Photos: Vision 22

All-star avant-jazzers featured at this long-running NYC institution

The Vision Festival, whose 22nd edition ran May 28 through June 3 in Manhattan, at its home base of Judson Memorial Church, is an enduring institution with a well-defined aesthetic and a loyal community. Organized by artistic director Patricia Nicholson Parker, this year’s fest included a lifetime achievement celebration for multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, and a cathartic closing finale reflecting the multi-disciplinary, ’60s-rooted avant-garde at the event’s core. Titled “Songs for a Free World,” and with sections composed by Oliver Lake and William Parker, it featured a large ensemble with strings and voices, plus dancers and live video art.

Enjoy this extensive photo essay by Marek Lazarski.

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir; conductor Pope at far left (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Odean Pope Saxophone Choir; conductor Pope at far left (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Artistic Director Patricia Nicholson Parker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Artistic Director Patricia Nicholson Parker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Farmers by Nature, from left: Craig Taborn, Darius Jones, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Farmers by Nature, from left: Craig Taborn, Darius Jones, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Artifacts Trio, from left: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed and Tomeka Reid (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Artifacts Trio, from left: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed and Tomeka Reid (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Nicole Mitchell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Nicole Mitchell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Tomeka Reid (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Tomeka Reid (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Mike Reed (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Mike Reed (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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William Parker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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William Parker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Mat Maneri and Whit Dickey at back on drums (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Mat Maneri and Whit Dickey at back on drums (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Jason Kao Hwang's Burning Bridge (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Jason Kao Hwang's Burning Bridge (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Michael TA Thompson and Joe McPhee, from left (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Michael TA Thompson and Joe McPhee, from left (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Gebhard Ullmann (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Gebhard Ullmann (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Fred Lonberg-Holm (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Fred Lonberg-Holm (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Steve Swell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Steve Swell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Chicago Plan, from left: Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Gebhard Ullmann and Steve Swell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Chicago Plan, from left: Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Gebhard Ullmann and Steve Swell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Dom Minasi (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Dom Minasi (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Joe McPhee (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Joe McPhee (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Daniel Carter (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Daniel Carter (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Rosi Hertlein (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Rosi Hertlein (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Joe McPhee's The Dream Book: For Ornette Coleman and Dominic Duval (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Joe McPhee's The Dream Book: For Ornette Coleman and Dominic Duval (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Dave Burrell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Dave Burrell (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Kidd Jordan (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Kidd Jordan (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Dave Burrell Quartet, from left: Burrell, William Parker, Kidd Jordan and William Hooker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Dave Burrell Quartet, from left: Burrell, William Parker, Kidd Jordan and William Hooker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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William Hooker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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William Hooker (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Gerry Hemingway (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Gerry Hemingway (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Mark Helias (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Mark Helias (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Ray Anderson (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Ray Anderson (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Andrew Cyrille (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Andrew Cyrille (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Whit Dickey (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Whit Dickey (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Matthew Shipp (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Matthew Shipp (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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David Murray (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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David Murray (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Oliver Lake (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Oliver Lake (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Songs for a Free World: Vision 22 Finale (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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Songs for a Free World: Vision 22 Finale (photo by Marek Lazarski)
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