Vision Festival 22 Announced for May 29 – June 3 in NY


Source: Arts for Art.

May 29 – June 3, 2017
Judson Memorial Church
A Lifetime of Achievement – Cooper-Moore

WHAT: Vision Festival 22
WHERE: Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Sq. South, NYC)
WHEN: May 29 – June 3, 2017
TICKETS: $40 Advance / $45 At Door
$25 Students & Seniors (Door Only)
$200 Festival Pass / $300 VIP Pass

CONTACT: / (212) 254-5420

VISION 22, the premier festival of FreeJazz, is dedicated to a Just Future. Since its inception in 1996, Arts for Art and the Vision Festival have advocated for human rights and justice. At this moment, when human rights and the environment are under attack, Arts for Art and the community of artists that AFA represents, feel it is important to use music and art as well as our words to convey our commitment to these basic issues of Life and Justice.

On Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, Arts for Art will open the 22nd annual Vision Festival at historic Judson Memorial Church in New York City, celebrating a Lifetime of Achievement by the renowned multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, an artist whose music has been informed by his own struggle for freedom.

Born in segregated Virginia, Cooper-Moore came of age playing his music and also as an active member of the civil rights and peace movements. He became a pivotal member of the FreeJazz movement beginning with his tenure with David S. Ware in the 70s as part of the Jazz Loft at 501 Canal Street. Cooper-Moore’s primary instrument is the piano, but he has become well-known for the many instruments he has designed and built. He is an important educator who has inspired generations of young artists, from his work with the very young at Head Start to numerous music programs around the world. “Cooper-Moore exemplifies the deep dedication, idealism, and integrity which make for a truly great artist,” Artistic Director Patricia Nicholson explains. “He resists definition and continues to shape our cultural landscape.”

Festival highlights include: Cooper-Moore, Miya Masaoka, Darius Jones, Farmers by Nature, Nicole Mitchell, Joelle Leandre, Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio, Andrew Cyrille, David Murray, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Odean Pope, Tomeka Reid, Matthew Shipp, Oliver Lake, BassDrumBone, Oluyemi Thomas, Hamid Drake, and more!

Seattle Scene: January 26 – February 4, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Ursula Sahagian & Friends
Thu. Jan. 26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Ursula Sahagian, Melanie Voytovich & friends perform contemporary music for oboe, percussion, and electronics featuring the world premiere of Tyler Kline’s Collapsing Geography, and his Two Songs After Dylan Thomas. Also on the program are om Empirischen Standpunkt, by Emily Koh; Soda Apple, by Viet Cuong; Flowerpot Music No. 1, by Elliot Cole; De La Madera, by Howard Buss. Pre-concert talk at 7:30.

Earshot: Battle Trance
Fri. Jan. 27, 8 PM; $7 – $15 online/at the door

This tenor saxophone quartet weaves together complex and ethereal sonic landscapes. Their most recent album, Blade of Love, is a three-part composition devoted to the “physical and spiritual intersection of the saxophone and the human body,” with the quartet boldly experimenting with conventions to make their instruments extensions of their inner selves. Presented by Earshot Jazz.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

Sielaff + Million Mists + Chambers
Sat. Jan. 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Jonathan Sielaff (PDX) plays bass clarinet amplified and processed it with guitar pedals. Million Mists is Jamie Potter (PDX) using a variety of consumer-level electronic instruments and outdated recording techniques, he has crafted a unique approach to experimental synthesizer music. Norm Chambers ranges from spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation.

THU. 2/2 – 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival begins. Tonight’s featured visiting artist is pianist Lisa Cay Miller + many Seattle/NW improvisers. Doors open at 6 for improvised music Merch Mart, music starts at 8.

FRI. 2/3 – 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival continues. Tonight’s featured visiting artist is flutist Nicole Mitchell + many Seattle/NW improvisers. Doors open at 6 for improvised music Merch Mart, music starts at 8.

SAT. 2/4 – 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival concludes. Tonight’s featured visiting artist is multi-reeds player Douglas R. Ewart + many Seattle/NW improvisers. Workshop for improvising musicians and dancers with Sheri Cohen & Dave Knott from 1-4 PM. Doors open at 5 for improvised music Merch Mart + potluck/public visioning discussion, music starts at 8.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

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Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra – Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed, 2016) *****
Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (ECM, 2016) ****½
Anat Pick / Jean Claude (JC) Jones – Sick Puppies Inlove (Kadima Collective, 2016) ****
Demi Broxa – Zakeri (Listen Closely, 2016) ***½
Eldbjørg Raknes – Hitchhike (MY Recordings, 2017) ***½
Aram Bajakian – Dolphy Formations (s/r, 2016) ****
Totenbaum Träger – Ouverture Du Cadavre De Sade (Tour De Bras, 2016) ****½
Im Wald – Orion (Wide Ear Records, 2016) ****½
Jeremiah Cymerman’s Bloodmist – Sheen (5049 Records, 2016) ****½
Alex Zethson – Pole Of Inaccessibility (Thanatosis Produktion, 2016) ****
Torstein Lavik Larsen & Fredrik Rasten – Pip (Creative Sources, 2016) ****
Nate Wooley – Polychoral (Mnóad, 2016) ****½
Ernesto Rodrigues, Abdul Moimême & Antez – Basalto (Creative Sources, 2016) ****
Lustmord ‎– Dark Matter (Touch, 2016) ***½
MMMD – Pekisyon Funebri (Antifrost, 2016) ***
Motif – My Head Is Listening (Clean Feed, 2016) ***½
Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo ‎– Peace (Tribute To Kelly Churko) (Libra, 2016) ****

David Torn in London Reviewed


Guitarist/producer David Torn’s film and album credits range from the TV series Friday Night Lights, romcoms and space fantasies to David Bowie, k.d. lang and John Legend. Much of this work combines his ability to create a cinematic sense of Americana and his grasp of electronic sound in composition. But this crunchy, all-improvised performance put power chords, subtle jazz lines and Delta blues whines through the wringer of a trio augmenting their free-jazz aesthetic with samplers, sequencers and synths.