Music as color, inked on paper shaped by the sounds blown across the page,
Jeff Schlanger is the musicWitness, present where the music is. He is the visual improviser, transforming music into painting for decades, a witness to great music – Now we gladly acknowledge his lifetime of achievement.
A New York City native, a graduate of Music & Art and student of potter Maija Grotell at Cranbrook, he has created public art projects on three interrelated subjects: Peace, War and Music. MusicWitness paintings and sculpture have been part of every Vision Festival.
The musicians feel the colors and shapes as accurate witness to their music so they request that his art be displayed on their album covers. It is best if you can see the actual drawings live, in color, in good light, or projected larger than life on screens while the musicians are themselves performing where you see the dance of color and line and sound interacting live: Jeff Schlanger is the major witness of the Vision Festival art community and beyond, catching the colors of sounds with his eyes to give them another kind of permanence.
June 12 will open with a film documenting his work that gives insight into his clay work, his heart, his love of the music and his concern for justice. Each Night of the festival, his work will be projected on the stage of the Vision.
6:30PM - 6:55PM - CHILE / NEW YORK / AfghanIRAQ
Film By Michael Lucio Sternbach, Zak Sherzad Documenting the work of Jeff Schlanger Music by William Parker, Roy Campbell
Jeff Schlanger, musicWitness, is a visual improviser, transforming music into painting. He is also an inspired clay sculptor. This film presents the visual-sonic synergism of his Wall of 400 ceramic Faces with live improvisations by William Parker, Roy Campbell and eight musicians.
7:00PM - 7:10PM - Steve Dalachinsky
Steve Dalachinsky offers up his poems and his considerabl skill as evening host.
7:15PM - 8:00PM - Signs & Rituals Sextet
Vision Festival XIX will present percussionist Michael Wimberly in a new group called Signs & Rituals. This group conjures an elixir that evokes the spirit of the Egun moving through the physical and non- physical world, the known and the unknown, the beginning and the never ending.
Using songs and chants from their African ancestry as a muse to launch into spontaneous improvisation, Michael’s Signs & Rituals contains the nucleus of creating a distinctive blend.
Michael Wimberly - drums, percussion
Antoine Roney - tenor, soprano saxophone
Larry Roland - bass
Nioka Workman - cello
Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Souleymane Bodolo - dance, choreography
8:15PM - 9:00PM - Mary Halvorson & Susan Alcorn Duo
Pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn and electric guitarist Mary Halvorson will be performing together for the first time in a duo setting.
“I first heard Susan Alcorn perform live several years ago, and was completely blown away. The beauty, mastery, and intensity she projects on the pedal steel guitar is deeply inspiring and original. I have been looking for a way to collaborate with Susan ever since. This duo marks our first performance together.” —Mary Halvorson
Mary Halvorson - electric guitar
Susan Alcorn - pedal steel guitar
9:15PM - 10:00PM - Ned Rothenberg's Cardinal Points
Cardinal Points is a first-time meeting of four improvisers of broad temporal and geographic scope. Composer/performer Ned Rothenberg work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language to create a personal idiom. Gamin is a celebrated piri (bamboo oboe) artist and a master of taepyeonso (double-reed) and saenghwang (mouth organ). Vocalist/ performance artist Samita Sinha combines tradition with experiment to create new forms, with a deep grounding in North Indian vocal music. Drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi performs in genres, from world music, jazz, to electronic music.
Ned Rothenberg - alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi
Gamin - piri, taepyeongso (Korean double reed instruments), saengwhang (Korean mouth organ)
Samita Sinha - vocals, performance
Satoshi Takeishi - percussion
10:15PM - 11:00PM - Brotzmann/Drake/Parker Trio
Peter Brötzmann – reeds
Hamid Drake – drums, percussion
William Parker – bass
Vision Festival 19 will be at Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Daily Admission: $30 per day / $20 students & seniors
5-day pass: $140 / VIP Pass $270