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Massimo + Giampiero ( book translator) from the Rome band
SPRING 2008: New books 'n music on their way from Nawrocki, like poetry, eh: 'Lunch for Insurgents' (vol 2 of the 'Brainfood Trilogy'), and 'Dinner for Dissidents.' ....Surprise music recordings coming as on-line releases......
and if Canadians really, really want it, more 'sex' shows, especially for the ever-wanting West....
NEW PIANO/VIOLIN DUO
Video clip of multi-talented Montréal journalist, Stefan Christoff, on piano, & Nawrocki, violin, performing 'classically driven musical sketches,
' at Montréal's Le Divan Orange, 2007. Filmed by Valerie Khayat. The improv duo plays again Jan 26/08
. See Tours
>> See the video here
BREAKFAST FOR ANARCHISTS
'Breakfast for Anarchists' (Éditions No Bar Code, 2007) is Norman Nawrocki's newest collection of rebel verse, fantasy, rant, short fiction and anarcho agit prop recipes. It contains over 30 stirring, provocative capsules of Nawrocki's trademark wit, passionate rage, love and reflection. Also includes original artwork & photos by North American artists Linda Dawn Hammond, Albo Jeavons, David Lester, Maurice Pressé, Benoît Tremblay, Miriam Verburg and Zazalie Z.
Breakfast for Anarchists is Volume I of 'The Brainfood Trilogy' Volumes 2 + 3 will be Lunch for Insurgents and Dinner for Dissidents. Distribution, on-line here .80 pages, $12, or from Les Pages Noires Distribution, or AK Press Distribution, or in your fave indie bookstores, now. More info / interviews with the author: C/O Fran Sendbuehler, No Bar Code, tel: 514.570.8913 firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution, on-line here.
'Letters from Poland'
CD, 45 min., Les Pages Noires
"Wow, I'm impressed! Listened to the album and I loved it. It made me think of the train album that Steve Reich did with regards to the trains taking inmates to Aushwitz....it touched me a lot. " - Dan Behrman, Radio-Canada
Norman's hauntingly beautiful, East European flavored new solo CD . The 45 minute album contains spoken word versions of 12 historical letters (6 English, 6 French) from 1937 - 1995, extracted from his last book ('The Anarchist & The Devil Do Cabaret, ' Black Rose Books 2003, translated now as ' L'anarchiste et le diable,' Lux Editeur , 2006).
The letters are from an eccentric Polish uncle to Norman's father, and are set to original music. Norman plays looped violin and viola, the accordion, piano and a 142 string Ukrainian/Polish hammered dulcimer known as the tsymbaly, and provides vocals for the letters. There's also one accordion instrumental and a traditional Polish song sung by Norman's elderly father.
Alternately poignant, humourous, bittersweet and declamatory, the series of letters, trace the love & longing of one brother for another, and document this man's growing resistance to the rise of Nazism before and during the second World War.
Norman's last solo release was the beat-rich, anti-war, anti-Empire ' Duck Work ' CD (2004), an album that was cited by The Montréal Gazette as one of the top 10 local English releases alongside The Arcade Fire, The Dears, Sixtoo, and others. 'Letters from Poland' is a more minimalist production where Norman's acoustic strings predominate. Available from good music shops, or on-line, here, from Les Pages Noires. *
Watch for Fall '07 followups to the recent mega art event, 'Art + Anarchy Montreal 2007, ' an exhibit of socially and politically engaged visual art May 3-13th with work by 230 international artists. Norman was part of the collective that transformed a 10,000 square foot loft space into Montreal's largest temporary art gallery. There were 350 pieces of rad art and 2 weeks of art-related events. Over 1200 people attended. Planning begins for the 2008 show. Interested artists are invited to visit http://www.myspace.com/artanarchymontreal
Québec, November 15, Norman gives a multi-media audio-visual presentation about the historical relationship between visual artists and anarchy at CGEP Lévis-Lauzon as part of the college's 'World Day of Philosophy' program.
Meanwhile, Tamara Scherbak
, one of Montréal's most promising new documentary film-makers has used DaZoque!'s music for her newest, acclaimed short documentary, ' Dedashka
And if you're still hungry, follow Norman's spotcheck cross Canada ' Breakfast for Anarchists ' (No Bar Code Editions, 2007) book tour as he pushes the new book and serves intellectual porridge to well-deserving book lovers......or, buy your own copy from the Les Pages Noires catalogue now......(See below).
Photos above: Sharon Stevens, staff at The Arusha Centre; Norman with some of Calgary's 'Disability Action Hall' crew, who participated in his Creative Resistance workshop, 'to make the disabled visible.'
