Drummer Andrew Cyrille will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Vision Festival, running June 11-16 in Brooklyn, New York.

The 24th Vision Festival will take place at the Roulette Intermedium in Downtown Brooklyn, New York, on June 11-16. Produced by the non-profit Arts for Art and proclaiming its theme of “Jazz for the Free World,” the festival gathers an international community of artists and audiences for six days of performances rooted in avant-garde jazz and improvised music, spiraling out across poetry, visual art, dance, performance art and social activism. Tickets are available now. Click here to purchase.

This year’s Lifetime of Achievement honoree will be the master drummer, composer and bandleader Andrew Cyrille. As such, the festival will open on June 11 with the legendary avant-garde jazz drummer centerstage for an evening of performances, each party of the prismic array of his creative alliances, that will play out mostly in duos and trios and touch on many of the most compelling facets of his music and its influences. Listen to a playlist of Andrew Cyrille music via the player below.

“[Cyrille] brings together elements of Haiti, marching bands, traditional bebop drumming plus the whole Free Jazz scene with his pioneering extended techniques,” says Patricia Nicholson Parker, founder of Arts for Art and artistic director of the Vision Festival. “We worked with Andrew to highlight a spectrum of his artistry, assembling a program which touches on all eras of his career, covers a wide variety of styles and showcases his versatility as an improviser, composer and collaborator.”


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