Vision Festival: Celebrating Dave Burrell

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Tickets: $40 Online
Doors 5:30pm
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6:30pm — Opening Invocation
7:00pm — Harlem Renaissance
8:00pm — Dave Burrell-Archive Shepp Quartet
9:00pm — Warrior of Light
9:30pm — Dave Burrell Quintet

Harlem Renaissance
Dave Burrell – Piano
Darius Jones – Alto Sax
Steve Swell – Trombone
Harrison Bankhead – Bass
Andrew Cyrille – Drums

Dave Burrell-Archie Shepp Quartet
Dave Burrell – Piano
Archie Shepp – Sax
Hamid Drake – Drums
William Parker – Bass

Warrior of Light
Djassi DaCosta Johnson – Dance
Shayna Dulberger – bass

Dave Burrell Quintet
Dave Burrell – Piano
Kidd Jordan – Tenor Sax
James Brandon Lewis – Tenor Sax
William Parker – Bass
Andrew Cyrille – Drums

The Vision Festival is a celebration of boundless improvised art. Now in its 23rd year, this festival of music, dance, poetry, and visual art is heralded as “one of New York’s most essential art events” (New York Times).  Legendary and emerging stars representing the free jazz, experimental, and avant-garde communities will perform 30 sets over six nights. Opening night celebrates Dave Burrell for his Lifetime of Achievement, featuring the pianist in performance with musical associates spanning his 50+ year career.

Burrell will premiere a new work, Variations: Full Blown Rhapsody, inspired by the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. An historic reunion between Burrell and saxophonist Archie Shepp, known for their collaborations in the 60s and 70s, will revisit the songbooks of these two free music titans in a co-led quartet. Finally, Burrell will lead an improvising quintet featuring the free jazz aesthetic he has become known for.

Founded in 1996, festival presenter Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of free jazz — an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle.

Distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrell is an international figure in the contemporary creative music scene. Hailing from Harlem, he moved in 1946 to Hawaii before returning to New York in the 60s. There he quickly emerged as a leader in the contemporary jazz scene where he played along other famous musicians such as Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp.

The festival is made possible in part thanks to public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support through New Music USA’s NYC New Music Impact Fund is made possible with funding from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.