Since the first Vision Festival, in 1996, Amiri Baraka has been an important presence at Vision. But way before the Vision Festival he was a champion of the music, with his seminal books on Jazz, ‘Blues People’ and ‘Black Music’.
For many of the other artists and audiences who have participated each year, Baraka has been an inspiration. For the last five years Baraka helped organize the panel discussions that deepened the context and impact for the art that is presented.
This year, we not only wish to pay tribute to him by acknowledging his importance, but we also are looking to him for inspiration to continue the struggle and not become complacent. Therefore, EVERY night, we will feature a poet reading from his work.
Panel Discussions will further serve to convey a sense of his contributions.
Fiday, June 13 THE LEGACY OF AMIRI BARAKA: Art In Action. 4:30PM - 7:15PM.
Part 1 – Cultural Identity / Self Empowerment / the role of Free Jazz
A retrospective in the First Person
Moderator: Mike Burke Democracy Now
Panelists: Oliver Lake, William Parker, Jason Kao Hwang, Mazz Swift and Fred Moten.
Saturday, June 14th Forum on Education: the legacy of Improvised Music with a world music perspective. 12:30PM
Discussing tactics that encourage skills of creative thinking in Real time to inspire a diverse population of artistic innovators and improvisers.
Panelists: Dave Sewelson, Jessica Jones, Connie Crothers, Michael TA Thompson, Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez, Lisa Sokolov and William Parker.
THE LEGACY OF AMIRI BARAKA: Art In Action Part 2 - Decolonizing the Music: The conversation continues: 4:30PM
Moderator: Basir Mchawi
Panelists: William Parker, Juma Sultan, Ahmed Abdullah, Hamid Drake, Fred Moten and Brent Edwards.
Sunday, June 15th THE LEGACY OF AMIRI BARAKA: Art In Action Part 3 – The Legacy of Art in Social Action – creating our Future 2:00PM
Moderator: Mike Burke
Panelists: Naima Penniman, Daro Behroozi, Hamid Drake, Dave Burrell, Luke Stewart and Patricia Nicholson.
VISION 19 -Studies In Freedom
Wednesday June 11 thru Sunday June 15, 2014
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Daily Admission: $30 per day / $20 students & seniors
5-day pass: $140 / VIP Pass $270
At the door or online.