Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Confessions: The Ballade of Linda Sharrock

By Eric Zinman.
First published in FEMEFICATIO UK in 2012.
(originally edited by Kamaria Muntu and Malkia Charlee Martin)

Linda Sharrock is sitting today in a wheelchair after having suffered a stroke. She is disabled from motion and words literally, without action, flabbergasted. She, however, is still on a mission. An eloquent, artistic, and authentic musician who began her career in partnership with jazz guitarist and husband Sonny Sharrock

Her impressive vocals on the album Black Woman produced by Herbie Mann on Atlantic Sub Vortex and released in 1969, heralded the arrival of a cutting edge talent to be reckoned with. She now finds herself embroiled in a complex domestic drama. 

In a fight for her own autonomy, property and the financial wherewithal to heal properly. But even in this tragic complexity which must be sorted if she is to survive. She is yet determined to work, to tour – to reclaim the artist in herself and her place in the world of avant-garde jazz.

Linda and Sonny Sharrock, 1970s
Linda and Sonny Sharrock, 1970s

“America always made it a point to keep the creative arts low down” was a 
phrase I heard during the 60’s ... But I never had a precise idea what the 
expression low down might actually represent until I learned more about it – 
witnessing closely the infamous fate of Linda Sharrock and her literal human, 
physical and artistic destruction ... Now I know.” (Mario Rechtern, musician 
and Linda’s caregiver).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Once we had Liberace or the Jarrett problem.

Mr Jarrett stomping off from another concert.

"Liberace was old world, and so had to be able to play, or he'd be digging potatoes.He also had a very hip sense of design and style.  

Does Vijay Ayer have as many rings, robes or mirrors? I never spent all that much time listening to Jarrett...wasn't he on Windham Hill?"

The gracious, genial and Great Liberace showing how it's done. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Vision Festival 19

After a tumultuous year Vision Festival seeks to imagine a world without Roy Campbell and Amiri Baraka.  

Arts for Art Presents
Studies In Freedom

Wednesday June 11 thru Sunday June 15, 2014
At Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Honoring Legacy of Amiri Baraka

Since the first Vision Festival, in 1996, Amiri Baraka has been an important presence at Vision. 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.  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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Celebrating LifeTime of Achievement Charles Gayle

7:00 Charles Gayle Trio + Dance
Daniel Carter – reeds, Miriam Parker – dance + Guest
Charles Gayle – bass & piano, Michael T.A. Thompson – drums

8:15 Charles Gayle Quartet
Charles Gayle – tenor, Dave Burrell – piano
William Parker – bass, Michael Wimberly – drums

9:15 Quincy Troupe reading from the work of Amiri Baraka + his own poetry

9:45 Charles Gayle & the Vision Artist Orchestra
Charles Gayle – piano, conduction
Kidd Jordan, Hamiet Bluiett, Ingrid Laubrock – sax
Ted Daniel – trumpet, Steve Swell ­– trombone 
Jason Kao Hwang, Mazz Swift – violin, viola
Nioka Workman – cello, Shayna Dulberger – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums

THURSDAY, JUNE 12   Celebrating musicWitness® Jeff Schlanger

6:30                  CHILE•NEW YORK•AfghanIRAQ by Michael Lucio Sternbach
                           FILM the work of Jeff Schlanger Music by William Parker & Roy Campbell

7:00                  Steve Dalachinsky reading from the work of Amiri Baraka + his own poetry

7:15                  Wimberly’s Harlem Ensemble ‘Signs & Rituals’                           Michael Wimberly – drums, percussion, Antoine Roney – tenor & soprano saxophone
                           Larry Roland – bass, Nioka Workman – cello
                           Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Soulemayne Bodolo – dance, choreography

8:15                  Mary Halvorson + Susan Alcorn
                           Mary Halvorson – electric guitar, Susan Alcorn – pedal steel guitar

9:15                  Cardinal Points
                           Ned Rothenberg – alto, clarinets, shakuhachi, Gamin – piri, taepyeongso                           Samita Sinha – vocals, performance, Satoshi Takeishi – percussion

10:15                Peter Br√∂tzmann + Hamid Drake + William Parker                           Peter Br√∂tzmann – reeds, Hamid Drake – drums, percussion, William Parker – bass

FRIDAY, JUNE 13   FROM SPIRIT TO SPIRIT – honoring Roy Campbell

4:30                  Panel: The Legacy of Amiri Baraka: Art in Action: 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,                           DD Jackson, Fred Moten

