Vision Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary
The Lower East Side-based experimental free jazz and art festival, Vision Festival, celebrates 25 years of “a collective artistic vision” with VISION 25, “Break free when coming home. âTheir next festival kicks off July 22 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and July 24 at La Plaza at the Clemente (114 Norfolk St. Parking Lot).
The festival organized more than 40 performances by more than 100 artists to “convey the message of hope and justice with unhindered creativity”.
The team behind the festival, Art For Arts, honors pianist, singer, poet and actress Amina Claudine Myers with a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 23. They write: âBorn in Blackwell, Arkansas, Amina Claudine Myers’ musical career began in conducting church choirs, singing and playing gospel and rhythm and blues. Her first experiences with jazz came in directed groups. by Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.
After moving to Chicago in the 1960s, Ms. Myers joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), began composing for vocals and instruments, and appeared on classic AACM records.
Now based in New York, Myers has become well known for her work involving vocal choirs, vocal and instrumental ensembles, musical theater, and a solid exploration of the pipe organ, while harmoniously blending blues, jazz, gospel and extended forms.
In addition to seven nights of performances, the festival features art installations at both venues, streaming films and two afternoons of panel discussions.