Vision Festival 2009 Review

DMG reviews this year’s Vision Fest.

Tuesday, June 9th got off to great start with an Opening Invocation featuring Patricia Nicholson doing voice and dance, William Parker on gimbri (4-string African bass) and Hamid Drake on frame drum. Ms. Nicholson is the Vision Fest’s main organizer and the epicenter of good vibes that flow through every Vision Fest that I’ve attended, which is all of them. This was a perfect opening with a ritualistic vibe. Patricia chanted, “Change is Coming” and this is something we can all agree with.

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Perspective on Vision Festival XIV

Vision Festival
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Lyn Horton reviews the recent Vision Festival.

Response to the Vision Festival, held in NYC for the past fourteen years, resists prosaic declarations and superlatives. Rather the Festival inspires poetry because the senses are stimulated beyond simple sentences; it is a cultural event that includes visual art, dance and music. In the words of William Parker: “There is nothing not to enjoy.”

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All About Jazz Reviews

William Parker
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From All About Jazz:

16-Jun-09 Rob Mazurek Quintet
Sound Is (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

16-Jun-09 Bill Bruford
Bill Bruford: The Summerfold and Winterfold Collections (Winterfold Records)
Reviewed by Phillip Woolever

15-Jun-09 Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn
Farmers by Nature (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by Ian Patterson

15-Jun-09 Rob Burger
City of Strangers (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

15-Jun-09 KTU
Quiver (RockAdillo)
Reviewed by John Kelman

14-Jun-09 Mark Dresser & Denman Maroney
Live In Concert (Kadima Collective)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

13-Jun-09 Fast ‘n’ Bulbous
Waxed Oop (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

13-Jun-09 Steven Bernstein / Marcus Rojas / Kresten Osgood
Tattoos and Mushrooms (Ilk Music)
Reviewed by Chris Mosey

12-Jun-09 Jerry Granelli V16
Vancouver ’08 (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

12-Jun-09 Crimson Jazz Trio
King Crimson Songbook Volume Two (Inner Knot)
Reviewed by John Kelman

12-Jun-09 Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
Making Love to the Dark Ages (LiveWired Music)
Reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

11-Jun-09 Marc Edwards / Weasel Walter Group
Mysteries Beneath The Planet (ugEXPLODE)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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Vision Festival 2009 Lineup and Schedule

This year’s Vision Festival is right around the corner. Here is the schedule of events.

Day 1: Tuesday, June 9th All at the Abrons Art Center Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

Host: Lewis Barnes

Opening Invocation
Hamid Drake / Patricia Nicholson / William Parker

Brass Bang
Billy Bang – violin
Ted Daniel – trumpet
James Zollar – trumpet
Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
Dick Griffin – trombone
Russell Carter – drums

Douglas R. Ewart and Inventions
Shaku Joseph Jarman – flute, sax, poetry
Douglas R. Ewart – winds, percussion, voice
J.D. Parran – flute, clarinets and bass sax
Donald Smith – piano
Thurman Barker – drums and vibes
Amiri Baraka – words

“Vision of New York”
video by Luciano Rossetti

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conducts A Chorus Of Poets and String Ensemble
“Conduction® No. 187, Erotic Eulogy”

Chorus of Poets:
Yasha Bilan, Mark Gerring, Chavisa Woods, Nora McCarthy,
Justin Carter, Alex Bilu, Helga Davis, David Devoe
String of Ensemble:
Nicole Federici, Jason kao Hwang – viola
Shawn McGloin, Jane Wang – bass
Skye Steele, Charlie Burnham – violin
Greg Heffernan, Alisa Horn – cello
Text by Allan Graubard
Day 2: Wednesday, June 10th All on the Abrons Main Stage MARSHALL ALLEN – A Lifetime of Achievement

Host: Steve Dalachinsky

Special Set
Marshall Allen – reeds
Kidd Jordan – tenor sax
William Parker – bass
Henry Grimes – bass and violin
Hamid Drake – drums

Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble
Bill Cole – double reeds
Joe Daley – tuba
Shayna Dulberger – bass
Warren Smith – drums
Atticus Cole – percussion
Althea SullyCole – vocals

