William Parker's In Order to Survive quartet perform at the Vision Festival on May 29. The group of Parker, Cooper-Moore, Hamid Drake, and Rob Brown have been Free Jazz mainstays for over two decades, and they will perform once again, this time in honor of Cooper-Moore's lifetime achievement recognition.
Longtime collaborators drummer Whit Dickey, violist Mat Maneri, and pianist Matthew Shipp bring their collective to Vision Free Jazz Festival 22 on May 31. Their new release, Vessel in Orbit, out now on Aum Fidelity, is the first new music from these three as a group. Whit Dickey and Matthew Shipp have long history together, dating back to their membership in the David S. Ware Quartet. Catch their set at the Vision Festival for a true meeting of the masters!
The Vision Festival debuted in 1996 at the Learning Alliance on Lafayette Street in New York's Lower East Side. The festival came out of the Sound Unity Festival of the late 80's founded by William and Patricia Parker and Peter Kowald. The festival initiated with the title Vision for the 21st Century. On this brochure you can see Free Jazz legends Milford Graves, Joseph Jarman, David S. Ware, Charles Gayle, and Peter Brotzmann among others.
Pianist and Free Jazz giant Dave Burrell returns to Vision Festival 22 on June 6 with his all-star quartet featuring Kidd Jordan on tenor sax, William Hooker on drums, and William Parker on bass. In 2004, Burrell brought the same ensemble with Steve Lehman and Sabir Mateen on reeds, to revisit the landmark 1969 BYG Actuel recording Echo. Dave Burrell is a true visionary, having performed alongside Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, and countless otherwise; creating his own language on the piano; and recreating the tradition every time he plays.
Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, born on March 22, 1929, would have turned 88 today. Anderson was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as the proprietor of the legendary Chicago South Side jazz club, the Velvet Lounge. He was a mentor to countless musicians including Hamid Drake, Nicole Mitchell, and George Lewis. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at
Vision Festival 10 in 2005
The Vision Festival is the world's premier showcase of Free Jazz music, dance, poetry, and visual art.