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 6:30pm Mark Kirschenmann’s Big Fun & Rob Mazurek, solo
Wed 10/21 8:59pm RDM
Thu 10/22 5:00pm Thursday Edgepass
Thu 10/22 6:00pm Ken Kozora Project
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
Fri 10/23 5:00pm Friday Edgepass
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 James Cornish Group & Derek Worthington’s Arbor Composers Collective
Sat 10/24 4:00pm Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House
Sat 10/24 7:00pm Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III
with guest Peter Evans

Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette - Featuring Taylor Ho Bynum’s composition Navigation commissioned by Chamber Music America.  
        Composer: Taylor Ho Bynum
        Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet
        Jim Hobbs - alto saxophone
        Bill Lowe - bass trombone, tuba
        Mary Halvorson - guitar
        Ken Filiano - bass
        Tomas Fujiwara - drums
        Ingrid Laubrock - tenor sax

See more about the Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette here.

The performance of the Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette, presented in collaboration with MDC Live Arts and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, is supported by "Presenter Consortium for Jazz", a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Tim Berne's Decay
        Tim Berne – composer/saxophones
        Michael Formanek – bass
        Ches Smith – drums
        Ryan Ferreira – guitar

        The performance of Tim Berne's Decay is made possible in part through the generous support of Dennis and Mary Girard.

Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III with guest Peter Evans
        Joe McPhee, composer/saxophones and pocket trumpet
        Peter Evans, trumpet
        Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello
        Michael Zerang, drums

        See more about Joe McPhee's Survival Unit III here.

        The performance of Tim Berne's Decay is made possible in part through the generous support of Dennis and Mary Girard.

        Jay Rosen, drums
        Ted Daniel, Trumpet
        Michael Marcus, clarinets

Tomas Fujiwara Trio
        Tomas Fujiwara, composer/drums
        Ralph Alessi, trumpet
        Brandon Seabrook, banjo/guitar

        See more about Tomas Fujiwara's projects here.

Andrew Drury’s Content Provider
        Andrew Drury, composer/drums
        Briggan Krauss, saxophones
        Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones
        Brandon Seabrook, banjo/guitar

        See more about Andrew Drury and Content Provider here.

Lina Allemano Four
        Lina Allemano – composer/trumpet
        Brodie West - alto saxophone
        Andrew Downing - double bass
        Nick Fraser - drums

        See more about Lina Allemano & Lina Allemano Four here.

Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House
        Andrew Drury, drums
        Ken Filiano, string bass
        Chris Forbes, piano
        Steve Swell, trombone
        Jason Kao Hwang, composer/violin/viola     

Mark Kirschenmann’s Big Fun
        Mark Kirschenmann, composer/trumpet/electric trumpet
        Steve Rush, keyboards
        Patrick Booth, tenor/soprano saxophones
        Tim Flood, electric bass
        Jeremy Edwards, drums
        Jonathan Edwards, electric guitar
        Dan Piccolo, percussion

James Cornish Group
        James Cornish, brass
        Joel Peterson, bass
        Marcus Elliot, reeds
        Matt Daher, percussion

Derek Worthington's Arbor Composers Collective
        Derek Worthington, trumpet
        Personnel TBA


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. 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.


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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