little, it all adds up.”

These are wise words from this 23 year-old. And this kind of optimism and belief in unity? Completely contagious. Keep your eye out for all of these bands as they release records and perform locally and beyond. This is our country’s future, and it looks very promising.

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Timea Zsedley-10,000 Steps Hungarian Bookstore-New York, New York 2016

ORGANIZER: Timea Zsedely CONTACT: info@hunbookstore.com http://hunbookstore.com TIMES & DATE:Friday, September 23 at 7 PM – 10 PM LOCATION: 10 Thousand Steps Bookstore, 516 E 11th St (Btw A & B Ave), New York, New York 10009 100 ezer költô a … Continue reading

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Suzi Winson, Circus Warehouse- Long Island City, NY 2016

ORGANIZER: Suzi Winson, Circus Warehouse CONTACT: suzi@circuswarehouse.com  

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Daniela Gioseffi, Eco-poetry.org- New York City, New York 2016

ORGANIZER:  Daniela Gioseffi CONTACT: editor@eco-poetry.org

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Ozioma Egwuonwu- World Dream Day, New York, NY 2016

ORGANIZER: Ozioma Egwuonwu- World Dream Day CONTACT: contactozioma@gmail.com EVENT:  We would like to have a virtual livestreamed open mic as an opening event for World Dream Day taking place Sept. 25th. It would be great to combine movements and have … Continue reading

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Lorraine Currelley – Poets Network & Exchange, Inc -New York, New York 2016

ORGANIZER: Lorraine Currelley Poets Network & Exchange, Inc CONTACT: lcurrelley@netzero.net

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Anmarie Soucie- New York, New York 2016

ORGANIZER: Anmarie Soucie CONTACT: anmarie.soucie@gmail.com A poetry event will be held in honor of the 100tpc and its theme – on the 24th of September, 2016 at KGB Bar’s ‘Red Room’ in New York City’s East Village. The name of … Continue reading

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Marc Sloan – New York, New York

ORGANIZER: Marc Sloan CONTACT: marc@marcsloan.net

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Fred Arcoleo- Rally Folk Records, Poetry of Yoga- New York, New York 2015

ORGANIZER:  Fred Arcoleo, Rally Folk Records CONTACTS: fredarcoleo@gmail.com

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Lorraine Currelley – Poets Network & Exchange, Inc -New York, New York

ORGANIZER: Lorraine Currelley Poets Network & Exchange, Inc CONTACT: lcurrelley@netzero.net

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Valery Oisteanu and Ron Kolm-Sidewalk Cafe , New York, New York 2015

ORGANIZER: Valery Oisteanu and Ron Kolm CONTACT: kolmrank@verizon.net 100 Thousand Poets for Change 2015 edition pdf final  

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CJ Empress Poetry Layne- NYC, New York

ORGANIZER: CJ Empress Poetry Layne CONTACT: empress.poetry1@gmail.com

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Timea Zsedley-10,000 Steps Hungarian Bookstore-New York, New York 2015

ORGANIZER: Timea Zsedely CONTACT: info@hunbookstore.com http://hunbookstore.com ON FACEBOOK                                             Photos: Gabriella Csoszó / FreeDoc http://freedoc-gabriellacsoszo.blogspot.com/ www.gabriellacsoszo.com  

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Valery Oisteanu – New York, New York 2015

Organizer: Valery Oisteanu Contact:  zendadanyc@earthlink.net

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Chris Brandt-New York, New York 2015 (1)

Organizer: Chris Brandt Contact: chribrndt@aol.com  

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Swapan Basu-Rhyming Poets International, New York City, New York 2015

Organizer: Swapan Basu Contact: sbpoet@juno.com Rhyming Poets International ON FACEBOOK Washington Square Park, NY at 5 pm.  

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Daniela Gioseffi-New York, New York 2015

Organizer: Daniela Gioseffi Contact: editor@eco-poetry.org

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Untamed Talent-New York, New York 2015

Organizer: Untamed Talent Contact: Teamuntamedtalent@gmail.com

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Dorothy Friedman August and TRIBES New York, New York 2014

PRESS RELEASE As part of the global event “100, 000 Poets For Change”, Dorothy Friedman August and TRIBES will be presenting a reading by six women writers to celebrate the work of women writers in support of the rights and … Continue reading

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Elena Martínez
, City Lore, Folklorist
-New York, NY 2014

ORGANIZER: Elena Martínez
, City Lore, Folklorist CONTACT:
 emartinez@citylore.org DESCRIPTION: Live from the POEMobile – La Décima: Latin American Verse in New York

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Luis Paulino-Spoken Word Affecting Generations Open Mic-Brooklyn, NY 2014

Organizer: Luis Paulino Contact: luispaulino89@gmail.com

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Daniela Gioseffi www.Eco-Poetry.org/ New York, New York 2014

ORGANIZER: Daniela Gioseffi CONTACT: editor@eco-poetry.org GROUP: www.Eco-Poetry.org Women Poets Respond to Climate Crisis: Hosted by Daniela Gioseffi. Sponsored by www.Eco-Poetry.org/ with Alicia Ostriker, Vivian DeMuth, Nancy Mercado and Peggy Ann Tart Sept 26th, 2014 at POETS HOUSE, 10 River Tr. New … Continue reading

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DREAM TRAVELER: Valery Oisteanu, Ron Kolm & Larissa Shmailo -Sidewalk Café-New York, New York 2014