The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen – alto, EVI, flute, clarinet, vocals
Knoel Scott – alto, vocals
Charles Davis – tenor sax
Yahya Abdul-Majid – tenor sax
Danny Thompson – baritone sax
Rey Scott – baritone sax
Fred Adams – trunpet
Cecil Brooks – trumpet
Dave Davis – trombone
Dick Griffin – trombone
Bill Davis – tuba
Dave Hotep – guitar
Farid Barron – piano, organ
Wayne A. Smith Jr. – drums
Elson Nascimento – surdo
special guests Billy Bang – violin
John Ore – bass
Day 3: Thursday, June 11th- on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

Yvonne Meier’s Score
Yvonne Meier – choreography and dance
Christopher Williams – dance
Gabi Glinz – dance
Arturo Vidich – dance
Mystery Guest – dance
Michael Jaeger – tenor sax
Dave Gisler – guitar
Christian Jaeger-Brown – drums/percussion

William Hooker’s Silent Film/Live Music Project
“Symbol of the Unconquered” film by Oscar Micheaux
William Hooker – drums
Adam Lane – bass
Darius Jones – sax

Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble
Ernest Dawkins – sax, clarinet, flute
Stephen Berry – trombone
Darius Savage – bass
Isaiah Spencer – drums

Sunny Murray Quartet
Odean Pope – sax
Sabir Mateen – sax and flute
Lee Smith – bass
Sunny Murray – drums
Day 3: Thursday – in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

David Budbill / Hamid Drake / William Parker
‘The Fire of Compassion / Meaning of Jazz’ in words and music
David Budbill – words
William Parker – bass, donso N’goni
Hamid Drake – drums

TURQUOISE BEADS by Lili White INSTALLATION: DVD video projected on Assemblage
Day 4: Friday, June 12th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

Host: David Budbill

Miriam Parker
Miriam Parker – dance
Joseph Daley – tuba
Jason Kao Hwang – violin

Charles Gayle Trio
Charles Gayle – sax
Lisle Ellis – bass
Michael Wimberly – drums

“The Ras Ensemble”
Ras Moshe – tenor sax, flute
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
Dave Ross – guitar
Shayna Dulberger – bass
Charles Downs – drums

Ayler Project
Roy Campbell – trumpet
Joe McPhee – sax, trumpet
William Parker – bass
Warren Smith – drums

Collective Quartet
featuring: Zim Ngqawana – sax
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums

After Party at The Local 269
Sabir Mateen and friends lead a Jam Session
Arts for Art & JazzCorner Jam
The Local 269
on the corner of Houston and Suffolk Streets
Day 4: Friday, June 12th – in the Downstairs Theater

Reaching into the Unknown
with special musical guests

A Rogue Art Book Release
Steve Dalachinsky – poet
Jacques Bisceglia – photography
great musicians tba

As The Crow Flies
Jo Wood Brown and Jody Henenfeld – video Rob Brown – live music
Day 5: Saturday Afternoon, June 13th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

Seth Meicht’s Big Sound Ensemble
Matt Bauder – alto saxophone
Seth Meicht – tenor saxophone
Charlie Evans – baritone saxophone
Aaron Meicht – Shane Endsley, trumpet
Steve Swell – trombone
Adam Lane – bass
Mike Pride – drums

Bear and Eagle
Catherine Sikora – saxophone
Jeremy Bacon – piano

Chaedria LaBouvier
Chaedria LaBouvier – poet

Darius Jones Trio
Darius Jones – sax
Cooper-Moore – piano, diddley bow
Bob Moses – drums
Day 5: Saturday Afternoon, June 13th – in the Downstairs Theater

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Panel discussion – FREE
Art and Politics past, present, future
Day 5: Saturday Evening, June 13th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Julia Wilkins

Matthew Shipp Solo Piano
Matthew Shipp – solo piano

Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – sax
Craig Taborn – piano
Nasheet Waits – drums

Milford Graves Quartet
Milford Graves – drums
Grant Langford – sax
D.D. Jackson – piano
William Parker – bass

Lisa Sokolov Trio
Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez – cello
Cameron Brown – bass

Joe Morris GoGo Mambo
Joe Morris – bass
Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng – percussion
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Timo Shanko – tenor saxothone
Luther Gray – drums
Steve Lantner – piano
Bill Lowe – trombone
Joe Moffett – trumpet
Forbes Graham – trumpet
Willie Martinez – percussion
Day 5: Saturday Evening, in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Henry Grimes Solo
Henry Grimes Solo – poetry, bass, violin

Paul Harding Spoken Music
Paul Harding – spoken music
Hill Greene – bass
Day 6: Sunday Afternoon, June 14th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Patricia Nicholson

