Kindest greetings & in hopes this finds you all doing well as can be,
The aim/reason to be of AUM Fidelity has always been to produce & present great works of sound creation which were made to elicit more human goodness & positive inspiration, and that mission continues.
I surely don't need to alert anyone on this email list of the majestic Vision Festival's 22nd staging which will begin later this weekend! BUT, let this be further exhortation for those of you who are able to attend that you do so; as many nights as you are able. I & AUM Fidelity will be in attendance every night May 29–June 2 (find us in the Marketplace, downstairs at Judson, in between sets). We will have two brand new & major new works available for the first time at VF22 (details below).
A festival – especially one of this magnitude – that is self-produced by artists, and devoted to compassion and justice in its ethos and daily reality is .. not be be taken for granted. Immediate image below links direct to the main Vision 22 site, which has a wealth of information from the artists performing during the week (including artists' own message to you regarding their performance to be). Following that are direct links to but a few of the very many highlights to happen next week.
This Sunday, May 28 – Vision Film Series
It is very good indeed that film has continued to be a part of the Festival. This year, the series will take place once again at Anthology Film Archives, itself a straight-up NYC treasure. This year's series presents five powerful films that will set the tone on screen for what is to come during the week that follows. Includes the premiere showing of "Ashimba: A Portrait of Cooper-Moore".
Opening Night LIVE – Monday, May 29 – COOPER-MOORE !!!
Speaking of World Premieres!! The opening night of Vision 22 has the very strong potential to be one of the greatest nights of live performance to be presented in New York City this year. Honoring the great, great artist (composer, multi-instrumentalist, catalyst, teacher) Cooper-Moore for a Lifetime of Achievement & Fully Spotlighting his genius by presenting him in the context of three wholly different & highly potent ensembles: In Order To Survive (brand new album, see below), Digital Primitives, Black Host. And – as I understand – Cooper-Moore has been deep in the realm preparing for this night by composing all new music for each of these ensembles. The additional set on this majorly eventful evening will be by the deeply gifted poet & performer Carl Hancock Rux.
This Night, For Real, Be There.
On the occasion of this coming Major Event, AUM Fidelity has created a Cooper–Moore Spotlight Playlist. It is a 1 hour, 47 minute set of mostly 21st century music by/featuring this amazing artist, whose creative work over the last 40+ years has been & is a blessing to our world.
And, also do check the accompanying Spotlight Sale on works by & featuring C-M which is happening now and will continue through the week of Vision Festival (both via AUM mail order & direct at the Fest).
Finally – Do Read This, the most extensive piece yet published on Cooper-Moore's life & music, and in his own words, first published by Adam Lore in 50 Miles of Elbow Room #1, and recently posted online by Adam.
Whit Dickey–Mat Maneri–Matthew Shipp : Wednesday, May 31
AUM Fidelity just recently released the extraordinary debut album by this trio, Vessel in Orbit, and this will essentially be the CD Release Party. As Philip Clark wrote in Jazzwise recently: "the expressive expanse of this music is held to account by the tautness of the emerging forms: not a single note is played in vain. This music projects an inscrutable, objectified and fleeting beauty that is utterly compelling – a soundworld unlike anything else in jazz." >>> This performance is a supremely rare occasion; there is currently nothing else "on the books".
Read the 8/10 star review of the album at PopMatters.
And this great & wholly different review at The Free Jazz Collective.
A really strong & insightful recent interview with Whit Dickey on evolution of his creative process in The New York City Jazz Record .
Darius Jones & Farmers By Nature : Thursday, June 1
WOW! One of my favorite bands ever – Farmers By Nature (Gerald Cleaver-William Parker-Craig Taborn) – who are among the very finest improvising bands of all time. And Darius Jones – one of my absolute favorite artists of all time. Together for the first time. Ever. Expect the unexpected, though narrative arc, lyricism, and wide dynamic range are sure to feature. Your being there will play a role in it.
Songs For A Free World : Saturday, June 3
IF the ethos of Vision Festival could be contained within one set.. this Festival closing set will feature one new long-form composition each from Oliver Lake and William Parker together with choreography by Patricia Nicholson, to be performed by a great number of devoted dancers, voices, strings, reeds, and horns, with illuminated art installations -&- live video art by Bill Mazza (whose work at last year's Fest inspired high); OH, and an exceptional rhythm section! We look forward to seeing you next week!
And, AUM Fidelity, utmost..
AUM Fidelity is going big in May/June, too: there are two new double-album releases coming, one each from the foundational artists of the label. Brand new studio recordings from William Parker's flagship Quartet ensembles performing all new luminous WP compositions -&- the third edition of the David S. Ware Archive Series, presenting vintage live Trio recordings. Both of these sets will first be made available at Vision Festival (again, find us in the basement of Judson throughout next week!). They'll then be available direct from AUM mail-order immediately after the fest, and worldwide through AUM's distribution network (and online) on June 23. Album covers below link to a preview series of excerpts & more info on each. Yes!
Thank you - as ever - for reading, having supported, and continuing to support the work of these great artists, and AUM's own in support of same.
Many cheers; may we all forward with compassion and fortitude,