New York’s Vision Festival for Free Jazz, Dance, Visual Art, and Poetry, celebrates its 20th year from July 5th-12th.
In various special concerts, there will be a lot of experimental, free, avantgarde, whatever-you-want-to-call-it Jazz at the Historic Judson Memorial Church at the beautiful Washington Square South. The opening night performances are dedicated to the AACM, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and among the artists are soprano saxophonist Joseph Jarman, Oliver Lake, and Craig Harris in a programme of Douglas R. Ewart and Quasar with dancers, poetry, and voice. Also on opening night, a duo performance by Henry Grimes and Amina Claudine Myers and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell with two trios (first one with Hugh Ragin and Tyshawn Sorey and second one with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku) and combined quintet.
There will be on-stage projections throughout the festival which also hosts the duo of Marilyn Crispell and Gerald Hemingway (July 8th), the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen (July 8th), the Darius Jones Quartet featuring singer Emilie Lesbros (July 9th), the Milford Graves HeArt Quartet (July 9th), Joe McPhee’s Four For Tazz, a tribute to Roy Campbell (July 9th), David Murray with the Class Struggle Trio (July 10th), the William Parker Martin Luther King Project (July 10th), the Ingrid Laubrock Sextet (July 11th), Wadada Leo Smith/Aruan Ortiz Duo (July 11th), and the Tony Malaby TubaCello with Bob Stewart, Chris Hoffman, and John Hollenbeck.
The final night on July 12th will have a screening of “Viable Option” by Esteban del Valle, a panel on the continuing legacy of Amiri Baraka called “Empowering Freedom & Justice Today”, and performances by the Matthew Shipp Trio, the Rob Brown Quartet, and the Hamiett Bluiett Telepathic Orchestra.
You can find all relevant info right here: www.artsforart.org