‘Vision Festival’


The importance of this annual event becomes more and more obvious each year, flying the flag for abstraction and experimentation. It kicks off its 14th season with key elder figures: Billy Bang puts his violin in front of three trumpeters, a trombonist, and the traps of Russell Carter. Douglas Ewart pairs his reeds with other winds, Joseph Jarman’s flute, and Amiri Baraka’s verse. Butch Morris lays a little spontaneous conduction on a feisty string section and a chorus of poets rendering the texts of Allan Graubard. Heady stuff that reminds you why it’s called art music. MACNIE

June 9-15, 7:30 p.m., 2009