Andrew Drury, Joe McPhee & Piotr Michalowski

Andrew Drury

Andrew Drury, Joe McPhee & Piotr Michalowski

Joe McPhee

Andrew Drury, Joe McPhee & Piotr Michalowski

Piotr Michalowski

Tue

10/17/2017

8:00pm

Edgefest

Andrew Drury, Joe McPhee & Piotr Michalowski

Edgefest
FRINGE AT THE EDGE - At Encore Records


This is a free event.


  • Andrew Drury, drums/percussion
  • Joe McPhee, valve trombone, soprano saxophone
  • Piotr Michalowski, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones

Event Details

Can't wait until Wednesday for the fun to begin? Whet your Edgefest appetite with this free, informal, improvisational Fringe performance at one of our favorite places in town, Encore Records! Join us for this introductory performance with Joe McPhee, Andrew Drury, and Piotr Michalowski.

This Fringe @ the Edge performance will take place at Encore Records (417 E. 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.

Support for Edgefest 21 is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
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.

Andrew Drury

Drummer/percussionist and composer Andrew Drury grew up near Seattle and works primarily in avant-jazz and free improvisation, with regular forays into other genres and media. He has performed in Europe and North America, made five CDs as a bandleader, and appeared on over 20 others and is an acclaimed leader of percussion workshops. After taking lessons from Dave Coleman, he studied with Ed Blackwell, Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, and the writer Annie Dillard at Wesleyan University but is self-taught as a composer. Drury performs as a soloist, collaborates with adventurous musicians from around the world, and leads several groups that play his compositions. In addition to groups that he leads and frequent encounters with improvisers from various parts of the world, he plays regularly with Jason Kao Hwang, Jessica Lurie, Reuben Radding, the Rat Race Choir, the Steve Swell Trio, TOTEM>, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, and others. Drury often performs using one drum, scraping the head with wood slivers and fingernails, manipulating drum head tension and harmonic patterns with bells, using the drum as an acoustic filter and amplifier for vibrations produced on other objects, and using the drum as a wind instrument. His diverse interest have led him to create street theatre in Central American countries, to write music for dance, to train percussionists of all ages and backgrounds, and to maintain a regular series of highy regarded “Soup & Sound” house concerts.

Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee occupies a unique place in the jazz tradition. He began his musical apprenticeship in the late sixties, at the height of the free jazz movement and rose to prominence as the most important representative of its second generation. He began his career as a trumpeter, taking up the tenor saxophone relatively late, in his thirties, and yet he was first known primarily as a tenor saxophonist. Over the last four decades he has refined his musical approach, combining a wide range of extended techniques and new music methodologies with a traditional melodic repertoire. He can play completely free improvisations or expound on an old spiritual, on a theme by Dvorak or by Ornette Coleman, but whatever the source, his musical creations are not episodic, but exhibit a complex architectural line that marks him as a spontaneous composer of the first rank. He works in many contexts, from solo performances on one instrument, duets with other improvisers from many countries, to regular tours with Peter Brotzmann’s octet (now no longer active). Over the last two decades the core of his work was with Trio X. He has mastered the alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, alto clarinet, and valve trombone, but in recent years he has often returned to his first horn, focusing on the pocket trumpet.

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).