Far out improv, high concept contemporary composition, new jazz scholarship and “cut loose” music from Guadeloupe flood Lowest Manhattan (all the way to Staten Island) this weekend. The folks who bring us the Vision Festival stage 28 hours of multidisciplinary improvisation starting tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m. at Clemente Soso Velez Cultural Center; Mode Records throws itself a benefit marathon concert featuring Philip Glass, John Zorn and Robert Ashley, among many others on Saturday at Abrons Art Center; jazz scholars convene for The Louis Armstrong Symposium at College of Staten Island also Saturday starting at 9 a.m., keynote by Dan Morgenstern) and the Destination Guadeloupe Festival climaxes with Gwo-ka drumming, “gwanda jazz” and zouk at S.O.B.’s on Sunday (bands from Guadeloupe are also there and at Zinc Bar tonight and tomorrow).The possibilities show again the breadth and depth of music made and presented in NYC.
Arts for Art, Vision Fest principals and producers of the 28 hours, have two spaces in Clemente Soso Velez running simultaneously. I can recommend Sex Mob, the Taylor Ho Bynum-Tomas Fujiwara duo, George Lewis on trombone with Sam Pluta deploying electronics, John Zorn solo, vocalist Shelley Hirsch with accompaniment, Connie Crothers Quartet, Trio X featuring multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and bassist Dominic Duval, dancer Sally Silvers, guitarist Bern Nix backing up poet Bob Holman and leading his own trio, oudist Brahem Fribgane with violinist Jason Kao Hwang and trumpeter Lewis “Flip” Barnes, solo reedist Ned Rothenberg, a two-clarinet quintet with Perry Robinson, pianist John Blum with drummer Jackson Krall, solo percussionist Guillermo E. Brown, trombonist Ray Anderson with saxophonist Charles Gayle and guitarist Dom Minasi, trumpeter Roy Campbell with reedist Daniel Carter et al, tenor man J.D. Allen, drummer Milford Graves with Sun Ra stalwart Marshall Allen, trombonist Craig Harris, singer Fay Victor, pianist Borah Bergman — actually too much music to absorb, even in 28 hours, and there are acts I haven’t mentioned, scheduled for 10 minutes to half an hour. There will be no music from 4 a.m. Saturday morn ’til 10 a.m., but otherwise, sound sound sound.