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Vision Festival 17 - June 11-17, Brooklyn

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VISION FESTIVAL 17

At Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (except Tuesday After Hours and Friday Afternoon Free Show)

Monday June 11th

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Opening Invocation 2012

Patricia Nicholson - words and movement
, Fay Victor, Kyoko Kitamura - vocals, 
William Parker - bass
, Hamid Drake, Gerald Cleaver - drums

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Kneebody / MoNoMe

Adam Benjamin - keyboards,  Ben Wendel - sax

Kaveh Rastegar, Nate Wood - bass,  Shane Endsley - trumpet

8:00PM - 9:00PM - Dunmall / Shipp / Morris / Cleaver

Paul Dunmall – reed, 
Matthew Shipp – piano, 
Joe Morris – bass, 
Gerald Cleaver - drums

9:00PM - 10:00PM - Sharp / Morris

Tracie Morris - poet, 
Elliott Sharp - guitar

10:00PM - 11:00PM - Mark Dresser Quintet

Rudresh Mahanthappa - alto sax
, Mark Dresser – bass
, Michael Dessen – trombone
, Denman Maroney – piano, 
Michael Sarin - drums

Tuesday June 12th

AUM Fidelity 15th Anniversary Celebration

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Eri Yamamoto / Solo Piano

8:00PM - 9:00PM - Farmers by Nature

Craig Taborn - piano, William Parker - bass, Gerald Cleaver - drums

9:00PM - 10:00PM - Darius Jones Quartet

Darius Jones - alto saxophone, 
Matt Mitchell - piano, 
Trevor Dunn – bass, 
Ches Smith - drums

10:00PM - 11:00PM - William Parker / In Order To Survive

Cooper-Moore - piano
, Lewis Barnes - trumpet, 
Rob Brown - alto saxophone, 
William Parker - bass & compositions
, Hamid Drake - drums

AFTER HOURS at Clemente Soto Velez 107 Suffolk St. Manhattan

12:00AM - 1:00AM - Sound Band / led by Jemeel Moondoc

Zak Sherzad – sax, didgeridoo, 
Ras Moshe – sax, flute, 
Matt Lavelle - alto clarinet, trumpet, 
David Moss, Max Johnson – bass, 
Nicole Federici – viola, 
Tom Zlabinger – trombone, guitar, 
Tor Snyder – guitar, harmonica, 
Tiffany Chang - drums

 

Wednesday June 13th

Joe McPhee - A LifeTime of Achievement

7:00PM - 8:30PM - Joe McPhee / ANGELS, DEVILS AND HAINTS II

(Playing in THE GARDENS OF HARLEM - a tribute to Clifford Thornton)


4 basses - Dominic Duval, Michael Bisio, Hilliard Greene, William Parker


4 horns - Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Joe Giardullo, Joe McPhee


2 percussionist - Warren Smith, Jay Rosen

Rosie Hertlein
 - violin

8:30PM - 9:30PM - Sonny Simmons Ensemble

Sonny Simmons - alto sax, english horn, 
William Parker - bass
, Thomas Bellier - electric guitar, 
Warren Smith - drums

9:30PM - 10:00PM - Jason Jordan / KnocKnock Dance Co.

music - Joe McPhee

Dancers - So Young An, Darion Smith, Misei Daimaru, Jason Jordan

10:00PM - 11:00PM - The Thing + Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee - sax & trumpet
, Mats Gustaffson - tenor & baritone
 saxophone, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten - bass, 
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums

Thursday June 14th

5:00PM - 7:00PM - Panel - Free Jazz / Free Music - Why Then / Why Now

moderator Scott Currie

Dave Burrell, Hamiet Bluiett, Wadada Leo Smith, Elliott Sharp, Howard Mandel

7:00PM - 8:30PM - ETERNAL UNITY

Dave Burrell - piano, 
Sabir Mateen - reeds
, William Parker - bass, 
William Hooker - drums

8:30PM - 9:30PM - Dangerous Women / Moving Sound

Patricia Nicholson - dance/words, 
Connie Crothers - piano

9:30PM - 10:30PM - Ivo Perelman Trio

Whit Dickey - drums
, Ivo Perelman - sax, 
Michael Bisio - bass

10:30PM - 11:30PM - Hamid Drake Ensemble

Jeff Parker – guitar
, Jeb Bishop - trombone
, Pasquale Mira - vibes
, Joshua Abrams – bass, 
Hamid Drake - drums

