Edgefest 2019: OUT West

OCTOBER 16 - 19, 2019

Kerrytown Concert House presents Edgefest, its annual 4-day experimental “out” jazz and creative new music festival. Edgefest 2019 : OUT West – explores the rich historical contributions of West Coast artists in the development of avant jazz improvisation and new music. A roster of distinguished ground-breaking composer-performers with their ensembles and collaborators will illuminate their various innovative roles in the avant/jazz world of today. Ann Arbor/Detroit area improvisers will be integrated into the festival, often collaborating with visiting artists. Diverse audiences from the SE Michigan/Northern Ohio/Illinois area and beyond have a rare opportunity to be exposed to this innovative art form in a series of free and ticketed public concerts in downtown Ann Arbor with related educational activities.

Founded in 1997, Edgefest is an award­-winning annual avant­-garde jazz and creative new music festival with a unifying purpose: to explore new music created by today’s composer­s and performers from the United States and beyond. Edgefest began as a single­day event and is now a major 4­ day festival that includes collaborations and educational outreach.

Times and rosters subject to change.


6:00 PM | Lucian Ban and Alex Harding Duo

DARK BLUE by Alex Harding and Lucian Ban released May 17th on Sunnyside Records

7:00 PM | Michael Marcus Quartet
Sponsored by Marc Andren and Christine Reardon

8:00 PM | Opening VIP dinner party @ Fustini’s for all Edgepass holders, artists, and sponsors

9:00 PM | Oluyemi Thomas’ Positive Knowledge


at Blue Llama Jazz Club

6:00 PM | Filiano/Ilgenfritz/Michalowski/Schoenbeck

7:00 PM | William Hooker – Remembrance
Sponsored by Alan Feller

8:00 PM | Melford/Golia/Bruckmann Trio
Sponsored by Luis Torregrosa

9:00 PM | Myra Melford performs her composition with UM Creative Arts Orchestra; Mark Kirschenmann, Director


7:00 PM | Andrew Bishop’s New and Used

8:00 PM | Cycle of Restoration 

9:00 PM | Wayne Horvitz’s Snowghost Trio PLUS Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon

10:00 PM | Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia Quartet
Sponsored by Mike Resil


12:00 PM | Edgefest Parade

Scarlett Middle School band students (Caroline Fitzgerald, Band Director) plus Edgefest artists and community members participate in this raucous and exciting moment in the Kerrytown downtown/Farmers’ Market area.

2:00 PM | Tad Weed Tribute
Sponsored by Niraj Ganatra, Nimish Ganatra and Bonnie Patterson

3:00 PM | Lisa Mezzacappa Six: Cosmicomics

4:00 PM | Thompson/Filiano/Cooper-Moore Trio
Sponsored by Luis Torregrosa

8:00 PM | Grand Finale Evening
at Bethlehem United Church of Christ
  • ROVA Saxophone Quartet
    Sponsored by Frank Rubolino


  • Vinny Golia leads large ensemble in performance of his compositions created for Edgefest 2019.
    Sponsored by Keith Martin

    Participants include:
    UMS Creative Arts Orchestra Students
    Mark Kirschenmann
    Derek Worthington
    Ken Kozora
    Andrew Bishop
    Katri Ervamaa
    Abby Alwin
    Ken Filiano
    ROVA Quartet
    Kyle Bruckmann
    Lisa Mezzacappa Sextet
    and more TBA!

More details coming soon! 


The Microtel Inn and Suites is a sponsor of Edgefest, offering Kerrytown Concert House Edgefest artists and patrons a special Edgefest rate. An added Microtel benefit is seeing and meeting Edgefest artists as they come and go at the Microtel.

To make a reservation at the Microtel (3610 Plymouth Road-near US 23):

  1. Call the Microtel Reservations Desk at 734-997-9100
  2. Make a reservation with the front desk and be sure to mention that you are an Edgefest patron.

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.

Stay tuned for more information about Fringe performances at this year’s Edgefest!

The festival depends on individual contributions from you! As an Edgepass holder who becomes an Edgehead, will be invited to the opening night dinner – always a gourmet feast in an informal, fun atmosphere.

Contact Kerrytown Concert House on how you can support Edgefest today! (734) 769-2999

Thank you to our sponsors:

Additional support for Edgefest is made  possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.