PS 182Q (Jamaica, Queens) K-2 Recorder & Percussion Ensemble
Steve Swell & Michael T.A. Thompson – orchestra directors

Achievement First Bushwick Middle School Orchestra
Daniel Levin – orchestra director

Brooklyn Friends School Jazz Band All-Stars
Jessica Jones – orchestra director

York College Blue Notes HS Big Band
Tom Zlabinger – orchestra director

Panel Discussion – FREE
Integrating Innovative Music in our Schools
Day 6: Sunday Evening, June 14th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Lewis Barnes

Planet Dream
Steve Swell – trombone
Rob Brown – sax
Daniel Levin – cello

Fred Anderson Trio
Fred Anderson – sax
William Parker – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence plus Guests
Michele Rosewoman – piano, keyboards
Brad Jones – acoustic, electric bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Loren Stillman – alto, soprano saxophones
Jacob Yoffee – tenor saxophone
Vincent Gardner – trombone
Richard Padron – guitar

Yamamoto / Dickey / Carter
Whit Dickey – drums
Eri Yamomoto – piano
Daniel Carter – saxes, trumpet, clarinet, flute

Peter Brötzmann – sax
Marino Pliakas – elec. bass
Michael Wertmüller – drums
Day 6: Sunday Evening, June 14th – in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Patricia Spears Jones
Patricia Spears Jones – words
Jason Kao Hwang – violin

Bill Brand’s ANGULAR MOMENTUM (1973), a 20-minute 16mm color film
Bill Brand, filmmaker
Phil Skaller, piano
Jeff Kaiser, Trumpet and electronics
Day 7: Monday, June 15th at the Angel Orensanz Foundation 172 Norfolk Street near Houston

Celebrating the art and sculpture of Angel Orensanz
A Collaboration between Angel Orensanz Foundation and Arts for Art
Bringing together Sound, Sculpture, Movement, Color
All within the context of the artwork – projections and sculpture of Angel Orensanz

Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River
30 String Ensemble
VIOLIN: Henry Grimes, Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Trina Basu, Charles Burnham, Mark Chung, Rosi Hertlein, Marlene Rice, Eric Salazar, Sonya Robinson, Curtis Stewart Elektra Stewart, Tom Swafford, Helen Yee, Jason Kao Hwang
VIOLA: Nicole Federici, Stephanie Griffin, Judith Insell, Ron Lawrence, Mazz Swift
CELLO: Kirsten Jermé, Hayang Kim, Daniel Levin, Tomas Ulrich
BASS: Michael Bisio, Ken Filiano, François Grillot, Clifton Jackson, David Moss, Tom Zlabinger
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Cristian Amigo, Bradley Farberman, James Keepnews, Dom Minasi, Dave Ross, Tor Snyder, Hans Tammen
Drums: Andrew Drury

Trio X
Joe McPhee – sax and trumpet
Dominic Duval – bass
Jay Rosen – drums

Dance & Music
Patricia Nicholson – dance
Miriam Parker – dance
Mariko Kumanomido – dance
Jason Jordan – dance
Cooper-Moore – hand-crafted instruments
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
William Parker – bass

William Parker Quartet + 2
William Parker – bass
Rob Brown – sax
Lewis Barnes – trumpet
Hamid Drake – drums, percussion
+ Special Guests
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
James Spaulding – sax

After Party At The Local 269 – CLOSING Celebration
Bobby Bradford leads the closing Jam Session
Arts for Art Closing Party
At The Local 269
Corner of Houston and Suffolk Street

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David S. Ware Update

The Chicago Reader discusses Ware’s recent release as well as his kidney operation.

In January powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti (Aum Fidelity), his 23rd album as a bandleader, recorded in May 2008 following a European tour. It was his first new studio disc since 2003, and on it he debuted a superb group with guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and longtime bassist William Parker. Though Ware’s muscular tone and rigorous style of post-Sonny Rollins motific exploration remained intact, the band as a whole sounded markedly different than the quartet he’d led for the previous 17 years.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Trumpeter Peter Evans
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From Free Jazz:

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Profound Sound Trio – Opus De Life (Porter, 2009) ***½

Friday, May 8, 2009
Peter Evans – Nature/Culture (PSI, 2009) *****

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Kirk Knuffke, Federico Ughi, Chris Welcome – Garden Of Gifts (577 Records, 2009) ****½

