vision festival 2018 [day 4]  - akinmusire/davis/sorey + afrohorn project - roulette, brooklyn, nyc, may 26

  • photography by © Clara Pereira / text by Filipe Freitas

On Saturday, May 26th, we arrived just in time for the two last shows. 


I was completely caught up in the entrancing atmosphere created by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Kris Davis, and the ingeniously offbeat drummer Tyshawn Sorey, all of them outstanding bandleaders.
I was left speechless throughout this brilliant performance, fascinated by the seamless alternation between thunderous commotion and pure serenity. The penetrating notes blown by Akinmusire kept lingering on top of mind-blowing rhythmic textures weaved by Davis and Sorey, in one of those rare magic moments that stick in your head. And, at the end, even Sorey expressed how thrilled he was by throwing the drumsticks in the air.

afrohorn project

The night ended with a rapturous celebration with the AfroHorn ensemble led by drummer Francisco Mora Catlett, who alerted the attendants to the gun problem in America and children’s vulnerability. With him were trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, tuba player Bob Stewart, pianist Aruan Ortiz, and percussionist Roman Diaz. Two other percussionists joined the band as guests, fueling the African rhythms in its diverse ramifications. The repertoire was diversified, ranging from the popular “When the Saints Go Marching In” to Sun Ra’s “Love in Outer Space” to Sam Newsome’s “The Snake Charmer From Tangier”.

The Vision Festival maintains a superior artistic quality and fights for a better world, being a must event for creative thinkers and art lovers.