19th Annual EDGEFEST 2015: Wake Up Calls from the Edge

View this year's line up

What is Edgefest?

      Read a review of Edgefest 2012

      Read the Signal to Noise review of Edgefest 2011

      Edgefest featured in Jazz.ru magazine

Edgefest Sponsors

Reserve seats now!

Discover FRINGE at the EDGE

Become an EDGEHEAD


The Lineup

Tue 10/20 8:00pm Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara @ Encore Records
Fringe @ the Edge event
Wed 10/21 5:00pm Reserve your Edgepass here!
Wed 10/21 6:00pm Michael Carey’s Raw Truth
Wed 10/21 7:00pm Derek Worthington’s Arbor Composers Collective
Wed 10/21 9:00pm RDM
Thu 10/22 5:00pm Thursday Edgepass
Thu 10/22 6:00pm Rob Mazurek, solo
Thu 10/22 7:00pm Tomas Fujiwara Trio
Thu 10/22 8:00pm Lina Allemano Four
Thu 10/22 9:00pm Andrew Drury’s Content Provider
Thu 10/22 10:00pm Kenn Thomas Group
Fringe event at Sweetwaters
Fri 10/23 5:00pm Friday Edgepass
Fri 10/23 6:30pm Fred Lonberg-Holm & Piotr Michalowski
Fri 10/23 7:00pm Mark Kirschenmann’s Big Fun
Fri 10/23 8:00pm Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette
featuring Taylor Ho Bynum's composition Apparent Distance commissioned by Chamber Music America, and selections from his composition Navigation
Fri 10/23 9:00pm Peter Evans, solo
Fri 10/23 10:00pm Tim Berne’s Decay
Sat 10/24 10:00am Saturday Edgepass
Sat 10/24 12:00pm Edgefest Parade
Led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Fringe @ the Edge
Sat 10/24 2:00pm Ken Kozora Project & Wendell Harrison Ensemble
Sat 10/24 4:00pm Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House
Sat 10/24 5:30pm Mike Khoury, violin and viola
Fringe event at The Lunch Room
Sat 10/24 7:00pm Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III
with guest Peter Evans
Sat 10/24 8:30pm Taylor Ho Bynum Edgefest PlusTet
with the University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra
Sat 10/24 10:00pm Leimgruber / Demierre
featuring guests Joe McPhee, trumpet & Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello

What is Edgefest?

"The annual rite of fall in Michigan music...running off the beaten tracks."
- Downbeat

The 19th annual Edgefest (October 21 - October 24, 2015) will explore new music created by trumpeters, cornetists, and flugelhorn players! As always, it will showcase some of the most celebrated and creative multi-instrumentalists on the scene today. As in past years, Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies. The community is invited to attend all educational and Fringe events free of charge.

Read more about previous Edgefests:

Review of Edgefest 2012 by Arlene and Larry Dunn

Live review of Edgefest 2011 by Lawrence Cosentino,
from Signal to Noise

Edgefest 2011 Review in Jazz.ru

Edgefest Sponsors

Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events.This year, check out Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiawara as they open the festival and check out Encore Records for one of the most interesting music selections in the area!
Bank of Ann Arbor is a continuing sponsor of Edgefest at KCH.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This project is also supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

Additional support for Edgefest and affiliated concerts is provided by:


Discover FRINGE at the EDGE

As part of the 10th anniversary of Edgefest in 2006, KCH created a series of free public performance events which took place during the days and early evenings in restaurants, cafés and galleries in downtown Ann Arbor, featuring some of the areas most accomplished creative musicians.

The Fringe project, now a festival staple, has been very successful in moving creative and imaginative music making out of the conventional concert hall venue and into public spaces such as bars, restaurants and markets.


Reserve your seats now! Call or click:



Edgefest will take place at Kerrytown Concert House as well as other downtown Ann Arbor venues. Tickets for individual events may be purchased by cash or check at the door of each concert site beginning 30 minutes prior to each show. All seating reserved through phone or e-mail is guaranteed only until performances are scheduled to begin. Edgepasses may be reserved directly through the KCH website or by calling 734-769-2999. Individual day passes will be available for purchase after the lineup is announced.

$135 - Edgepass

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• General admission to ALL ticketed Edgefest events (over $200 value)

Become an EDGEHEAD
Guests who purchase the special EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($235) receive personalized, reserved seating in the second section (Rows 3-5) at all ticketed Edgefest events, and guests who purchase the EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($285) receive personalized, reserved seating in the first section (Rows 1-2) at all ticketed Edgefest events. Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserving early is highly recommended! Edgepass holders, EDGEHEADS and sponsors are invited to the VIP opening dinner party. Edgefest does not accept credit or debit cards. Edgepasses may be purchased by cash or check (made payable to "KCH") and picked up at Kerrytown Concert House at any time during the festival.

$235 - EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($100 Tax Deductible)

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• Personalized, reserved seating in the second section (Rows 3 - 5) for ALL ticketed Edgefest events (over $400 value)

$285 - EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($150 Tax Deductible) 

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• Personalized, reserved seating in the first section (Rows 1 - 2) for all ticketed Edgefest events (over $400 value)


The Microtel Inn and Suites is a sponsor of Edgefest, offering Kerrytown Concert House Edgefest artists and patrons a special Edgefest rate. An added Microtel benefit is seeing and meeting Edgefest artists as they come and go at the Microtel.

To make a reservation at the Microtel (3610 Plymouth Road-near US 23):

1. Call the Microtel Reservations Desk at 734-997-9100

2. Make a reservation with the front desk and be sure to mention that you are an Edgefest patron.

For more information on places to stay in Ann Arbor, go to visitannarbor.org



19th Annual EDGEFEST 2015: Wake Up Calls from the Edge

19th Annual EDGEFEST 2015: Wake Up Calls from the Edge
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