7:00                  Whit Dickey Quartet
                           Whit Dickey – drums, Mat Maneri – viola, Michael Bisio – bass, Rob Brown – alto

8:00                   Ramya Ramana Poet – reading her own work and that of Amiri Baraka

8:15                   Women with an Axe to Grind
                           Kris Davis – piano, Shayna Dulberger – bass
                           Mazz Swift – violin, Patricia Nicholson – dance, words, rhythm

9:15                   Jemeel Moondoc Quintet                           Jemeel Moondoc – alto saxophone
                           Steve Swell – trombone, Nathan Breedlove – trumpet
                           Hill Green – bass,  Newman Taylor Baker – drums

10:15                 James “Blood” Ulmer Music Revelation Ensemble revisited                           James “Blood” Ulmer – electric guitar
                           Calvin “The Truth” Jones – bass , Cornell Rochester – drums

SATURDAY, JUNE 14   A FUTURE OF VISION (Honoring the Next Generation)

12:30               Forum on : The legacy of Improvised Music
                          Dave Sewelson, Connie Crothers, T.A. Thompson, Lisa Sokolov, William Parker

2/ 4pm             Music Is Mine Music Program
3:45                  All students (70 musicians) under direction of Jason Kao Hwang + guests 

4:30                   Panel– The Legacy of Amiri Baraka: Art in Action Part 2
                           Part 2 - Decolonizing the Music: The conversation continues: 
           Moderator: Basir Mchawi                           Panelists: William Parker, Juma Sultan, Ahmed Abdullah, Brent Hayes Edwards,
                           Hamid Drake, Fred Moten

7:00                   Satoko Fujii New Trio +1                            Satoko Fujii – piano, Todd Nicholson – bass
                           Yoshi Shutto – drums, Kappa Maki – trumpet

8:00                   David Mills Poet – reading the work of Amiri Baraka + his own poems

8:15                   Matthew Shipp Trio                            Matthew Shipp – piano, Michael Bisio – bass, Whit Dickey – drums

9:15                   TarBaby                           Nasheet Waits – drums, Eric Revis – bass, Orrin Evans – piano

10:15                Sonic Projections                           Nicole Mitchell – flutes, David Boykin – tenor saxophone
                           Craig Taborn – piano,  Chad Taylor – drums

SUNDAY, JUNE 15  FREEDOM IS HARD WON (Honoring Amiri Baraka)

2:00                   Panel Discussion on The Legacy of Amiri Baraka: Art in Action
                           Part 3 – The Legacy of Art in Social Action – creating our Future
                           Naima Penniman, Daro Behroozi, Hamid Drake, Dave Burrell,                           Luke Stewart, Patricia Nicholson

5:00                   Angelica Sanchez + Omar Tamez                           Angelica Sanchez – piano, Omar Tamez – electric guitar

6:00                   Fay Victor + Tyshawn Sorey                           Fay Victor – voice, Tyshawn Sorey – drums, percussion, found instruments

7:00                   Jordan + Burrell + Parker + Drake                           Kidd Jordan – tenor saxophone, Dave Burrell – piano
                           William Parker – bass, Hamid Drake – drums, percussion

8:00                  Poet David Henderson reading the work of Amiri Baraka + his own poetry

8:20                    TIMES THREE                            Connie Crothers – piano, Henry Grimes – bass, violin, Melvin Gibbs – electric bass

9:30                   Roy Campbell Tribute Band led by Sabir Mateen                           Sabir Mateen – reeds, conduction, Rob Brown – alto saxophone
                           Daniel Carter – reeds, trumpet, Dennis Gonzalez – horns
                           Andrew Bemkey – piano, William Parker – bass
                           Hamid Drake – drums

WHEN                   Wednesday, June 11 thru Sunday, June 15, 2014
WHAT                   3 Panels Honoring The Legacy of Amiri Baraka June 13, 14, 15
     Each Night a poet will read from the words of the Great Amiri Baraka
     6/11 Quincy Troupe, 6/12 Steve Dalachinsky, 6/13 Ramya Ramana,
     6/14 David Mills, 6/15 David Henderson
WHERE:        ROULETTE, (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY)
TICKETS:           Daily Admission:  $30 per day / $20 students & seniors
                 5-day pass: $140 / VIP Pass $270
                 At the door or online vf19.bpt.me
INFO:                      Email info@artsforart.org / Call (212) 254-5420
URL:                  http://artsforart.org/event/vf19/schedule