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Edgefest 2007 Performing Musicians

I dedicate this gallery of my Edgefest 2007 performing musicians' photos to the organizers of this year's amazing event, Deanna Relyea, Executive Director of the Kerrytown Concert House, and Aubrey Lopatin, Operations Manager of KCH. And I offer special words of gratitude to Dave Lynch, the visionary new music lover who founded this festival in 1997 and served as its Director through 2006.

Edgefest is Ann Arbor, Michigan's annual four day-and-night festival that celebrates experimental/improvisational/new music created by international, national and local musicians. This year, seven of the eleven concerts were held in the Kerrytown Concert House, three were held in The Firefly Club, and one in the Kerrytown Shops. In addition to the major concerts, what was called Fringe at the Edge included a symposium on "Improvisation in Art and Life" at the University of Michigan, a pre-festival talk at the Ann Arbor Library, a pre-concert talk at KCH, a community New Orleans-style parade led by artists-in-residence, BassDrumBone, and six free performances by local musicians in restaurants and shops around Ann Arbor. For anyone who appreciates music-on-the-edge in an intimate, community-based setting, I'd say get your plane reservations now for Edgefest 2008! It is always held in mid-October when Ann Arbor's color is at its peak.

Regarding these photos, they feature the musicians I could see from my vantage point as an audience member, and they are obviously only of the concerts I attended. The final photo is in honor of The Trio, three world-famous musicians who started out together in the 1960s and 70s in Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). This composite image is my attempt to describe not what the musicians looked like, but how their exquisite improvisations resonated within my soul. Their two concerts on Saturday night were the highlight of my festival.

Perhaps the best way to view this gallery is as a slideshow. Click on the word "slideshow" at the top right of your screen to do so.
  • t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802307.goGtol1U.jpg t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802308.5rsEtqeU.jpg t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802309.wXb3pjpv.jpg Andrew Bishop, sax
    Andrew Bishop, sax
    Gerald Cleaver, drums
    Gerald Cleaver, drums
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802312.O5kJU2VY.jpg Matt Darriau, sax
    Matt Darriau, sax
    Rufus Cappadocia, bass
    Rufus Cappadocia, bass
    Rufus Cappadocia, bass
    Rufus Cappadocia, bass
    Rufus, Seido Salifoski (dumbek), Mady Kouyate (kora)
    Rufus, Seido Salifoski (dumbek), Mady Kouyate (kora)
    Mady Kouyate, kora
    Mady Kouyate, kora
    Matt Darriau (sax), Brad Shepik (guitar)
    Matt Darriau (sax), Brad Shepik (guitar)
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802321.N3mX6pTd.jpg Miya Masaoka, kota
    Miya Masaoka, kota
    Miya Masaoka, kota
    Miya Masaoka, kota
    Miya Masaoka, kota
    Miya Masaoka, kota
    Larry Ochs, sax
    Larry Ochs, sax
    Okkyung Lee, cello
    Okkyung Lee, cello
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802327.0DdV9uBm.jpg Ray Anderson (trombone), Mark Helias (bass)
    Ray Anderson (trombone), Mark Helias (bass)
    Mark Helias, bass
    Mark Helias, bass
    Gerry Hemingway, drums
    Gerry Hemingway, drums
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802747.5HCslWsg.jpg James Cornish (violin), Piotr Michalowski (sax)
    James Cornish (violin), Piotr Michalowski (sax)
    James Cornish, trumpet
    James Cornish, trumpet
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802750.nh99zzAM.jpg Rudresh Mahanthappa (sax), Damon Reid (drums)
    Rudresh Mahanthappa (sax), Damon Reid (drums)
    Vijay Iyer, piano
    Vijay Iyer, piano
    Rudresh Mahanthappa listens to Vijay's solo
    Rudresh Mahanthappa listens to Vijay's solo
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802755.LBzcv7ur.jpg Tim Hodgkinson, lap guitar
    Tim Hodgkinson, lap guitar
    Roger Turner, drums & percussions
    Roger Turner, drums & percussions
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802759.6WhlcNZd.jpg Peter Evans (trumpet), Perry Robinson (clarinet)
    Peter Evans (trumpet), Perry Robinson (clarinet)
    Bruce Eisenbeil, electric guitar
    Bruce Eisenbeil, electric guitar
    Peter Evans (trumpet), Klaus Kugel (drums & percussion)
    Peter Evans (trumpet), Klaus Kugel (drums & percussion)
    Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar), Hilliard Greene (double bass)
    Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar), Hilliard Greene (double bass)
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802764.loFP49tz.jpg Faruq Z. Bey (sax), Skeeter Shelton (sax)
    Faruq Z. Bey (sax), Skeeter Shelton (sax)
    Ali Allen Colding, drums
    Ali Allen Colding, drums
    Kenny Green, piano
    Kenny Green, piano
    Faruq Z. Bey, sax
    Faruq Z. Bey, sax
    t3%2f37%2f726937%2f4%2f87802769.xrex1lDl.jpg composite in honor of The Trio by Patricia Lay-Dorsey
    composite in honor of The Trio by Patricia Lay-Dorsey