Kerrytown Concert House is planning its 26th annual avant-garde jazz and creative new music festival, EDGEFEST 26: BREATHING FREE – a 4-day exploration of new music/improvisation composed and performed by artists – noteworthy for raising their voices and music in response to ongoing social-cultural issues and the day’s disturbing events; calling for justice.

Events will take place in Ann Arbor and Detroit; recognizing the voices and contributions of that African American community. The Edgefest roster has always been diverse and inclusive and this year’s theme and resultant creative music amplify this commitment.

Edgefest draws audiences from the upper Midwest with an increasing number from across the US and even Europe.

The opening night will happen at the Trinosophes in Detroit, with many of Detroit’s free jazz greats performing, focusing on Detroit’s history in this music: Kenny Greene, Alex Harding, Skeeter Shelton, Djallo Djakate, Tony Holland, and more.


Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, bass; and Newman Taylor Baker, drums

Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice
Fay Victor, voice/composer; Jaimie Branch, trumpet; Luke Stewart, bass; and Michael Vatcher, drums

Jason Hwang’s Burning Bridge (presenting a new Edgefest premiere composition)
Jason Hwang – composer/violin; Wang Guowei, erhu; Sun Li, pipa; Herb Robertson, trumpet; Dick Griffin, trombone;
Anders Nilsson, guitar; Joe Daley, tuba; Ken Filiano, bass; Andrew Drury, drums

Alexander Hawkins, solo piano

William Hooker Trio
William Hooker, drums; Theo Woodward, snyth/woodwinds/vocals; and Hans Tammen, guitar/synthesizer

Charles Burnham & Gwen Laster, violins; Melanie Dyer, viola; Alexander Waterman, cello;
Ken Filiano, bass; and Michael Wimberly, percussion

Oluyemi Thomas’ Positive Knowledge with Ijeoma Thomas

Double Duo: Ken Filiano, bass and Jay Clayton, singer
sponsored by Deep Friendship: The Connie Crothers Legacy Project

Bishop/Hannaford Dectet performs works by Anthony Braxton
An ensemble led by distinguished performing faculty from the UM Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
including Andrew Bishop, reeds and Marc Hannaford, piano

Anthony Braxton & James Fei Duo

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