Friday June 15th

3:30PM - 4:30PM - POETS SPEAK / TRIBES GATHERING

at Rutgers Housing / Basketball Court, 200 Madison Street near Pike

Peace Poets /Luke Nephew, Frank Lopez, Emanuel Candelario, Frantz Jerome


Tribes Poets /Edwin Torres, Latasha Diggs, Sheila Maldonado

4:30PM - 5:00PM - Music Is Mine

Youth from 'Music Is Mine' directed by Jean Carla Rodea


Guest Stars: William Parker bass,reeds
, Cooper-Moore - percussion, diddley bow, 
Hamid Drake - drums

5:00PM - 6:00PM - The Mystery Ensemble

Kidd Jordan - sax
, Jean Carla Rodea - vocals, 
William Parker - bass
, Cooper-Moore - didleybow, 
Hamid Drake - drums

At Roulette

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Sheila Jordan & Jay Clayton / Bebop to Freebop

Jack Wilkins – guitar, 
Cameron Brown - bass

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Yoshiko Chuma - Intersections

Yoshiko Chuma - Dance, Akihito Obama - shakuhachi, Roy Campbell - trumpet

8:30PM - 9:30PM - Roy Campbell / Ehran Elisha

Roy Campbell - trumpet, 
Ehran Elisha - drums

9:30PM - 10:30PM - Henry Grimes / Wadada Leo Smith

Henry Grimes – bass, violin, 
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet

10:30PM - 11:30PM - Pheeroan akLaff / Dear Freedom Suite

Jun Miyake - saxophones, flutes, 
Angelica Sanchez - keyboards, voice, 
Santi Debriano - bass violin, electric guitar, 
Pheeroan akLaff - percussion, mixed media
, Special Guest: Amiri Baraka - words

Saturday June 16th

3:00PM - 5:00PM - The Next Generation - T.I.M.E.

Tom Zlabinger, York College Creative Ensemble
, Nicole Federici, Sonic Smithy, 
Claire Daly, Litchfield Jazz Combo

Jeff Lederer, Brooklyn Frontiers High School

Kidd Jordan leads all 50 students in Albert Ayler's Universal Indians 


7:00PM - 7:30PM - OH, Solo

Rachel Bernsen – Dance

7:30PM - 8:30PM - Steve Swell Quintet

Steve Swell - trombone, 
Rob Brown - alto
 sax, Chris Forbes - piano, 
Hill Greene - bass, 
Michael T.A. Thompson - drums

8:30PM - 9:30PM - PREMIERE

Joelle Leandre - bass
, Nicole Mitchell - flute
, Thomas Buckner - voice

9:30PM - 10:30PM - TRIO 3

Reggie Workman – bass, 
Andrew Cyrille – drums, 
Oliver Lake - sax

10:30PM - 11:30PM - Jason Kao Hwang / BURNING BRIDGE

Jason Hwang – violin, 
Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet, flugelhorn, 
Ken Filiano - string bass
, Andrew Drury - drum set
, Wang Guowei – erhu
, Sun Li – pipa
, Steve Swell - trombone

Sunday June 17th - Closing Night

4:00PM - 6:00PM - Panel - Freedom for Sale (Poets & Prophets)

Mike Burke moderator (producer Democracy Now)

Amiri Baraka (author, activist), Ewuare X Osayande (author, activist) 

George Shulman (author, educator) Luke Nephew, (poet ,activist) 

Patricia Parker (organizer, poet, dancer)

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Ingrid Laubrock / ANTI-HOUSE

Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone, 
Mary Halvorson – guitar, 
Kris Davis – piano
, John Hebert – bass
, Tom Rainey - drums

7:00PM - 8:00PM - BURNT SUGAR the ARKESTRA CHAMBER / Holy Ghost And Fire

Greg "Ionman" Tate - conduction, guitar, laptop, 
Lisala, Abby Dobson - vocals, 
Mikel Banks - vocals, conduction, freak-a-phone
, Lewis "Flip" Barnes Jr. – trumpet, 
Micah Gaugh - alto sax, 
V. Jeffery Smith, Avram Fefer - tenor sax, 
"Moist" Paula Henderson - bari sax
, Dave "Smoota" Smith - trombone, 
Andre Lassalle, Ben Tyree - guitar
, Bruce Mack - vocals/keyboards, Jason DiMatteo - acoustic bass
, Jared Michael Nickerson - electric bass, 
LaFrae Sci - drums

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Jason Jordan / Breaking

8:30PM - 9:30PM - Rob Brown / Daniel Levin

Rob Brown - alto sax
, Daniel Levin - cello

9:30PM - 10:30PM - Kidd Jordan Quintet

Kidd Jordan - alto, 
Charles Gayle - tenor, piano
, J.D. Parron - sax, 
William Parker - bass
, Hamid Drake - drums

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I am really curious about the exclusion of AACM players. Muhal and George Lewis are in town. People who played at the Velvet Lounge don't really count.

