“Hope Cries For Justice” combines music, words and movement.
The artists wish is to open hearts so that together we can envision a way to create the world we want to live in.
We embrace creativity to find our strength and reclaim hope in a difficult time.
Patricia Nicholson (dance) Ms. Nicholson’s artistic vision has developed around the aesthetic of freeJazz, a movement that she helped lead as director of Arts for Art & Vision uniting dance and visual arts with FreeJazz. As a dancer herself, Ms. Nicholson has drawn from traditional and non-traditional techniques to create her unique movement style. Her freejazz collaborations have been presented at Festivals in Europe, Canada and the U.S. and at the Movement Research Dance Festival in NY. She has collaborated with William Parker, Yoshiko Chuma, Billy Bang, Matthew Shipp, KJ Holmes, and many others. In addition to founding and directing Arts for Art and the Vision Festival, she recently initiated and runs Artists for a Free World that has participated in
William Parker (bass, ngoni, double reeds) is the premier freejazz bassist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, author, educator and influencer. He has been called “one of the most inventive bassists/leaders since [Charles] Mingus,” and “the creative heir to Jimmy Garrison and Paul Chambers…directly influenced by ‘60s avant-gardists like Sirone, Henry Grimes and Alan Silva.” The Village Voice called him, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the “50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.” Parker’s current active bands include the large-band Little Huey Creative Orchestra, the Raining on the Moon Sextet, the In Order to Survive Quartet, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, the Cosmic Mountain Quintet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore, as well as a deep and ongoing solo bass study. AUM Fidelity, RogueArt and his own Centering Records, among many others, have released his music. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.
He has been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, and has worked all over the world. He was an important member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, as well as with Peter Brotzmann, Milford Graves, Billy Bang, Roy Campbell and David S. Ware, among many others.
William Mazza (visual art) Mr. Mazza is a visual artist and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work explores the spatial and temporal relationships of people to their natural and mediated environments. He makes use of chance, improvisation, and performance, as a means of engaging viewers with both the creative process and the finished art product, unless the design of the work is ephemeral. Ongoing projects include collaborative, performative, and design with the organizations Arts for Art/Vision Festival, NYSoundCircuit, and the Belladonna* writers collaborative.
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