20th Annual EDGEFEST 2016: 20 Years at the Edge!

View this year's lineup

What is Edgefest?

      Read the 2016 Edgefest Official Press Release

      Read a review of Edgefest 2012

      Read the Signal to Noise review of Edgefest 2011

Edgefest Sponsors

Reserve seats now!

Discover FRINGE at the EDGE

Become an EDGEHEAD


The Lineup

Sun 10/2 5:00pm Mark Kirschenmann’s Big Fun
At the UMMA, Warming Up the Edge Series
Sun 10/2 8:00pm Georg Graewe, piano
Warming Up The Edge Series
Fri 10/14 8:00pm Dave Rempis’s Gunwale
At Encore Records, Warming Up the Edge Series
Wed 10/26 7:00am Reserve your Edgepass here!
Wed 10/26 8:00am 20th Annual EDGEFEST 2016
20 Years at the Edge!
Wed 10/26 6:00pm Will McEvoy’s Third Coast Quartet
Wed 10/26 6:59pm Sylvaine Hélary’s Spring Roll
Wed 10/26 9:00pm Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg
Celestial Weather Midwest Duets
Thu 10/27 5:00pm Thursday Edgepass
Thu 10/27 7:00pm TranceFormation
A Tribute to Connie Crothers
Thu 10/27 8:00pm John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet
Thu 10/27 9:00pm Ingrid Laubrock’s Serpentines
Thu 10/27 10:00pm David Torn’s Nohband + Craig Taborn
at the Club Above at the Heidelberg Restaurant
Fri 10/28 4:59pm Friday Edgepass
Fri 10/28 6:00pm Craig Taborn, solo piano
Fri 10/28 6:30pm Conference Call Quartet
Fri 10/28 7:30pm Kris Davis Trio
Fri 10/28 8:30pm Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge Ensemble
Fri 10/28 9:30pm William Parker Quartet
Sat 10/29 11:29am Saturday Edgepass
Sat 10/29 12:00pm Edgefest Parade
Sat 10/29 2:00pm MoTreetown Collective & Northwoods Improvisers Trio
Sat 10/29 4:00pm Trio 3 (4 PM)
Sat 10/29 7:00pm Trio 3 (7 PM)
Sat 10/29 8:30pm John Hollenbeck, Stephen Rush & The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
Sat 10/29 10:00pm Tad Weed’s Freedom Ensemble featuring Vinny Golia

(To view personnel for each group, click the red arrow next to the group's name.)

Wednesday events:

Will McEvoy's Third Coast Quartet

Will McEvoy - bass
Marcus Elliot - saxophones
Tim Haldeman - saxophones
Jonathan Taylor - drums

Sylvaine Hélary’s Spring Roll

Sylvaine Hélary - flutes/voice
Antonin Rayon - piano/synthesizer
Hugues Mayot - saxophones/clarinets
Sylvain Lemetre - vibraphone/percussion

Edgefest Dinner for Passholders & Artists

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet & John Lindberg, bass

Thursday events:

TranceFormation: A Tribute to Connie Crothers

Ken Filiano - bass
Andrea Wolper - voice
Other artists TBA

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet

Chris Speed - clarinet/tenor saxophone
Chris Tordini - bass
Matt Moran - vibraphone
John Hollenbeck - drums/composition

Ingrid Laubrock's Serpentines

Ingrid Laubrock - saxophones
Craig Taborn - piano
Tom Rainey - drums
Miya Masaoka - koto
Dan Peck - tuba
Sam Pluta - live processing
Peter Evans - trumpet

David Torn's Nohband + Craig Taborn

David Torn - guitar
Tim Berne - saxophone
Craig Taborn - piano
David King - drums

Friday events:

Conference Call Quartet

Gebhard Ullman - reeds
Joe Fonda - bass
Michael Jefry Stevens - piano
George Schuller - drums

Craig Taborn (solo piano)

Kris Davis Trio

Kris Davis - piano
John Hebert - bass
Tom Rainey - drums

Jason Kao Hwang's Burning Bridge Ensemble

Jason Kao Hwang - composer/violin
Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/flugelhorn
Andrew Drury - drums
Ken Filiano - bass
Reut Regev - trombone
Joseph Daley - tuba
Sun Li - pipa
Wang Guowei - erhu

William Parker Quartet

William Parker - bass
Hamid Drake - drums
Rob Brown - saxophone
Cooper-Moore - piano

Saturday events:

Edgefest Parade

MoTreetown Collective
Northwoods Improvisers Trio - 40th Anniversary Celebration

Tony Holland - reeds
Piotr Michalowski - reeds
Skeeter Shelton - reeds
Kenn Thomas - piano
Joel Peterson - bass
Djallo Djakate - drums
Mike Gilmore - vibraphones/marimba/cheng/guitar/saz/percussion
Mike Johnston - bass/wood flutes/percussion
Nick Ashton - drums/percussion

Trio 3

Reggie Workman - bass
Oliver Lake - reeds
Andrew Cyrille - drums

John Hollenbeck - Works for Large Ensemble
Stephen Rush
The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble

John Hollenbeck - drums/composer
Stephen Rush - piano/composer
Ellen Rowe - director of The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
Students of The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble

Tad Weed's Freedom Ensemble featuring Vinny Golia

Tad Weed - piano
Andrew Bishop - woodwinds
Ken Filiano - bass
Pete Siers - drums
Vinny Golia - woodwinds

What is Edgefest?

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

The 20th Annual Edgefest: 20 Years at the Edge will take place October 26th through 29th, 2016. Check back soon for more information and announcements.

Read the 2016 Edgefest Official Press Release

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 Funding & Sponsors

Edgefest 20 is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, in honor of Maurice and Linda Binkow on the occasion of her 80th birthday and their 60th wedding anniversary.
Edgefest 20 is honored to receive a matching grant on ticket sales from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, including double for every new attendee.
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!
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an awards from New Music USA, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.


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:
734-769-2999 or Reserve Online


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, check, or credit 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.

$160 - Edgepass

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• General admission to ALL ticketed Edgefest events (over $250 value)

Become an EDGEHEAD

The festival depends on individual contributions, even more as cuts in corporate sponsorships affect the festival. As an Edgepass holder who becomes an Edgehead, you will not only be invited to the opening night dinner - always a gourmet feast in an informal, fun atmosphere - but those pass holders contributing $150 or more will have assigned seats in the first and second rows at ticketed events and those contributing at least $100 will have assigned seats beginning in the third row.

Guests who purchase the special EDGEHEAD Edgepass at $260 receive personalized, reserved seating in the second section (rows 3-5) at all ticketed Edgefest events, and guests who purchase the EDGEHEAD Edgepass at $310 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. 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. Edgepasses can also be paid for via credit card over the phone (with a 3.5% processing fee) or in person at KCH (with a 2.75% processing fee).

$260 - EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($100 of which is 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)

$310 - EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($150 of which is 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 $500 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, see our Planning Your Visit page or go to visitannarbor.org


Planning Your Visit

Our historic Kerrytown neighborhood



20th Annual EDGEFEST 2016: 20 Years at the Edge!

20th Annual EDGEFEST 2016: 20 Years at the Edge!