THE RETURN OF RHYTHM ACTIVISM
|Rhythm Activism, in Vienna, 1995: Luc Bonin,
Norman Nawrocki, Wilf Plum, Sylvain Côté.
After a ten year hibernation, Montreal's legendary 'rebel news orchestra/rock 'n roll cabaret, ' Rhythm Activism (see photo,1985,Vienna), brushes off the ancient cyber-dust and steps onto the Sala Rossa stage June 21+ 22 for a long-awaited musical extravaganza with super fine Dutch comrades (now an international supergroup), The Ex. The RA lineup: Quebecois rock star, Luc Bonin (aka Urbain Dubois) on bass; maestro Sylvain Côté on guitar; the human metronome, Wilf Plum (ex Dog-Faced Hermans) on drums, and Normbo the scratcher, on violins. Tickets for this mucho hot hot hot Suoni Per il Popolo Music Festival event going fast.
VIVA ITALIA, VERDUN & LASALLE!
Norman looks forward to the summer-time release of an Italian translation ( by Enrico Monier) of 'The Anarchist & The Devil Do Cabaret.' It's now L'ANARCHICO E IL DIAVOLO
published in Rome by Cooperativa Editrice Il Sirente
This follows the hugely successful launch in May of 'Friendship Island' - the Verdun Riverview Elementary School Library Book Club literary project by a group of 30 creative, hardworking, dedicated kids, aged 8 to 11. Norman had the pleasure of working with them and their indefatigable librarian for a few months leading up to the publication. ( see photo above)....... In September, we can all groove to an on-line video release of a way catchy, funkalicious spoken word piece, 'She puts on her headphones,' written collectively by a group of 25 talented Lasalle high school students under Norman's watchful eye. The poem was commissioned by Quebec's Ministry of Education as an educational tool for teachers and students.
means inspired art, more art, music, poetry, books, more books, workshops, festivals, exhibits, presentations and why not more Dim Sum!
Norman continues to work with some of the most amazing kids in the Montréal school system.
He's helped the Verdun Riverview Elementary School Library Book Club create a collection of writings and illustrations, based on their original story - 'Friendship Island' - to be published by the students early in May.
He's now working with an equally talented group of high school ESL students in Lasalle, writing, arranging & performing a class spoken word piece to be recorded and video-taped for the Ministry of Education as an educational tool.........and they call it 'poetry'.....
His 'educational sex show' season aimed at bigger kids is now wrapping up after another successful tour from Lethbridge to Sudbury and New Brunswick. Anti-war sentiment is present and discernable outside Fredericton, as much as the yellow ribbons flying from local trees and bushes, but it's a tough sell on one of the biggest military bases in Canada 20 minutes away. Stories circulate about muzzled, on-base disenchantment with Canada's abominably misguided war effort......Farmers & residents north of Lethbridge now have to truck in drinking water: all ground source water is contaminated thanks to corporate hog farm poisons..... and Sudbury is fast becoming one of Canada's greenest cities, where post-secondary students get FREE bus passes, thanks to hardworking, activist students......
Montreal's uber-cool, political art crew, überculture, celebrates their fourth birthday party and launch of Art Threat Magazine April 29th at Montreal's Divan Orange. Norman and others contribute political music and spoken word. You dance, drink & win a door prize. http://www.artthreat.net/
Don't miss the first mega 'Art + Anarchy Montreal 2007' exhibit of socially and politically engaged visual art
Norman is helping organize May 3 - 13. Over 5,000 square feet of some 300 pieces of fab rad art, and 2 weeks of art-related events at 6750 Esplanade. Cool catalogue, posters, books, prints and other artwork for sale. Support radical art or else..... http://www.myspace.com/artanarchymontreal
Then run to the biggest, the bestest, the hottest Anarchist Bookfair in North America - Montreal's 8th annual.....May 19....Buy all of Norman's books & CDs at special Les Pages Noires knock- down-only-for -you prices......http://www.salonanarchiste.ca/
With luck, his newest tome will be in print and available.......
Then slip into some comfortable evening wear and check out the 2nd annual
Montreal Anarchist Theatre Festival, May 28 & 29, at the Sala Rossa, hosted by Norman and friends......10 plays....laugh and cry, but don't throw bagels.....
'UNE CHANSON POUR UN LOGEMENT: FRAPRU EN MUSIQUE'
(A song for a house: FRAPRU in music)
with DaZoque! & the FRAPRU choir
23 artists on stage!
Thursday Oct 7, 2004 CAFE CAMPUS, 8pm.
