Vision Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Phone: (01) 212-696-6681
Fax: (01) 212-696-5420

Festival Description

The annual Vision Festival is New York’s premiere multidisciplinary celebration of creative jazz, dance, poetry and visual arts. It runs each June at the Abrons Art Center (466 Grand Street), a venue dedicated to the presentation of innovative artists. Afternoon performances, as well as after hours conductions, will take place at Clemente Soto Velez (107 Suffolk Street). Arts for Art will present more than 40 events in total, including innovative music and dance performances, poetry readings, visual art exhibitions.

Festival Dates June 12 - 16, 2013
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Festival Story:

The Vision Festival is a presentation of Arts For Art, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building the awareness of avantjazz and related expressive movements while encouraging a sense of community amongst artists and their audiences. An annual event since 1996, the festival has grown to become the city’s premier artist-run, multi-disciplinary celebration of creative improvised music and the culture that surrounds it, drawing both concertgoers and performers from around the world.

“Avant-garde jazz culture has no better colloquy in this country than the Vision Festival”, writes The New York Times’ Nate Chinen. Critics have described it as “arguably the most important free-jazz fest in the U.S.” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader), “affordable like church, with comparable spiritual uplift” (Howard Mandel, New York Press), “unlike any other festival on the planet” (John Sharpe, and “the most exciting, adventurous musical gathering that New York has to offer” (Jason Gross, The Village Voice).

“No single event in the past decade has done more for New York free jazz than the annual Vision Festival” adds Boston Phoenix contributor Ed Hazell. “besides raising the profile of musicians who’ve been marginalized by the mainstream media, the artist-run event has provided a forum for allied artists in various media in which to explore the common political-aesthetic-spiritual underpinnings of their art directly with their audiences.”

Arts For Art, Inc was founded in 1995 by arts organizer/choreographer Patricia N. Parker, who a decade earlier, along with world-renowned bassists/composers William Parker and Peter Kowald, produced the Vision Festival precursor, the Sound Unity Festival, which was immortalized in the influential documentary film, Rising Tones Cross. Since the first Vision Festival in 1996, Arts For Art, Inc. has expanded its outreach to include other related events in New York throughout the year including the Vision Collaboration Nights each Winter, the InGardens Concert Series each Fall and the Evolving Music/Evolving Voice Series which runs all-year-round. In November 2009, Arts For Art initiated a new event called the 28 Hours Of Innovative Art, which brought together the best of New York’s Downtown community of improvising musicians, dancers, artists and poets. For her efforts, Ms. Nicholson Parker has been nominated as Producer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) three times, winning the honor in 2003 and 2007.


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