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Edgefest Blends Out in 2011

The 15th annual Edgefest at Kerrytown Concert House has "Blending Out" as a theme, which means a number of performances will blend edgy/out/avant garde jazz with classical music. Performers come largely from New York and Southeast Michigan, which always creates a sense of being on the frontlines of what is new in jazz. It is striking how many performers at Edgefest regularly and increasingly appear in the jazz listings in the New York Times on Fridays.

It is not easy to pick out the headliners at this festival, but they would include tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, who appears solo and with an all-star trio with bassist William Parker and drummer Tom Rainey. The terrific violinist Mark Feldman will repeat his successful appearance from a few years ago with pianist Sylvie Courvoisier (Wednesday). Also returning are the prominent saxophonists Ned Rothenberg (with a string quartet) and L.A. based Viny Golia, and Dead Cat Bounce with Matt Steckler and Charlie Kolhase.

Several former Detroiters who have made it on the creative improvised music scene will be back for the festival: pianists Craig Taborn and Jacob Sacks, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and bassist Tim Flood. Local masters of the idiom like saxophonist Andrew Bishop will play on several occasions.

While most events are ticketed (reserve at 734-769-2999) there are Edgepasses and also several free events, including a noon parade on Saturday.

Edgefest 2011 Schedule

All performances at the Kerrytown Concert House, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 18

7:00 Tony Malaby, solo [Encore Records, 417 E. Liberty]

Wednesday, October 19

7:00 Mark Feldman (vi) and Sylvie Courvoisier (p)

9:30 Tamarindo Trio — with Tony Malaby (ts), William Parker (b), Tom Rainey (dr)

Thursday, October 20

7:00 Andrew Bishop (ts) / Gerald Cleaver (dr) / Tim Flood (b)

8:00 Ned Rothenberg (cl) & Mivos String Quartet

9:30 Lucian Ban (p) & John Hebert (b): Enesco Re-Imagined — with Ralph Alessi (trpt), Andrew Bishop (ts), Joyce Hammann (vi), Mat Maneri (viola), Badal Roy (table), Gerald Cleaver (dr)

Friday, October 21

7:00 James Cornish's Short Opera Project — with Deanna Relyea (voc), Piotr Michalowski (reeds), Marko Novachcoff (bassoon), Abby Alwin (cello), Chris Skebo (b)

8:15 Vinny Golia & Friends — with Golia (saxes), Gavin Templeton (as), Alex Noice (gr), Tad Weed (p), Jon Armstrong (b), Andrew Lessman (dr)

9:15 Matt Steckler's Dead Cat Bounce — with Steckler (saxes), Jared Sims (saxes), Terry Goss (saxes), Charlie Kolhase (saxes), Dave Ambrosio (b), Bill Carbone (dr)

10:10 CraigTaborn (p)

Saturday, October 22

SaturdayPass $50, good for the following events:

12:00 Edgefest Parade (Free) led by Gerald Cleaver & AndrewBishop

4:00 Joel Harrison's Singularity Project — with Harrison (gr), Seamus Blake (saxes), Christian Howes (vi), Jacob Sacks (p), Drew Gress (b), Dan Weiss (dr)

7:00 Stephen Rush (p) plays John Cage

8:30 Vinny Golia leads University of Michigan Large Ensemble [St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St.]

9:00 Rova Saxophone Quartet — with Bruce Ackley, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Steve Adams

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