Montreal's most innovative string-based ensemble, DaZoque! joins
Québec's largest housing rights coalition, FRAPRU ( Front d'action populaire en réamenagement urbain) for a contemporary, traditional & rock music show called 'Une chanson pour un logement: FRAPRU en musique,' Thursday, Oct 7, 8pm, at Café Campus, 57 Prince Arthur est. Info: 844-1010. Tickets: $10 at Admission or Café Campus.
The one act musical show features a new choir of 13 FRAPRU housing rights activists and the DaZoque! orchestra expanded to 10 musicians (with FRAPRU members). The 23 member ensemble will perform songs that FRAPRU normally sings during street demonstrations to demand more social housing, re-written and re-arranged for choir and orchestra.
The songs, based principally on traditional, well-known Quebecois folk tunes, also borrow from pop classics. DaZoque! has added its own instrumental interpretations as well as some original pieces created for the show.
FRAPRU, active for 25 years in social housing, represents over 100 member groups across Quebec. They're recognized by all levels of government and the public as one of the most important advocacy groups for people directly affected by the lack of affordable social housing.
DaZoque!, known for it's cutting-edge, Eastern - European flavoured instrumental music, is Norman Nawrocki (Rhythm Activism, Bakunin's Bum, etc) & Minda Bernstein (The Bagg Street Klezmer Band) on violins, Hélène Boissinoit (Jérome Minière et Herri Kopter, Tomas Jensen, etc.) on cello, Alec McElcheran on bass, et Gregory Anderson Smith (The Montreal/Manhattan Project) on guitar, piano and electronica. The band has received critical acclaim for their self-titled debut album and their high-energy live shows at The Montreal International Jazz Festival & across the province. Le Devoir calls their music: 'Delicious, astonishing & audacious,' while The Globe & Mail says 'While they fiddle, sampled loops & electric guitars burn.'
With 'Un chanson pour une logement,' DaZoque! aims to bring FRAPRU's demands for more social housing in Quebec to a wider, music-loving audience. The show was made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. *
' Montreal Poets Against War!' Aug 30, 2006
Les Pages Noires Productions & Tadamon,
packed about 150 people into the charming Casa del Popolo to listen
to 23 poets, singers, and a few musicians denounce war, and
in the process, raise over $1,000 for relief efforts in Lebanon.
The poets read & sang in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, French & English.
For bios of all the poets and more info, visit:
ANOTHER DAY IN WASHINGTON
by Norman Nawrocki
Some of the poets from the Aug 30/06 Montréal Poets Against War! event
It's an ordinary Monday morning in Washington
A sleepy beige, dripping dew kind of morning,
A flock of crows heads north
A garbage truck grinds its gears
Taxi cab drivers yawn
While across the ocean, thousands of miles away
in the war-torn Middle-East
where the extraordinary is to be expected,
a woodpecker, high in a mountain forest,
taps out a signal: o o o o o o o oooo o o o
and all the skeletons of the dead
from Fallujah to Baghdad,
Khandahar to Beirut,
the West Bank to the Galilee,
start crawling out of bombed
buildings, coffins and shallow graves, bones clattering, skulls creaking, clicking,
pulling and dragging themselves
upright by one arm or two, standing tall, hopping on one leg or none at all, helping each other
onto trails, streets and highways
these men, women, children, with
tiny babes cradled in the arms of mothers missing a head or a limb
or two and the odd pet dog
assembling into thousands of tributaries of the dead
converging in one interminable river of the dead
stretching across deserts, valleys, and fields of nodding flowers
These millions of bones naked snowy white in a blinding sun
Bones brittle, bones strong,
Bones marked with hardship, pain, tears & love
Bones broken, scarred, charred
by American, made in Canada bullets and bombs
Bones determined, defiant, walking in step,
United in death
Whole families, hand in bony hand,
marching over rock, sand & water
Limbs knocking limbs, in a gigantic, tumultuous
symphony of bone on bone
hundreds of thousands of the dead
Vultures circle overhead, unsure,
this procession of walking bones alive or dead?
