Vision Festival 2018 Lineup Annouced

English: Jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in ...


The 2018 edition of the Vision Festival will be held at Roulette Intermedium (generally known simply as “Roulette”) in Downtown Brooklyn, from May 23-28. (The festival was previously staged at Roulette in Brooklyn from 2012 to 2014).

Six days of live music will be preceded by a day of film screenings on May 21 at Anthology Film Archives. The 7 PM program will feature a brand new, 30-minute documentary about pianist and composer Dave Burrell entitled Echo, directed by Michael Lucio Sternbach, followed by Gérard Patris & Luc Ferrari’s Cecil Taylor À Paris—Les Grandes Répétitions, filmed in 1966 for French television. The 9 PM program will consist of Antoine Prum’s 2008 film Sunny’s Time Now—A Portrait of Jazz Drummer Sunny Murray, celebrating the late visionary drummer and percussionist who passed in 2017.

Dave Burrell

Celebrating Dave Burrell

This year, the Festival is presenting a Lifetime of Achievement Tribute to pianist and composer Dave Burrell on its first night.

Wednesday, May 23

Burrell will be heard in three different contexts. The Harlem Renaissance Sextet—with alto saxophonist Darius Jones, trombonist Steve Swell, bassist Harrison Bankhead, and drummer Andrew Cyrille—draws inspiration from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, especially the music of stride pianist James P. Johnson. Burrell will also reunite with Archie Shepp, in a quartet with William Parker on bass and Hamid Drake on drums. Finally, he’ll lead a quintet with tenor saxophonists Kidd Jordan and James Brandon Lewis, Parker and Cyrille, nodding to projects he has presented at prior Vision Festivals.

Thursday, May 24

Vision Festival co-founder Patricia Nicholson will dance as part of Women With an Axe to Grind, alongside flautist Nicole Mitchell, bassist Joëlle Léandre, and violist Melanie Dyer; this is a new iteration of a group formed in 2012, in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Also notable is guitarist Mary Halvorson’s new group Code Girl (with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, bassist Michael Formanek, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, and trumpeter Adam O’Farrill). Halvorson is on the verge of releasing a 2-CD set featuring 14 songs, with her own lyrics.

The evening concludes with SPACE, the trio of saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, and baritone vocalist Thomas Buckner. This is only the second performance by the trio since the 1992 passing of original group member Gerald Oshita, who has been replaced by Scott Robinson.

Friday, May 25

Irreversible Entanglements, whose self-titled 2017 debut album was a critical sensation, will open the night. Fronted by poet Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, the group features trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, alto saxophonist Keir Neuringer, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Tcheser Holmes. Stereogum called their music “jazz that sounds like it’s being played at the front of a parade of extremely pissed-off protesters.” The evening will also feature the premiere of Inward Motion, a brand-new work commissioned for the Vision Festival through a NYSCA grant, and performed by pianist Matthew Shipp’s Acoustic Ensemble featuring Michael Bisio, drummer Newman Taylor Baker, trumpeter Nate Wooley, clarinetist Mat Walerian, and violist Mat Maneri, with Shipp conducting.

Saturday, May 26

The evening will begin with a performance by the Visionary Youth Orchestra, led by saxophonist-educators Jeff Lederer and Jessica Jones. This will be followed by a performance by vocalist/composer Fay Victor’s group Mutations for Justice, featuring trumpeter Jaimie Branch, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Michael Vatcher. A trio of some of the most adventurous and highly acclaimed musicians around—trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey—will also play their second-ever gig in a new trio configuration led by Akinmusire, originally convened for a Stone residency in January 2018.

Sunday, May 27,

Sunday evening evening will feature a film by award-winning director, cinematographer and visual artist Arthur Jafa, who has worked with Solange and Jay-Z and created the critically acclaimed video piece Love is the Message, the Message is Death, and the return of the trio By Any Means, with fire-breathing saxophonist Charles Gayle, bassist William Parker, and drummer Muhammad Ali. Additionally, the Norwegian trio of alto saxophonist Frode Gjerstad with bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love will be joined by American trombonist Steve Swell to celebrate their recently released album, Bop Stop.

Monday, May 28.

The first set of the final night will feature trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s highly acclaimed Fly Or Die, which topped numerous jazz critics’ polls at the end of 2017. In addition, multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore will offer a solo piano performance, and alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc will reunite his New World Pygmies trio of bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. The Festival will end with a commissioned work for Oliver Lake’s big band, premiering three new compositions.

