The 23rd iteration of the Vision Festival (Vision Fest 23, for short) opened on May 23 in the traditional manner: with an invocation by one of its directors, Patricia Nicholson Parker. “We’ve got a lot of work to do this year,” she repeated over a sparse groove courtesy of her husband, bassist William Parker, and percussionist Hamid Drake. “We’ve got a lot of work to do this year.” That’s for sure, and when it comes to getting work done, this festival’s organizers can serve as an example to us all. Over six days and nights at Brooklyn’s Roulette—plus a one-night movie screening/panel discussion at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan—the Vision Festival presented an exceptional array of boundary-pushing music, dance, film, and conversation.
Photographer Marek Lazarski was there for many key moments, from pianist Dave Burrell’s joyous opening-night reunion with saxophonist Archie Shepp to performances by Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl; SPACE with Roscoe Mitchell, Scott Robinson, and Thomas Buckner; Matthew Shipp conducting his Acoustic Ensemble; Ambrose Akinmusire with Kris Davis and Tyshawn Sorey; Gerald Cleaver with Brandon Lopez, Chris Potter, and David Virelles; and a lot more.
Flip through a slideshow of Lazarski’s images here.