Confused jackals bark and howl
Dragon flies pause in mid-flight, and stare
By nightfall, under the gaze of a sympathetic moon
this army of the dead crosses the ocean,
and reaches Washington
They clamber over anti-tank barriers,
iron fences & gates and through barbed wire
thousands of bony fists pounding against the locked doors
and walls of the White House
They smash through the wood
concrete, steel and glass,
then by the tens of thousands, they pour in
stepping on top of one another,
hauling each other up and through
to sit on plush red chairs, leather couches, carpeted staircases and
ornate tables and shelves, drawing bony hands over the polished mahogany and silver
oohing and awing at all the finery
They serve themselves tea and coffee
Pour shots of gin, bourbon and Yankee whiskey
Roust the hysterical First Lady and her husband
out of bed then lock them in a closet
They disarm guards, break their weapons in two
and slide down bannisters
hooting and hollering
They swing from the crystal chandeliers
bashing into one another, crashing to the floor
giddy and laughing,
They keep pouring into the White House,
bones piling on top of bones,
packing every cubic centimetre, every room & hallway,
floor to ceiling, a tangled, wedded mass of thigh bones, hip bones, cheekbones, wrist bones, jammed
in ever so tightly, wedged into every crevice & corner -
until there is no more room inside for one more
skull or anklebone, or even a baby's toe bone,
So the skeletons pile themselves onto the
roof, hundreds of thousands of deep,
spilling onto the grounds, until
the entire White House disappears
into silence, buried
under a bone solid mountain of the dead
Nobody can get in or out,
Every jaw, arm, leg & foot bone
now fused into one impenetrable mass
TV cameras report this on the
6 o-clock news,
and all around the world,
people gasp & cheer
America's Generals shake their heads, but agree:
'We can't bomb the White House,
to save it, can we?
We can't bomb the White House,
to neutralize it, can we?!
We can't bomb the White House,
to liberate it, can we??!!!
We can't bomb the White House,
So ends another day in Washington
The sun sets, crows head south
A garbage truck turns into the city dump,
Taxi drivers go home to eat
And stray dogs sniff the bones.
Watch clips of Norman's four 'sex' comedy shows on-line, now!
Watch 2 minute clip of highlights of all 4 shows, or longer extracts from each show!
Check out the Sex Shows page for more details!
Norman's newest book: L'Anarchiste et le diable Voyages, cabarets et autres récits ( LUX Editeur , 2006) is a 300 page French translation of his last book of short stories, 'The Anarchist & The Devil Do Cabaret'. It's available in better bookstores everywhere, from the catalogue page, or from luxediteur.com
<< Fascinant! >> - Tony Tremblay, Bande à part, Radio Canada
<< C'est beau, c'est trés beau! >> - Marguerite Paulin CINQ FM, Montréal
<< Une impeccable traduction. >> - Le Couac
Norman in Iran - in Farsi!
See this site for the summary of an Iranian anarchist journal, 'Anarchie' which partially translated Norman's book, 'Rebel Moon: @narchist rants & poems' into Farsi!
The re-configured DaZoque! ensemble ( Minda & Norman, violins; Hélène on cello; Sylvain Côté, guitar; Sylvain Auclair bass; and Guy Levesque on drums) will perform again May 11th, in Longueil, south of Montréal, with the ever-fabulous, 20 member, Virevolte House Choir. This will be a benefit for a food bank/community kitchen called Le Repas du passant.
Virevolte is a family drop-in centre in one of the poorest neighbourhoods on the South Shore. For the VV's 20th anniversary, DaZoque! joined forces with their choir (and drummer) to produce a memorable show in front of a 400 strong audience. The choir is basically single mom's on welfare, and some VV staff. The choir re-wrote the lyrics to traditional and pop Québecois songs, while DZ provided the new musical arrangements.
La Virevolte fête ses 20 ans et vous présente :
« La Virevolte en Musique et en Chansons »
La Maison La Virevolte est un organisme d'aide et de support à la famille qui ¦uvre au sein des HLM de Longueuil. Cette année, nous fêtons notre 20e anniversaire et on fait les choses en grand. C'est ainsi que dans 2 semaines, vous serez témoin d'une toute première dans l'expression de l'action communautaire autonome, un événement unique à ne pas manquer. Le décompte est lancé.
Le jeudi le 3 novembre, 2005 à la salle de spectacle du Collège Champlain de Longueuil, « La chorale de la Maison La Virevolte » vous fera vibrer au son de chansons militantes ainsi que sur des airs populaires et des compositions originales. Ce spectacle, qui se veut une célébration de solidarité et de joie, vous sera présenté énergiquement par ces 16 femmes et 2 hommes dynamiques et courageux qui constituent la chorale.
Nous pouvons également compter sur la participation musicale exceptionnelle de Norman Nawrocki et de Minda Bernstein de l'ensemble « DaZoque! » et de leurs musicienNEs. Ils ont concocté des arrangements musicaux en concordance avec leur style folk électrique soutenus d'un trio à cordes qui nous plonge dans un voyage musical propre aux faubourgs d'Europe de l'Est, mélange subtil et des plus délicieux à l'oreille.
D'ici la tenue du spectacle, les choristes, constitués des mamans participantes aux activités de l'organisme, de membres et de salariées, travaillent d'arrache pied pour organiser cette production de haute qualité. Nous vous reviendrons plus tard avec d'autres nouvelles de la chorale et de son évolution.
Le 31 mai sera la dernière journée lors de laquelle les fumeurs s'épanouiront pleinement de nicotine dans les bars, restaurants et lieux publiques!.
Le passage dans cette nouvelle ère est un évènement marquant de notre époque et ne doit pas rester sous silence.
C'est pourquoi vous êtes convié à une soirée musicale hors de l'ordinaire avec nul autre que
Dazoque!, "rock harmonieux Europe de l'est" Crazydent (SS), "new grunge rock" & Maginot "ambiant surprenant"
Mercredi le 31 mai 2006 à 21h00
Missy Bar 250 Mont-royal Est
By Eric Hill, Exclaim!
March 26, 2003
Norman Nawrocki and Minda Bernstein are two Montreal violinists that
have been working in a variety of bands and styles for quite some
time now. Fans of Winnipeg's G-7 label may know Nawrocki from Rhythm
Activism or Bakunin's Bum (also featuring Aidan from 1-Speed Bike
and Godspeed). Bernstein's alliances stray more to the traditional,
including the Bagg Street Klezmer Band. In DaZoque!, they tap into a
vein of Eastern European folk music both traditional and
transformed. If the themes seem strangely familiar, it may be that
many of the epic rock ensembles from Montreal (i.e., Godspeed and
its many offshoots) have been incorporating plaintive passages from
traditional work for some time now. However, DaZoque! brings a
fuller view of the range of emotion the music describes. Filled out
to a sextet at times (with cello, bass, drums and samplers), the
band reaches peaks of sublimity and depths of darkness over the
course of the album's 11 tracks.
Norman's newest one-act play, 'Overdale' at the first-ever 'Montréal Anarchist Theatre Festival,'
May 9, La Sala Rossa
Norman Nawrocki's newest, one-act play, Overdale, will premier at the first-ever, Montréal Anarchist Theatre Festival, Tuesday, May 9, at the Sala Rossa, 4848 boul St-Laurent, 7:30pm. Tickets: $5/$10.
Overdale is a short, expanded extract from Rhythm Activism's 1989 two-man musical, EDDY, the guy over there. The play will star two talented young local actors, Gabriel Joseph and Saro Saroyan in the roles of Judge and tenant. The piece takes a critical, comedic look at one of the trials during the infamous battle to save the historic Overdale neighbourhood in the late 1980's.
The Montréal Anarchist Theatre Festival - a North American first - runs May 8 -9, 2006, at the Sala Rossa, 4848 boul St-Laurent, 7:30pm, and May 24-25, 7:30pm, at UQAM ( J-M400, Foyer studio théâtre Alfred-Laliberté, Judith-Jasmin 405, rue Sainte-Catherine Est).
The bilingual festival will feature ten plays from Canada and the USA involving about 50 actors, including the internationally renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre from Vermont. (See Schedule below)
The four nights of readings and productions range in length, theme, and style, but all are either written by anarchist writers, or with anarchist content. Each will present either anti-State, anti-capitalist, anti-sexist, anti-Empire, or anti-authoritarian positions.
The theatre festival is part of Montreal's annual 'Festival of Anarchy' that leads up to the city's 7th annual Anarchist Bookfair, May 20 and 21, 2006 - the largest anarchist event on the continent.
MONTREAL ANARCHIST THEATRE FESTIVAL 2006 SCHEDULE / LE «FESTIVAL DE THÉÂTRE ANARCHISTE DE MONTRÉAL 2006» HORAIRE
LUNDI 8 MAI / MON MAY 8
La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul St-Laurent 19H30 / 7:30pm
Lacrymos : Avez-vous déjà pleuré pour des raisons politique? par Francis Dupuis-Déri
The Human Juicer by Ross Peterson
In Conversation with Crows by Audrey Finkelstein
Sinking Neptune by the Optative Theatrical Laboratories
Cantastoria by Bread & Puppet Theatre
MARDI 9 MAI / TUES MAY 9
La Sala Rossa, 19H30 / 7:30pm
Overdale by Norman Nawrocki
Ya rien là par WeNous
The Works by Joseph Shragge
Haymarket by L.M. Bogad
MERCREDI ET JEUDI. 24 ET 25 MAI / WED & THURS, MAY 24 & 25
UQAM, 19H30 / 7:30pm
(J-M400, Foyer studio théâtre Alfred-Laliberté, Judith-Jasmin 405 Sainte-Catherine Est)
The Red-Emma Project/ LE PROJET RED EMMA par WeNous, based on a play by Howard Zinn
LE «FESTIVAL DE THÉÂTRE ANARCHISTE DE MONTRÉAL» 8-9 ET 24-25 MAI
UNE PREMIÈRE EN AMÉRIQUE DU NORD
Le premier festival de théâtre anarchiste en Amérique du Nord, le «Festival de théâtre anarchiste de Montréal», se déroulera les 8-9 mai 2006 à la Sala Rossa, au 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, à 19h30, et les 24-25 mai, à 19h30, à l’UQAM (J-M400, Foyer studio théâtre Alfred-Laliberté, Judith-Jasmin 405, rue Sainte-Catherine Est). Les billets sont 10$ pour les salarié-e-s, 5$ pour les étudiant-e-s et les sans-emploi.
