Edgefest 2016

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One of the most consistently satisfying festivals in the USA, or for that matter anywhere, can be found in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where each fall, a superb lineup of innovative international performers produce music of significance over a four-day period. The appropriately named Edgefest, for the music has always been on the cutting edge, calls the Kerrytown Concert House home. This intimate, acoustically friendly venue showcases world-class musicians who immediately become part of the sprawling Edgefest family that festival director Deanna Relyea cultivates though promulgating a sense of community among all. The October 2016 edition of around 18 concerts, however, was something special, since it marked the festival's 20th anniversary. The stellar lineup of masters in creative improvised music excelled while celebrating this significant milestone, and the renowned Trio 3 of Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille made it extra special by making two appearances to enhance further the reputation of this jewel of a fall classic.
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