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Vision Festival 21 – Saturday Night (P.1)

Date:  June 11, 2016
Venue: Judson Memorial Church (NY)

Review by Dawoud Kringle

“The aim of the Vision Festival is to keep alive in hearts and minds, all of the idealism, integrity and sense of responsibility that lay at the heart of the creative movements in the 60’s.”  

On Saturday, June 11th, the second day of the 21st Vision Festival (which featured a lifetime achievement tribute to Henry Grimes) promised a fascinating musical evening.

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Recommended Event: DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Full Weekend of Music, Spoken Word, Dance Toward Social Change

The Dissident Arts Festival, the annual gathering of revolutionary creativity, will fete its 10th anniversary with a special weekend-long “2 nites/2 sites” edition. The event takes place on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 at El Taller Latino Americano (Manhattan) and ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), respectively.

A highlight of this year’s special anniversary Festival will be the reunion of free jazz master Daniel Carter’s 1980s hardcore/no wave band Dissipated Face. Other features include modern dance performance by Patricia Parker (producer of the Vision Fest/Arts for Art), neo-beat spoken word by Steve Dalachinsky, Downtown stalwart Trudy Silver’s solo piano, the Nueva Cancion of Bernardo Palumbo, liberation jazz by the Red Microphone, the expansive sound of the 12 Houses Orchestra (conducted by Matt Lavelle), poet Raymond Nat Turner’s Remembrance of the Victims of Police Violence, the “other-world art music” of Sumari, topical spoken word by Chris Butters, Safiya Martinez and Sana Shabazz, and Festival founder John Pietaro’s Literary Warrior Project. The event is sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation and endorsed by the National Writers Union-New York and the on-line magazine DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY.

Day One

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Arts For The ArtsDate: Wednesday, June 11 thru Sunday, June 15, 2014
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY)
Tickets: Daily Admission: $30 per day / $20 students & seniors
5-day pass: $140 / VIP Pass $270
At the door or online vf19.bpt.me
INFO: Email info@artsforart.org / Call (212) 254-5420

Photos courtesy of the Vision Festival

3 Panels Honoring The Legacy of Amiri Baraka June 13, 14, 15
Each Night a poet will read from the words of the Great Amiri Baraka
6/11 Quincy Troupe, 6/12 Steve Dalachinsky, 6/13 Ramya Ramana,
6/14 David Mills, 6/15 David Henderson

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Vision Festival 18 Report P.4:…all of the bands managed to balance individual pyrotechnics and skill with the collaborative spontaneous creation of interesting and engaging music.

image003Date: June 15, 2013
Venue: the Roulette (NY)

Review by Matt Cole  – All photos courtesy of the Vision Festival

The Vision Festival is perhaps the most prominent and important ongoing festival of avant-garde and free music. This year, it took place over five days at the 2-year old Brooklyn home of the long-standing art and performance space, Roulette. With panels, and performances by many prominent masters of free music, it is a must-attend for aficionados of radical spontaneous composition.

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