2022 Edgefest

In cooperation with the Kerrytown Concert House and several Detroit venues Edgefest 26 runs from October 19 to 22 and has been dubbed “Breathing Free.” The festival will feature a number of big names in Avant Garde/Free Jazz: saxophonists Anthony Braxton and Dave Reedgfestmpis, pianist Matthew Shipp, and singers Jay Clayton and Fay Victor, violinists Jason Kao Hwang and Mark Feldman. A long lineup of Detroit players from Alex Harding to Rafael Statin and Kenny Green will appear at Trinosophes on Wednesday, October 19, in Detroit and by Thursday, October 20, the festival moves to its home base at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. The finale takes place at Bethlehem United Church of Christ on Saturday. As usual there will be a parade through Kerrytown Market on Saturday where everyone is encouraged to bring an instrument.

For more information visit the Concert House's Edgfest webpage.

Wednesday, October 19

Trinosophes, Detroit

8:00 The Cosmic Music Community
Alex Harding, Rafael Rafael Statin, Anthony Holland and Skeeter Shelton, reeds; Allan Colding, Djallo Djakate, Acunda Hollis, Clifford Sykes, and Che Green, percussion; Jaribu Shahid, Ed Coburn and Joel Peterson, bass; Ras Kente, guitar; Kenneth Green, piano/gongs; Belinda Reid, dancer

Thursday, October 20

Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

7:00 Kenji Lee’s Fortune Teller Trio
Kenji Lee, saxophone; Andy Peck, double bass; Jonathan Barahal Taylor, drums

8:00 William Hooker Trio
William Hooker, drums; Theo Woodward, synth/woodwinds/vocals; Hans Tammen, guitar/synthesizer
9:00 Double Duo
Ken Filiano, bass; Jay Clayton, vocals
10:00 Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, bass; Newman Taylor Baker, drums

Friday, October 21

Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

7:00 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
8:00 Michael TA Thompson Quintet
Deanna Relyea, voice; Piotr Michalowski, bass clarinet, sopranino & soprano saxophones; Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Ken Filiano, bass; Michael TA Thompson, drums
9:00 Rempis/Feldman/Daisy Trio
Dave Rempis, saxophone; Mark Feldman, violin; Tim Daisy, drums
10:00 Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice
Fay Victor, voice/composer; Melanie Dyer, viola; Luke Stewart, bass; Michael Vatcher, drums

Saturday, October 22

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

Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

2:00 Alexander Hawkins, solo piano
3:00 WeFreeStrings
Charles Burnham & Gwen Laster, violins; Melanie Dyer, viola; Alexander Waterman, cello; Ken Filiano, bass; Michael Wimberly, percussion

Grand Finale Evening at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor


Anthony Braxton & James Fei
Anthony Braxton, sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones, live electronics; James Fei, sopranino & alto saxophones

Bishop/Hannaford Dectet performs works by Anthony Braxton
An ensemble led by distinguished performing faculty from the University of Michigan 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

Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge
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