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Vision Festival 2024: Thollem McDonas & ACVilla / Amina Claudine Myers / Matana Roberts COIN COIN midAtlantic / Oliver Lake / Holding Bridges Falling Down

Saturday, June 22, 20246:00 pm
doors 5pm

VISION 2024, “BRIDGES” – bringing together the voices of hundreds of artists, of the vibrant Arts for Art (AFA) community to showcase Multicultural, Black, Improvised Creative Music & Arts. As a community of acclaimed creatives, these artists are showing the way to build a Bridge to PEACE.

Set 1, 6:30pm: Thollem McDonas / ACVilla
Thollem McDonas – piano / ACVilla – live art projections
Set 2, 7:30pm: Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers – piano, voice
Set 3, 8:30pm: Matana Roberts COIN COIN midAtlantic
Matana Roberts – composer, horns, harmonicas, aux percussion, vocal, wordspeak / Mike Pride – drums, aux percussion, vocals / Matt Lavelle- alto clarinet, trumpet, tin whistle, vocals / Stuart Bogie – bass clarinet, clarinet, tin whistle, vocal / Cory Smythe – piano, vocals, tin whistle / Mazz Swift – violin, vocals, tin whistle / Darius Jones – alto sax, tin whistle, vocals / Ryan Sawyer – drums, aux percussion, vocals
Set 4, 9:30pm: Oliver Lake – poetry
Set 5, 10:00pm: Holding Bridges Falling Down
Patricia Nicholson – composition, dancer, poet, vocals / DJ Marcellus / Ellen Christi – vocals / TA Thompson – drums / Devin Brahja Waldman – saxophone

VISION 2024: “BRIDGES” – bringing together the voices of hundreds of artists of the vibrant Arts for Art (AFA) community to showcase Multicultural, Black, Improvised Creative Music & Arts. As a community of acclaimed creatives, these artists are showing the way to build a Bridge to PEACE.

In addition to a lineup of performers across six nights, Arts for Art is proud to open the festival honoring the spiritual and creative leader in NYC’s FreeJazz movement, William Parker with the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 18, 20243. We will close out the festival on Sunday June 18 with a grand celebration of the 100 year young, Marshall Allen as he leads the Arkestra. In between we have commissioned works by Matana RobertsMelanie Dyer’s new large ensemble, and Mendoza/Hoff/Revels. From start to finish this will be a celebration of Hope, Creativity, our Community of Multicultural and Black Creative Artists, and the beautiful audiences, staff, press, and volunteers who participate.


Founded in 1996, Arts for Art (AFA) is a New York City based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz, which is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. The music, dance, poetry and visual arts that AFA presents holds deep roots in Black and multicultural creativity. Moreover, it derives its energy from the tradition and power of free improvisation that was inspired by the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950’s and 60’s. Spearheaded by the acclaimed Vision Festival, AFA’s programming brings together generations of diverse and highly skilled artists. Additionally, AFA organizes education initiatives that further our goals of diversity and accessibility.

Vision Festival 2024: Thollem McDonas & ACVilla / Amina Claudine Myers / Matana Roberts COIN COIN midAtlantic / Oliver Lake / Holding Bridges Falling Down

Saturday, June 22, 20246:00 pm
doors 5pm

VISION 2024, “BRIDGES” – bringing together the voices of hundreds of artists, of the vibrant Arts for Art (AFA) community to showcase Multicultural, Black, Improvised Creative Music & Arts. As a community of acclaimed creatives, these artists are showing the way to build a Bridge to PEACE.

Set 1, 6:30pm: Thollem McDonas / ACVilla
Thollem McDonas – piano / ACVilla – live art projections
Set 2, 7:30pm: Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers – piano, voice
Set 3, 8:30pm: Matana Roberts COIN COIN midAtlantic
Matana Roberts – composer, horns, harmonicas, aux percussion, vocal, wordspeak / Mike Pride – drums, aux percussion, vocals / Matt Lavelle- alto clarinet, trumpet, tin whistle, vocals / Stuart Bogie – bass clarinet, clarinet, tin whistle, vocal / Cory Smythe – piano, vocals, tin whistle / Mazz Swift – violin, vocals, tin whistle / Darius Jones – alto sax, tin whistle, vocals / Ryan Sawyer – drums, aux percussion, vocals
Set 4, 9:30pm: Oliver Lake – poetry
Set 5, 10:00pm: Holding Bridges Falling Down
Patricia Nicholson – composition, dancer, poet, vocals / DJ Marcellus / Ellen Christi – vocals / TA Thompson – drums / Devin Brahja Waldman – saxophone

VISION 2024: “BRIDGES” – bringing together the voices of hundreds of artists of the vibrant Arts for Art (AFA) community to showcase Multicultural, Black, Improvised Creative Music & Arts. As a community of acclaimed creatives, these artists are showing the way to build a Bridge to PEACE.

In addition to a lineup of performers across six nights, Arts for Art is proud to open the festival honoring the spiritual and creative leader in NYC’s FreeJazz movement, William Parker with the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 18, 20243. We will close out the festival on Sunday June 18 with a grand celebration of the 100 year young, Marshall Allen as he leads the Arkestra. In between we have commissioned works by Matana RobertsMelanie Dyer’s new large ensemble, and Mendoza/Hoff/Revels. From start to finish this will be a celebration of Hope, Creativity, our Community of Multicultural and Black Creative Artists, and the beautiful audiences, staff, press, and volunteers who participate.


Founded in 1996, Arts for Art (AFA) is a New York City based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz, which is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. The music, dance, poetry and visual arts that AFA presents holds deep roots in Black and multicultural creativity. Moreover, it derives its energy from the tradition and power of free improvisation that was inspired by the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950’s and 60’s. Spearheaded by the acclaimed Vision Festival, AFA’s programming brings together generations of diverse and highly skilled artists. Additionally, AFA organizes education initiatives that further our goals of diversity and accessibility.