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23rd Vision Festival Set for Brooklyn, May 23-28

Festival performers include Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Mary Halvorson, Matthew Shipp, Jaimie Branch, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis and Tyshawn Sorey

Archie Shepp in performance at the 2013 London Jazz Festival (photo by Paul Wood)
Archie Shepp in performance at the 2013 London Jazz Festival (photo by Paul Wood)

The Vision Festival – the yearly salute to avant-garde jazz and free music, dance, visual art, poetry, film and discussion – held at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn, is set for May 23-28.  This year’s event, the 23rd annual, features performances by elder statesmen such as Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell and Oliver Lake alongside contemporary leaders like Mary Halvorson, Matthew Shipp and Jaimie Branch, and a trio comprising trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

The festival, presented by Arts for Art Inc., will also present a Lifetime Achievement Tribute to pianist-composer Dave Burrell, whose work since the 1960s has included collaborations with Shepp, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders and many others.

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