Avant-garde Edgefest draws national names

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The Detroit Free Press previews this weekend’s Edgefest.

Leading the way is the 13th annual Edgefest, the Ann Arbor-based festival of avant-garde jazz produced by the Kerrytown Concert House. With about 20 performances spread over four days and a lineup deep with national figures, Edgefest is one of the country’s premier showcases of left-of-center improvised music and an indispensible gift of local musical life.

The 2009 theme, “Reeds of Change,” promises a heavy dose of saxophonists and other reed players. Highlights include:

• Gravitas Quartet: An intriguing group with pianist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and cellist Peggy Lee. 8 p.m. Friday.

• 4 Altos: A saxophone quartet with four compelling improvisers — Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Attias and Andrew Laster. 10 p.m. Friday.

• Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell: A collectivist trio welcomes Mitchell, a titanic figure in the history of free jazz and a poet of sound and silence. 4 p.m. Saturday.

• Brad Shepik’s “Human Activity Suite”: The drummer and composer presents a new extended composition responding to climate change. With Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Michael Musillami Trio +3 May 22nd

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 22nd, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two set performance by guitarist/composer Michael Musillami’s newest all-star ensemble, the Michael Musillami Trio 3. The band augments Musillami’s seven year-old trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran. This event is part of a Northeast tour celebrating the May 19th release of the group’s debut CD, From Seeds (Playscape Recordings).

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Firehouse 12 To Present The James Carney Group May 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 15th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by Brooklyn-based pianist/composer James Carney and his longstanding working ensemble, the James Carney Group. Carney and the band, which features trumpeter Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Mark Ferber, will preview segments of his new virtual film score, Ways & Means, commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and perform music from his most recent release, 2007’s Green-Wood Songlines Recordings.

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The Michael Musillami Trio + 3’s From Seeds Coming May 19th

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From Improvised Communications:

Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the May 19th street date of the first release on its 10th anniversary schedule, the Michael Musillami Trio 3’s From Seeds (PSR#020109).

The follow-up to 2007’s The Treatment (PSR#050607), his trio’s critically acclaimed collaboration with renowned violinist Mark Feldman, this release finds guitarist/composer Michael Musillami augmenting his seven year-old trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.

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Michael Musillami Trio + 3 To Make New York Debut, Record New CD in Early 2009

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From Improvised Communications

On Saturday, January 31st, guitarist/composer Michael Musillami’s newest ensemble, the Michael Musillami Trio 3, will make its New York debut at Cornelia Street Cafe. The group will be performing new original music, which it will then record the following day for its forthcoming May 2009 release on Playscape Recordings. The Michael Musillami Trio 3 augments Musillami’s longstanding core trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.

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