Drummers Lead Edgefest 2017

The theme of this year’s Edgefest, October 18 – 21 at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, is new music created by drummers/percussionists. Several of the drummers are also composers and leaders of edgy/avant garde ensembles from New York City and elsewhere.

Some of the bigger names are multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, trombonist Steve Swell, tubaist Joseph Daley, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, saxophonist Larry Ochs, pianist Dave Burrell, and a long line of drummers/percussionists: Andrew Drury, Pheeroan akLaff, Hamid Drake, Allison Miller, Tom Rainey, Tomas Fujiwara, Adam Rudolph, Gerald Cleaver, and Gayelynn McKinney. The festival kicks off with a free performance at Encore Records on Tuesday, October 17.

Please go to the Kerrytown Concert House website for more details, including ticket information.

TOP: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph

Edgefest 2017 Schedule


  • ER Encore Records | 417 East Liberty St.
  • KCH Kerrytown Concert House | 407 North Fifth Ave.
  • KMS Kerrytown Market and Shops | 407 North Fifth Ave.
  • BUC Bethlehem United Church of Christ | 423 South Fourth Ave.
  • AR Amadeus Restaurant | 122 East Washington St.
  • SCT Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea | Kerrytown Market & Shops | 407 North Fifth Ave.

Tuesday, October 17

8:00 ER Joe McPhee (valve trombone, pocket trumpet), Andrew Drury (drums), Piotr Michalowski (bass clarinet, sopranino and soprano saxophones)

Wednesday, October 18

6:00 KCH Remember Me – poems by Ken Mikolowski, music and artwork by Michael Gould. With Gould (percussion), Deanna Relyea (vocals), Katri Ervamaa (cello)
7:00 KCH Trombone Insurgency – with trombonists Steve Swell, Joe McPhee, Dick Griffin
9:00 KCH Pheeroan akLaff:aRT Trio – Scott Robinson (reeds), Julian Thayer (bass), Pheeroan akLaff (percussion)

Thursday, October 19

6:00 KCH Jonathan Taylor Quintet: Mover – Marcus Elliot (saxophone), Molly Jones (violin, saxophone), Michael Malis (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Jonathan Taylor (drums)
7:00 KCH William Hooker Duo featuring Mike Malis – William Hooker (drums), Malis (piano)
8:00 KCH Joseph Daley Tuba Trio – Daley (tuba), Scott Robinson (reeds), Warren Smith (percussion)
9:00 KCH Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Jenny Scheinman (violin), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Jeff Lederer (clarinet), Carmen Staaf (piano), Todd Sickafoose (bass), Miller (drums)

Friday, October 20

6:00 KCH Ben Goldberg’s Invisible Guy – Goldberg (clarinet), Michael Coleman (piano), Hamir Atwal (drums)
7:00 KCH Tom Rainey Trio – Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Rainey (drums)
8:00 KCH Andrew Drury’s Content Provider – Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax), Briggan Kraus (saxes), Brandon Seabrock (guitar), Drury (drums)
9:00 KCH Larry Ochs Fictive Five – Ochs (tenor & sopranino saxes), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ken Filiano (bass), Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
9:30 SCT Fringe at the Edge
Tristan Cappel Trio – Cappel (multi-instrumentalist), ADam Shead (drums), Peter Formenak (saxophone)

Saturday, October 21

Noon KMS Edgefest Parade
2:00 KCH Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora – McKinney (drums), Kozora (multi-instruments)
Oluyemi Thomas Trio – Thomas (bass clarinet), Djallo Djakate (drums), Kurt Prisbe (drums)
4:00 KCH Tomas Fujiwara Triple Double Trio – Brandon Seabrock (guitar), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), David Ballou (trumpet), Mary Halvarson (guitar), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Fujiwara (drums)
5:30 AR Fringe at the Edge
Matt Daher Trio – Daher (drums), Alex Lombre (piano), Josef Deas (bass)
7:30 BUC Andrew Drury leads Edgefest Large Ensembles – Mark Kirschenmann (director), Drury (drums, composer), Creative Arts Orchestra, Edgefest artists, University of Michigan faculty and students
9:00 KCH Adam Rudolph’s Moving Picture with Hamid Drake – Rudolph (percussion, vocals), Drake (percussion, vocals), Ralph Jones (reeds), Kenny Wessel (guitar, banjo), Alexis Marcelo (Fender Rhodes, piano)
10:00 KCH Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers – Swell (trombone), Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Dave Burrell (piano), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)