Tristan Cappel Quartet

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Tristan Cappel Quartet

FRINGE AT THE EDGE - At Sweetwater's in Kerrytown

This is a free event.

  • Tristan Cappel, multi-instrument
  • Adam Shead, drums
  • Peter Formanek, saxophone
  • Will McEvoy, bass

Event Details

Can't get enough of Edgefest? Join us at Sweetwater's in Kerrytown for a Fringe @ the Edge performance by the Tristan Cappel Trio! They will be playing two sets; one at 9:30 PM and one at 10:30 PM

This Fringe @ the Edge performance will take place at Sweetwater's (407 N. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104).

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.

The Edgefest schedule and line-up are subject to change. Please check back for continued updates.

Tickets to Edgefest are $10-$15 for individual ticketed events, with a limited number of student tickets ($5) available for most performances. An Edgepass ($160) is available, which allows for admission to all events, as well as a special dinner with our Edgefest artists.

Daily passes are available too:
Thursday only Edgepass for $45

Friday only Edgepass for $45

Saturday only Edgepass for $60

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.

Tristan Cappel

Tristan Cappel [21] is a multi-instrumentalist, producer & composer currently studying at the University of Michigan. His primary instruments are saxophones, flutes, & clarinets. First inspired by John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space, Tristan began studying improvisation at 14 and ever since, has been in love with the musical tradition. Tristan has studied with Andrew Bishop, Robin Eubanks, Lee Konitz, Ellen Rowe, Tony Mallaby, Richie Cole, Michäel Attias, Tim Berne, Miles Okazaki, & Benny Green, and studied Carnatic Flute in Mysore, India with Chandan Kumar. Tristan works as a composer & bandleader, as well as a sideman. He has also worked in numerous pit orchestras with local/Broadway musicians. In 2017, he recorded/produced his debut album "Deadbird."

Adam Shead

Adam Shead, who holds a BM in Percussion Performance, Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies, and MM in Improvisation has performed at renowned music festivals both domestically and internationally such as The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Ann Arbor Edge Fest, and The Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam. Adam has performed with such musicians as Mary Oliver, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Tim Daisy, Josh Berman, Ed Sarath, Ada Rave, Benny Green, Wycliffe Gordon, and John Hollenbeck. Adam has recorded and published over 8 hours of improvised music with such groups as the John Dikeman/Adam Shead duo, the Jasper Stadhouders/Adam Shead duo, the Adam Shead Octet, the Adam Shead String Quartet, the Columbia Improvised Music Ensemble, and Dod Kalm.

Peter Formanek

Peter Formanek is a saxophonist and multi-woodwind improviser who is constantly exploring an expanding range of sonic territory in search of meaningful, vulnerable, and unexpected spaces. Regardless of the setting, his music is rooted in the spirit of improvisation, emotional expression, and the groundwork laid by the master improvisers who came before him.

He has been performing on saxophone since 2010, and has worked with many notable creative musicians, such as Andrew Bishop, Tim Flood, Dave Ballou, Mike Kuhl, Michael Formanek, Brian Settles, Ches Smith, Jim Black, and Jacob Sacks. 

Will McEvoy

Bassist Will McEvoy was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Woodbine, Maryland. His earliest musical memories include Paul Simon's "Hearts and Bones", SRV's "Couldn't Stand the Weather", Nirvana, The Who, and BB King. He cites his first gig, a weekly with One Eyed Johnny and the Revelators in a country bar, as a source for a number of life lessons. He attended Sarah Lawrence, where he developed an interest in philosophy, theory, physics, and poetry, while also studying bass with Mark Helias. Other current projects include Will McEvoy's Mutasm, Zhirtz&Zkins, Cirriculum Quartet, and Premoticon. As a sideman, he performs with Tomchess, David Aaron's Flip City, and Patrick Breiner's Double Double.

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