13th Annual Edgefest 2009: Reeds of Change in SE Michigan


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The 13th annual Edgefest (October 14-17, 2009) will feature an international roster with a focus on reed instruments as it presents some of the most celebrated and creative multi-instrumentalists on the scene today.

In the tradition of Edgefest, the roster also includes performers and ensembles that live in our home community of SE Michigan.

This year, KCH has been granted an award from Chamber Music America (national organization that supports both classical and jazz chamber music) to fund the educational residency activities and featured performance of Brad Shepiks Quintet as they perform his CMA commissioned Human Activity Suite which:

Transposes the threat of global warming into a powerful sonic portrait
--All About Jazz

SCHEDULE: Edgefest 2009
(subject to change)
7PM KCH: Jason Steins Locksmith Isidore
9:30PM KCH: Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner & Stephen Rush

8PM KCH: Tomas Ulrich's Cargo Cult w/ Andrew Bishop
10PM KCH: Positive Knowledge

8PM KCH: Gravitas
10PM KCH: 4 Altos and Third Man Trio

2PM KCH: Conspiracy Winds Ensemble
4PM KCH: Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell
7PM KCH: Brad Shepiks Human Activity Quintet
9PM Place TBA: Reeding-The Riot Act
9PM & 10:30PM KCH: Hamster Theatre

Planning proceeds as the festival reaches out beyond the concert venues with Fringe performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies. This schedule will be announced in September. Note: The public will be invited to attend all educational and Fringe events free of charge

Contribute to Edgefest---become an Edgehead!

Kerrytown Concert House
415 North Fourth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

Reserve your seats now! Edgefest will take place at KCH, the Firefly Club, and other downtown venues. Edgepasses ($135) may be reserved directly through the KCH website at or by calling the Concert House at (734) 769-2999.

Passholders, Edgeheads and sponsors are invited to an opening dinner on Wednesday evening between shows. Passholders who also contribute $150 or more as 2009 Edgeheads will receive preferred seating beginning in the first row at all ticketed Edgefest shows. Passholders who contribute $100 or more as 2009 Edgeheads will receive preferred seating beginning in the second row. New this year - one day pass for Saturday only ($50)

As part of the 10th anniversary of Edgefest in 2006, KCH created a series of free public performance events which took place during the days and early evenings in restaurants, cafes and galleries in downtown Ann Arbor and featured some of the areas most accomplished creative musicians. The Fringe project, now a festival staple, has proved very successful as it moves the creative and imaginative music making out of the conventional venues and into public spaces. This year, the Fringe series will surprise, delight, and educate an audience that would not necessarily venture into the concert venues of Edgefest.

The parade in ON!
12 noon on Saturday, October 17 is the Celebration Parade! Several Edgefest artists, area musicians and members of the community at large will participate in this now traditional Edgefest parade. Instruments of all kinds create a highly creative, fun and quirky musical presence to the Kerrytown area, surprising the unsuspecting shoppers at the Saturday AM farmers market and surrounding areas. The public is invited to tag along with any kind of instrument they have at hand, including bells and whistles! A picnic lunch is served following the parade!

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