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Sun Ra – Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
Pat Thomas – Plays the music of Derek Bailey and Thelonious Monk
Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans, Steve Beresford – Check for Monsters
David S. Ware – Shakti
Jamie Saft – Black Shabbis

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

In the Times:

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY (Friday) “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam) is the long-awaited debut of this modern big band, led by Mr. Argue, an indefatigable young composer. Girded with indie-rock textures and a generous sense of drama, it deserves the big unfurling that has been organized here. At 10 p.m.; doors open at 9, Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, at Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, (718) 222-8500,; $10. (Chinen)

BILLY BANG AND WILLIAM PARKER (Friday) Mr. Bang, a violinist, and Mr. Parker, a bassist, share deep history in New York free-jazz circles, as well as an abiding interest in combining musical forms to new ends. Their duo rapport should be sturdy and, with some luck, intermittently surprising. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000,; $20; $16.20 for members. (Chinen)

PETER BRÖTZMANN TRIO (Sunday) Few modern saxophonists can sound as powerfully abrasive as Mr. Brötzmann; this group, with the comparably more mainstream rhythm team of Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums, could stir some melodic undercurrents as well. The opening band, at 9 p.m., is Radio I-Ching, which recently self-released a vibrant album, “No Wave Au Go Go.” At 10 p.m., Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036,; $10. (Chinen)

BILL FRISELL TRIO (Tuesday through Thursday) On the last two trio releases under his name, both partly recorded at the Village Vanguard, the guitarist Bill Frisell conjured a compelling hallucination of the American popular songbook. His partners, now as then, are the bassist Tony Scherr and the drummer Kenny Wollesen, a widely traveled rhythm team. (Through May 17.) At 9 and 11 p.m. Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA (Monday) This meditative large ensemble, scheduled to perform at Roulette for the next three Monday nights, is a project of the open-minded percussionist, composer and conductor Adam Rudolph. Drawing inspiration from earthy and elemental sources, it features changeable layers of woodwinds, strings, percussion and guitars. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students, 60+ and those 30 and younger. (Chinen)

OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC (Monday) This free-improvising supergroup, performing at 9 p.m., consists of the trumpeter Roy Campbell, the multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, the bassist William Parker and the drummer Charles Downs. In an earlier set, at 7:30, the guitarist Cristian Amigo and the bassist Clif Jackson will perform as a duo. At the Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-1142,; $10 for the first set; $15 for the second; students, $7 and $8. (Chinen)

POSITIVE CATASTROPHE (Friday and Saturday) This raucous 10-piece ensemble, jointly led by the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, has a new album, “Garabatos Volume One” (Cuneiform), which nails its distinctive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation. Most of the album’s cast reassembles here, including the saxophonist Michaël Attias, the vocalist Jen Shyu and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $15 per set; $10 for members. (Chinen)

MARC RIBOT (Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Ribot, the guitar-playing polymath with a recorded history both subtle and scabrous, celebrates his 55th birthday this month with a cavalcade of shows, beginning on Saturday at the Brecht Forum with his fellow guitarist Marco Cappelli. On Sunday he appears in Brooklyn with his much-beloved “fake Cuban” band, Los Cubanos Postizos; on Wednesday he leads his Spiritual Unity band and a separate trio at Joe’s Pub. He’ll be at the Stone on two evenings, Tuesday and Thursday, performing in solo and diverse group settings. Saturday at 9 p.m., Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, near Bank Street, West Village, (212) 242-4201,; $20. Sunday at 1 p.m., Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 599-0069,; $15; $10 for mothers (must bring proof of motherhood) and children under 14. Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10. Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555,; $20. (Chinen)

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Cristian Amigo/Clif Jackson Duo & Other Dimensions In Music at RUCMA

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

Start: 05/11/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 05/11/2009 – 11:00pm

first set begins @ 7:30
Cristian Amigo/Clif Jackson Duo
Cristian Amigo – guitar
Clif Jackson – bass

second set begins @ 9:00
Other Dimensions in Music
Roy Campbell – trumpet
Daniel Carter – saxophones, clarinet, flute, trumpet
William Parker – bass
Charles Downs – drums

The Local 269
269 East Houston
at the corner of Suffolk Street
F to Second Avenue

Admission $10 / $15 both sets
Students & seniors $7 / $5 both sets

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Update on the Health of David S. Ware

From David S. Ware’s update site, with my rough translation from French:

David’s operation may be pushed back. David must undergo new tests because an anomaly was detected with his lungs.

David S. Ware is currently in need of kidney replacement.

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