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EDGEFEST 26: BREATHING FREE

October 19, 2022 - October 22, 2022

edgefest 26 breathing free
edgefest 26 breathing free

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 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 Sharpe
New 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 Stryker
Detroit Free Press

“To paraphrase the state motto of Michigan, if you seek a deeper groove, look about you.”

Lawrence Cosentino
Signal to Noise

 

“One of the premier national events for avant-garde and improvisational music in the world.”

Mike McGonigal
The 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 Dunn
I Care If You Listen

 

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: jaimie at Edgefest 2018.
Photo credit: Frank Rubolin

jaimie at Edgefest 2018.<br />
Photo credit: Frank Rubolin

Lineup

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

at TRINOSOPHES in DETROIT

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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).

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

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5:30 PM | Anthony Braxton: In Conversation
A free conversation and Q&A moderated by Marc Hannaford. This event is open to the public and will take place at Watkins Lecture Hall at the University of Michigan School of Music Earl V. Moore Building.

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| TA Thompson & Sonic Reality
Vinny Golia, reeds; 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.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

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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 Duo: Ken 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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

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12 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 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.

    7 PM | Anthony Braxton & James Fei – Duo (Lorraine) 2022<br />
Anthony Braxton, sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones, live electronics; James Fei, sopranino & alto saxophones </p>
<p>This performance is generously sponsored by Keith Martin, Frank Rubolino, Marc Andren & Christine Reardon, Nimish & Niraj Ganatra and Bonnie Patterson, Gary Boren, Encore Records, and Ferguson, Widmayer & Clark PC.</p>
<p>Bishop/Hannaford Dectet performs works by Anthony Braxton<br />
An ensemble led by distinguished performing faculty from the UM Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Andrew Bishop and Marc Hannaford.</p>
<p>This performance is generously sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation.</p>
<p>Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge<br />
(presenting an Edgefest premiere composition)<br />
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<br />
Burning Bridge’s performance is generously sponsored by Luis Torregrosa.

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

    This performance is generously sponsored by Keith Martin, Frank Rubolino, Marc Andren & Christine Reardon, Nimish & Niraj Ganatra and Bonnie Patterson, Gary Boren, 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.

    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.

      EDUCATION & OUTREACH

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      Edgefest artists Andrew Bishop & Melanie Dyer 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!

        ARTWORK

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        M. Saffell Gardner’s art exhibit “Phasez” at Kerrytown Concert House is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts as a component of Kerrytown Concert House’s annual creative music festival, Edgefest. Gardner’s work was also featured as a part of the Edgefest 26 poster and program artwork.

          EDGEFEST GRANTORS AND SPONSORS

          GRANTORS

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

            EDGEFEST SPONSORS

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

              TICKETS & EDGEPASSES

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              to 415 N. 4th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104, or pay at the door.

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              Details

              Start:
              October 19, 2022
              End:
              October 22, 2022
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