The Vision Festival is a celebration of boundless improvised art. Now in its 24th year, this festival of music, dance, poetry, and visual art is heralded as “one of New York’s most essential art events” (New York Times). Legendary and emerging stars representing the free jazz, experimental, and avant-garde communities will perform 30 sets over six nights.
6:30pm – Mendoza / Nelson / Lane / Drake
Ava Mendoza – guitar / Matt Nelson – tenor sax / Adam Lane – bass / Hamid Drake – drums
7:30pm – Marty Ehrlich Trio Exaltation
Marty Ehrlich – alto sax / John Hébert – bass / Nasheet Waits – drums
8:30pm – Matthew Shipp / William Parker Duo
Matthew Shipp – piano / William Parker – bass
9:30pm – Rob Brown Quartet
Rob Brown – alto sax / Chris Lightcap – bass / Steve Swell – trombone / Chad Taylor – drums
10:30pm – Kris Davis Trio – January Painters
Kris Davis – piano / Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums / William Parker – bass
Avant-rock guitarist Ava Mendoza meets Matt Nelson, Hamid Drake, and Adam Lane for an unpredictable and wide variety of musical textures and temperaments. Marty Ehrlich’s Trio Exaltation with John Hébert and Nasheet Waits, Ehrlich’s first trio in many years, draws upon a shared musical history as members of Andrew Hill’s sextet. NYC free jazz mainstay Rob Brown presents a new quartet with Chris Lightcap, Steve Swell, and Chad Taylor, in support of a forthcoming record on Rogue Art. Matthew Shipp and William Parker reconnect in a duo format for the first time in many years in the US. Rising star pianist Kris Davis continues her streak of adventurous collaborations, inviting two luminary musicians, drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, and bassist William Parker for a special trio performance.