After a seven-year hiatus, the Jazz Lines festival in Munich took place again in 2009. With its focus on contemporary and cross-border positions in jazz, the festival has re-established its leading role in Munich’s music scene. In 2011 the festival tried to build a bridge to the fine arts, literature and film. One of the main focuses of its programme was the musical interpretation of film and photographic art. The American guitarist Bill Frisell presented a programme featuring the artistic photography of Michael Disfarmer, one of the greats of American documentary photography. The saxophonist Francesco Bearzatti paid tribute to the photographer and femme fatale of the 1920s, Tina Modotti. The Swiss Ensemble Koy performed a score for a silent film by Ernst Lubitsch and the French bass player Renaud Garcia-Fonds composed the music for a paper-cut film by Lotte Reiniger. The organizers have also invited numerous musicians and ensembles whose works probe and explore the boundary between jazz and New Music. For example, Beat Furrer was developing a programme with the Munich Chamber Orchestra which combined improvised music and New Music.
Artistic director: Annelie Knoblauch
Artists: Bill Frisell Quartet (USA), Fred Frith (GB), Louis Sclavis (F), Ralph Towner / Paolo Fresu (USA/I), Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima Quartet (I), Yitzak Yedid Quintet (ISR), Munich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Beat Furrer (AT), Bruno Chevillon (F), Michael Riessler, Bojan Z (F), Renaud Garcia Fonds Ensemble (F), Gunter Hampel, Kimmo Pohjonen (FIN), Karl Ritter (A), Les 1000 Cris (F), Trygve Seim Ensemble (N) and others
Venues and schedule:
Munich Volkstheater, Schwere Reiter, Glyptothek, Allerheiligenkirchhof, Muffathalle Munich, 27 Mar. – 3 Apr. 2011