Akron/Family to Close NYC’s Vision Festival With Performance at Le Poisson Rouge, June 30th
Akron/Family has been honored to be asked to close this year’s Vision Festival in New York City on June 30th at Le Poisson Rouge. The concert is billed as Akron/Xtended/Family and will be a collaborative performance with legendary free improv masters Hamid Drake and William Parker. Akron/Family recorded their record Meek Warrior with Hamid in Chicago in 2006 and played in support of the record with both William and Hamid.
The Vision Festival was started in 1996 by Patricia Parker, William Parker and Peter Kowald. Over the years it has hosted Milford Graves, Peter Brotzman, David Ware, Marshal Allen, Sam Rivers, Henry Grimes, and too many legendary free jazz artists to mention. The festival’s theme this year is “The Creative Option” and according to the VIsion Festival producers “represents our commitment to bring cutting-edge music to new generations of
listeners. Emerging artists and young bands are very important in maintaining a link between the pioneering legends and the innovators of the future.”
Akron/Family has always looked to many of these pioneering artists as inspirations and guides in the tone world, and are extremely proud to participate in helping to link younger musicians and fans to what they consider to be one of the most spirited and alive musical traditions in the world. Many of the musicians that play every year in the Vision Festival
represent the living history of this music, and it is a true music of the future.
For the show Akron plans to revisit the material of Meek Warrior with William and Hamid as well as explore various improvisational spaces, tone color fields, Ayler theme calls, and elemental groove planes.
The show will be with bands Slowest Runner 8:00, Southern Satellites 9:00, and Akron/Xtended/Family 10:00 on June 30, 2010 at Le Poisson Rouge.
Watch Akron/Family Live at Union Pool in Brooklyn with Vision Fest saxophonist Charles Waters
Praise For the Vision Festival
“Avant-garde jazz culture has no better colloquy in this country than the Vision Festival”
Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Arguably the most important free-jazz fest in the U.S.” – Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
“Affordable like church, with comparable spiritual uplift” – Howard Mandel, New York Press
“Unlike any other festival on the planet” – John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com
“The most exciting, adventurous musical gathering that New York has to offer” – Jason
Gross, The Village Voice
“No single event in the past decade has done more for New York free jazz
than the annual Vision Festival. Besides raising the profile of musicians who’ve been marginalized by the mainstream media, the artist-run event has provided a forum for allied artists in various media in which to explore the common political-aesthetic-spiritual
underpinnings of their art directly with their audiences.” – Ed Hazell, Boston Phoenix