Piotr Michalowski Ensemble





Piotr Michalowski Ensemble



  • Piotr Michalowski, saxophones and bass clarinet
  • Abby Alwin, cello
  • Mike Khoury, violin and viola
  • Ken Kozora, cornet
  • Kenn Thomas, piano
  • Joel Peterson, bass
  • David Hurley, drums

Event Details

Times and dates of performances are subject to change.

See our Edgefest page for more information about the festival. 

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 award from 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 and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Piotr Michalowski

Piotr Michalowski has been collaborating with musicians in Ann Arbor and the Detroit area for over two decades, playing low clarinets and a variety of saxophones, primarily on sopranino, soprano and baritone saxes. He has worked with many Detroit area musicians, including duets with saxophonist/clarinetist Mike Carey, cellist Abby Alwin and bass clarinetist Nathan Smith, and has accompanied dancers, playing with Ken Kozora’s group for People Dancing, and composing a piece for Detroiter Lisa LaMarre. Michalowski has also structured improvisational contexts for ancient and modern poetry, utilizing his own translations from Sumerian and Polish for concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. He has performed in Berkeley, Chicago, Paris, Warsaw and Rome; on some of his recent travels he has played alongside Vinny Golia, Jon Raskin, Jason Kao Hwang, Andrew Drury, Gino Robair, Andrew Bishop, Ken Filiano, Piotr MeĊ‚ech, and Steve Swell, among others, and has played duets with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. Michalowski’s last recorded appearance is on Jason Kao Hwang’s Voice on the Innova label (2016).

Abby Alwin

Abby Alwin, cellist and improviser, weaves sounds inspired from the moment, and generated from the heart. She serves the community in the capacity of a public-school orchestra director, with a 15-year tenure with the Ann Arbor Public Schools. In addition to her classroom teaching, she co-directs the AAPS Comprehensive Outreach Music Program in collaboration with the Community Music School of Ann Arbor, which connects music tutors with disadvantaged students whom would otherwise not have private instruction. Alwin is recipient of the 2013 Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award, recognizing innovative and exemplary pedagogy amongst the best in the United States. She seized the opportunity in 2013 to spend the summer teaching violin in Kenya, and plans for more international music adventures. Most recent performance projects have included performing solo & in collaboration with Detroit composers, improvisors & choreographers, focusing on improvisatory and contemporary idioms as well as the folk traditions of Bulgaria & Greece. Ms. Alwin is currently the assistant conductor of the Dexter (MI) Community Orchestra.