Vision Festival: Celebrating Dave Burrell

23 May 2018

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Opening night at the Vision Festival features pianist Dave Burrell in performance with Archie Shepp, Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones, James Brandon Lewis, and more.


6:30pm — Opening Invocation
7:00pm — Harlem Renaissance
8:00pm —Archie Shepp Quartet ft. Dave Burrell
9:00pm — Warrior of Light
9:30pm — Dave Burrell Quintet

Harlem Renaissance
Dave Burrell – Piano
Darius Jones – Alto Sax
Steve Swell – Trombone
Harrison Bankhead – Bass
Andrew Cyrille – Drums

Archie Shepp Quartet ft. Dave Burrell
Dave Burrell – Piano
Archie Shepp – Sax
Hamid Drake – Drums
William Parker – Bass

Warrior of Light
Djassi DaCosta Johnson – Dance
Shayna Dulberger – bass

Dave Burrell Quintet
Dave Burrell – Piano
Kidd Jordan – Tenor Sax
James Brandon Lewis – Tenor Sax
William Parker – Bass
Andrew Cyrille – Drums

The Vision Festival is a celebration of boundless improvised art. Now in its 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. Opening night celebrates Dave Burrellfor his Lifetime of Achievement, featuring the pianist in performance with musical associates spanning his 50+ year career.

Burrell will premiere a new work, Variations: Full Blown Rhapsody, inspired by the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. An historic reunion between Burrell and saxophonist Archie Shepp, known for their collaborations in the 60s and 70s, will revisit the songbooks of these two free music titans in a co-led quartet. Finally, Burrell will lead an improvising quintet featuring the free jazz aesthetic he has become known for.

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.

Distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrellis an international figure in the contemporary creative music scene. Hailing from Harlem, he moved in 1946 to Hawaii before returning to New York in the 60s. There he quickly emerged as a leader in the contemporary jazz scene where he played along other famous musicians such as Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp.

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