Ce festival bilingue présentera dix pièces du Canada et des États-Unis, impliquant une cinquantaine d'acteurs et d'actrices. Les pièces comptent «Street Theatre», du Bread & Puppet Theatre; «The Red Emma Project/Le projet Emma la rouge», une adaptation bilingue d’une pièce de l’historien américain Howard Zinn; «The Haymarket Affair», de l'auteur californien L.M. Bogad, et «Lacrymos : Avez-vous déjà pleuré pour des raisons politiques?», par l'auteur montréalais Francis Dupuis-Déri, et ÐÐ Overdale ðð par Norman Nawrocki.
Les quatre soirs de jeux et de lectures comprendront des pièces de formes, de thèmes et de styles divers, toutes étant écrites par des auteurs anarchistes, ou proposant un contenu anarchiste. Chaque pièce présentera des positions anti-étatiques, anti-capitalistes, anti-sexistes, anti-impérialistes et/ou anti-autoritaires.
Ce premier festival de théâtre anarchiste en Amérique du Nord s’inscrit dans le cadre annuel du «Festival de l’anarchie» de Montréal, qui inclut le 7ième Salon du livre anarchiste, le 20 et 21 mai (le plus important événement anarchiste du continent). *
Pour toute information:
THE ANARCHIST & THE DEVIL DO CABARET
The book you want to read this year is still available from the author at a special price. It's short stories, travelogue, band history & more.
Or, get your local library to order a copy from the publisher, Black Rose Books, and support a Canadian author.
"The Anarchist And The Devil Do Cabaret: An incredible collection of writings from the indefatigable anarchist raconteur, sex(ism) workshop producer, activist and poet. Loosely based around a European tour with his anarchist cabaret band - Rhythm Activism - this is much more than a collection of journals. Though it is partly that. With wit, candor,and the skill of a true storyteller, Nawrocki weaves simple tales of life, history, travel, resistance and revolution into a coherent tapestry of a life on the road, a life of revolt, and a life steeped in history, tradition, and culture. Truly wonderful." - Free Republic
NEW SOLO CD, 'DUCK WORK' is now out and available at better record stores everywhere. Duck Work makes top 10 of 2004!
Jordan Zivitz, rock critic for Montreal's daily, The Gazette, cited
'Duck Work' as one of the top ten, local CDs from 2004, alongside
releases from The Dears, Molasses, Paul Cargnello, Sixtoo & others:
'a career's worth of ideas, raging against the machine while
veering from the alehouse to the dance floor.'
Extracts from the album
Lessons from a 7ft Penis:
Sexual respect and understanding
Buzzing with excited suspense and whispered sex, the crowd patiently
waited for Norman Nawrocki and his comedic monolog, Lessons from
a Seven Foot Penis last Tuesday in the Kwantlen College Richmond
campus Conference Centre. "I only came because there was sex
and penis written on the posters," said English student Steve
The posters, Nawrocki says, are purposefully ambiguous. He wants
to appeal to the curious without creating any preconceived ideas.
I doubt anyone expected the tall blond, smartly-dressed man to launch
into vivid depictions of his experiences playing a dancing penis,
vagina and other sex-related objects, or to pull volunteers on stage
and use them to illustrate erogenous zones. "I help people
discover how they can become better lovers," he explained.
In waves of serious and comic discussions, a range of intimate relations
were addressed through sound effects and multiple characters: Mrs.
Robinson, a teenage boy fumbling through sex for the first time
and a male view/ female view monolog on attempted date rape. Combined
with the shoulder-shaking, hands-hiding-face humor that strikes
a chord of truth, it was a learning experience for all. We were
warned the show was not for sensitive ears, but it should be required
material for anyone sexually active or planning to be. Nawrocki
shared lessons such as, "never use oil from a can of chili
sardines for lube," and other, more serious messages.
