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Vision Festival: Jaimie Branch / Cooper-Moore / New World Pygmies / Oliver Lake Big Band

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

6:00pm — Fly or Die
7:00pm — Cooper-Moore
8:00pm — Julie Ezelle Patton
8:30pm — New World Pygmies
9:30pm — Oliver Lake Big Band

Fly or Die
Jaimie Branch – Trumpet
Lester St. Louis – Cello
Anton Hatwich – Bass
Chad Taylor – Drums

Cooper-Moore – Solo Piano

Julie Ezelle Patton – Poetry
Nasheet Waits – Drums
Ken Filiano – Bass
Paul Van Curen – Guitar

New World Pygmies
Jemeel Moondoc – Alto Sax
Hamid Drake – Drums
William Parker – Bass

Oliver Lake Big Band
SAXOPHONES: Oliver Lake, Bruce Williams, James Stewart, Alex Harding,
Darius Jones and Mike Lee
TRUMPETS: Josh Evans, Freddie Hendrix, Nabate Isles, Greg Glassman
TROMBONES: Aaron Johnson, Al Patterson, Terry Greene II, Stafford Hunter
PIANO: Yoichi Uzeki
BASS: Robert Sabin
DRUMS: Chris Beck

The Vision Festival is the world’s premier celebration of boundless improvised art. Now in it’s 23rd year, this festival of music, dance, poetry, and visual art is heralded as “one of New York’s most essential art events” (New York Times). Legendary and emerging stars representing the free jazz, experimental, and avant-garde communities will perform 30 sets over six nights.

Closing night features rising trumpet star Jaimie Branch’s signature Fly or Die quartet; solo piano by 2017 lifetime achievement honoree Cooper-Moore; poet Julie Ezelle Patton; Jemeel Moondoc with William Parker and Hamid Drake; and
Oliver Lake’s 17 member powerhouse big band.

Founded in 1996, festival presenter Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of free jazz — an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle.