The summertime festival to celebrate unique artists with even more unique musical talent is set to kick off on July 7, 2015.

Vision Festival has been a long glorified event where experimental artists can perform for captivated audiences. It’s the festival’s 20th anniversary, and this year the Arts for Art sponsorship has outdone themselves with an even wider range of varied artists who will engage fans on the shoulders of giants.

The festival began in 1996 with Arts for Art (AFA), the non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the diversity in music, dance, and art and also with the inspiration of the 1984 and 1988 Sound Unity Festivals. The purpose of the festival was to create a welcoming and energetic atmosphere where artists could express their individual freedoms of music through non-traditional practices. Through this experience between artists and audiences, AFA hopes that a strong community is built between those who love unique music and those who are gifted with the ability to break free from strict genres and expectations as an artist.

Artists such as David S. Ware, Eddie Gale, Steve Lacey, Kidd Jordan, and Louis Mohol have performed at Vision Festival. Traditional boundaries are disregarded to create a distinct experience that will continue with this years’ artist lineup.

July 7
Invocation Joseph Jaarman
Douglas R. Ewart and Quasar
Henry Grimes and Amina Claudine Myers
Roscoe Mitchell: Two Trios and Combined Quintet

July 8
Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage, Ken Filiano, and Lou Grassi
Marilyn Crispell and Gerry Hemmingway
Whit Dickey Ensemble-Cosmic Breath
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

July 9
Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie LesBros
FOUR FOR TAZZ
Milford Graves
Dave Burrell Civil War Project

July 10
Karl Berger Improvisers Chamber Orchestra ‘The Sertso Suit’
Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House
David Murray with Class Struggle Trio
William Parker Martin Luther King Project

July 11
Ingrid Laubrock Sextet
Tony Malaby TubaCello
Wadada Leo Smith/Auran Ortiz Duo
Joelle Leandre/ Gerald Cleaver/ Mat Maneri

July 12
HEAR in NOW
Matthew Shipp Trio
Rob Brown Quartet
Hamiet Bluiett Telepathic Orchestra

Vision Festival will take place at the Historic Judson Memorial Church in New York City. For more information about the festival check out the website below.

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