AMN Reviews: Oker – Husene våre er museer [Sofa SOFA564]

Oker are a Norwegian improvisational quartet made up of percussionist Jan Martin Gismervik; trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen; double bassist Adrian Fiskum Myhr; and acoustic guitarist Fredrik Rasten. Their all-acoustic sound is highly atmospheric, based on instrumental textures and static harmonies rather than melody and polyphony; in addition to drones, the group constructs gently rocking chords floating on a foundation of arco bass. Although lacking in overt drama, the music is richly colored, particularly given Oker’s penchant for using extended techniques. The percussive dimension is especially pronounced; in addition to Gismervik’s resonant and sensitive drumming, both double bass and guitar emphasizing staccato sounds, the former with the wood of the bow as well as pizzicato playing, and the latter with creative plucking on either side of the bridge. An important element in the group’s aggregate sound is Larsen’s use of air notes and other unpitched sounds, which complement the harmonics from the string instruments.

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Picks of the Week: Ignite / Giovanni Verga / Rent Romus / Lore / Sarah Davachi

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Ignite – Ignition (2018)
Giovanni Verga – Sylphic (2018)
Rent Romus / Life’s Blood Ensemble – Rogue Star (2018)
Lore – Lore EP (2018)
Sarah Davachi – Let Night Come Bells End the Day (2018)

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Tobias Delius, moers festival 2010

Source: All About Jazz.

Martin Blume / Tobias Delius / Achim Kaufmann / Dieter Manderscheid
Frames & Terrains (NoBusiness Records)

Sun Ra And His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra
Sun Embassy (Roaratorio Records)

Nils Frahm
All Melody (Erased Tapes Records Ltd.)

Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano
Hunters & Scavengers (Grizzley Music)

Rudi Mahall / Alexander Von Schlippenbach
So Far (Relative Pitch Records)

Dave Liebman – Tatsuya Nakatani – Adam Rudolph
The Unknowable (RareNoiseRecords)

Anthony Davis Profiled

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Anthony Davis blurs the lines between jazz, opera, world music, the avant-garde and other styles with unique skill and daring. He has been doing so since even before his first opera, the Grammy-nominated “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” premiered at City Opera in New York in 1986. That was about 15 years after he was invited to become the keyboardist in the Grateful Dead. “It’s all music to me,” said Davis, who is now completing his ninth opera and performs here May 2 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall with contrabass great — and fellow UC San Diego music professor — Mark Dresser. Collaborators since the 1970s, when they met while Davis a student at Yale, the two will perform composed and improvised solo pieces and duets.

This Week in New York 

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010


The opening night of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s third annual String Theories Festival will feature their first collaboration with the violin duo String Noise performing the world premiere of Eric Lyon’s Double Concerto featuring special guest Greg Saunier on drums.
Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

The music and philosophy of Wandelweiser composer Michael Pisaro are featured in an evening of performances and in-depth discussion as part of a new series KLANGTEXT at Columbia’s University’s Deutsches Haus. This event will showcase musicians from New York’s aaaviary collective, speakers from Columbia University’s German and Music departments, and the composer himself. Works including Pisaro’s fields have ears and harmony series will be performed alongside a panel discussion with the composer on Wandelweiser’s roots, aesthetic, and ideological background.
Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM
Deutsches Haus, ​420 West 116th Street, New York, NY

Chris Cerrone teams up with the Third Coast Percussion ensemble and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway to perform recent chamber works, including the world premiere of a work commissioned for this Portrait.
Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Inspired by the feminist writings of Margaret Atwood and the protest song as artistic genre, this program celebrates stylistically diverse, subversive music by three members of The Rhythm Method alongside American composer Lewis Nielson’s work Le journal du corps.
Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Composers Inside Electronics at The Kitchen, these three evenings include early works first performed there in 1977-78 along with newer works composed by Paul DeMarinis, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Tom Hamilton, Ralph Jones, Michael Johnsen, Ron Kuivila, Cecilia López, Paula Matthusen, and Margaret Anne Schedel, representing a wide variety of works and instruments from self-built analog instruments to the most recent digital technologies.
Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

This performance, with music by Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Tony Conrad, and Zach Layton, will feature meditative works for string orchestra that use drones, masses of sound, improvisation, and time-based structures woven together into an evening-length sound installation.
Friday, March 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Part of Blank Forms’ ongoing investigation into the practice of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher, Anywhere City is a listening session and screening led by Bill Dietz and Amy Cimini, featuring Amacher’s former colleagues and collaborators at MIT’s legendary Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) including Ernst Caramelle, Scott Fisher, Keiko Prince, and others. Following a daylong symposium at Nokia Bell Labs, Artists Space Books & Talks hosts the session on March 31st to screen works from the CAVS fellows and present audio documents related or adjacent to the works and concepts discussed in the symposium to a broader audience.
Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $10, free for members
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, New York, NY

