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Vision Festival 2024: MiM & the Intergenerational Ensemble / Watershed Continuum / Melanie Dyer’s Incalculable Likelihood / Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few / Jason Kao Hwang & Cooper-Moore / Marshall Allen & the Arkestra 100th birthday Celebration

Sunday, June 23, 20248:00 pm
doors 7pm

5:00 PM MiM & the Intergenerational Ensemble led by William Parker

6:00 PM Watershed Continuum:
Rob Brown – alto saxophone / Steve Swell – trombone / Alexis Marcelo – piano / Whit Dickey – drums

7:00 PM Melanie Dyer’s Incalculable Likelihood (dedicated to Rebecca Elliott):
Melanie Dyer – viola, composition, video, sculpture / Carla Cook – vocals / Kyoko Kitamura – vocals / Jason Walker – vocals / JD Parran – woodwinds / Shanyse Strickland – French horn / Charles Burnham – violin / Gwen Laster – violin / Alex Waterman – cello / Ken Filiano – bass / Alexis Marcelo – piano / Malik Washington – percussion

8:00 PM Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few:
Isaiah Collier – saxophone / Nat Reeves – bass / Michael Ode – drums

9:00 PM Jason Kao Hwang & Cooper-Moore:
Jason Kao Hwang – viola, violin / Cooper-Moore – didley bow, percussion

10:00 PM Marshall Allen & the Arkestra 100th birthday Celebration:
Marshall Allen – saxophones / Other performers TBA

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 tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Black Multicultural Improvised Creative Arts — an African American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principal. This art embodies music, dance, poetry and visual arts. It is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. AFA works to preserve the legacy of FreeJazz, and to ensure a vital future through its re- imagination by new generations of artists. Spearheaded by the internationally renowned Vision Festival, AFA’s programming brings together multiple generations of vibrant, diverse and highly skilled artists. To further its goals of diversity and accessibility, AFA fosters education initiatives and produce events that build community amongst artists and audiences.

Vision Festival 2024: MiM & the Intergenerational Ensemble / Watershed Continuum / Melanie Dyer’s Incalculable Likelihood / Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few / Jason Kao Hwang & Cooper-Moore / Marshall Allen & the Arkestra 100th birthday Celebration

Sunday, June 23, 20248:00 pm
doors 7pm

5:00 PM MiM & the Intergenerational Ensemble led by William Parker

6:00 PM Watershed Continuum:
Rob Brown – alto saxophone / Steve Swell – trombone / Alexis Marcelo – piano / Whit Dickey – drums

7:00 PM Melanie Dyer’s Incalculable Likelihood (dedicated to Rebecca Elliott):
Melanie Dyer – viola, composition, video, sculpture / Carla Cook – vocals / Kyoko Kitamura – vocals / Jason Walker – vocals / JD Parran – woodwinds / Shanyse Strickland – French horn / Charles Burnham – violin / Gwen Laster – violin / Alex Waterman – cello / Ken Filiano – bass / Alexis Marcelo – piano / Malik Washington – percussion

8:00 PM Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few:
Isaiah Collier – saxophone / Nat Reeves – bass / Michael Ode – drums

9:00 PM Jason Kao Hwang & Cooper-Moore:
Jason Kao Hwang – viola, violin / Cooper-Moore – didley bow, percussion

10:00 PM Marshall Allen & the Arkestra 100th birthday Celebration:
Marshall Allen – saxophones / Other performers TBA

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 tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Black Multicultural Improvised Creative Arts — an African American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principal. This art embodies music, dance, poetry and visual arts. It is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. AFA works to preserve the legacy of FreeJazz, and to ensure a vital future through its re- imagination by new generations of artists. Spearheaded by the internationally renowned Vision Festival, AFA’s programming brings together multiple generations of vibrant, diverse and highly skilled artists. To further its goals of diversity and accessibility, AFA fosters education initiatives and produce events that build community amongst artists and audiences.