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NYC’s Vision Festival 2015 lineup, schedule & tickets

Vision Festival

This year marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the Vision Festival. To celebrate this milestone Arts for Art (AFA) plans 6 days that sets the standard for creative FreeJazz music, dance, visual art and ideas, which embrace values that challenge and inform. Historically, AFA has dedicated one festival night to give recognition to a single, deserving artist for their lifetime of achievement. This year AFA celebrates all VISION artists, in particular those iconic NY artists whose creative voices have helped build our reputation as the world’s premier FreeJazz Festival. Vision Festival also acknowledges our longstanding relationship with Chicago’s legendary AACM artists, as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary!

Highlights: Milford Graves, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra, Matthew Shipp, Henry Grimes, Amina Claudine Myers, Joe McPhee, Jason Kao Hwang, Dave Burrell, Joelle Leandre, Hamiet Bluiett, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, Kidd Jordan, Douglas Ewart, Wadada Leo Smith, Ingrid Laubrock, Darius Jones and more

NYC’s six-day Vision Festival returns from July 7-12 at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square S) with an eclectic lineup of music, dance and poetry. Tickets for each day, and festival passes, are on sale now.

Full schedule with more info below…

Tuesday July 7th, 2015
DAY 1

Historic Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
6:30PM – 7:00PM – Invocation Joseph Jarman

7:00PM – 8:00PM – Douglas R. Ewart and Quasar

8:00PM – 8:30PM – POETRY
8:30PM – 9:30PM – Henry Grimes / Amina Claudine Myers

Amina Claudine Myers – piano, voice / Henry Grimes – bass, violin
9:30PM – 11:00PM – Roscoe Mitchell: Two Trios and Combined Quintet

Trio One — Roscoe Mitchell – alto, soprano and sopranino saxophones / Hugh Ragin – trumpet, piccolo trumpet and flugelhorn / Tyshawn Sorey – drums, trombone and piano
Trio Two — Roscoe Mitchell: alto, soprano and sopranino saxophones / Craig Taborn – piano and electronics / Kikanju Baku – drums and percussion
Combined Quintet: Roscoe Mitchell, Hugh Ragin, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey and Kikanju Baku

Wednesday July 8th, 2015
DAY 2

Historic Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
7:00PM – 7:30PM – DANCE
7:30PM – 8:30PM – Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage, Ken Filiano, Lou Grassi

8:30PM – 9:30PM – Marilyn Crispell & Gerry Hemingway

9:30PM – 10:00PM – POETRY
10:00PM – 11:00PM – Whit Dickey Ensemble – Cosmic Breath

Rob Brown – sax / Daniel Levin – cello / Michael Bisio – bass / Whit Dickey – drums
11:00PM – 12:00AM – Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

Thursday July 9th, 2015
DAY 3

Historic Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
7:00PM – 7:30PM – DANCE
7:30PM – 8:30PM – Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie LesBros

Darius Jones – sax / Sean Conly – bass / Craig Taborn – piano / Gerald Cleaver – drums / Emilie LesBros – vocals
8:30PM – 9:00PM – POETRY
9:00PM – 10:00PM – Milford Graves, Charles Gayle, William Parker, Hugh Glover

10:00PM – 11:00PM – Dave Burrell Civil War Project

Dave Burrell – piano, Steve Swell – trombone

11:00PM – 12:00AM – FOUR FOR TAZZ

Joe McPhee- brass/reeds, Charles Gayle bass, piano, Charles Downs drums,
Warren Smith- vibes/marimba, percussion

Friday July 10th, 2015
DAY 4

Historic Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
7:00PM – 7:30PM – DANCE
7:30PM – 8:30PM – Karl Berger Improvisers Chamber Orchestra ‘The Sertso Suite’

featuring poetry & vocals: Ingrid Sertso with Karl Berger, vibes, piano, conducting
Warren Smith – percussion
Steve Gorn – bansuri flute / Sylvain Leroux – african flutes
Bob Selcoe – trumpet / Yasuno Katsuki – euphonium
Lee Odom – clarinet / Kenny Wessel – guitar
Sana Nagano, Ernesto Llorens – violin / Jason Kao Hwang – viola
Tomas Ulrich – cello
Ken Filiano, Hilliard Greene – bass
8:30PM – 9:30PM – Jason Kao Hwang / Sing House

Jason Kao Hwang – composer, violin, viola / Andrew Drury drum set / Ken Filiano string bass
Chris Forbes – piano / Steve Swell – trombone
9:30PM – 10:00PM – POETRY
10:00PM – 11:00PM – David Murray with Class Struggle Trio

David Murray – sax, Burniss Earl Travis – bass / Chris Beck – drums
Mingus Murray – director, guitar
11:00PM – 12:00AM – William Parker Martin Luther King Project

Reeds : Kidd Jordan, Jemeel Moondoc, James Brandon Lewis
Keyboard : Dave Burrell, Cooper-Moore
Bass : William Parker

Saturday July 11th, 2015
DAY 5

Historic Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
6:00PM – 6:30PM – DANCE
6:30PM – 7:30PM – Ingrid Laubrock Sextet

Ingrid Laubrock – soprano, tenor sax, Craig Taborn – piano, Miya Masaoka – koto
Dan Peck – tuba, Tyshawn Sorey- drums, Sam Pluta – electronics
7:30PM – 8:30PM – Wadada Leo Smith / Aruan Ortiz Duo

Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet / Aruan Ortiz – piano
8:30PM – 9:00PM – POETRY
9:00PM – 10:00PM – Tony Malaby TubaCello

Tony Malaby – tenor and soprano, Chris Hoffman – cello, Bob Stewart – tuba
John Hollenbeck – drums, percussion and piano
10:00PM – 11:00PM – Joelle Leandre / Gerald Cleaver / Mat Maneri

Joelle Leandre – bass, Gerald Cleaver – drums, Mat Maneri – violin

Sunday July 12th, 2015
DAY 6

Historic Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
6:00PM – 6:30PM – DANCE
6:30PM – 7:30PM – HEAR in NOW

Mazz Swift – violin / Tomeka Reid – cello
7:30PM – 8:30PM – Matthew Shipp Trio

Matthew Shipp – piano, Newman Taylor-Baker – drums, Michael Bisio – bass
8:30PM – 9:00PM – POETRY
9:00PM – 10:00PM – Rob Brown Quartet

Rob Brown – alto sax, Steve Swell – trombone, Todd Nicholson – bass, Gerald Cleaver – drs
10:00PM – 11:00PM – Hamiet Bluiett Telepathic Orchestra

Kidd Jordan tenor – sax / Charles Gayle – tenor sax / George Sams – trumpet / Joe Daley – tuba / D.D. Jackson – piano / William Parker – bass / Charles Bobo Shaw – drums / Warren Smith – percussion / Mazz Swift – violin / Jason Kao Hwang – violin / Judith Insell – viola / Tomeka Reid – cello / Mark Schmied – bass

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