Source: Arts for Art.
Arts for Art will honor two foundational Free Jazz musicians during the 26th Annual Vision Festival this summer. Wadada Leo Smith, as a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Chicago), and Oliver Lake, as a founding member of Black Artist Group (St. Louis), forged an inclusive path for the independent cultivation of radical black arts. Many artists and organizations, Arts for Art included, continue to navigate the terrains made clearer by their on-going legacies.
Mr. Lake has been on the leading edge of creative black multi-dimensional art since founding the Black Artist Group in St. Louis and then joining the New York “Loft” scene in the early 1970s. He has continuously developed a singular repertoire including: a classic recording career with the World Saxophone Quartet, Trio 3, and his own big band and small ensembles in a range of styles; countless compositions; visual art exhibitions; published poetry; and the forming of his Passin Thru’ record label.