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.
The Vision Festival is the world's premier showcase of Free Jazz music, dance, poetry, and visual art.