Organizer: Valery Oisteanu Contact:  zendadanyc@earthlink.net Organizer: Ron Kolm Contact: kolmrank@verizon.net Organizer:  Larissa Shmailo Contact: slidingsca@aol.com 100 Thousand Poets for Change:  ‘Dream Traveler’ Organized by Valery Oisteanu & Ron Kolm 20 poets from New York read and perform live @ SIDEWALK CAFÉ (Ave … Continue reading

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Swapan Basu-Rhyming Poets International, New York City, New York 2014

Organizer: Swapan Basu Contact: sbpoet@juno.com ON FACEBOOK

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Dream Traverlers-New York Surrealist Group-New York, New York 2013

Organized by Valery Oisteanu
Contact: zendadanyc@earthlink.net>

100 Thousand Poets for Change:
New York Surrealist Group PASS

Organized by Valery Oisteanu

100 TPC 2013 sidewalk cafe event poems final

Video
https://www.gander.tv/event/sidewalk-cafe-valery-oisteanus-100-thousand-poets-change-928-6pm-1230am

“Dream Travelers” final list:

1. MC Valery Oisteanu
2. David Cieri (piano)
3. Ron Kolm
4. Shelly Miller
5. Larisa Shmailo
6. Alan Graubard
7. Max Blagg
8. Ilka Scobie
9. Tom Walker
10.Ronnie Norpel
11.Steve Dalachinsky
12.Yuko Otomo
13.David St.Lascaux
14.Barry Wallenstein
15.Thad Rutkovski
16.Peter Carlaftes
17.Jeff Wright
18.John Bennett

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The Unbearables and The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses Are Watching You! (Being Watched!) New York 2013

Organizer: Larissa Shmailo

Contact: slidingsca@aol.com

Organizer: Ron Kolm

Contact: kolmrank@verizon.net

 

100TPC 2013 Tribes pieces

100 TPC 2013 sidewalk cafe event poems

100 TPC 2013 tribes part three final

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Valery Oisteanu – New York, New York 2013

Organizer: Valery Oisteanu Contact:  zendadanyc@earthlink.net

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Ron Kolm-Unbearables, New York, New York 2013

ORGANIZER: Ron Kolm CONTACT: kolmrank@verizon.net

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Luis Ageless Paulino-Brooklyn, NY 2013

Organizer: Luis Ageless Contact: agelesspoet@gmail.com

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Lorraine Currelley-Poets Network & Exchange’s Community Drum- New Nork, New York 2013

Organizer: Lorraine Currelley Contact: lcurrelley@netzero.net

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Susana H. Case-Slapering Hol Press- New York, New York

Organizer: Susana H. Case Contact: SusanaHCase@nyc.rr.com

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Circus Warehouse- New York, New York 2013

ORGANIZER: Suzi Winson-Circus

CONTACT: suzi@circuswarehouse.com

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10,000 Steps Hungarian Bookstore-New York, New York 2013

ORGANIZER: Timea Zsedely CONTACT: info@hunbookstore.com

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Word Up Community Bookshop- New York, New York 2013

ORGANIZER: Robin Glasser CONTACT: robinglasser@yahoo.com Hope you’ll join us on Sept.28 from 3-8pm at the NEW WORD UP 2113 Amsterdam @165 St. 10032

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Unbearables vs Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses at Gathering of the Tribes- New York, New York 2012

Organizer: Larissa Shmailo Contact: slidingsca@aol.com   Organizer: Ron Kolm Contact: kolmrank@verizon.net One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change Posted on August 27, 2012 by A Gathering Of The Tribes One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change Presents: The UNBEARABLES vs The Feminist Poets … Continue reading

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New York Surrealist Group-New York City, New York

Organized by Valery Oisteanu Contact: zendadanyc@earthlink.net> 100 Thousand Poets for Change: New York Surrealist Group PASS Organized by Valery Oisteanu 21 poets & musicians from East Village read and perform live @ SIDEWALK CAFÉ (Ave A& 6 St) Saturday, September … Continue reading

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(August 23rd) Ellington-Strayhorn Homage w/ Sextet Dedicated to 100TPC-New York, New York

Organizer: Kirpal Gordon Contact: jKirpalG@aol.com Location: . 23 Aug, 6-8 pm, Cornelia Street Cafe

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Peter Yarrow- New York, New York (Musicians for Change)

Organizer: Peter Yarrow Contact: peter@peteryarrow.com

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Peoples’ Voice Cafe – New York, New York

Organizer: Steve Suffet- Peoples’ Voice Cafe & Hudson Valley Sally Copntact:  ssuffet@nyc.rr.com   The folk group Hudson Valley Sally performing at the Peoples’ Voice Cafe in New York City on September 29, 2012, as part of 100 Thousand Poets for … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Steps Hungarian Bookstore- New York, New York

Organizer: Timea Zsdely Contact: sztimea@aol.com 10 Thousand Steps Hungarian Bookstore 545 E. 12th Street (btw A & B Ave) New York, NY 10009 646-484-5525

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Edwin Torres-New York, New York

Organizer: Edwin Torres Contact: brainlingo@yahoo.com

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Swapan Basu-New York City, New York

Organizer: Swapan Basu Contact: sbpoet@juno.com Here is a video from a Bengali movie, “Shap Mochan”, removal of curse, sang by Hemanta Mukherjee,. that is translated by Swapan Basun in original tune. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q6NU9vVg7qk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology Group- New York, New York

Organizer:Stephen Boyer – Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology Group Contact: stephenjboyer@gmail 100,000 Poets For Change Open Reading FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 / 10PM 100,000 P.F.C. gathers poets from around the word to celebrate poetry promoting change. This past year, people made their … Continue reading

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