Vision Festival 22

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For over 30 years, Arts for Art founder and Artistic Director Patricia Nicholson Parker has been organizing and inspiring musicians and artists within New York City and beyond. In 1984 and 1988, she collaborated with William Parker and Peter Kowald to host the Sound Unity Festival which featured legendary talents Don Cherry, David S Ware, Frank Wright, Kowald, Peter Brotzmann and more. The Vision Festival would later grow out of Sound Unity.

Since its inception in 1996, the nonprofit Arts for Art (AFA), founded by Nicholson Parker, has advocated for human rights and justice while also advocating that “free jazz” should have a seat at the table in a different New York City landscape after the loft scene had crumbled and as neo-conservatism was sweeping the established jazz world.  The concurrent founding of  AFA’s flagship annual event, The Vision Festival has given the “free jazz” community a notable and uncommonly visible platform from which to showcase these ideas and the musicians who are the inheritors of the oral traditions passed down by figures such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Frank Wright, Cecil Taylor, Leroy Jenkins, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sam Rivers.  In the current political and cultural climate, Arts for Art’s credo is felt more strongly than ever – using their powerful music and art as expressions of commitment to life and justice and organizing under banners and rhetoric that affirm those beliefs.  Now in its 22nd year, Arts for Art and Vision Festival are dedicated more than ever to a just future.
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Vision Festival 22 :: May 28- June 3, 2017 :: Greenwich Village, NYC
ARTS FOR ART PRESENTS Vision Fest Free Jazz Festival for a Just Future May - June Presenting A Full Spectrum of Jazz Today And Highlighting[...]

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