Edgefest 2019: OUT West
Kerrytown Concert House presents the 23rd annual 4-day avant-garde jazz and creative new music festival Edgefest. A roster of distinguished ground-breaking composer/performers with their ensembles and collaborators will illuminate their various innovative roles in the avant/jazz world.
Ann Arbor/Detroit area improvisers will be integrated into the festival, often collaborating with visiting artists. Edgefest presents cutting-edge and category-defying music, often ignored in the commercial marketplace. Diverse audiences from the region and beyond are exposed to this art form, expanding their musical, cultural, and worldviews of art music through a series of free and ticketed public concerts in downtown Ann Arbor with related educational activities. Participating Michigan artists meet and collaborate with international artists, enhancing their own career opportunities.
Edgefest creates a community spirit; bringing artists, audiences, and the neighborhood to a shared experience; not merely paying lip-service to the idea of local engagement, but making it the lifeblood of the festival with in-depth school workshops and an improvised music parade; offering the next generation fun and accessible introductions to uncompromising creativity.
Ticketed concerts take place primarily at Kerrytown Concert House, but a few events are also held at a nearby jazz club as well as a church. Concerts are digitally recorded. Two concerts are broadcast live by PR station WCBN.
14 ticketed concerts, including Midwest premieres of new works for large chamber ensemble composed and led by pianist Myra Melford and reed man Vinny Golia in collaboration with University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra and area improvisers.
Vinny Golia and Bobby Bradford workshop with Community High School jazz students at KCH.
Myra Melford conducts open rehearsals for the performance of her large ensemble composition.
William Hooker and UMich faculty/CAO leader Mark Kirschenmann lead 6 middle school residency activities in area Middle schools (one under-funded school); enhancing the students’ musical education by introducing improvisation and performance outside of the usual curriculum.
Rova Saxophone Quartet members (including Larry Ochs) lead discussion that illuminates the long history of creative music in the Bay Area and of Rova itself.
Free “fringe” concerts in non-traditional venues: Edgefest and area artists collaborate, performing in cafés and record stores in the downtown area. The Fringe includes the Edgefest Parade on Saturday with picnic following, led by William Hooker.
At KCH, one cannot avoid “meeting the composer!” One is never more than 8 rows from composer/performers as they speak/perform. Post-receptions encourage more interaction. KCH is in its 33rd season as a year-round presenter. Edgefest has received many awards including the ASCAP/CMA award for adventurous programming. Funding from NEA (10 years) and Chamber Music America, along with contributions from individuals and support from NEW MUSIC USA make possible the continued success and vitality of this unique festival.
William Parker, bass
William Hooker, drums/narration
Bob Holman – poems
Evolving Music – ‘Justice is Compassion / Action is Power’
concert series presented by Arts for Art
A suite of music for sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics stories.
Music by Lisa Mezzacappa
Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Jordan Glenn, drums
Recorded live at the CA Jazz Conservatory, 11.2.18.
Rova Saxophone Quartet Live at Timucua March 2018
Presented by the Civic Minded Five and the Timucua Arts Foundation.
The Enumeration was composed by Steve Adams and dedicated to Glenn Spearman.
Jon Raskin – baritone sax
Larry Ochs – tenor sax
Steve Adams – alto sax
Bruce Ackley – soprano sax
Start and End Dates
10/16/2019 — 10/19/2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan