Edgefest Goes OUT WEST

The theme of this year’s Edgefest is the West Coast and what its musicians have contributed to the Avant Garde/Creative Improvised Music scene. This year’s festival starts on Wednesday, October 16, and ends Saturday night, October 19. Festival headquarters will be at Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, but other venues will also take part — like the Blue LLama Jazz club, which will house the festival on Thursday.

As always, Edgefest attracts the best avant artists and audiences in the country. Some of the headliners are the Lucian Ban/Alex Harding Duo (Wednesday), pianist Myra Melford and her trio with windplayer Vinny Golia (Thursday), pianist and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, the legendary trumpeter Bobby Bradford with the Vinny Golia Quartet (Friday), a tribute to pianist Tad Weed with bassist Ken Filiano, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet and a finale with Vinny Golia’s large ensemble (Saturday).

There are a number of different kinds of tickets for sale for the festival, from single event tickets to Edgepasses and Day Passes. Please go to the Concert House website for a listing of your options.

Edgefest Schedule

Wednesday, October 16

Kerrytown Concert House

6:00 Lucian Ban/Alex Harding Duo
Ban, piano • Harding, baritone sax
7:00 Michael Marcus Quartet
Marcus, woodwinds • John Austria, keyboard • Tyler Mitchell, bass • Warren Smith drums
9:00 Oluyemi Thomas’ Positive Knowledge
Thomas, winds •Ijeoma Thomas, voice • Kenn Thomas, piano • Ben Willis, bass • David Hurley, drums

Thursday, October 17

Blue LLama Jazz Club (South Main St.)

6:00 Filiano/Ilgenfritz/Michalowski/Schoenbeck
Ken Filiano, bass • James Ilgenfritz, bass • Piotr Michalowski, winds • Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon

7:00 William Hooker Remembrance
Mara Rosenboom, piano • Adam Lane, bass, Hooker, drums
8:00 Myra Melford Trio
Melford, Vinny Golia • winds, Kyle Bruckmann •oboe. University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra - Mark Kirschenmann, director • Myra Melford

Friday, October 18

Kerrytown Concert House

7:00 Andrew Bishop’s New and Used
Bishop, winds • Peter Formanek, winds • Derek Worthington, trumpet • Karalyn Schubring, piano
8:00 Cycle of Restoration
Mark Kirschenmann, trumpet • Joel Peterson, bass • William Hooker, drums
9:00 Wayne Horvitz’ Snowghost Trio Plus Sara Schoenbeck
Horvitz, piano and keyboards • Schoenbeck, bassoon • Geoff Harper, bass • Eric Eagle, drums
10:00 Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia Quartet
Bradford, cornet/trumpet • Golia, winds • Ken Filiano, bass • Michael TA Thompson, drums

Saturday, October 19

Noon Edgefest Parade and Picnic
with middle school students, Edgefest artists, and community members

Kerrytown Concert House

2:00 Tad Weed Tribute
Ken Filiano, bass • Vinny Golia, winds • Andrew Bishop, saxophones • Gary Schunk,piano • Pete Siers, drums
3:00 Lisa Mezzacappa Six
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax • Mark Clifford, vibes • John Finkbeiner, guitar • Tim Perkis, electronics • Lisa Mezzacappa, bass • others
4:00 Thompson/Filiano/Cooper-Moore Trio
Cooper Moore, piano • Ken Filiano, bass • Michael TA Thompson,drums

Grand Finale Evening at Bethlehem United Church of Christ

8:00 ROVA Saxophone Quartet
Bruce Ackley, soprano • Steve Adams, alto • Larry Ochs, tenor • Jon Raskin, baritone
Vinny Golia leads large ensemble performing his compositions created for Edgefest 2019. The ensemble includes UMS Creative Arts Orchestra students, Mark Kirschenmann, and other performers TBA