In Lessons from a Seven Foot Penis, Nawrocki combines the best material
from his three other internationally acclaimed sex plays; I Don't
Understand Woman, My Dick and Other Manly Tales and Sex Toys!
Nawrocki's plays are created from thousands of interviews conducted
across Canada with students, doctors, rape counsellors and even
These sex education plays were born from a female friend's harassment
experience. Frustrated that there was nothing he could do
for her, he followed her suggestion and used his crowd-satisfying
skills to pass on a message of sexual respect and understanding.
His extrovert personality, quick wit and passion for the truth make
it happen. He has toured nearly ever college and university in Canada
in the last 10 years. *
- Kwantlen Chronicle, Richmond,
BC, Oct 2004
'UNE CHANSON POUR UN LOGEMENT: FRAPRU EN MUSIQUE’
(A song for a house: FRAPRU in music)
with DaZoque! & the FRAPRU choir 23 artists on stage! Thursday
Oct 7, CAFE CAMPUS, 8pm.
Montreal's most innovative string-based ensemble, DaZoque! joins
Québec's largest housing rights coalition, FRAPRU ( Front
d'action populaire en réamenagement urbain) for a contemporary,
traditional & rock music show called 'Une chanson pour un logement: FRAPRU en musique,' Thursday, Oct
7, 8pm, at Café Campus, 57 Prince Arthur est. Info: 844-1010.
Tickets: $10 at Admission or Café Campus.
Une chanson pour un logement: FRAPRU en musique
Avec DaZoque! et la chorale FRAPRU - 23
Jeudi 7 octobre, Café Campus, 20h. L'ensemble à cordes
le plus innovateur de Montréal, DaZoque!, se joint au très
militant regroupement national pour le droit au logement, le Front
d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU),
pour une soirée de musique émouvante, passionnée
et contemporaine. Le spectacle "Une chanson pour un logement
: FRAPRU en musique" réunira sur scène 23 artistes,
le jeudi 7 octobre, à 20h, au Café Campus, 57 Prince-Arthur
Est. Informations : 844-1010. Billets
10 $ au Réseau admission ou au Café campus.
FROM THE BEAT MAGAZINE, Los Angeles, June/July 2003 >>
DaZoque! is a short phrase that doesn't exist without an explanation
point. Nor can you find it in any language book. But when raising
your glass in a toast to the buffalo at some remote Eastern European
mountain village tavern, it will be immediately understood by all.
What, you say, there are no buffaloes in that part of the world. Well,
like the emblematic buffalo on the cover of the CD, this is a recording
that simultaneously links old and new musical worlds in a single hoofbeat.
the newest 'beats & strings' musical/spoken word collaboration
between Norman & beat meister/drummer Aidan from 'ONE SPEED
BIKE,' 'EXHAUST' & 'GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR.' >>
INTERVIEW WITH David Young,
Editor of VIEW Magazine, Hamilton Ontario.
Co-founded by indie violinists Norman Nawrocki
(of anarcho rockers Rhythm Activism and ambient duo, Bakunin's Bum)
and Minda Bernstein (Bagg Street Klezmer Band), DaZoque! - a Montreal-based
strings and beats instrumental sextet - have been called everything
from "neo-klezmer, fabelesque, neo-classic, post-rock,"
to "John Zorn meets Kronos meets a drunken Romanian village
band." They play a mix of re-arranged, traditional wild, butt-kicking
East European folk dance music with original, atmospheric, haunting
orchestrations blending rhythmic strings, beats, loops and samples.
They use two amplifed violins, cello, bass, keyboard, beats and
drums. Nawrocki spoke on the eve of a rare Hamilton appearance. >> download
Norman just finished another eye-opening, libido-tickling, coast-to-coast
sex com edy cabaret tour of Canada this Fall.
BUM interview with Anne Larrass from 'The Martlet' at the University
of Victoria, BC, October 15, 2001
What brought you and your and members
We've known each other for years through
Montréal's anarchist and underground music scene and often
talked about some sort of musical collaboration. But we always
had conflicting touring schedules and were never in town at the same
time. Finally, when the two OCAP activists spoke in Montréal,
& Norman recorded their speech, the opportunity presented itself.
Setting their speech to music, to beats, seemed like an appropriate,
useful, challenging first project, and so, BAKUNIN'S BUM was
NN POST 9/11 INTERVIEW
WITH 'JUICE' ON-LINE MAG,
1. WHERE WERE YOU ON 9/11 AND WHAT DID
YOU DO IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU LEARNED OF THE ATTACKS?
