Ken Kozora Group
Fringe at the Edgeat Amadeus Restaurant
This is a free event.
- Ken Kozora, multi-instrumentalist
- Abby Alwin, cello
- Piotr Michalowski, reeds
- Ben Willis, bass
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.
See our Edgefest page for more information about the festival.
|Edgefest 20 is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, 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.|
|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.|
Ken Kozora, composer, improviser, educator, thinker, doer and restless explorer, is always eager to push boundaries. He studied classical music with trumpet greats Donald Green, Irving Sarin, and horn w/R.J. Kelley, composes/performs on multiple acoustic and electronic instruments in a fusion of styles from Classical to Electronic to World/Free Jazz. He’s performed/collaborated/composed and/or recorded with a wide roster of local and international musicians, artists, dance companies and film makers including; Badal Roy, Summer Saha, Sikuru Adepoju, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Muruga Booker, James Gurley, Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jim Donovan, Steven Kent, Don Was, Harry Sargeous, Gayelynn McKinney, Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage, Rossane Lavine, Peter MadCat Ruth, Halim El-Dabh, Michael On Fire, P-Funk members, Christina Sears Etter/People Dancing Co, Margaret Parker, Mike Gould, Leslie Sobel and more. Read more.
Ken’s compositions have been commissioned for Mike Gould’s laser art installations at Alden B. Dow Museum Science and Art, Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Delectricity 2014 and Saline Celtic Fest. His soundtracks for Margaret Parkers’ sculpture installations were featured at Art Prize, Ann Arbor Film Fest in 2012 and at 555 Gallery in Detroit in 2013. His music will open and close the soon to be released international “Global Water Dances” documentary and he’s also featured along with composers Robert Spalding Newcomb and James Aikman in a new music/art film by Mike Halerz of their concert presentations at Michigan Botanical Gardens.
As an educator Ken works with diverse populations. He is currently Performing Arts faculty at Washtenaw Community College (music sequencing), presents at conferences, facilitates group drumming, works with emotionally impaired children and special needs populations, presents STEAM demonstrations for schools, teaches music appreciation for seniors, conducts creativity/motivational workshops and teaches and consults privately. Ken founded “Horns for the Holidays” an instrument recycling/donation program for underprivileged children in 1996 and has distributed close to 600 instruments. See less.
Abigail 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, Abigail 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. Abigail 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.
Piotr Michalowski has been collaborating with musicians in Ann Arbor and the Detroit area for over two decades. His first public performances involved mainstream modern jazz and big band music, but he soon moved on to more radical sounds. Early in his musical career he worked closely with violinist red player Len Bukowski and violinist Mike Khoury in the collective Close Embrace of the Earth in concerts and recordings. Since then he has collaborated with many other musicians at home and abroad. He has played in Warsaw, Paris and Rome, and in various places in the US, often in duets. On some of his recent travels he has performed with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Vinny Golia, Jon Raskin, Jason Kao Hwang, Andrew Drury, and Ken Filiano among others. His past Edgefest performances have included appearances as part of a group organized by Andrew Bishop and in trio with Michael Malis and Ken Filiano. His most recent appearance on CD in on Jason Kao Hwang's "Voice" on Innova.
Ben Willis is a bassist whose affinities lie in collaborative projects, new music, improvisation, and the merging of cross-disciplinary elements. He's performed his original collaborative work at venues and festivals around the U.S., including the Electroacoustic Barn Dance at the University of Mary Washington, the Whitewater Arts Alliance Series at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and the Ratchet Series at the Skylark in Chicago. Much of his work highlights the importance of collaborative, performative process in the development of new art. He is a member of the Weather Duo, an electroacoustic ensemble with cellist Pat Reinholz, dedicated to performing new music that blends classical training with improvisation and folk idioms. The Weather Duo has contributed music to the Li Chiao Ping dance company, a video project with artist Doug Rosenberg and dancer Sally Gross, and composed occasional film scores. In live performance, they explore multimedia collaboration with the help of live video artist Anna Weisling. He has also toured and recorded as a sideman, working with many indie/folk artists, including Anna Vogelzang, Dietrich Gosser, and Thistle and the Thorns. He often participates in recitals of new music and collaborations with composers, and performs regularly with the jazz/rock project Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and the free improvisation trio Glacier. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI, where he studies at the University of MM pursuing an MM in Improvisation. His bass teachers include Richard Davis, Diana Gannett, and Bob Hurst.