Vision Festival: Isaiah Collier / SPARKS / Diaspora Meets AfroHORN / Angelica Sanchez / SoundNoiseFUNK

Friday, June 24, 2022. 6:30 pm
Doors 5:30pm
  • Roulette Members and Patron Circle Members may purchase tickets using their member benefits and free passes by contacting eric@roulette.org.
  • Please note, there are limited number of member tickets available for each night of Vision Fest.
  • Non-members may purchase tickets directly through Vision Fest using the link below.
Purchase TicketsDonate

Vision Festival: Isaiah Collier / SPARKS / Diaspora Meets AfroHORN / Angelica Sanchez / SoundNoiseFUNK

Friday, June 24, 2022. 6:30 pm
Roulette Members and Patron Circle Members may reserve a limited number of tickets using their member benefits by contacting Eric Umble at eric@roulette.org or (917) 267-2440. Member and Patron Circle reservations must be made in advance.


Isaiah Collier leads his new generation quartet with pianist Jordan Williams and rhythm section of bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Tcheser Holmes. SPARKS is a new collaboration celebrating their record release on Mahakala, featuring pianist Eri Yamamto, saxophonist Chad Fowler, bassist William Parker, and drummer Steve Hirsh. Together SPARKS performs spontaneous folk music unique to their upbringing. With Diaspora Meets AfroHORN, trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and multi-percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett combine the traditions of their two groups while connecting musically and spiritually. Together they draw from shared experiences as Sun Ra Arkestra members. Long-time collaborators pianist Angelica Sanchez and bassist Michael Formanek return to Vision, joined by premier drummer Hamid Drake for a special trio performance. SoundNoiseFUNK, Fay Victor’s avant-garde dance unit, features percussionist Reggie Nicholson, soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, guitarist Joe Morris, and multi-disciplinary artist Eddy Kwon. With their world premiere, “WORK in these TIMES,” they will explore sonic terrain while keeping an organic groove.

Set 1, 6:30pm Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few
Isaiah Collier – tenor sax
Jordan Williams – piano
Luke Stewart – bass
Tcheser Holmes – drums

Set 2, 7:30pm SPARKS
Eri Yamamoto – piano
William Parker – bass
Chad Fowler – sax
Steve Hirsh – drums

Set 3, 8:30pm Ahmed Abdullah & Francisco Mora Catlett: Diaspora Meets AfroHORN
Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
Francisco Mora Catlett – multi-percussion
Monique Ngozi Nri- vocals, poetry
Sam Newsome, Don Chapman – woodwinds
Bob Stewart – tuba James Hurt – piano
Radu ben Judah – bass
Roman Diaz – African percussion

Set 4, 9:30pm Angelica Sanchez / Michael Formanek / Hamid Drake
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Michael Formanek – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

Set 5, 10:30pm Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFUNK: WORK in these TIMES Premiere
Sam Newsome – soprano sax, toys
Joe Morris – electric guitar
Reggie Nicholson – drums
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
Guest: Eddy Kwon – interdisciplinary artist

Founded in 1996, the Vision Festival is New York City’s longest continuously running jazz festival. Now in its 26th 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). Performances feature legendary and emerging stars representing the free jazz, experimental, and avant-garde communities and include Lifetime Achievement honorees like Amina Claudine Myers, Andrew Cyrille, Dave Burrell, Peter Brötzmann, and Milford Graves. This year, we honor Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Smith, Eva Kapanadze, Eliseo Cardona