Kerrytown Concert House (KCH) • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wednesday-Saturday, October 18-21, 2023
Kerrytown Concert House announces Edgefest 2023, its 27th annual 4-day festival; an exploration of new music, improvised and composed. This year’s theme is “Rescued and Ready” as the festival features a diverse and deeply inclusive roster of innovative artists (local to international, emerging to established) who have survived the pandemic constraints, to bring their new and inspirational music and collaborations to the eager Edgefest audiences which now include many from across the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.
“The annual rite of fall in Michigan music…running off the beaten tracks.”
“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.”
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.”
Detroit Free Press
“To paraphrase the state motto of Michigan, if you seek a deeper groove, look about you.”
Signal to Noise
“One of the premier national events for avant-garde and improvisational music in the world.”
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
(Subject to changes/additions)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2023
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2023
8 PM | Michael TA Thompson (drums) Quintet
Mara Rosenbloom, piano
Deanna Relyea, voice
Piotr Michalowski, reeds
Ken Filiano, bass
Nimish Ganatra, Niraj Ganatra & Bonnie Patterson
10 PM | The Northwoods Improvisers Sextet
Mike Johnston, bass and Native American flutes
Nick Ashton, bass
Jack O’Brien, cello
Dominic Bierenga, winds
Donovan Boxey, winds
Mike Khoury, violin
Marc Andren & Christine Reardon
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2023
7 PM | James Brandon Lewis, saxophones
& Chad Taylor, drums
The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation
10 PM | Luke Stewart (bass) Exposure Quintet
Edward Wilkerson, reeds
Ken Vandermark, reeds
Jim Baker, piano
Avreeayl Ra, drums
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2023
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.
3 PM | Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
& Shoko Nagai, piano/accordion
Deep Friendship: The Connie Crothers Legacy Project
7 PM | GRAND FINALE EVENING @ BETHLEHEM UCC
Michael Malis (pianist/composer) Ensemble
Premiere of “In Search of Softer Selves”
Wendell Harrison, reeds
Marcus Elliot, reeds
Kaleigh Wilder, saxophone
Allen Dennard, trumpet
Vincent Chandler, trombone
Zekkereya El-magharbel, trombone
Jaribu Shahid, bass
Marion Hayden, bass
Jonathan Barahal Taylor, drums
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Selected Edgefest artists 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!
TICKETS & EDGEPASSES
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 1-3) for all Edgefest events.
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 4-5) for all Edgefest events.
GENERAL ADMISSION EDGEPASS
Includes admission to all Edgefest events. Does not include reserved seating.
TO PURCHASE RESERVED SEATING EDGEHEAD EDGEPASSES
CALL (734) 769-2999
OR EMAIL ABBY@KERRYTOWNCONCERTHOUSE.COM
TO PURCHASE GENERAL ADMISSION EDGEPASSES, CLICK HERE.
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.
Includes admission to all Wednesday Edgefest events.
Includes admission to all Thursday Edgefest events.
Includes admission to all Friday Edgefest events.
Includes admission to all Saturday Edgefest events.
TO PURCHASE DAY PASSES, CLICK HERE
OR CALL (734) 769-2999.
SINGLE CONCERT TICKETS
TICKETS FOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES AT EDGEFEST 27 WILL GO ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER 2023.