Edgefest 2019: OUT West


OCTOBER 16 – 19

​Kerrytown Concert House presents Edgefest, its annual 4-day experimental “out” jazz and creative new music festival. Edgefest 2019 : OUT West – explores the rich historical contributions of West Coast artists in the development of avant jazz improvisation and new music. A roster of distinguished ground-breaking composer-performers with their ensembles and collaborators will illuminate their various innovative roles in the avant/jazz world of today. Ann Arbor/Detroit area improvisers will be integrated into the festival, often collaborating with visiting artists. Diverse audiences from the SE Michigan/Northern Ohio/Illinois area and beyond have a rare opportunity to be exposed to this innovative art form in a series of free and ticketed public concerts in downtown Ann Arbor with related educational activities.

Founded in 1997, Edgefest is an award­-winning annual avant­-garde jazz and creative new music festival with a unifying purpose: to explore new music created by today’s composer­s and performers from the United States and beyond. Edgefest began as a single­day event and is now a major 4­ day festival that includes collaborations and educational outreach.
“The annual rite of fall in Michigan music…running off the beaten tracks.”
Downbeat Magazine
“There’s no doubt that if you want to hear accomplished music in an intimate space with excellent sound in the company of a respectful crowd, Edgefest is the place to be.”
John SharpeNew York City Jazz Record
“If you’ve got an ear for adventurous music that doesn’t care much for the constraints of genre, labels or convention, then you should be in the audience for Edgefest.”
Mark StrykerThe Detroit Free Press
“To paraphrase the state motto of Michigan, if you seek a deeper groove, look about you.”
Lawrence CosentinoSignal to Noise
“One of the premier national events for avant-garde and improvisational music in the world.”
Mike McGonigalThe Detroit Metro Times
“Edgefest sits squarely at the nexus of improvised music and contemporary composition, ignoring, nay obliterating, any concern of genres and boundaries…Edgefest once again cast its bright light on some of the world’s most exciting and challenging music.”
Arlene & Larry DunnI Care If You Listen


  • 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 1-2) for all Edgefest events and admission to the opening VIP dinner party at Fustini’s.

  • 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 3-5) for all Edgefest events and admission to the opening VIP dinner party at Fustini’s.

  • General Admission Edgepass

    A $245 value package for just $170! Includes admission to all Edgefest events and the opening VIP dinner party at Fustini’s. Does not include reserved seating.

  • Wednesday Daypass

    Includes admission to all Wednesday Edgefest events. Option to add admission to the opening VIP dinner party at Fustini’s for $25

  • Thursday Daypass

    Includes admission to all Thursday Edgefest events

  • Friday Daypass

    Includes admission to all Friday Edgefest events

  • Saturday Daypass

    Includes admission to all Saturday Edgefest events

To purchases passes call (734) 769-2999
or email kch@kerrytownconcerthouse.com
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


  • Myra Melford Combo

    Includes the Melford/Golia/Bruckmann Trio and Melford with the UM Creative Arts Orchestra

  • Grand Finale Evening

    Includes the ROVA Saxophone Quartet and Vinny Golia leading the finale Edgefest ensemble

  • All Other Performances
  • Students

    For ALL ticketed performances

  • Edgefest Parade

    Other “Fringe at the Edge” events also free

To purchases single tickets, click here or call (734) 769-2999


The Microtel Inn and Suites is a sponsor of Edgefest, offering Kerrytown Concert House Edgefest artists and patrons a special Edgefest rate. An added Microtel benefit is seeing and meeting Edgefest artists as they come and go at the Microtel!

To make a reservation, call the Microtel Reservations Desk at (734) 997-9100 and be sure to mention that you are an Edgefest patron!




6:00 PM | Lucian Ban and Alex Harding: DARK BLUE

DARK BLUE by Alex Harding and Lucian Ban released May 17th on Sunnyside Records

7:00 PM | Michael Marcus Quartet
Sponsored by Marc Andren and Christine Reardon

8:00 PM | Opening VIP dinner party @ Fustini’s for all Edgepass holders, artists, and sponsors

9:00 PM | Oluyemi Thomas’ Positive Knowledge



All Thursday events are held at Blue LLama Jazz Club

6:00 PM | Filiano/Ilgenfritz/Michalowski/Schoenbeck
Supported by a grant from Marjorie Fisher and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

7:00 PM | William Hooker – Remembrance
Sponsored by Alan Feller

8:00 PM | Melford/Golia/Bruckmann and Myra w/ UM Creative Arts Orchestra



7:00 PM | Andrew Bishop’s New and Used

8:00 PM | Cycle of Restoration 

9:00 PM | Wayne Horvitz’s Snowghost Trio PLUS Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon

10:00 PM | Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia Quartet
Sponsored by Mike Resil


Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts ART WORKS.



12:00 PM | Edgefest Parade

Scarlett Middle School band students (Caroline Fitzgerald, Band Director) plus Edgefest artists and community members participate in this raucous and exciting moment in the Kerrytown downtown/Farmers’ Market area.

2:00 PM | Tad Weed Tribute
Sponsored by Niraj Ganatra, Nimish Ganatra and Bonnie Patterson

3:00 PM | Lisa Mezzacappa Six: Cosmicomics

4:00 PM | Thompson/Filiano/Cooper-Moore Trio
Sponsored by Luis Torregrosa

8:00 PM | Grand Finale Evening
at Bethlehem United Church of Christ
Additional parking available at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel on the corner of South 4th Ave. and William

  • ROVA Saxophone Quartet
    Sponsored by Frank Rubolino


    • Bruce Ackley, soprano saxophone
    • Steve Adams, alto saxophone
    • Larry Ochs, tenor saxophone
    • Jon Raskin, baritone saxophone
  • Vinny Golia leads large ensemble in performance of his compositions created for Edgefest 2019.
    Sponsored by Keith Martin


    Vinny Golia, compositions, conducting, reeds
    Benjamin Green, trumpet
    Mark Kirschenmann, trumpet/electronics
    Kenn Kozora, cornet
    John Raleeh, trombone
    Baptiste Joalland, trombone
    Zacharia El-Magharbel, trombone
    Bruce Ackley, soprano sax
    Steve Adams, alto saxophone
    Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
    Larry Ochs, tenor saxophone
    Jon Raskin, baritone saxophone
    George Blank, flute
    Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
    Andrew Bishop, clarinet, bass clarinet
    Piotr Michalowski, contra alto clarinet, sopranino saxophone
    Nathan Smith, bass clarinet
    Maddy Wildman, bassoon
    John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
    Max Bowen, electric guitar
    Tim Perkis, electronics
    Mercer Patterson, piano
    Clay Gonzalez, keyboards
    Mark Clifford, vibraphone
    Weston Gilbert, violin
    Mike Khoury, violin
    Julia Foran, viola
    Maya Johnson, viola
    Abby Alwin, cello
    Wesley Hornpetrie, cello
    Lydia De Leeuw, cello
    Ken Filiano, bass
    James Ilgenfritz, bass
    Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
    Michael T.A. Thompson, percussion
    Sylvan Tavalera, percussion
    Sam Ospovat, drums