Vision Festival 18 – Opening Night – Celebrate Milford Graves: A Life-Time of Achievement

Wednesday, June 12, 2013. 7:00 pm

Vision Festival 18 – Opening Night – Celebrate Milford Graves: A Life-Time of Achievement

Wednesday, June 12, 2013. 7:00 pm

Since 1996, the Vision Festival has been New York’s premiere festival of free/avant-garde/experimental/world jazz music bringing together visionaries from New York and all over the world for dynamic collaborations, the exploration of new sounds, and to foster multicultural and multigenerational dialogue.

Roulette welcomes back Vision Festival 18 to our performance stage for 5 evenings of wall-to-wall programming, beginning Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 16, with extraordinary performances from Milford Graves, William Parker, Roy Campell, Joe McPhee, Marshall Allen, Amiri Baraka, Hamid Drake, Roscoe Mitchell, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Grimes, among others, along with a robust multimedia program that features dance, poetry, film, and panel discussions with artists.

Vision Festival 18 – Improvisation / Freedom / Revolution – opens with a celebration of drummer/percussionist Milford Graves, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, with 3 performances highlighting Graves’ extraordinary career, from his Afro/Cuban roots to stellar sets by Transition Trio and NY HeART Ensemble, featuring Amiri Baraka.

To purchase advance tickets, please visit:
Door (per day): 30
Event Pass: 140
Advanced daily ticket: 30
Students & Seniors: 20


7:00 PM – Afro/Cuban Roots
Milford Graves – drums, percussion
David Virelles – acoustic piano
Román Díaz – percussions (congas, batá drums, añá), vocals
John Benitez – acoustic bass
Román Filiú – alto saxophone

8:30 PM – Milford Graves Transition TRIO
Milford Graves – drums, percussion
D.D. Jackson – piano
Kidd Jordan – tenor saxophone

10:00 PM – Milford Graves NY HeArt Ensemble
Milford Graves – drums, percussion
Charles Gayle – tenor saxophone
William Parker – bass
Roswell Rudd – trombone
Amiri Baraka – poetry


Arts For Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit, multi-cultural organization whose purpose is to build awareness and understanding of avantjazz and related expressive movements while encouraging a sense of community amongst artists and their audiences. Our principal activities are the presentation of innovative, creative music, dance, multi-media performances, spoken word, and the exhibition of visual arts and through educational efforts involve a new generation. Since 1996, Art For Art has produced the Vision Festival, beginning in various venues in New York’s Lower East Side and at Brooklyn’s Roulette performance space since 2012.