Through duo commissions performed by violinist Jennifer Koh and the composers themselves, Limitless celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer, while also exploring the historical role of the composer as performer. This spirit of collaboration contrasts with the conventional notion that composition and performance are discrete and detached parts of the musical process. This performance features Koh with Lisa Bielawa, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Nina Young, and Du Yun.
Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

5BMF partners with the world renowned International Contemporary Ensemble‘s EntICE initiative and the South Bronx-based youth music organization UPBEAT NYC to present a showcase of new works performed by student musicians alongside members of ICE.
Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$30
Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY

The Stone in April

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: New York’s Stone.

4/3 Tuesday (AR)
8:30 pm
Dan Weiss (drums, percussion) Evan Parker (sax)

4/4 Wednesday (HM)
8:30 pm
DUO with friends
Dan Weiss (drums, percussion) Craig Taborn (piano, keyboards)

4/5 Thursday (RK)
8:30 pm
“Fourth Floor” with Miguel Zenon
Dan Weiss (drums, percussion) Matt Mitchell (piano) Miguel Zenon (sax)

4/6 Friday (DT)
8:30 pm
Dan Weiss Trio
Dan Weiss (drums, percussion) Jacob Sacks (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass)

4/7 Saturday (ICS)
8:30 pm
Dan Weiss & Miles Okazaki Duo
Dan Weiss (drums, percussion) Miles Okazaki (guitar)

4/10 Tuesday (AR)
8:30 pm
Brennan, Reid and Fujiwara
Patricia Brennan (vibraphone) Tomeka Reid (cello) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

4/11 Wednesday (SZ)
8:30 pm
ElSaffar, Mathisen and Fujiwara
Amir ElSaffar (trumpet) Ole Mathisen (tenor saxophone) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

4/12 Thursday (SK)
8:30 pm
Stone Edifice Trio
Walter Smith III (tenor sax) Drew Gress (bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

4/13 Friday (JT)
8:30 pm
Double Double
Bill Frisell, Mary Halvorson (guitars) Kendrick Scott (drums) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

4/14 Saturday (RB)
830 pm
Triple Double
Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Tom Rainey (drums) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

4/17 Tuesday (AR)
8:30 pm
David Buchbinder (trumpet, flugelhorn) Michael Winograd (clarinet) Zoe Guigeno (bass)

4/18 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
La Mer
David Buchbinder (trumpet, flugelhorn) Megan Gould (violin) Yoshi Fruchter (guitar, oud) Fima Ephron (bass) Philip Mayer (percussion)

4/19 Thursday (HW)
8:30 pm
David Buchbinder (trumpet, flugelhorn) Quinsin Nachoff (tenor sax, clarinet) Dave Restivo (piano) Mike Herrisey (bass) Richie Barshay (drums)

4/20 Friday (HW)
8:30 pm
David Buchbinder (trumpet, flugelhorn) Dave Restivo (piano) and special guests

4/21 Saturday (NB)
8:30 pm
David Buchbinder (trumpet, flugelhorn) Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Mario Forte (violin) Tomas Ulrich (cello) Dave Restivo (piano) Mike Herrisey (bass) Anthony Lewis (drums)

4/24 Tuesday (AR)
8:30 pm
“El Gavilán (The Hawk)” Tribute to Violeta Parra
Sofía Rei (vocals, loops, charango, caja vidalera) Leo Genovese (piano, keys) Jorge Glem (cuatro) Juanita Añez, Valentina Añez (vocals)

In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through 2018. 7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check

4/25 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Umbral (Threshold)
Sofía Rei (vocals, loops, charango, caja vidalera) JC Maillard (electric guitar, laptop) Jorge Glem (cuatro) Jorge Roeder (electric and acoustic bass) Franco Pinna (drums, percussion)

The Stone is proud to present music at Russ and Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard Street the last Thursday of every month! Drop by for smoked fish, pickles and great music!

4/26 Thursday (RB)
8:30 pm
Slides, Stills & Snapshots
Sara Serpa, Kyoko Kitamura, JD Walter, Monika Heidemann, Aubrey Johnson, Grecia Albán, Sofía Rei (vocals)

4/27 Friday (FM)
8:30 pm
Mycale sings Gomory
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Malika Zarra, Sofía Rei, Sara Serpa (vocals)

4/28 Saturday (RK)
8:30 pm
John Zorn Masada Book 3: The Book Beri’ah
Sofía Rei (vocals, charango) JC Maillard (saz bass)