Studies In Freedom—William Parker And Patricia Nicholson

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Doors at 7:30 pm; $12 min. donation.

The couple behind New York’s "Arts for Art" non-profit and organizers of the massive Vision Festival, William Parker and Patricia Nicholson, present their new work Studies in Freedom for solo dancer and musician.

"Studies in Freedom combines music, words and dance to tell a story of the collective heart yearning for Freedom. It expresses our greatest visions, our desire to attain what is best not only for ourselves, but for all. We will speak in the language of physical gesture and the motion of energy as music and as dance. We will use words that escape from our souls to speak of our hearts.”

One of the preeminent improvisors in New York, William Parker is best known as a double-bassist whose career stretches to the early 1970’s. Free jazz and closely-related improvising music are his primary idiom, but Parker has also performed other forms of experimental music, made a tribute record to Curtis Mayfield and explored ethnic/folkloric instrumentation. He has worked with nearly everyone in these fields living during the last quarter century, including Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Peter Brotzmann, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn, Nels Cline and Thollem McDonas etc.

Dancer and choreographer Patricia Nicholson Parker has been an indefatigable organizing spirit in New York City's artistic community centered on the Lower East Side since 1981, when she directed and helped to organize "A Thousand Cranes Peace Opera," for the opening of the UN Special Sessions on Disarmament. After working with bassists Peter Kowald and William Parker to help organize the ground-breaking artist-run Sound Unity Festivals in 1984 and 1988, In 1995 she founded Arts for Art, which has successfully presented twelve Vision Festivals, and latterly a dance/music series, the Vision Collaboration Festival and a weekly Vision Club series.
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