Jazz Luminaries Perform Tonight in Support of LES Live Music Venue

For many years, the New York arts community has been lamenting the state of experimental music on the Lower East Side.  Take a look at the chart posted above tracking he demise since the 1970’s of live performance spaces for cutting edge music in this neighborhood.  Tonight, Arts for Art (the organization behind the Vision Festival) is doing something about it.

To support the creation of a new music venue in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, they’re holding a benefit featuring a pretty incredible lineup up of performers.  The event gets started at 7:15 with D.J. Spooky. Artists taking the stage throughout the evening include: John Zorn, Henry Grimes, Christian McBride, Roy Campbell, Milford Graves, Joe Lavano, Marshall Allen and many more.

Tickets are $45. Click here to order, or learn more about the event on the Arts for Art web site.


Arts for Art Holds Last In Gardens Concert of the Season

This Sunday will be the last of Arts for Art’s “In Gardens” concert and poetry series for the season. Musicians will play at First Street Garden on 1st street between 1st avenue and 2nd avenue. The Concerts are free, with a suggested donation of 5$.  The schedule follows:

2:15 pm : MazzMuze – Mazz Swift (violin)/Will Martina (cello)

3:30 pm : Jen Shyu (voice/moon gtr/dce/erhu) – Chris Dingman (vibraphone) Satoshi Haga (dance) Ivan Barenboim (clarinets)

Vision Festival XV Brings Avant-Jazz Back to Abrons

Muhal Richard Abrams - photo by Claudio Casanova / AAJItalia

Known as New York’s premier Avant-Jazz festival, Arts for Art‘s  Vision Festival is celebrating it’s 15th year by returning to Abrons Arts Center with 7 nights (and days) of jazz, art, dance, and poetry. Starting off with an Opening Ceremony on the mainstage this evening, Abrons will be converted into a fully interactive space with art exhibitions, a site-specific venue installation, and events occurring in multiple places simultaneously.