18th Annual EDGEFEST 2014: BAS(S)ically Sound!

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

Wed 10/21 5:00pm Reserve your Edgepass here!
Wed 10/21 5:00pm Edgefest 2015
19th Annual Edgefest
Thu 10/22 5:00pm Edgefest 2015
19th Annual Edgefest
Fri 10/23 5:00pm Edgefest 2015
19th Annual Edgefest
Sat 10/24 10:00am Edgefest 2015
19th Annual Edgefest
William Parker’s In Order To Survive - Bassist/composer William Parker brings “some of the most powerful voices in free jazz today” (AMG): Hamid Drake (percussion), Dave Burrell (piano), Rob Brown (alto sax), Lewis Barnes (trumpet) with guest artists Steve Swell (trombone) and Kidd Jordan (tenor sax) joining for this Edgefest appearance. “Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.” -Boston Globe

More information about William Parker.

Bassist/composer Mark Helias’s OPEN LOOSE with saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey - Celebrating the recent CD “Explicit “(Futura Marge).  Helias has written many ensemble pieces (large and small).  He will lead ensembles in his work at the Saturday evening Body of Basses concert.
More information about Mark Helias and OPEN LOOSE.

Mark Dresser, solo 
More information about Mark Dresser.

The Marks Brothers - Bassist icons Mark Dresser and Mark Helias in DUO

Body of Basses - A concert of works for multiple basses, from quartets to chamber ensemble-size performing works by Edgefest artists Mark Dresser and Mark Helias.  Bassists will include all Edgefest artists who are present at the festival, the classical and jazz students of Professors Diana Gannett and Robert Hurst at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance and area free lance bassists of both traditional and avant “persuasion”.  Also participating is the UM Creative Arts Orchestra led by Mark Kirschenmann.

Harrison Bankhead Quartet - Chicago icon bassist/composer Bankhead (Eight Bold Souls) brings music from his recent highly acclaimed CD Velvet Blue.
Harrison Bankhead - bass
Ed Wilkerson - tenor sax, clarinet, alto clarinet
Mars Williams - alto, tenor and soprano sax
Avreeayl Ra - drums
More information about Harrison Bankhead.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Trio - Norwegian/Texan double-bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with Mars Williams, saxophone, and Tim Daisy, percussion.
More information about Ingebrigt Håker Flaten.

Russ Johnson's Still Out To Lunch - The Music of Eric Dolphy 50th Anniversary Tour
Russ Johnson - trumpet, arrangements
Roy Nathanson - sop & alto sax
Myra Melford - piano
Brad Jones - bass
George Schuller - drums, arrangements
More information about Russ Johnson.

Jason Roebke OCTET - Composer/bassist Jason Roebke is the backbone of many of Chicago’s forward-looking jazz groups. Now he brings an octet of Chicago’s finest improvisers on the new recording, High/Red/Center. The program of eleven new compositions is deeply rooted in rich Ellingtonian harmony while re-imagining the approach with exciting individual interplay between the soloists and ensemble. The gorgeous ballads and fiery free jazz compliment each other and consistently surprise. Jason is joined by:
Greg Ward - alto saxophone
Keefe Jackson - tenor saxophone
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Josh Berman - cornet
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone
Mike Reed - drums
More information about Jason Roebke.

Michaël Attias Trio - 
Michaël Attias - saxophone
Tom Rainey - drums
John Hébert - bass
More information about Michaël Attias.

Jaribu Shahid Bass Quartet - Detroit based bassist/composer of international stature leads a bass quartet made up of area professional bassists. The bassists include Marion Hayden, Kurt Krahnke and John Dana with Djallo Djakate on percussion/drums will perform Jaribu’s written and improvised compositions.
More information about Jaribu Shahid.

Diana Gannett performs Abadja Lutes - a loosely guided improvisation with electronic background; composed by Paul Barsom.
More information about Diana Gannett.
More information about Paul Barsom.

What is Edgefest?

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

The 18th annual Edgefest (October 15 - October 18, 2014) will explore new music created by BASSISTS! The bass has played a very specific role in the search for new musical horizons over the last half century, and unlike mainstream bassists, these avant-garde players and those who came after them learned from each other exploring the full sonic and percussive possibilities of the instrument and in some cases using electronic devices. This year's Edgefest is planned with a unifying purpose: to pay tribute to the world of bassists who are leaders and consummate side men (and women) representing bass styles evolving from the European tradition, the US East coast, to the Midwest, to the West coast and beyond. As always, it will showcase some of the most celebrated and creative multi-instrumentalists on the scene today. Check back later for a full lineup and schedule!

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

WCBN, the University of Michigan student-run community freeform radio station, has been a strong supporter of past Edgefest

Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events. Check back later for our exact schedule, 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

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.


Sponsors of individual concerts include: Dennis and Mary Girard; Nimish and Niraj Ganatra; Christine Reardon and Marc Andren.  We thank them for making a difference at Edgefest!

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 ($135) 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.


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18th Annual EDGEFEST 2014: BAS(S)ically Sound!

18th Annual EDGEFEST 2014: BAS(S)ically Sound!
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