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Vision Festival 2015

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Nice line up indeed. Douglas Ewart Ensemble, Karl Berger's Peace Church Suite and the Myers/Grimes duet stand out for me. But I'd be happy on any and every night. One year I will make it..........enjoy it those of you who are nearer

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Ann and I bought tickets for the whole deal.

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One of the questions I have is how well Judson will hold up as a concert venue. When they've used it for Winter JazzFest, audience members stood or sat on the bare floor, and the noise from the back of the room was quite noticeable. I assume they will put folding seats in, but then there is not that much space IIRC. It kind of reminds me of the unlamented (at least by me) Clemente Soto Velez space, where the VF was once held. OTOH, I like being on Washington Square and in the Village. I wonder why they left Roulette? And changed the dates to July? Interesting.

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Very concerned that the space will not work well

Many of Leeway's concerns are echoed here. Need chairs. If not, it will be a disaster. I do not like the sound in the huge church hall. It works for some of the music, I guess - but not the type of space I look to hear my favorite music live. Sound of the drummers is lost to the high ceiling.

Plus I imagine it will be hot outside - what about inside? Anyone know?!?!?

Too bad they moved from Roulette. I love that room.

Good to see that both of my favorite local NYC guys are playing Saturday night. I think I make it for Tuesday and Saturday despite my concerns.

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I agree with the concerns regarding the venue. I only caught one show at the Judson Memorial Church during the last Winter Jazz Fest, and the sound wasn't good from the back of the room where I was standing.

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The only time I attended Viz it was in the Angel Orensanz Center. The sound wasn't ideal, but considering the cavernous layout of the building, it sounded better than one would have thought.

Need to get back up there for another one.

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and now I have tickets for Tuesday and Saturday. Will take my chances on the other nights. I suspect the schedule the festival is advertising may be incomplete, there may be some added activities. It's happened before. No doubt the change in venue results from availability and rent expenses.

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Has it gotten that hard to get into? The year I went we walked up each night...

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Generally it hasn't, but opening night and "big nights" have sold out (or pretty close) in some cases. The question is how many will the new venue hold and will that meet the demand. I'm sure that Patricia Nicholson Parker and WIlliam Parker have given their serious attention to this matter and taken the measure of the new space. It would be nice to know, though, more about what the new venue should be like for VF. BTW, I agree that Tuesday and Saturday are the strongest nights, which raises some tactical considerations for attendance.

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Scott, once on opening night I had to wait for inside people to leave before they let me in.

The Angel Orensanz Center was the most beautiful place that I saw for a Vision Festival and Roulette was probably the best place to listen.

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More music than I for one could handle - but CHEAP! Is that down to sponsorship or low pay? I'm curious to know how many the venue accommodates....

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Scott, once on opening night I had to wait for inside people to leave before they let me in.

The Angel Orensanz Center was the most beautiful place that I saw for a Vision Festival and Roulette was probably the best place to listen.

It is indeed a beautiful cathedral.

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On the fence - but should check early onset saltiness at the door and try to see some of the music.

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On the fence - but should check early onset saltiness at the door and try to see some of the music.

There is where I'm at. I would like to see some of these great musicians but I'm spoiled as far as my preferred listening experiences. After seeing Evan Parker from the front row at The Stone where I could have touched his tenor saxophone sitting on the table while he was playing his soprano, it is hard to even get excited about hearing even Gerry Hemingway with Marilyn Crispell or Joelle Leandre with Mat Maneri & Gerald Cleaver when the sound of those great drummers might be lost to the height of the church.

Plus I'll see Hemingway later in the month @ The Stone from ten feet away (if I choose to put up with the dreaded heat - but at least I know the actual sound experience will be mind blowing).

I love Malaby (real shock!!) and I'm grateful that the Vision Festival is featuring him this year leading one of his ensembles - but honestly it is SO MUCH BETTER to see him @ Cornelia Street Cafe - which I'm doing again this weekend with Open Loose.

Sure I would LOVE to see / hear Roscoe Mitchell's band and that would be the primary reason I would go on Tuesday just as seeing Leandre with Maneri on Saturday would be my reason for going that night.

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Scott, once on opening night I had to wait for inside people to leave before they let me in.

The Angel Orensanz Center was the most beautiful place that I saw for a Vision Festival and Roulette was probably the best place to listen.

It is indeed a beautiful cathedral.

Just to be precise, it is/was a synagogue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Orensanz_Center

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Ah, thanks for the clarification. I actually was not aware of the difference between the two.

Beautiful building, though. Inside and out.

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Roscoe is one of a couple of artists whom I'd like to see again (have not seen him in a decade). The others would be Crispell & Hemingway and the Robinson-Whitecage Quartet.

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Roscoe is one of a couple of artists whom I'd like to see again (have not seen him in a decade). The others would be Crispell & Hemingway and the Robinson-Whitecage Quartet.

Would you really pick and choose? It's all you can eat for $200.

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I went last night to hear Connie Crothers, Crispell/Hemingway and the Sun Ra Arkestra.  The piano was so dreadfully out of tune that I was embarrassed for the artists, and infuriated as a listener.  After Connie's set with dancers, I promptly asked for a refund and left.  Very disappointing to see an organization that disrespects the artists and their audience by thoughtless inaction on what should be a no-brainer.  I won't be going back.........

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I went last night to hear Connie Crothers, Crispell/Hemingway and the Sun Ra Arkestra.  The piano was so dreadfully out of tune that I was embarrassed for the artists, and infuriated as a listener.  After Connie's set with dancers, I promptly asked for a refund and left.  Very disappointing to see an organization that disrespects the artists and their audience by thoughtless inaction on what should be a no-brainer.  I won't be going back.........

I decided not to go this year because of the venue. Very curious as to the overall sound, seating and temperature control of the room. If I hear decent reports, I would consider goin this Saturday night.

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I went last night to hear Connie Crothers, Crispell/Hemingway and the Sun Ra Arkestra.  The piano was so dreadfully out of tune that I was embarrassed for the artists, and infuriated as a listener.  After Connie's set with dancers, I promptly asked for a refund and left.  Very disappointing to see an organization that disrespects the artists and their audience by thoughtless inaction on what should be a no-brainer.  I won't be going back.........

I decided not to go this year because of the venue. Very curious as to the overall sound, seating and temperature control of the room. If I hear decent reports, I would consider goin this Saturday night.

I would also be interested in hearing about the seating and acoustics.  I am considering attending this weekend also.

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Because I have a friend interested in taking the ride down that has never attended before, I will be going down on Saturday.

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So far I have not been pleased with the venue/sound or most of the music.

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