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NYC Hosts a Different Kind of Vision Festival

Vision Festival: Healing Soul—featuring Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, and more—will take place live (outdoors) and online starting Oct. 8

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith (photo: William Matczynski)

Like so many jazz festivals this year, New York’s avant-garde Vision Festival was canceled due to the pandemic. But its organizers, Arts for Art, didn’t give up on 2020 entirely. This week, a reimagined version of the fest will take place both live and online. Vision Festival: Healing Soul, as it’s being billed, will begin Thursday, October 8 with a livestream solo performance by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, followed by a series of events from Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12 that will be both livestreamed and held in front of an outdoor audience. Participating artists include Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Amina Claudine Myers, and William Parker; a full schedule is below. 

All outdoor events will take place at La Plaza at the Clemente on New York’s Lower East Side (a.k.a. a parking lot on Norfolk Street, north of Delancey). The outdoor Vision Festival will be limited-capacity, socially distanced, and in compliance with all CDC and New York City guidelines. Daily outdoor tickets are $75, and virtual tickets are $15. Both are available here.
 
The full-fledged Vision Festival plans to return in 2021. 
 
VISION FESTIVAL:  HEALING SOUL 
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
VIRTUAL 
 
7:00pm ET      
Wadada Leo Smith – solo trumpet, solo piano 
 
8:00pm          
Jazz Responds to Humanity in Crisis, In and Outside the Jazz Community
A roundtable discussion (on Zoom) with William Parker, Amirtha Kidambi, Fay Victor, Gerald Cleaver, Arturo O’Farrill, and JD Allen, moderated by Patricia Parker 
  
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 
LIVE
Outdoors in La Plaza at the Clemente, 114 Norfolk St., NYC
 
5:00pm ET      
The Healing Force 
Patricia Nicholson – text, movement voice
Voices: Ellen Christi, Jean Carla Rodea, Amirtha Kidambi, Andrea Wolper / Ava Mendoza – guitar / Val Jeanty – electronics, percussion
 
6:00pm         
Afro-Algonquin Trio
Lee Mixashawn Rozie – voice, sax, banjo / Rick Rozie – bass / Royal Hartigan – drums
 
7:00pm         
Oliver Lake Organ Quartet 
Oliver Lake – sax / Jared Gold – organ / Freddie Hendrix – trumpet / Chris Beck – drums
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 
LIVE Outdoors in La Plaza at the Clemente, 114 Norfolk St., NYC
 
1:00pm ET      
Children’s Music Is Mine Workshop (free) 
 
4:00pm       
OPEN SPACE
Hamid Drake – drums / Brandon Lopez – bass / James Brandon Lewis – sax / Alexis Marcelo – keyboards
 
5:00pm         
Fay Victor Mutations for Justice 
Fay Victor – voice, composition / Mazz Swift – violin / Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Jason Nazary – drums
 
6:00pm         
Amina Claudine Myers Trio
Amina Claudine Myers – keyboards / Jerome Harris – bass, voice / Reggie Nicholson – drums
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
LIVE
Outdoors in La Plaza at the Clemente, 114 Norfolk St., NYC
 
1:00pm ET      
Children’s Music Is Mine Workshop (free) 
 
4:00pm         
Andrew Cyrille Quartet 
David Virelles – piano / Bill Frisell -guitar / Ben Street – bass / Andrew Cyrille – drums
 
5:30pm         
POET Tyehimba Jess
 
6:00pm         
Gerald Cleaver Black Host
Cooper-Moore – keyboards /  Darius Jones – sax / Brandon Seabrook – guitar / Brandon Lopez – bass / Gerald Cleaver – drums 
 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 
LIVE
Outdoors in La Plaza at the Clemente, 114 Norfolk St., NYC
 
4:00pm ET      
David Murray Trio with Luke Stewart – bass / Ronnie Burrage – drums
 
5:30pm            

POET Latasha Diggs

6:00pm         
William Parker’s In Order to Survive Quintet
Rob Brown – alto sax / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Cooper-Moore – keyboards / Hamid Drake – drums