It is friggin' NYC and the best you can do it this. How about the BAG guys too. Oliver Lake is worth whatever you could manage. Too late for Julius.

Ann and I were thinking of spending a shitload for the events, but...........

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Isn't Nicole Mitchell part of the AACM? I know, there are still plenty others....

And being New York, I bet there will always be a bias towards local talent.

Still, it is a hell of a series and I wish I could get up there to see some of the performances.

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oliver Lake is playing as part of Trio3, but good point Chuck about the lack of AACM folks.

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Among AACM folks it looks like Hamid and Nicole and Wadada will be at the Vision Fest this year. Roscoe used to be there yearly but he hasn't since he moved to CA. Fred Anderson and Joseph Jarman were there annually for quite awhile, I was there for the Muhal and Fred lifetime achievement concerts. Other AACM musicians have played there.

The festival does favor improvising units, often apparently ad hoc groups, over working groups with a composed repertoire. I believe Mike Reed is the only Umbrella Music musician who's led a band there and as for 8 Bold Souls, Fast Citizens, Josh Berman's Old Idea, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, Lucky Sevens, etc., let's not hold our breaths.

For a change I'll miss this year's Vision fest. The move to downtown Brooklyn is inconvenient - my cheap lodgings are usually in downtown Manhattan and late-night subways are few - that stuff about "the city that never sleeps" is not true.

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the move to the new location will be more inconvenient for me as I live in New Jersey but from what I have heard the new Roulette is a good performance space with good sound and air conditioning which is the polar opposite of the awful sound and no air conditioning of the Abrons Art Center where the festival has been held the past few years.

as far as the lack of AACM or BAG musicians, that has never been the case with the Vision Festival - sure I would LOVE to see Eight Bold Souls or some of the other Chicago based ensembles that never come to NYC.

For years Joseph Jarman and many of the AEC members or AACM members have been very prominent within the festival.

I am actually more looking forward to the nights I will be able to attend this year than in any years since ~ 2000 or 2001.

I always have wished there was much more diversity in the festival - years back they had Gerry Hemingway's Quintet but the non-NYC high energy was never the focus of the music - but lats year Evan Parker appeared as well as the featured performer/lifetime recipient Peter Brotzmann being featured.

on the whole it is still pretty damn hard to complain about a week of music that includes Mats Gustaffson, Joe McPhee, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan akLaff, Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, Cooper-Moore, Daniel Levin, Craig Taborn, Mark Dresser, Paal Nilssen-Love, Warren Smith, Sonny Simmons, Wadada Leo Smith, Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson, Charles Gayle, Ivo Perelman, Jeb Bishop, Michael Bisio, Steve Swell, Taylor Ho Bynum, Ken Filiano, Joelle Leandre and Paul Dunmall

I sort of ran through the names and picked out the above musicians that I have loved over the years or more recently have become taken with or have a keen interest in listening to - all of the above are superb improvisors.

It seems quite short-sighted and jaded to complain about such a line-up. Some people on other boards may remember similar complaints coming from me over the years but let's get a grip - look at who IS playing - for jah's sake the *great* Paul Dunmall is playing in NYC for the first time since 2009. There are at least 4 nights that have at least 2 bands I would go to see if they were the only bands playing - How about Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House - is no one excited about seeing THAT band?

How often does anyone get to see In Order to Survive? or Kidd Jordan with Charles Gayle together in a band with Hamid Drake?

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I went to Roulette in February to see Threadgill, and it is a nice venue. The location is close to the Atlantic Avenue station, so there's a ton of NYC subway lines(2,3,4,5,Q,N,R,C,G,B,D) and the LIRR

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I've seen Nicole Mitchell at a past Vision Festival, and they did a Fred Anderson tribute night a few years back. I don't think they ignore the Chicago crowd, but a common complaint is that the lineup is the same old pretty much each year, and that it's a somewhat hermetic, incestuous scene centered around Parker & Nicholson. Also, for all I know Muhal isn't interested since he runs his own AACM NY series.

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very true, Pete it has *always* been mostly many of the same musicians that have been featured with little that is outside the Parker/Nicholson circle, and for a long time I railed about that but I have become much less critical in recent years and much more grateful to see musicians and music that I am interested in.

The bands that are playing this year that are outside of that circle (but the first 2 which also play @ various times in NYC) are Mark Dresser's Quintet, Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House, Kneebody and The Thing.

