Vision Festival 2009: Day 7 Finale
Building on a solid start, the Festival just got stronger and stronger through the seven days with outstanding sets becoming commonplace by the end. Of the 34 shows on the main stage, the cherries on the cake were Roy Campbell and Joe McPhee's Ayler Project, Seth Meicht's Big Sound Ensemble, Matthew Shipp's solo set, the Rob Brown Trio, Planet Dream, the Fred Anderson Trio, Dickey/Yamamoto/ Carter, and Trio X, but it must be said that it was a very good cake.
As the audience dispersed, thoughts turned to the future. In the current economic climate nothing can be taken for granted, and as other festivals fall by the wayside, the need for the Vision Festival as a showcase for the underexposed medium of avant jazz, free jazz, creative improvised music, call it what you will, remains as much as ever. The Vision Festival has been largely the brainchild of one woman, Patricia Nicholson. Each year it is a labor of love which relies on support from musicians, the Lower East Side artistic community, volunteers and the audience. Go to the Vision Festival website to find how you can contribute.