Joe McPhee, Andrew Drury, & Piotr Michalowski

Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee, Andrew Drury, & Piotr Michalowski

Andrew Drury

Joe McPhee, Andrew Drury, & Piotr Michalowski

Piotr Michalowski

Tue

10/17/2017

8:00pm

Edgefest

Joe McPhee, Andrew Drury, & Piotr Michalowski

Fringe at the Edge
At Encore Records


This is a free event.


Reservations are not required for this event.

  • Joe McPhee, valve trombone / pocket trumpet
  • Andrew Drury, drums
  • Piotr Michalowski, bass clarinet / sopranino & soprano 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.

Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton’s Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969

by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

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