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Henry Grimes / Roscoe Mitchell @ Vision Festival 7/7/2015
Amina Claudine Myers & Henry Grimes
Roscoe Mitchell Trio & Quintet

NYC's Vision Festival, celebrating its 20th year, has been going on all week at Judson Memorial Church with an eclectic lineup of music, dance and poetry. Things kicked off Tuesday (7/7) with sets from Roscoe Mitchell's Trio and Quintet, Amina Claudine Myers & Henry Grimes, Douglas Ewart's band Quasar, and more. Joseph Jarman was scheduled to do the Invocation this year, as he had done the first 10 years of Vision Fest, but was not feeling well so Patricia Nicholson took his place. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Vision Fest continues through the weekend. Tonight includes David Murray with Class Struggle Trio, violinist Jason Kao Hwang with Sing House, and pianist Matthew Shipp with dancer Yoshiko Chuma and more. Tickets are still available. More pics from Tuesday's kickoff event, below...

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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...

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Akron Family

Akron/Family and guests ("Xtended Family") that included William Parker and Hamid Drake played a special collaborative set at (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 30th to close the 11-day Vision Fest XV. Before, William Parker led his own band Southern Satellites.

Akron/Family also played a semi-secret show at Monster Island Basement the next night (July 1st). NYCTaper recorded their set from that, which you can download.

More pictures from LPR are below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Akron Family @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in March (more by Leia Jospe)
Akron Family

The Vision Festival, New York's premier Avant-Jazz festival, returns to Abrons. Now in its 15th year, the Vision Festival gathers the country's most innovative music, art, dance, and poetry. These seven nights will transform the Abrons into a fully interactive space with art exhibitions, a site-specific venue installation ,and events occurring in multiple places simultaneously throughout the night! VF15 honors Muhal Richard Abrams for a Lifetime of Achievement, the legendary Fred Anderson, Michael Reed's People, Places & Things Quartet, Open Loose with Mark Helias, Günter Baby Sommer & Wadada Leo Smith, David S. Ware Trio, Matthew Shipp, William Parker's Southern Satellites, Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Guillermo E. Brown, By Any Means, Joëlle Léandre Stone Quartet, Hamid Drake, Vladimir Tarasov and a bunch of the best drummers in the U.S. paying tribute to Rashied Ali, and so much more!
Vision Fest XV unfolds over the span of 11 days this June 20th-30th at a number of downtown venues. Day passes and festival passes are both on sale.

The closing show for the festival will be Wednesday, June 30th at (Le) Poisson Rouge and will feature a special performance by Akron/Xtended/Family with bassist William Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake joining the band. Also on the bill are William Parker's Southern Satellites and [the] slowest runner [in all the world]. Tickets are on sale now.

The Vision Fest full schedule is here. Southern Satellites opened for Akron/Family at Bowery Ballroom in March and members of the band, including trumpeter Lewis Flip Barnes and gutiarist Asim Barnes, joined Akron during their set. A video of that is posted below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Philip Glass

Mode Records has etched its name in the annals of music history, producing the avant-garde and modern classical music of influential composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, and Harry Partch. In its twenty-fifth year, they are hosting a six-hour benefit concert featuring very special performances by Philip Glass and John Zorn and a rare performance of John Cage's "Concert for Piano and Orchestra" with "Aria." This marathon of experimental music luminaries in the intimate Abrons Playhouse helps Mode Records to continue producing the best of New Music into the 21st century.
The Mode Records "Marathon" will happen this Saturday, November 21st at the Abrons Arts Center with a 6pm early show and a 7:30pm late show. Glass, whose opera Kepler makes its US debut at BAM this week (Nov 18, 20 & 21 at 7:30pm) (tickets are still on sale), will be at the early show only, performing solo piano work. That'll also feature a John Zorn-directed performance of his piece "Cobra." The later show will run four hours (the marathon part) and includes Respect Sextet playing music by Sun Ra and Stockhausen, John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra with Aria (performed simultaneously) and The Jack Quartet with a performance of Iannis Xenakis' Tetra. Tickets are still available.

John ZornThanks to the recession (and the other more nuanced factors we can lump in with it), the Mode concert is neither the only benefit nor the only marathon happening this week. Another benefit marathon this week (also with John Zorn) is happening at the Clemente Soto Vélez (CSV) Cultural Center (dubbed "The Suffolk" for CMJ this year) on Friday, Nov. 20th and Saturday, Nov. 21st. The beneficiaries of the 28 hour marathon are non-profit Arts For Art and the annual Vision Festival, which is going into its 15th year. Night one acts include Sex Mob, John Zorn solo, pianist Connie Crothers and her quartet, Sam Hillmer's Regattas and $KELETON$ Big Band (who are also at the Stone in December). Night two includes Milford Graves & Marshall Allen Duo and a cast of rotating musicians and groups. A full schedule is here. Tickets are on sale.

Yet another (!) benefit marathon comes from WFMU, who is currently holding a 24-hour benefit that runs until Wednesday, November 18th (today) at 7pm. More details on the fundraiser and why it's needed are below. Donate here.

A poster, the full Mode Fest lineup and relevant videos and info are posted below...

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Billy Bang, Fred Anderson, William Parker, Kidd Jordan @ Vision Festival 2008 (one_dead_president)
Vision Festival

The annual avant-jazz blowout known as Vision Festival started Tuesday, June 9th with a set by violinist Billy Bang as his "Brass Bang" band at the Abrons Arts Center. That'll be the fest's venue for six of its seven days, through Sunday, June 14th. The final Vision gig will happen at Angel Orensanz Foundation, and will feature a closing set by bassist William Parker and his "Quartet + 2."

Attendees at the fest's Wednesday, June 10th show will get two tastes of Sun Ra saxist Marshall Allen: first in a special quintet, then leading the Sun Ra Arkestra (with guests that include Bang).

Tickets for all nights are on sale, as are VIP passes. Full Vision Festival schedule below...

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