Vision Festival Celebrates 25 Years

Lower East Side based experimental Free Jazz and arts festival, Vision Festival, is celebrating 25 years of “a collective artistic vision” with VISION 25, “Breaking Free  Coming Home.” Their upcoming festival kicks off on July 22 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and on July 24 at at La Plaza at the Clemente (114 Norfolk St. Parking Lot).

The festival has lined up 40+ performances by over 100 artists to “speak the message of hope and justice with unfettered creativity.”

The team behind the festival, Art For Arts, is honoring pianist, vocalist, poet, and actor Amina Claudine Myers with a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 23. They write: “Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Amina Claudine Myers’ music career began in directing church choirs, singing, and playing gospel and rhythm and blues. Her early jazz experience came in groups lead by Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.

After moving to Chicago in the 1960s, Ms. Myers became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), began composing for voice and instruments and appearing on classic AACM records. 

Now based in NYC, Myers has become well known for her work involving voice choirs, voice and instrumental ensemble, musical theater, and a robust exploration of the pipe organ, all while seamlessly blending the blues, jazz, gospel and extended forms.”

In addition to seven nights of performances, the festival features art installations at both venues, streaming films, and two afternoons of panel discussions.