NYC’s six-day Vision Festival returns from June 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. The first night of the fest is dedicated to Henry Grimes (who plays as part of a quartet and septet that night) which features appearances from Marc Ribot, Meshell Ndegeocello and more. The rest of the fest includes performances by The Sun Ra Arkestra, Steve Swell Quintet, Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, Wadada Leo Smith, the Kidd Jordan Ensemble and lots more.

Festival passes and daily tickets are on sale now. Detailed daily lineups and schedule for the 2016 Vision Festival are below.




Tuesday, June 7
A photographic retrospective of Henry Grimes...
6:30PM Opening Invocation: Hamid Drake, Whit Dickey, ​Patricia Parker

An Evening Dedicated to the Creative Spirit of the Legendary Henry Grimes

7PM Henry Grimes Quartet
Geri Allen - piano
Henry Grimes - bass, violin
​Graham Haynes - cornet
Andrew Cyrille - drums

8:30PM Songs by Lisa Sokolov
​to poems by Henry Grimes
Voices: Karma Mayet Johnson, Meshell Ndegeocello
Lisa Sokolov, Dwight Trible, Imani Uzuri
Henry Grimes - bass, violin

9:45PM Henry Grimes Septet
Charles Gayle - sax
Melanie Dyer- viola
Henry Grimes - bass, violin
Nicole Mitchell - flute
Tomeka Reid - cello
Marc Ribot - guitar
Chad Taylor - drums

Wednesday, June 8
Art Projection: Lois Eby & Poems by David Budbill

7PM Jen Shyu Song of Silver Geese
Jen Shyu - composition, vocals, gayageum, moon lute & piano
Satoshi Haga - dance, choreo.
Jade Tongue: Mat Maneri - viola Chris Dingman - vibe
​Thomas Morgan - bass
Anna Webber - flute
​Dan Weiss - drums
Mivos Quartet:
Olivia De Prato - 1st Violin
Erica Dicker - 2nd Violin
Victor Lowrie - viola
Mariel Roberts - cello

​8PM Poet Quincy Troupe

8:30PM Connie Crothers Trio
Connie Crothers - piano
Michael Bisio - bass
Warren Smith - drums

9:40PM The Sun Ra Arkestra
60th Anniversary
Led by Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen – alto, flute
Danny Ray Thompson -bari, fl.
James Stewart – tenor, flute
Cecil Brooks - trumpet
Dave Davis - trombone
Vincent Chancey – french horn
Tyler Mitchell – bass
Dave Hotep – el. guitar
Calvin Edwin Newborn - guitar
George Burton- piano
Wayne Anthony Smith - drums
Elson Nascimento – surdo, perc.
Tara Middleton – vocals
Atakatune - congas

Thursday, June 9
Visual Art Projection: Jonas Hidalgo

7PM Douglas Dunn + Dancers Bill Cole's UnTempered Trio 'REVISIONS'
Dancers: Douglas Dunn,
Jules Bakshi, Emily Pope,
Paul Singh, Jin Ju Song-Begin
Music: Bill Cole – double reeds didgeridoo / Ras Moshe – reeds Lisette Santiago – percussion

8PM Jemeel Moondoc
Cosmic Nickelodeon
Jemeel Moondoc - alto sax
Matthew Shipp - piano
Nathan Breedlove - trumpet
Hilliard Greene - bass
​Newman Taylor Baker - drums

9PM Poet Tonya Foster

9:30PM Steve Swell Quintet: Kende Dreams
Steve Swell - trombone, comp
Rob Brown - sax
Connie Crothers - piano
Larry Roland - bass
​Chad Taylor - drums
10:30 Garland of Blessing
Hamid Drake - drums
Kidd Jordan - sax
Cooper-Moore - piano
Michael Bisio - bass

Friday, June 10
Visual Art Projection: Marcy Rosenblat

5PM Panel The Creative Option : FreeJazz vs Fascism
Hamid Drake, Matt Shipp, Connie Crothers, Fay Victor, P Nicholson
​Adam Zanolini, Moderator Scott Currie

7PM William Hooker TRIANGLE: Symbol of Perfection
Chris DiMeglio - trumpet
Adam Lane - bass
Mark Hennen - piano
William Hooker - drums
​Goussy Célestin - dance
​Film: "Approaching The Garden" by Ed Kasperak

8PM Fay Victor SoundNoise Quartet
Fay Victor - voice, text
​Sam Newsome - soprano sax
Melvin Gibbs - bass guitar
Reggie Nicholson - drums, perc.

9PM For Billy Bang
Bob Holman Poet
Todd Nicholson - bass

9:30PM Cooper-Moore Quartet
Alan Michael - alto sax
Brian Price - woodwinds
Michael Wimberly - percussion
Cooper-Moore - perc, piano

10:30PM Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba
Alex Norris - trumpet
​Chris Washburne - trombone
Roman Filiu - alto, soprano sax
Stacy Dillard - tenor sax
Yunior Terry - bass
​Robby Ameen - drums
Lead Vocals: Amma Mcken
Roman Diaz, Mauricio Herrera, Rafael Monteagudo - bata, congas
Michele Rosewoman - piano, v

Saturday, June 11
Visual Art Projection: Charlotte Ka

2PM Forum on Improvisation

2:30PM PS 182 CCNY Quest Band
Michael TA Thompson, Edvin Rustrian directors

3PM Visionary Youth Orchestra
Jessica Jones, Jeff Lederer directors

3:30PM All Students play
music of Henry Grimes
led by Steve Swell

Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
Miriam Parker - dance, video, comp.
Jo Wood Brown - installation

7:30PM Hamiet Bluiett Quartet
Hamiet Bluiett - reeds
​DD Jackson - piano
Bob Stewart - tuba
Hamid Drake - drums

​8:30PM Poet David Mills

9PM Wadada Leo Smith
Viola Quartet + Electronics 'PACIFICA'
Stephanie Griffin - viola
Jason Kao Hwang - viola
Tanya Kalmanovitch - viola
​Gwen Lester - viola
Hardedge - electronics
Wadado Leo Smith - trumpet

​10PM Paradox of Freedom
​Dave Burrell - piano
​Hamid Drake - drums

Sunday, June 12
Visual Art Projection: Bill Mazza

5PM Panel The Creative Option : FreeJazz vs Fascism
William Hooker, Mike Reed, Fay Victor, Charlotte Ka
​Moderator Scott Currie

6PM Breath and Stone
David Mills - poetry
Patricia Nicholson - dance, words
Yoshiko Chuma - dance
Djassi DaCosta Johnson - dance
​Jason Kao Hwang - violin, viola
Michael TA Thompson - drums

7PM Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone
Ben Lamar Gay - cornet
Greg Ward - alto sax
Tim Haldeman - tenor
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
​ Kevin Cova - spoken text
Marvin Tate - spoken text
Mike Reed - drums, comp.

8PM James Brandon Lewis Trio
James Brandon Lewis - sax
Luke Stewart - bass
Warren Trae Crudup III - drums
9PM Three Sopranos & Percussion
Soprano Saxophones:
​Dave Liebman,
Sam Newsome, Jeff Coffin
​Percussion: Tatsuya Nakatani

10PM Kidd Jordan Ensemble
Kidd Jordan – sax
Joel Futterman – piano
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Alvin Fielder – drums
guest Marlon Jordan – trumpet

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