While the Vision Festival stands out as perhaps the preeminent vehicle for experimental, improvisation-based musics in the nation, it has also been controversial in its dogged pursuit of star-status performers that are can draw large audiences. Sad that the scheduling continues to make lesser-known performers feel closed out but one cannot deny that the organizers know how to program concerts that never fail to blow the roof off of the house. This year’s Festival was packed with brilliance but time constraints allowed me to choose but part of one evening and so, as legendary harmolodic guitarist Bern Nix has finally been called to the Vision stage, I couldn’t miss this one. Happily, the noted poet Steve Dalachinsky, a welcome mainstay of Vision from the start, had the opening set of the evening, one he performed with long-time jazz pianist Connie Crothers. This pairing of spoken word/piano and guitar-based combo appeared to be opposing forces initially but the evidence was in quickly, proclaiming that this was another Vision Festival bit of programming genius…
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Arts For Art presents the 16th annual Vision Festival, New York City’s multidisciplinary celebration of avant-garde jazz music, dance, poetry and art, held for its third year at Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side.
This year’s highlight is the TRIBUTE TO A LIVING LEGEND: Peter Brotzmann – Celebrating A Lifetime of Achievement
Each year, the Vision Festival honors the achievements of one living artist who has greatly influenced the world around them and paved the way for other innovators to move forward. On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 Arts For Art and The Vision Festival will celebrate a Lifetime of Achievement by Peter Brotzmann. This great improviser was one of the first practitioners of the Free Jazz movement in Europe. Brotzmann has programmed his own evening in such a way that it would reflect his ongoing pursuit of musical innovation. This 70 year old artist is not interested in looking back – only in looking forward and being as creative as possible in the present time.
W/ Ikebe Shakedown and guest Fela’s, including:, Kevin Mambo – star of FELA! on Broadway, Malik Yoba, Bajah of Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, DJs from the Fela Undustrial Complex: Dhundee, OP!, Dj.Aqbt, and more!!!