I was in Regina, Saskatchewan, on tour not with Rhythm Activism
or Bakunin's Bum but with an anti-sexist/pro-sex show called 'SEX
TOYS!', en route to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We had no choice but
to jump into the rented car and drive for 3 hours north through
spectacular, scenic prairie fields and hills as we listened to the
radio news. It was surreal. We were surrounded by natural splendor,
and attuned to a horrible tragedy unfolding thousands of miles away
wondering about all the consequences for family, friends and ourselves.
Letter of Thank You from Subcommandante Marcos,
Chiapas Mexico, to musicians
the world, including Rhythm Activism:
This message is forwarded to you as a service of Zapatistas Online.
Comments and volunteers are welcome. Write email@example.com.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999
From: irlandesa <email@example.com> Subject: EZLN: to
the Musicians of the World Sender: irlandesa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: chiapas-i <email@example.com>
Originally published in Spanish by the EZLN
| EARSHOT INTERVIEW
jan 11, 1999
[!earshot: the national campus and community
Weddings rallies anything
For Rhythm Activism's Norman Nawrocki, if
dance to it, it's not his revolution.
By Keith Powell
COTE LEAVES RA
|The True, Unadulterated,
Short, Official History of 'Les Pages Noires'
by Vancouver's bi-weekly anarcho tip sheet, 'BC BLACKOUT,' a small
collective of Montréal anarchists started 'LES PAGES NOIRES,'('THE
BLACK PAGES') in 1983 to respond to the needs of the local activist
Harvey, decibels, Montreal, 1999
RHYTHM ACTIVISM: "Jesus Was Gay"
À une époque où nous sommes inondés de
produits musicaux plus ou moins sur le mode de l'_expression individuelle,
gouffre de l'ego et son rapport avec l'autre (phénomène
communément appelé amour) ou les autres, quel soulagement
de se retrouver devant une _expression carrément dédiée
à la lutte sociale et à la dénonciation des injustices
humaines ; autre sujet insondable, mais dont l'avancement est essentiel,
si on ne veut pas perdre du terrain. Tous les jours, les exemples
démontrant que la bataille ne fait que commencer, sont légion.
NORMAN NAWROCKI de RHYTHM ACTIVISM
n'est qu'un début, continuons...
propos recueillis par Michel Harvey, Decibels, 1998, Montreal
Une des formations les plus tenaces du milieu musical alternatif montréalais,
RYTHM ACTIVISM demeure encore parfaitement méconnue du grand
public et pour cause, en évitant sous toutes ses formes les
méthodes et l'approche mercantilistes en vigueur dans le milieu
de l'industrie musicale, elle se distancie d'emblée face à
ceux qui n'ont d'intérêt que dans la mesure du divertissement.
Press, Dec 98:
"You have to
approach this recording as an irreverent cabaret. The songs appropriate
blue grass jangliness on the title track, then move to a lounge vibe
on others. They carry the spirit of punk and independence in not following
the generic mold of guitars and screaming. It's really meant to make
you think, so give it an active listen. "
RHYTHM ACTIVISM's 'JESUS WAS GAY TOUR ' 1998
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
SAYS POOR JUSTIFIED IN LOOTING'
SAO PAULO, Brazil, Associated Press
A Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop said landless peasants and the
hungry poor are morally justified in occupying land and looting supermarkets,
the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported yesterday.
A WOMAN LIVING ON THE EDGE'
rock & martial arts
"Cutting edge....packs a powerful punch"
- Global TV, Montréal
COMMUNITY CABARET, 'LE CIRQUE EN CA$H' (THE MONEY CIRCUS)
PRESS RELEASE: 11/97
RHYTHM ACTIVISM (RA), Montreal's
"rebel news orchestra," will present the world premier
of its all new, larger than life, hilarious and true "community
circus cabaret:" 'LE CIRQUE EN CA$H: LA OU RIEN N'EST CACHE!'
in three of Montreal poorest neighbourhoods: November 27
in the Comité Social Centre-Sud (1710 Beaudry); December
3 in the Centre de Loisir St-Henri (530 du Couvent) and December
4th in Villary's Centre LaJeunesse(7378 rue LaJeunesse) at 7pm each
TO THE 1997 CIRCUS CABARET 'LE CIRQUE EN CA$H: la ou rien n'est
cache!' PROJECT SUMMARY
"Le Cirque en Ca$h" (The
Money Circus) is an 80 minute long community circus cabaret comedy,
in French, about the roots of poverty and how people can fight back.
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