WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 2022

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 Trinosophes in Detroit, with many of Detroit’s free jazz greats performing, led by Cosmic Music Community artistic director Kenneth Green, focusing on Detroit’s history in this music.

The passing of trumpeter, composer, singer, electronic artist, and producer jaimie breezy branch, as she liked to see her name, at age 39 has shocked the music world. The KCH community remembers her with despondent fondness, recalling the bravura of her Edgefest performances, her courageous artistic originality, generous all-embracing spirit, and bold political engagement. We were looking forward to hearing her raucous trumpet and daring laughter in October at the next festival, but it was not to be. Breezy farewell.

Pictured (right): jaimie at Edgefest 2018.
Photo credit: Frank Rubolino

2022 LINEUP

CHANGES, ADDITIONS, OR MODIFICATIONS MAY OCCUR. STAY TUNED.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

at TRINOSOPHES in DETROIT

8 PM | The Cosmic Music Community

Celebrating the deep history of Detroit’s creative music community, pianist & leader Kenneth Green creates a unique moment as he leads star Detroit artists in the opening of Edgefest 2022 at Trinosophes in Detroit (1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207).

Alex Harding, Rafael Leafar, Anthony Holland, & Skeeter Shelton, reeds; Akunda Hollis, Ali Allan Colding, Clifford Sykes, Djallo Djakate, Che Green, percussion; Jaribu Shahid, Ed Coburn, Joel Peterson, bass; Kenneth Green, piano/gongs; Belinda Reid, dancer

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

at KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE in ANN ARBOR

7 PM | Kenji Lee’s Fortune Teller Trio
Kenji Lee, saxophone; Andy Peck, double bass; Jonathan Barahal Taylor, drums

8 PM | William Hooker Trio
William Hooker, drums; Theo Woodward, snyth/woodwinds/vocals; and Hans Tammen, guitar/synthesizer
The William Hooker Trio is generously sponsored by Alan Feller.

9 PM | Double DuoKen Filiano, bass and Jay Clayton, singer
Double Duo’s performance is generously sponsored by Deep Friendship: The Connie Crothers Legacy Project.

10 PM | Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, bass; and Newman Taylor Baker, drums
The Matthew Shipp Trio is generously sponsored by Frank Rubolino.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

at KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE in ANN ARBOR

7 PM | Oluyemi Thomas’ Positive Knowledge
Ijeoma Thomas, voice, poetry; Oluyemi Thomas,  bass clarinet, saxophone; Kenn Thomas, piano; Joel Peterson  bass; David Hurley, drums, percussion; Jonathan Taylor, drums

8 PM| Michael TA Thompson Quintet
Deanna Relyea, voice; Piotr Michalowski, bass clarinet and sopranino; Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Ken Filiano, bass; Michael TA Thompson, drums
This performance is generously sponsored by Arbor Teas / Jeremy & Aubrey Lopatin.

9 PM | Rempis/Feldman/Daisy Trio
Dave Rempis, saxophone; Mark Feldman, violin; Tim Daisy, drums

10 PM | Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice
Fay Victor, voice/composer; Melanie Dyer, viola; Luke Stewart, bass; and Michael Vatcher, drums
This performance of Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice is dedicated to jaimie breezy branch.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

at KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE in ANN ARBOR

2 PM | Alexander Hawkins, solo piano
Alexander Hawkins’ performance is generously sponsored by Michael Resil, Keith Martin, and Marc Andren & Christine Reardon.

3 PM | WeFreeStrings
Charles Burnham & Gwen Laster, violins; Melanie Dyer, viola; Alexander Waterman, cello; Ken Filiano, bass; and Michael Wimberly, percussion
WeFreeStrings is generously sponsored by Ken Kozora.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

at BETHLEHEM UCC in ANN ARBOR

7 PM | Anthony Braxton & James Fei – Duo (Lorraine) 2022
Anthony Braxton, sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones, live electronics; James Fei, sopranino & alto saxophones 

Anthony Braxton & James Fei’s performance is generously sponsored by Keith Martin, Frank Rubolino, Marc Andren & Christine Reardon, Nimish & Niraj Ganatra, Bonnie Patterson, Encore Records, and Ferguson, Widmayer & Clark PC.

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

Andrew Bishop, clarinets and saxophones; Josie Ala, trumpet; Adam Unsworth, French horn; Marcus Elliot, tenor saxophone; Kaleigh Wilder, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Oliver Bishop, contrabass clarinet; Marc Hannaford, piano; Ben Willis, bass; Jonathan Barahal Taylor, drums; Ian Antonio, percussion.
This performance is generously sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation.

Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge
(presenting an Edgefest premiere composition)
Jason Hwang – composer/violin; Haruna Fukazawa, piccolo/flute; Sun Li, pipa; Herb Robertson, trumpet; Dick Griffin  trombone; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Joe Daley, tuba; Ken Filiano, bass; Andrew Drury, drums
Burning Bridge’s performance is generously sponsored by Luis Torregrosa.

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EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Two selected Edgefest artists will create a 2-day residency at Scarlett Middle School. The artists will collaborate with Director of Bands Caroline Fitzgerald to provide “out of the box” creative activities not part of the traditional curriculum. The students will appear at Kerrytown as they participate in the Edgefest parade at noon on Saturday. All community members are invited to participate in this unconventional and rather raucous parade that has now a long history with Edgefest!

TICKETS & EDGEPASSES

EDGEPASSES

  • EDGEHEAD EDGEPASS TIER 1

    $150 of the total cost is a tax-deductible donation in your name to the Kerrytown Concert House. Includes a premium reserved seat (rows 1-3) for all Edgefest events.

    $350
  • EDGEHEAD EDGEPASS TIER 2

    $100 of the total cost is a tax-deductible donation in your name to the Kerrytown Concert House. Includes a premium reserved seat (rows 4-5) for all Edgefest events.

    $300
  • GENERAL ADMISSION EDGEPASS

    Includes admission to all Edgefest events. Does not include reserved seating.

    $200

To purchase reserved seating EDGEHEAD Edgepasses
call (734) 769-2999
or email kch@kerrytownconcerthouse.com

To purchase General Admission Edgepasses, click here.

You may pay by credit card over the phone,
by mailing a check to 415 N. 4th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104,
or pay at the door.

DAY PASSES

  • THURSDAY PASS

    Includes admission to all Thursday Edgefest events.

    $60
  • FRIDAY DAY PASS

    Includes admission to all Friday Edgefest events.

    $60
  • SATURDAY DAY PASS

    Includes admission to all Saturday Edgefest events.

    $80

To purchase day passes, click here
or call (734) 769-2999.

SINGLE TICKETS

SINGLE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE SOON.

EDGEFEST GRANTORS AND SPONSORS

GRANTORS

The Marjorie M. Fisher Fund
at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

EDGEFEST SPONSORS


 

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