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I'm with Chuck. The hardest thing for non-participating musicians is that the organization is extremely non responsive and cliquish. It's a matter of respect; they don't answer emails or queries and don't seem to go outside of their own little circle.

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There are a few things on that list I'd like to see, but for the most part it seems like stuff I can conjure what the experience would be like without ever having to hear it.

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The only thing that really interests me is the Sheila Jordan/Jay Clayton thing.

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Yeah, that could be interesting. I'd like to hear Joe McPhee's Gardens of Harlem revisitation and Anti-House.

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There are a few things on that list I'd like to see, but for the most part it seems like stuff I can conjure what the experience would be like without ever having to hear it.

Agreed. I too would go to see Anti-House, Mark Dresser and Farmers by Nature, though.

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many points well made and as I have mentioned often in the past it was incredible that William Parker played with almost every band and maybe the greatest bassist alive in the world Peter Kowald made sausage sandwiches save for *maybe* one set he *may* have been involved in.

so they come some distance as this year there are numerous fantastic bassists for example from Ken Filiano to Mark Dresser to Michale Bisio to Joelle Leandre appearing. Of course they will always feature many of the same old standbys which some of which some of us may like more than others - for me a few of the bands are of no/little interest to me.

I know Pete C is no fan of Paul Dunmall but how many other of you guys have had an opportunity to see him live?? To my ears he is one of the great saxophonists alive and his appearance cannot be overlooked and that quartet should be smoking hot - and yes I can pretty much imagine what it may sould like - but how jaded can one get?

What bands are all of you seeing these days or playing in that is creating music you have no idea what it would sound like?

Hey - I thought I knew what the Cleaver band with Cooper-Moore, Darius Jones, Pascal Niggenkemper and Brandon Seabrook would sound like and they shocked me and stunned me on how creative and original they were - thank jah I have lost the jaded attitude I see and hear from people here and elsewhere.

also I have ZERO interest in the 'poets' or the 'dancers' especially the peace movement leftover bs from the 60's - I don't fit into the political crowd sometimes associated with some of this music - so the vibe has often left me wanting for freshness - all agreed here with that.

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Parker is married to the organizer of the fest.

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Parker is married to the organizer of the fest.

Some years ago Patricia Nicholson used to go by the name Patty Parker.

I prefer dancers with jazz to poets with jazz, because with dancers you can close your eyes. I'm not opposed to jazz poetry in principle, though. Ted Joans and Kenneth Rexroth among others did some great stuff back in the day. But I hate the jazz poetry that's so self-referential about jazz, and the "expressive dance" I've been seeing since the days of Rivbea remind me of those old Jules Feiffer cartoons. Another really silly thing is live action painting with jazz performances.

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It is very heartwarming that after all these many years that there is one subject viewpoint that Pete and I can agree on without hesitation.

I like your descriptor 'expressive dance'

it is so beat

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personally I prefer human sacrifice with my jazz.

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Poetry with jazz always reminds me of a horrible experience I had at a Vision Fest. Khan Jamal was playing an absolutely scorching set that was ruined by some poetess(Sherilynn Fenn?sp)who never seemed to know when to come in, when to lay out, dynamics, rhythm. If that set were recorded and her part ecxised it would have been amazing. Ah well...

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I know Pete C is no fan of Paul Dunmall but how many other of you guys have had an opportunity to see him live?? To my ears he is one of the great saxophonists alive

Dunmall is special. He improvises entire symphonies.

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an absolutely scorching set that was ruined by some poetess(Sherilynn Fenn?sp)

Wasn't she a character on Twin Peaks?

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to give you an idea of the weirdness of the Visions Fest, I had a group with Roswell Rudd that we proposed to bring in - they never even said "no," just ignored various queries,

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an absolutely scorching set that was ruined by some poetess(Sherilynn Fenn?sp)

Wasn't she a character on Twin Peaks?

:) Yes, she was an actress on that show. Jazz poet as well? hmmm...

"Another really silly thing is live action painting with jazz performances"

I attended an event here in Dallas where some guy played quasi-classical piano while another guy painted. The painter was actually talented, but judging from the demeanor of the pianist you'd think they were creating the next Mona Lisa. The ladies in the audience dug it though...

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to give you an idea of the weirdness of the Visions Fest, I had a group with Roswell Rudd that we proposed to bring in - they never even said "no," just ignored various queries,

I imagine they get a lot of queries from many worthwhile artists. It does not excuse the lack of response, but I am not necessarily convinced that the lack of response in this instance is probative of any "weirdness"

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